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|effect=Renders living targets immobile.
The '''Freezing Charm ''' (''Immobulus''), according to [[Horace Slughorn]], will disable a [[Muggle]] burglar alarm as it stops things from moving. The spell strikes resemblances to the [[Flame-Freezing Charm]], which negates the effects of fire. [[Hermione Granger]] used the Freezing Charm on [[pixie]]s after [[Gilderoy Lockhart]] set them loose and failed to stop them with [[Peskipiksi Pesternomi]]. In [[1996]], [[Horace Slughorn]] used the [[charm]] to freeze the burglar alarms of [[Muggle]] houses he stayed in. Later that year, [[Albus Dumbledore]] used this spell nonverbally on [[Harry Potter]] to stop the latter interfering with the former's death <ref name="HBP">[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27, pg.584 of the American Edition "''Expelliarmus'' was not a Freezing Charm".</ref>. [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] possibly used this spell nonverbally during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
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{{Quote|...immobilising two pixies at once with a clever Freezing Charm and stuffing them back into their cage|Hermione Granger's use of the charm in her Defence Against the Dark Arts class|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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The '''Freezing Charm''' (''Immobulus'') is a spell which immobilises living targets.<ref>''[[Pottermore]]''</ref> It can also, according to [[Horace Slughorn]], be used to disable [[Burglar alarm|Muggle burglar alarms]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref> It resembles the [[Flame-Freezing Charm]], a spell used to negate the harmful effects of fire.
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==Known uses==
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*This spell is covered in ''[[The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2]]'' by [[Miranda Goshawk]].
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*[[Hermione Granger]] used this spell on a pair of [[pixie]]s in [[1992-1993 school year|her second year]] after [[Gilderoy Lockhart|her teacher]] tried and failed to subdue them with the incantation ''[[Peskipiksi Pesternomi]]''.
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*[[Professor]] [[Remus Lupin]] used it in [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|1993]] on the [[Hogwarts Whomping Willow]].
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*[[Harry Potter]] used it in [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|1994]] to liberate himself from some attacking [[Grindylow]]s.
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*Horace Slughorn used this [[charm]] throughout [[1996]] to freeze the burglar alarms of [[Muggle]] houses he stayed in due to Death Eater attacks.
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*[[Albus Dumbledore]] used the charm non-verbally on [[Harry Potter]] to prevent him interfering with his death.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 27 (''The Lightning-Struck Tower'') (pg. 584 of the American Hardback edition)</ref>
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*This may be the spell [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] used non-verbally during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''</ref>
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', Hermione freezes all the [[Pixies]] using this spell.
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*In the second film, Hermione freezes all of the pixies instead of just two.
*[[Remus Lupin]] also used this spell to freeze the [[Hogwarts Whomping Willow]] in the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''.
 
*Harry Potter uses a non-verbal version in the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' to freeze the Grindylows.
 
*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', when cast, the victim will emerge into a blue bubble, motionless. This is how [[Pixies]] are defeated. Once in the bubble, they must be shot again, breaking the bubble and their little bodies.
 
*[[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] possibly used this spell during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] to stop a [[Death Eater]] breaking through a window on the Quad Battlements.
 
 
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
Immobulus, from the Latin “immobilis”, meaning immovable.
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The incantation is derived from Latin ''immobilis'' meaning "immobile".
 
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
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==Notes and References==
 
==Notes and References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
 
 
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Freezing Charm
Incantation

Immobulus

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Freezing-charm

Light

Blue

Effect

Renders living targets immobile.

"...immobilising two pixies at once with a clever Freezing Charm and stuffing them back into their cage"
—Hermione Granger's use of the charm in her Defence Against the Dark Arts class[src]

The Freezing Charm (Immobulus) is a spell which immobilises living targets.[1] It can also, according to Horace Slughorn, be used to disable Muggle burglar alarms.[2] It resembles the Flame-Freezing Charm, a spell used to negate the harmful effects of fire.

Known uses

Behind the scenes

  • In the second film, Hermione freezes all of the pixies instead of just two.

Etymology

The incantation is derived from Latin immobilis meaning "immobile".

Appearances

Notes and References

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