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The Wand-Lighting Charm[1] (Lumos) is a charm that causes the tip of the caster's wand to emit a warm glow[2]. Its counter-spell is the Wand-Extinguishing Charm. It is taught in first year Defence Against the Dark Arts classes[3] and is detailed in both the Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 [4] and the Lumos spellbook.



Harry using this spell at Bathilda Bagshot's home

Lumos is simultaneously one of the simplest and most useful spells of all, rivalled only in its pragmatism by Flipendo. Not only can the light produced from produced illuminate dark areas like a lantern (which is in itself very useful) but is is the only known spell effective at repelling spectral foes, such as Gytrashes and malevolent spirits[5].

Known practitioners


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

Behind the scenes

Harry potter lumos

Lego Harry Potter using Lumos


Notes and references

  1. Pottermore
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - evidently the light has some heat to it, as Alastor Moody used the light to burn paper
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  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  5. PS (PS2) Walkthrough part 8
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  7. In The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, the wizard, "Lit his wand", so he may have used Lumos.

Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
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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