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''Finite Incantatem''<ref name="CS11">{{COS}} - Chapter 11 (''The Duelling Club'')</ref><br/>(fi-NEE-tay in-can-TAH-tem<ref name="CS11"/>)
|light=White<ref name="FILM">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''</ref>
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|effect=Terminates all [[spell]] effects<ref name="PM">''[[Pottermore]]''</ref>
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|light=Red<ref name="HP8">{{HBP}} - Chapter 8 (''Snape Victorious'')</ref>
 
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}}{{Quote|Terminates ''all'' spell effects|Description|Pottermore}}
{{Quote|"Finite Incantatem!" he shouted; Harry's feet stopped dancing, Malfoy stopped laughing and they were able to look up. A haze of greenish smoke was hovering over the scene.|The spell's use at the Duelling Club|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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The '''General Counter-Spell'''<ref name="PM" /> (''Finite''<ref name="HBPF" /> or ''Finite Incantatem''<ref name="CS11" />) is, as its name indicates, a [[counter-spell]] for general use<ref name="PM" />. It may be used in duels or on an entire home, as a precaution before a [[Wizardkind|wizard]] answers the door.<ref>[[J. K. Rowling's Official Site]] ([[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]])</ref>
The '''General Counter-Spell''' (''Finite Incantatem'') is, as its name indicates, a [[counter-spell]] for general use. It may be used in duels or on an entire home, as a precaution before a [[Wizardkind|wizard]] answers the door.<ref>[[J. K. Rowling's Official Site]] ([[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]])</ref> It is similar to ''[[Finite]]'', though the latter targets a specific object or individual, whilst this targets an area instead. This spell is one of the seven covered in ''[[The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2]]''.
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== History ==
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It's currently unknown by who or when the counter-spell was invented. This spell is one of the seven covered in ''[[The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2]]''<ref name="PM" /> by [[Miranda Goshawk]].
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== Nature ==
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The General Counter-Spell terminates all spell effects ranging from simple spells like the [[Jelly-Legs Jinx]] to more complicated spells such as [[Atmospheric Charm|Atmospheric Charms]]. It's unknown if there is a difference between ''Finite ''and ''Finite Incantatem, ''in terms of power or usage, it's possible that ''Finite ''is simply a more straight forward way of casting the General Counter-Spell.
 
==Known uses==
 
==Known uses==
*[[Hermione Granger]] used this to stop [[Dobby's Bludger]] from killing or seriously injuring [[Harry Potter]] during the [[Gryffindor]]-[[Slytherin]] match in her [[second year]].<ref name="FILM"/>
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{{Quote|He pointed his wand at the rampart, cried, "''Finite!''" and it steadied.|Harry uses it counter [[Vincent Crabbe]]'s spell|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
*Later that year, [[Severus Snape]] used it to end the various unfortunate [[jinx]]es, [[hex]]es, and [[curse]]s that had been cast during the [[Duelling Club]] of [[1992]].
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*During the [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic]], [[Hermione Granger]] suggested to [[Ronald Weasley]] to use the spell to stop the [[Atmospheric Charm|rain]] in [[Yaxley]]'s office.
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|[[Severus Snape]]
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|[[17 December]], [[1992]]
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|Snape used this spell to end the various unfortunate spells that were affecting members of the [[Duelling Club]] when things got a little out of hand.
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|[[Remus Lupin]]
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|[[18 June]], [[1996]]
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|Lupin used this spell to take a ''[[Tarantallegra]]'' Hex off [[Neville Longbottom]].
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|[[Harry Potter]]
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|[[2 May]], [[1998]]
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|Harry used this spell to cancel the effects of ''[[Descendo]]'' (cast by [[Crabbe]]) on a large pile of objects.
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==Known practitioners==
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*[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="DH31">{{DH}} - Chapter 31 (''The Battle of Hogwarts'')</ref>
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*[[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="CSF">{{COSF}}</ref>
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*[[Luna Lovegood]]<!--Just because she didn't use it on Harry doesn't mean she didn't use it.---><ref name="HBPF"/>
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*[[Nymphadora Tonks]]<ref name="HP8"/>
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*[[Remus Lupin]]<ref name="OP36">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 36 (''The Only One He Ever Feared'')</ref>
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*[[Severus Snape]]<ref name="CS11"/>
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
From Latin ''finire'', meaning "end", and ''incantationem'', meaning "enchantment".
 
From Latin ''finire'', meaning "end", and ''incantationem'', meaning "enchantment".
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*This spell is included in the ''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]'' application for the iPhone as a counter-attack spell.
 
*This spell is included in the ''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]'' application for the iPhone as a counter-attack spell.
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*Hermione suggested in the Deathly Hallows that Ron should try using Finite Incantatem to stop the rain in Yaxley's office.
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{Mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
 
*''[[Pottermore]]''
 
*''[[Pottermore]]''
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
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{{The Standard Book of Spells}}
 
{{The Standard Book of Spells}}
   
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Latest revision as of 17:58, January 1, 2015

Finite Incantatem
General Counter-Spell
Incantation

Finite[1]
(fi-NEE-tay[1])

Finite Incantatem[2]
(fi-NEE-tay in-can-TAH-tem[2])

Type

Counter-spell[2]

Hand Movement

General-counter-spell

Light

Red[3]

Effect

Terminates all spell effects[4]

"Terminates all spell effects"
—Description[src]

The General Counter-Spell[4] (Finite[1] or Finite Incantatem[2]) is, as its name indicates, a counter-spell for general use[4]. It may be used in duels or on an entire home, as a precaution before a wizard answers the door.[5]

History Edit

It's currently unknown by who or when the counter-spell was invented. This spell is one of the seven covered in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2[4] by Miranda Goshawk.

Nature Edit

The General Counter-Spell terminates all spell effects ranging from simple spells like the Jelly-Legs Jinx to more complicated spells such as Atmospheric Charms. It's unknown if there is a difference between Finite and Finite Incantatem, in terms of power or usage, it's possible that Finite is simply a more straight forward way of casting the General Counter-Spell.

Known usesEdit

"He pointed his wand at the rampart, cried, "Finite!" and it steadied."
—Harry uses it counter Vincent Crabbe's spell[src]
Caster(s) Date Notes
Severus Snape 17 December, 1992 Snape used this spell to end the various unfortunate spells that were affecting members of the Duelling Club when things got a little out of hand.
Remus Lupin 18 June, 1996 Lupin used this spell to take a Tarantallegra Hex off Neville Longbottom.
Harry Potter 2 May, 1998 Harry used this spell to cancel the effects of Descendo (cast by Crabbe) on a large pile of objects.

Known practitionersEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin finire, meaning "end", and incantationem, meaning "enchantment".

Behind the scenesEdit

  • This spell is included in the Harry Potter: Spells application for the iPhone as a counter-attack spell.
  • Hermione suggested in the Deathly Hallows that Ron should try using Finite Incantatem to stop the rain in Yaxley's office.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


The Standard Book of Spells
Books: The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 3 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 5 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 6
Charms included in the series: Fire-Making Spell · Levitation Charm · Locking Spell · Mending Charm · Softening Charm · Severing Charm · Unlocking Charm · Dancing Feet Spell · Disarming Charm · Engorgement Charm · Freezing Charm · General Counter-Spell · Memory Charm · Tickling Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Substantive Charm

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