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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].

Hermione Granger was known to be proficient in the performing of this spell, using it in September of 1991 on her Potions Master, Professor Severus Snape, at a Quidditch game when she believed him to be jinxing her friend Harry Potter's broomstick[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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"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."[2]


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