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"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.


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].



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].


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

Behind the scenes


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)
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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