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Waddiwasi
Incantation

Waddiwasi
wah-dee-WAH-see

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Point wand at victim

Light

None

Effect

Fires an impacted object into the air.

"He raised the wand to shoulder height, said "Waddiwasi!" and pointed it at Peeves. With the force of a bullet, the wad of chewing gum shot out of the keyhole and straight down Peeves's left nostril; he whirled right way up and zoomed away, cursing."
—The spell's use on Peeves.[src]

Waddiwasi is a charm that removes impacted objects and launches them through the air at the will of the caster.

Known uses

Hogwarts professor, Remus Lupin used this to dislodge a wad of gum that had been shoved in a keyhole in attempt to block it by Peeves. After casting his spell, the gum went rocketting up Peeves' nose.

Behind the scenes

This could be the incantation of the Placement Charm mentioned in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, under the Kelpie entry.

This could be the spell that Voldemort used to launch shards of broken glass to Dumbledore and Harry Potter during the Duel in the Ministry Atrium.

Etymology

Latin vade, "travel." Possibly Swedish vadd, meaning "soft mass" (in this case, gum); or French vas y, "go there," as Lupin also directed the object upwards; or possibly from the English wad, as in "a wad of gum". Waddiwasi may also be a combination of the words wad and kamikaze. In this case, the spell's function is most likely to be as simple as causing a wad of something to launch itself sacrificially at someone nearby. As the perfect spitball launcher, such a charm would doubtless have been a favorite tool in the arsenal of troublemakers like Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs.

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