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Wand Lighting Charm
Incantation

Lumos
LOO-mos

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Wand-lighting-charm

Light

White

Effect

Illuminates the wand tip

"...his wand ignited."
—Description.[src]

The Wand-Lighting Charm[1] (Lumos) is a charm, a light-creation spell, used to illuminate the tip of the caster's wand; this light is fairly warm[2].

History

Despite its apparent simplicity, the Wand-Lighting Charm was not invented until the 18th century. It was first used publicly by Levina Monkstanley, its inventor, in the Ministry of Magic in 1772 — to the astonishment of her fellow colleagues — to help her look for a fallen quill on a dusty corner.[3]

However, Garvin Lügner, a German wizard, claimed to have been the one who invented the spell, while he was developing his Instant Darkness Powder. It later transpired that Lügner had been lying about the invention of the charm, and that his Instant Darkness Powder did not to much more than slightly dim the lights.[3]

Effects

One of the simplest and most useful spells, it not only illuminates the wand tip, but can repel spectral foes such as Gytrashes and malevolent spirits.[4]

Teaching

This spell is taught in first year defence classes[5] and is detailed in The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection[1], another spellbook[5], and Book of Spells.[3]

Practicioners

Etymology

The incantation Lumos is derived from the Latin lumen, meaning "light".

Behind the scenes

  • It is possible this charm is not affected by The Trace, perhaps because of its simplicity or because it resembles torch light so closely.
  • If one listens closely in the third and the sixth films, one can hear a very soft humming sound.
  • In the films and video games, there are three variations of this spell.

Appearances

Notes and references


Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
TDF-AGTS-P
Professors: Galatea Merrythought · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Barty Crouch Jr. (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape ·
Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks: The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls ·
Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless · Magical Drafts and Potions
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts: Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Professor's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Spells covered under the subject: Curse of the Bogies · Knockback Jinx · Verdimillious Charm · Verdimillious Duo Spell · Verdimillious Tria · Wand-Lighting Charm · Freezing Spell · Seize and Pull Charm · Patronus Charm · Killing Curse · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse · Impediment Jinx · Reductor Curse · Stunning Spell · Shield Charm · Nonverbal spells · Hex-deflection ·
Hex-Breaker · Hex Zapper
Creatures covered under the subject: Vampire bats · Iguanas · Cornish Pixies · Werewolves · Vampires · Hinkypunks · Boggarts · Red Caps · Kappas · Grindylows · Inferius

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