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Prior Incantato
Incantation

Prior Incantato
PRI-or in-can-TAH-toh

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Hold tip of wand to targeted wand

Effect

Shows the last spell the wand performed

"There's a simple way of discovering the last spell a wand performed, elf, did you know that?"
Amos Diggory describing the spell's usage to Winky[src]

Prior Incantato is the incantation of a spell that, if pointed at a wand, can show the last spell performed. It was used by Amos Diggory to learn whose wand had been used to cast the Dark Mark at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.

Difference with Priori Incantatem

The Prior Incantato spell could be confused with the Priori Incantatem effect triggered by wands sharing a common core when they are forced to duel with each other, but also induced by analytical spells. The Eradication Spell can erase the shadow produced by this spell.

Etymology

Latin prior, "previous", and incantare, "to speak a spell" (past participle incantatum).

Behind the scenes

Appearances

References

  1. Rumours! section of J.K. Rowling's Official site

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