Some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and, as such, spoilers will be present.
- "The incantation for the knockback jinx is 'Flipendo' .This jinx is the most utilitarian of Grade 2 spell, in that it will allow the caster to 'knock back' an opponent or object and can also be used to push and activate certain magically charmed switches. Like many Grade 2 spells, Flipendo can be targeted."
- —The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2
This jinx was taught by Professor Quirinus Quirrell to his first year class in 1991; they later used it to defeat the various imps, fire crabs, and pixies residing in Hogwarts Castle, as well as helping to protect themselves against the monsters in the Forbidden Forest.
In the second year, students learn how to charge up the spell to more powerful levels (without casting the variations). To do so, one must hold their power in their wand and release their magic when the blue spell turns a strange purplish-red colour. Past this point, the spell will backfire in mid-cast, or fly back to the caster, damaging them somewhat.
The Knockback Jinx can be rebounded to its caster by means of the Shield Charm, as many other spells can, or simply dodged.
- "There was a loud bang and he felt himself flying backwards as if punched; as he slammed into the kitchen wall and slid to the floor, he glimpsed the tail of Lupin's cloak disappearing round the door."
- —Lupin uses this on Harry.[src]
|Harry Potter||17 December, 1992||Professor Gilderoy Lockhart revised this with his second year class in the 1992-1993 school year for use in duelling. He then had Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy duel each other with it.|
|Severus Snape||June 1997||Used this jinx on Harry Potter when escaping Hogwarts Castle alongside the Death Eaters.|
|Remus Lupin||1 September, 1997||On 1 September, 1997, Harry had this spell used on him once more, this time by Remus Lupin at 12 Grimmauld Place.|
|Dobby||30 May, 1993||After Lucius Malfoy realised that Harry Potter freed his House-elf with his sock, Dobby cast this on Malfoy as he was about to curse Harry. This was accomplished by House-elf magic, without a wand.|
|Draco Malfoy||17 December, 1992||Professor Gilderoy Lockhart revised this with his second year class in the 1992-1993 school year for use in duelling. He then had Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy duel each other with it.|
|September, 2020||Used in a Duel against Harry Potter in the latter's house.|
|Alastor Moody||18 June, 1996||During the Battle of the Departments of Mysteries, Alastor Moody used this jinx to knock a Death Eater off the ground and hit a large rock before disappearing behind it.|
Behind the scenes
- This jinx can be bought at Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment in Diagon Alley.
- In the films, Everte Statum and Rictusempra are used instead.
- Every time Harry had this jinx used on him, it was because he had called the caster a coward.
- A spellbook detailing how to cast this spell could be found in Ollivanders.
- In the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) Harry can cast this spell on Flipendo Buttons to activate certain mechanisms such as lifting a portcullis or moving flying platforms.
- In the film adaptations, Stupefy seems to have the same effects of Flipendo.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Pottermore (Spells / Duels)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Pottermore
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (PS2 version)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
- ↑ This is evident, because Dobby can cast wizard's spells, such as the Hover Charm, the light was blue, and Malfoy appeared to be simply knocked backwards.
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Two, Scene Thirteen
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- ↑ LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)