Magical effects
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wand effects

Wand Effects

non-verbal magical effects

Causes loud booming noises, sparks, or flashes of light, designed to get people’s attention.

References from the canon

Attention Getters

  • Purple firecrackers to get everyone's attention (PS10)
  • McGonagall created a loud bang to get people's attention in the hallway (CS10)
  • Ollivander cast a stream of silver smoke rings and a fountain of wine during the Weighing of the Wands (GF18)
  • Hermione's wand erupted purple and gold streamers which draped themselves artistically over the bushes (DH7).
  • The wizard who performed the wedding ceremony cast a shower of silver stars over the bride and groom at the end (DH8).
  • Harry's wand emitted a bang and red sparks when he closed the curtains over Mrs. Black's portrait (DH9).
  • See also: BUBBLES

Wand Sparks

Emits red or green sparks from the wand, used as a signal.

  • Harry, Draco, Neville fired red sparks into the air to call for help in the Forbidden Forest (PS15).
  • Harry and Ron shot sparks to hold off an advancing skrewt (GF21).
  • For the third task, each champion was instructed beforehand to send up red sparks if he or she got into difficulty and wished to be rescued (GF31).
  • When Harry's temper was getting the better of him, his wand inadvertently gave off a few red and gold sparks (OP2).
  • The signal that it was clear for the Advance Guard to leave Privet Drive with Harry was a shower of red sparks, then green sparks, far off in the night sky (OP3).
  • Harry's wand spun around by itself and shot gold flames at Voldemort when the latter pursued him after his departure from Privet Drive. Albus Dumbledore later said that this was because during their duel three years before, Harry's wand had taken on some of the power and qualities of Voldemort's wand, recognized him as both kin and mortal enemy, and regurgitated some of his own power back at him (DH4, DH5, DH35).
  • Harry's wand emitted a bang and red sparks when he closed the curtains over Mrs. Black's portrait (DH9).
  • Red Sparks and Green Sparks are spells listed in The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection by Quentin Trimble (Pm)

Wand Writing

Emits an animated ribbon from the tip of the wand that spells words or forms numbers

  • Dumbledore used ribbon from his wand to form letters in air (PS7).
  • Tom Marvolo Riddle wrote his name in the air, then rearranged the letters (CS17)
  • The judges of the Triwizard Tournament showed scores with ribbons coming from their wands (GF20)


wand effects
Incantation non-verbal
Spellbook Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection


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