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Scouring Charm
Incantation

Scourgify

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Scourgify movement

Light

None

Effect

Cleans target object

"She pointed her wand at Hedwig's cage. 'Scourgify.' A few feathers and droppings vanished."
—Nymphadora Tonks's use on Hedwig's cage[src]

The Scouring Charm is a household charm, possibly a cleaning spell, used to clean an object. The incantation for this charm is Scourgify. Another similar spell for such a purpose is Tergeo.

History

The Scouring Charm was used by Nymphadora Tonks when attempting to clean Hedwig's cage during their liberation of Harry Potter from 4 Privet Drive in 1995. It can also be used on humans. James Potter used it on Severus Snape in the grounds, causing soap to fill his mouth. Many wizarding families use this spell, both for cleaning and punishing people who swear.

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Etymology

Perhaps related to English scour, "clean". -ify is a common English suffix meaning "to make ...". Therefore scourgify could mean "to make clean".

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