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"Terminates all spell effects"
—Description[src]

The General Counter-Spell[3] (Finite[1] or Finite Incantatem[2]) is, as its name indicates, a counter-spell for general use[3]. It may be used in duels or on an entire home, as a precaution before a wizard answers the door.[5]

History

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[3] by Miranda Goshawk.

Nature

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 uses

"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 practitioners

Etymology

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

Behind the scenes

  • 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.
  • In the books, Nymphadora Tonks freezes Harry from the Full Body-Bind Curse with a flash of red light, which is presumably this spell. In the films, Luna Lovegood used "Finite" to unfreeze Harry and cause his Invisibility Cloak to fly off him.

Appearances

Notes and references


The Standard Book of Spells
Book of Spells 1
Grade 1 · Grade 2 · Grade 3 · Grade 4 · Grade 5 · 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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