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|name=Vanishing Spell
|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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|light=None<ref name="OotP5"/>
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{{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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{{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}}
   
The '''Vanishing Spell''' (''Evanesco'') is a [[Transfiguration]] [[spell]] causes things and living beings to [[Vanishment|Vanish]].
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The '''Vanishing Spell'''<ref name="OotP15">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' (''Chapter Fifteen - The Hogwarts High Inquisitor'')</ref> (''Evanesco''<ref name="OotP5">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' (''Chapter Five - The Order of the Phoenix'')</ref>) is a [[transfiguration]] [[spell]] used to [[Vanishment|vanish]] both animate and inanimate objects.
   
 
==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]]s 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"/>.
*[[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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The greatest challenge, however, is the [[vanishment]] of a [[Cat|kitten]], which [[Hermione Granger]] managed to do by [[1995|mid-year]]<ref name="OotP16">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' (''Chapter Sixteen - In the Hog's Head'')</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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==Practicioners==
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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">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' (''Chapter Thirteen - Detention with Dolores'')</ref>
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*[[Lee Jordan]]<ref name="OotP17"/>
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*[[Severus Snape]]<ref name="OotP17">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' (''Chapter Seventeen - Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four'')</ref>
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*[[William Weasley]]<ref name="OotP5"/>
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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|6]]th, 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">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' (''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">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' (''Chapter Nineteen - The Lion and the Serpent'')</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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*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"/>.
*[[Harry Potter]] may have used this to inadvertantly vanish the glass at the snake tank at the zoo in [[1991]].
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*[[Harry Potter]] may have used this [[spell]] [[Underage magic|unintentionally]] to make the glass at the [[Zoo]]. This, however, is unconfirmed.
*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.
 
*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.
 
==See also==
 
*''[[Evanesce]] ''
 
*''[[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 Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st ID}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
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==Notes and references==
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{{Reflist}}
   
 
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Revision as of 22:01, March 20, 2013

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.

Nature

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].

Practicioners

Teaching

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[7].

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[8].

Etymology

The incantation "Evanesco" is a Latin word meaning "vanish" or "disappear"[9].

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  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 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. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Seventeen - Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Fourteen - Percy and Padfoot)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Nineteen - The Lion and the Serpent)
  9. Evanesco on Google Translate


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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