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Prior Incantato
Incantation

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 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. The Prior Incantato spell could be confused with the Priori Incantatem effect that can be triggered by wands sharing a common core that are forced to duel with each other, but which also can be induced with analytical 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).

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