Carpe Retractum is a charm that creates a retractable magical rope. This can be used to pull objects within a controlled distance or pull the caster towards the object they affix the charm to. It is usually used for inanimate objects. It is covered in third year Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts lessons.
- "Carpe" means "seize" in Latin.
- "Retractum" is based off the word retract, which means "pull or draw in".
Behind the scenes
- In the PC version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Carpe Retractum was Ron Weasley's specialty meaning that he was the only one that could perform the spell, whereas it was Harry's in the console versions. In the succeeding game, however, the two of them (plus Hermione) can use the spell.
- Also, in the PC versions it is Professor Lupin who teaches the spell. In the console versions, however, it is learnt in Filius Flitwick's Charms class.
- Carpe Retractum could also be the spell that Bellatrix Lestrange used during the Skirmish at Malfoy Manor in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- Harry only ever uses the spell on creatures, and it appears orange; whereas Ron only uses the spell on objects; in this case it appears purple. The reason for the different colours is unknown, though it may be to show that there are different people casting the spell, or else to differentiate between objects and creatures.