Flagrate creates a burning trail in the air that fades with time. It can be directed in any shape or direction the caster chooses using their wand.
- In 1993, Tom Riddle's memory used the spell non-verbally when spelling his name to Harry Potter in the Chamber of Secrets. He could also rearrange the letters by waving his wand.
- Hermione Granger used this spell to mark doors with an "X" in the Entrance Room of the Department of Mysteries in 1996.
The word Flagrate comes from the Latin words "flagro", meaning "glowing/blaze".
Behind the Scenes
Flagrate may be related to the Flagrante Curse due to the similarity of their etymologies. It is debatable if they are variations of each other or the same spell, as Flagrate and the Flagrante Curse are associated with different spell effects (Flagrate with a burning trail, and Flagrante with the object burning a person upon contact). However, it is still possible that they are the same curse, and that these different effects may be created based on the caster's intention.