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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].

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

Practitioners

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[8].

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[9].

Etymology

The incantation "Evanesco" is a Latin word meaning "vanish" or "disappear"[10].

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 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. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Seventeen - Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Fourteen - Percy and Padfoot)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Nineteen - The Lion and the Serpent)
  10. Evanesco on Google Translate
  11. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 6 - (Gilderoy Lockhart)
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 - (The Chamber of Secrets)
  13. 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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