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"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.


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.

This spell is also listed in the Book of Spells (chapter 3) by Miranda Goshawk.

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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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