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Latin ''prior'', "previous", and ''incantate'', "to speak a spell" (past participle ''incantatum'').
 
Latin ''prior'', "previous", and ''incantate'', "to speak a spell" (past participle ''incantatum'').
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==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.
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* [[Peter Pettigrew]] took [[Tom Riddle's wand|Voldemort's wand]] after the [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1981)|attack on Godric's Hollow]] failed, due to fearing that the Ministry would use this spell to check the wand to discover Pettigrew's treason.<ref>[[Rumours!]] section of J.K. Rowling's Official site</ref> This suggests that the wand has record of Pettigrew's affiliation (such as branding the [[Dark Mark]] onto his arm).
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* 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.
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] ''{{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]] ''{{1st}}

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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 Deletrius Charm can erase the shadow produced by this spell.

Etymology

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

Behind the scenes

Appearances


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