"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 (Scourgify) is a household charm, possibly a cleaning spell, used to clean an object, similar to Tergeo. It can also be used to clean out smaller infestations of bundimun.

This spell is listed in the third chapter of Book of Spells by Miranda Goshawk.

Many wizarding families use this spell, both for cleaning and punishing people who swear.[citation needed]


James Potter used it on Severus Snape in the grounds, causing soap to fill his mouth.[1]

In the 1987–1988 school year, this spell was taught to the fourth years in Charms class.[2] Jacob's sibling later used the Scouring Charm to clean bundimun in Hagrid's Hut.[3]

Hermione Granger taught Neville Longbottom the Scouring Charm to clean frog guts out from under his fingernails, in their fourth year.[4]

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.[5] It was later used by Ginevra Weasley on 1 September that year on the Hogwarts Express to clear Stinksap that had squirted from Neville's Mimbulus mimbletonia.[6]

Known practitioners


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

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 10 (Seeing Red) - Charms Lesson "Scourgify"
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 15 (Dark Secrets)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 14 (The Unforgivable Curses)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 10 (Luna Lovegood)

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