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"...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 (Immobilus[1]) is a spell which immobilises living targets.[2] It can also, according to Horace Slughorn, be used to disable Muggle burglar alarms.[3] It resembles the Flame-Freezing Charm, a spell used to negate the harmful effects of fire.

Known uses


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

Behind the scenes

  • In the second film, Hermione freezes all of the pixies instead of just two.
  • Despite the books and video games giving no incantation, the word is shown to be Immobilus in the film.
  • Pottermore shows the hand movement to be thus:


Notes and References

The Standard Book of Spells
Grade 1 · Grade 2 · Grade 3 · Grade 4 · Grade 5 · Grade 6
Charms included in the series: Fire-Making Spell · Levitation Charm · Locking Spell · Mending Charm · Softening Charm · Severing Charm · Unlocking Charm · Dancing Feet Spell · Disarming Charm · Engorgement Charm · Freezing Charm · General Counter-Spell · Memory Charm · Tickling Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Substantive Charm

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