Lacarnum Inflamari[2] is the incantation of a charm used to ignite the cloak of a witch or warlock by shooting a fireball from the tip of the caster's wand.[1]


The incantation Lacarnum Inflamari appears to be derived from the Latin lacerna, a noun meaning "cloak"[3], and "inflammare", the Latin verb meaning "to ignite, inflame"[4]. Taken together, the incantation can mean "to set fire to a cloak".

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (Chapter Nineteen - Quidditch)
  2. 2.0 2.1 F.A.Q. Question on J.K.R. Official Site - "Some of the new incantations, such as ‘lacarnum inflamari’ must have sounded more dramatic onscreen – although by the time you’ve managed to say ‘lacarnum inflamari’, you’ve surely lost precious seconds in which the Devil’s Snare might have throttled you. But that’s showbiz."
  3. lacerna - Wiktionary
  4. Inflammo on Google Translate