Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Enervate

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Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic
Enervate
Type Spell
Features restore consciousness
First Appearance Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Overview[edit]

Enervate is a spell that is used to restore a person to consciousness, especially if he/she has been Stunned.

Extended Description[edit]

Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

This spell is first used in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by Bartemius Crouch to resuscitate his house-elf, Winky, after she had been Stunned in the woods during the events following the Quidditch World Cup.

It is later used by Dumbledore to return Viktor Krum to consciousness near the Forbidden Forest after he was Stunned while he was alone there with Mr. Crouch, who at the time was suffering after-effects of the Imperius curse. Harry had gone to fetch Dumbledore because of the sudden appearance of Mr. Crouch, who during his strange behavior said that he wanted to meet Dumbledore.

It is used a third time, again by Dumbledore, this time to resuscitate the Stunned Barty Crouch Jr., that they might hear what had happened to the true Mad-Eye Moody.

While people are Stunned a number of times in this and later books, this reversal spell does not seem to be used again in our sight. We do see the use of a possibly related spell, used for more general resuscitation, in the form "Rennervate".

Analysis[edit]

Enervate seems to be a spell of limited usefulness; we only ever see it being used when resuscitating someone from a Stunning Spell. Possibly it could be used when restoring consciousness to someone who has been knocked out by e.g. a blow to the head, but we never see such a use.

Questions[edit]

Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

  1. Why choose "Enervate" for the spell name? Someone who is enervated is weak and listless, the opposite of the spell's effect.

Greater Picture[edit]

The word "enervate" is frequently used incorrectly. Perhaps it sounds misleadingly enlivening. This common error was pointed out by Doris Wilgus (played by Barbra Streisand) in "The Owl and the Pussycat" (1970).