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#REDIRECT [[Priori Incantatem]]
|name=Prior Incantato
 
|image=
 
|incantation=PRI-or in-can-TAH-toh
 
|type=[[Charm]]
 
|hand=Hold tip of wand to targeted wand
 
|effect=Shows the last [[spell]] the [[wand]] performed
 
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{{quote|There's a simple way of discovering the last spell a [[wand]] performed, [[House-elf|elf]], did you know that?|[[Amos Diggory]] describing the spell's usage to [[Winky]]|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
'''Prior Incantato''' is a [[spell]] that, if pointed at a [[wand]], can show the last spell performed. It was used by [[Amos Diggory]] to learn [[Harry Potter's wand|whose wand]] had been used to cast the [[Dark Mark]] at the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]].
 
The ''Prior Incantato'' [[spell]] could be confused with the ''[[Priori Incantatem]]'' effect that can be triggered by [[wand]]s sharing a common core that are forced to [[Duel|duel]] with each other, but which also can be induced with analytical [[Spell|spells]]. The spell used to erase the shadow created by the previously used spell (which in turn is produced by this spell) is ''[[Deletrius]]''.
 
==Etymology==
 
Latin ''prior'', "previous", and ''incantate'', "to speak a spell" (past participle ''incantatum'').
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*In [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'']], during the [[Skirmish at Malfoy Manor]] in [[1998]] [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] used this spell on [[Hermione Granger]]'s [[Hermione Granger's wand|wand]] to learn if she used a [[Stinging Hex]] on [[Harry Potter]] to make him unrecognizable.
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] ''{{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]] ''{{Comment|Indirect mention}}
 
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