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|incantation= Evanesco (ev-an-ES-koh)
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|incantation=''Evanesco''
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|type=[[Transfiguration]]<ref name="OotP15"/>
 
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{{Quote|The contents of Harry’s potion vanished; he was left standing foolishly beside an empty [[cauldron]].|[[Professor]] [[Severus Snape|Snape]] vanishes [[Harry Potter]]'s [[Draught of Peace]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
{{quote|Bill took out his wand, muttered, "Evanesco!" and the scrolls vanished.|Bill using the spell in 1995.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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The '''Vanishing Spell'''<ref name="OotP15">{{OOTP}} (''Chapter Fifteen - The Hogwarts High Inquisitor'')</ref> (''Evanesco''<ref name="OotP5">{{OOTP}} (''Chapter Five - The Order of the Phoenix'')</ref>) is a [[transfiguration|Transfiguration]] [[spell]] used to [[Vanishment|vanish]] both animate and inanimate objects.
 
The '''Vanishing Spell''' (''Evanesco'') is a [[Transfiguration]] [[spell]] causes things and living beings to [[Vanishment|Vanish]].
 
   
 
==Nature==
 
==Nature==
The spell is practised at O.W.L. level in [[Transfiguration]] [[Transfiguration (class)|class]] and is considered one of the hardest spells to be tested in the [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]] exams and can be used on both the living and otherwise. As stated by [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]], the difficulty of the Vanishing Spell increases along with the complexity of the animal to be Vanished. Hence, when taught, the class is first to Vanish snails, then mice, then kittens; snails (being invertebrates) are considered easier to Vanish than the mice, which are vertebrates and mice are considered easier than kittens, the latter of which are "higher mammals" (i.e. more complex) than mice.
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The Vanishing Spell is one of the most complicated [[spell|spells]] taught at [[Ordinary Wizarding Level]]<ref name="OotP13"/>.
   
==History of use==
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It becomes more difficult with the complexity of the animal to be [[Vanishment|vanished]]; for instance, a [[snail]], as an invertebrate, is rather simple, whereas the [[mouse]], as a mammal, presents a great challenge<ref name="OotP15"/>. The greatest challenge, however, is the [[vanishment]] of a [[Cat|kitten]], which [[Hermione Granger]] managed to do by [[1995|mid-year]]<ref name="OotP16">{{OOTP}} (''Chapter Sixteen - In the Hog's Head'')</ref>.
*[[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]] used it in [[1995]] to make several parchments, which looked like plans for a building to [[Harry Potter]], Vanish.
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*In [[1995]], [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] used it to Vanish a couple of [[potion]]s that Harry ruined.
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[[Minerva McGonagall]] stated in May of [[1998]] that Vanished objects go "''into non-being, which is to say, everything''".<ref>{{DH}}</ref>
*In 1995, [[Lee Jordan]] used it to Vanish vomit from a bucket when [[Fred Weasley]] and [[George Weasley]] were showing their new [[Puking Pastilles]] to the students in the [[Gryffindor Common Room]].
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*[[Hermione Granger]] also used it later in the year 1995 to Vanish a potion of Harry's that she thought he had finished.
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==Teaching==
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[[Professor]] [[Minerva McGonagall]] introduced this [[spell]] in her very first [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration class]] with the [[fifth year]] students, giving them a lecture and then setting them on vanishing [[snail]]s<ref name="OotP13"/>.
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When none of the students except [[Hermione Granger]] could perform the spell properly, Professor McGonagall told the students to practise the spell overnight, for a fresh start [[4 September|the next day]]<ref name="OotP13"/>.
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In [[4 September|their second lesson]], the students were given questions on the Vanishing Spell for homework<ref name="OotP13"/>. On the [[6 September|6th]], however, the students were given a break from this [[spell]] and instead were given a long and difficult essay on the [[Inanimatus Conjurus Spell]]<ref name="OotP14">{{OOTP}} (''Chapter Fourteen - Percy and Padfoot'')</ref>.
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Later on in the year, [[Professor]] [[Minerva McGonagall|McGonagall]] returned the class to Vanishing Spells, this time working to make [[Mouse|mice]] [[Vanishment|disappear]]<ref name="OotP15"/>. However, in the week leading up to the [[Gryffindor]]-[[Slytherin]] match, she abstained from giving them homework so that the [[Gryffindor Quidditch team]] could practise<ref name="OotP19">{{OOTP}} (''Chapter Nineteen - The Lion and the Serpent'')</ref>.
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==Practitioners==
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*Various [[fifth year]] students<ref name="OotP13"/>
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*[[Babbitty]]<ref name="tToBtB">''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)]]''</ref>
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*[[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="OotP13">{{OOTP}} (''Chapter Thirteen - Detention with Dolores'')</ref>
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*[[Lee Jordan]]<ref name="OotP17"/>
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*[[Severus Snape]]<ref name="OotP17">{{OOTP}} (''Chapter Seventeen - Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four'')</ref>
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*[[William Weasley|Bill Weasley]]<ref name="OotP5"/>
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*[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="OotP31">{{OOTP}} (''Chapter thirty-one - O.W.L.S'')</ref>
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
Comes from the word "evanescence", something that is meaning fleeting or disappears, and from the Latin word evanesco, which means "disappear".
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The [[incantation]] "''Evanesco''" is a [[Latin]] word meaning "''vanish''" or "''disappear''"<ref name="etymology">[http://translate.google.ca/#la/en/evanesco Evanesco] on [http://translate.google.ca/ Google Translate]</ref>.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*The fictional [[Babbitty]] made a hat disappear, probably using this spell.
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*[[Harry Potter]] may have used this to inadvertantly vanish the glass at the snake tank at the zoo in [[1991]].
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*This [[spell]] is referred to by [[Professor]] [[Minerva McGonagall|McGonagall]] in its plural form when she introduces it, along with [[Conjuring Spells]], in [[1995]]<ref name="OotP13"/>.
*Whilst [[Severus Snape|Snape]] used [[Vipera Evanesca|a similar spell]] to Vanish a snake [[Conjuration|conjured]] by [[Draco Malfoy|Malfoy]] during [[Duelling Club]], that was not strictly a Vanishing spell; it was a [[counter-curse]] with a different incantation yet similar effect.
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*[[Harry Potter]] may have used this [[spell]] [[Underage magic|unintentionally]] to make the glass at the [[Zoo]] disappear. This, however, is unconfirmed.
*The spell ''[[Evanesce]]'' which appears in the [[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]] may be a variation or earlier version of the Vanishing Spell, given its similar etymology.
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*After being forced to take a [[Portraits|photo]] with [[Gilderoy Lockhart]] for [[Colin Creevey]], Harry Potter wished that he knew a good Vanishing Spell.<ref name="CS6">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', Chapter 6 - (''Gilderoy Lockhart'')</ref>
==See also==
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*[[Neville Longbottom]] may have also used this spell unintentionally in [[May]] [[1993]] during a [[Transfiguration (class)|Transfiguration]] lesson with Professor McGonagall. Following her announcement that he and the other students would be having [[Second year exams|exams]] in one week, his [[Neville Longbottom's first wand|wand]] slipped and one of the legs on his desk vanished.<ref name="CS16">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', Chapter 16 - (''The Chamber of Secrets'')</ref>
*''[[Evanesce]] ''
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*In "[[The Wizard and the Hopping Pot]]" from ''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'', the son of the original owner of the pot tries to Vanish the pot, but the spell has no effect.<ref name="tbb">''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)|The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'' - "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot"</ref>
*''[[Ossio Dispersimus]]''
 
*''[[Vipera Evanesca]] ''
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{C|First possible appearence}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{Possible}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]'' {{Possible}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]'' {{Possible}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' {{1st Mention}} {{Possible}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st ID}}
*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
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*''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)|The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'' {{Mention}}
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==Notes and references==
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{{Reflist}}
   
 
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Latest revision as of 09:29, December 13, 2014

Vanishing Spell
Incantation

Evanesco

Type

Transfiguration[1]

Light

None[2]

Effect

Vanishes things[2]

"The contents of Harry’s potion vanished; he was left standing foolishly beside an empty cauldron."
Professor Snape vanishes Harry Potter's Draught of Peace[src]

The Vanishing Spell[1] (Evanesco[2]) is a Transfiguration spell used to vanish both animate and inanimate objects.

NatureEdit

The Vanishing Spell is one of the most complicated spells taught at Ordinary Wizarding Level[3].

It becomes more difficult with the complexity of the animal to be vanished; for instance, a snail, as an invertebrate, is rather simple, whereas the mouse, as a mammal, presents a great challenge[1]. The greatest challenge, however, is the vanishment of a kitten, which Hermione Granger managed to do by mid-year[4].

Minerva McGonagall stated in May of 1998 that Vanished objects go "into non-being, which is to say, everything".[5]

TeachingEdit

Professor Minerva McGonagall introduced this spell in her very first Transfiguration class with the fifth year students, giving them a lecture and then setting them on vanishing snails[3].

When none of the students except Hermione Granger could perform the spell properly, Professor McGonagall told the students to practise the spell overnight, for a fresh start the next day[3].

In their second lesson, the students were given questions on the Vanishing Spell for homework[3]. On the 6th, however, the students were given a break from this spell and instead were given a long and difficult essay on the Inanimatus Conjurus Spell[6].

Later on in the year, Professor McGonagall returned the class to Vanishing Spells, this time working to make mice disappear[1]. However, in the week leading up to the Gryffindor-Slytherin match, she abstained from giving them homework so that the Gryffindor Quidditch team could practise[7].

PractitionersEdit

EtymologyEdit

The incantation "Evanesco" is a Latin word meaning "vanish" or "disappear"[11].

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Fifteen - The Hogwarts High Inquisitor)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Five - The Order of the Phoenix)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Thirteen - Detention with Dolores)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Sixteen - In the Hog's Head)
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Fourteen - Percy and Padfoot)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Nineteen - The Lion and the Serpent)
  8. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Seventeen - Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter thirty-one - O.W.L.S)
  11. Evanesco on Google Translate
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 6 - (Gilderoy Lockhart)
  13. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 - (The Chamber of Secrets)
  14. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot"


Transfiguration (class)
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Professors: Albus Dumbledore · Minerva McGonagall
Textbooks: A Beginner's Guide to Transfiguration · Intermediate Transfiguration · A Guide to Advanced Transfiguration
Known practitioners: Emeric Switch · Circe · Falco Aesalon · Mirabella Plunkett · Thaddeus Thurkell ·
Transfiguration spells studied at Hogwarts: Chair to cat · Match to needle · Snail to Teapot · Teacup to Rat · Switching Spell · Transforming Spell · Avifors Spell · Mice to Snuffboxes · Beetle Buttons · Rabbit Slippers · Vera Verto · Teapot to tortoise · Draconifors Spell · Lapifors Spell · Vanishing Spell · Owl to opera glasses · Guinea fowl to guinea pig · Hedgehog to pincushion · Small Child to Rat · Meddling Man to Monkey · Crinus Muto
Branches of Transfiguration: Transformation · Vanishment · Conjuration · Untransfiguration

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