"...he swallowed too fast, turned purple and began to choke. "Anapneo," said Slughorn calmly, pointing his wand at Belby, whose airway seemed to clear at once."
—Use of the spell on a choking Marcus Belby[src]

Anapneo is a healing spell that clears the target person's throat if it is blocked; an example would be if one was choking.


On 1 September 1996, Horace Slughorn used this spell on Marcus Belby after he began to choke on a bite of pheasant when he tried to answer a question too fast.[1]


The Greek word anapneo (αναπνέω) which means "I breathe".


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7 (The Slug Club)