Some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and, as such, spoilers will be present.
The Wand-Lighting Charm (Lumos) is a charm and a light-creation spell. Its used to illuminate the tip of the caster's wand; this light is fairly warm. The counter-charm for the spell is the Wand-Extinguishing Charm, (Nox) which is used to extinguish the light from the caster's wand.
Despite its apparent simplicity, the Wand-Lighting Charm was not invented until the 18th century. It was first used publicly by its inventor, Levina Monkstanley in the Ministry of Magic in 1772 — to the astonishment of her colleagues — to help her look for a fallen quill in a dusty corner.
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 do too much more than slightly dim the lights.
This spell is taught in first year defence classes and is detailed in The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection (another spellbook) and Book of Spells. This spell is also used frequently as people skulk about the castle or the Forbidden Forest, used numerous times by Hogwarts students.
One of the simplest and most useful spells, yet not invented until the 18th century. It not only illuminates the wand tip, but can repel spectral foes such as Gytrashes and malevolent spirits. The light works as a directed beam rather than a general light source.
|Harry Potter||1993||Harry used this charm to follow the trail of spiders leading into the Forbidden Forest.|
|6 June,1994||He used it when trying to gain entry to the upstairs of the Shrieking Shack. Also used when Harry was in the passage beneath the Whomping Willow which leads to the Shrieking Shack.|
|30 June, 1997||Harry used this spell when he and Dumbledore were searching for the Horcrux locket in the crystal cave.|
|August, 1997||Harry used this spell while the Trio was hiding in Grimmauld Place after the fall of the ministry.|
|September, 1997||Harry used this in the forest while the Trio was on their hunt for Horcruxs, after infiltrating the ministry.|
|24 December, 1997||Harry used this spell in Bathilda Bagshot's house while he and Hermione were searching for the Sword of Gryffindor.|
|2 May, 1998||He used this in the passage way leading to the Shrieking Shack during the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|September, 2020||Harry uses this charm to light the room while talking to his wife in their home.|
|Severus Snape||1993||Snape was using this charm when he was patrolling the Hogwarts corriders at night, during which he caught Harry Potter out of bed, but the pair was interrupted by Remus Lupin.|
|Hermione Granger||6 June,1994||She used it when trying to gain entry to the upstairs of the Shrieking Shack. Also used when Harry was in the passage beneath the Whomping Willow which leads to the Shrieking Shack.|
|Albus Dumbledore||spring 1995||Dumbledore even used this charm when looking for Mr Crouch in the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest.|
|30 June, 1997||He used this spell when he and Harry Potter were searching for the Horcrux locket in the crystal cave.|
|Nymphadora Tonks||5 August, 1995||Tonks used this charm when she and other members of the Advance Guard escorted Harry Potter from Surrey to Grimmauld Place.|
|Ginevra Weasley||31 August, 2020||Ginny used this spell in her home to light the room before asking Harry if he had had a nightmare.|
Behind the scenes
- This is the only spell whose hand motion stays the same between Pottermore and Wonderbook.
- 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.
- On any Android phone (on Lollipop or better), if a user types Lumos in the search bar on the Google app, the torch will turn on. Respectively, Nox turns it off.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World
- LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter: Spells
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- Pottermore (Spells / Duels)
- LEGO Dimensions
- Harry Potter: The Character Vault
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Pottermore
- ↑ Given that Alastor Moody burned some parchment with this, it has at least some heat to it.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Wonderbook: Book of Spells - see this video
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Harry Potter video games
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 15 (Aragog)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- ↑ Harry Potter (book series)
- ↑ Harry Potter (film series)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)