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Amplifying Charm
Incantation

Sonorus[1]
(soh-NOHR-us[1])

Type

Charm[1]

Hand Movement

Direct at target[1]

Light

None[1]

Effect

Amplifies sounds[1]

"But her final words were drowned as a different voice echoed through the hall. It was high, cold, and clear: There was no telling where it came from; it seemed to issue from the walls themselves."
—Description [src]

The Amplifying Charm[2] (Sonorus) is a charm that can be used to amplify the targeted sound[1], be it a person's voice or a piece of equipment.

Effects

This charm is particularly useful for amplifying one's voice, although using it on oneself for a long period of time will result in hoarseness thereafter[1]. When using the charm on an inanimate object one must simply point their wand at the device and either verbally or non-verbally incite the incantation. The counter-spell to this charm is Quietus[1].

Known usages

Caster(s) Year Notes
Albus Dumbledore 1991

Dumbledore used this spell wandlessly in 1991 to calm down the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the Hallowe'en feast after Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor Quirinus Quirrell came screaming into the Great Hall, yelling about a troll in the Dungeons.

Ludovic Bagman 1994 Bagman used the spell to set off the Quidditch World Cup in 1994 between the Irish National Quidditch team and Bulgarian National Quidditch team.
Albus Dumbledore 1994 Dumbledore used the spell several times during the Triwizard Tournament to get the students attention before and after each task.
Molly Weasley 1997 Molly Weasley used this spell to turn up the volume on the radio in 1997 to be able to listen to Celestina Warbeck, her favourite witch singer, after she was annoyed by Fleur Delacour talked louder and louder on purpose.
Tom Riddle 1998 Tom Riddle used this spell in 1998 to bring his messages around to the entire Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during the Battle of Hogwarts.

Practitioners

Etymology

The incantation is a Latin word, meaning "loud".

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Appearances

Notes and References

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