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Homenum revelio

Illustration of the Lovegood house

A spell used to reveal human presence and detect intruders


Some members of the Order of the Phoenix wait outside Grimmauld Place

Behind the scenes: Grimmauld Place


‘Before we go any further, I think we’d better check,’ whispered Hermione, and she raised her wand and said, ‘Homenum revelio.’


Extract

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

Harry Ron and Hermione lie asleep in the sitting room of Grimmauld Place.

Somewhere safe


Illustration of the Lovegood house

The Lovegood House


‘No – no – I beg you!’ sobbed Xenophilius. ‘It really is Potter! Really!’


Extract

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

By J.K. Rowling

Xenophilius Lovegood being attacked by Dementors in the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Xenophilius' betrayal


Homenum revelio fact file


Purpose

To reveal the presence of other humans

The effect it has on the recipient

Gives a sensation of something swooping low over them

Famous moment a wizard or witch uses it

Hermione uses it to check for intruders in Grimmauld Place while the trio are on the run. Also used when Xenophilius Lovegood offers Harry to the Death Eaters in exchange for Luna's safe return