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{{Spell infobox
 
{{Spell infobox
 
|name=Impediment Jinx
 
|name=Impediment Jinx
|image=[[File:Impedimenta_Jinx.jpg|250px]]
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|image=[[File:Impedimenta Jinx.jpg|250px]]
|incantation=''Impedimenta''
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|incantation=''Impedimenta''<ref name="GoF31">{{GOF}} - Chapter 31 (''The Third Task'')</ref><br/>(im-PED-a-MEN-ta)<ref name="GOFF">{{GOFF}}</ref>
|type=[[Jinx]]
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|type=[[Jinx]]<ref name="GoF31"/>
|effect=Impedes forward motion
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|hand=[[File:Impedimenta movement.png|70px]]
|light=None
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|light=Turquoise<ref name="wonderbook">''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''</ref>
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|effect=Temporarily slows target<ref name="GoF31"/>
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|creator=
 
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{{Quote|I like the look of this one, this Impediment Curse. Should slow down anything that's trying to attack you. Harry.|Hermione Granger recomends spells for Harry Potter to learn for the Triwizard Tournament's Third Task.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
The '''Impediment Jinx''', also known as the '''Impediment Curse''', is a [[spell]] which impedes forward motion, either slowing or stopping an object or individual, effectively immobilising them for a short period of time. When cast with power, however, it may knock the target off their feet. It has sometimes knocked the target over, but not prevented movement. Whether these variations are accidental in the casting of the [[spell]], or the choice of the caster, is unclear. It can also sometimes just levitate people in an act that is like that of the spell [[Levicorpus]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]''</ref>
 
   
==Known users==
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{{Quote|Swift use of this jinx can freeze an attacker for a few moments, or stop a magical beast in its tracks. The jinx is a vital part of any duellist’s arsenal.|[[Miranda Goshawk]] introduces this spell in ''[[Book of Spells]]''.|Wonderbook: Book of Spells}}
*[[Antonin Dolohov]]
 
*[[Bellatrix Lestrange]]
 
*[[Death Eaters]]
 
*[[Dumbledore's Army]]
 
*[[Draco Malfoy]]
 
*[[Harry Potter]]
 
*[[Hermione Granger]]
 
*[[Hogwarts]] students
 
*[[James Potter I|James Potter]]
 
*[[Jugson]]
 
*[[Lucius Malfoy]]
 
*[[Narcissa Malfoy]]
 
*[[Neville Longbottom]]
 
*[[Order of the Phoenix]]
 
*[[Professor]]s
 
*[[Rolanda Hooch]]
 
*[[Ronald Weasley]]
 
*[[Scabior]]
 
*[[Snatchers]]
 
*[[Yaxley]]
 
[[File:Impedimenta.JPG|thumb|James Potter casting this spell on [[Severus Snape]] in his teenage years]]
 
   
==Known uses==
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The '''Impediment Jinx'''<ref name="wonderbook"/> (''Impedimenta''<ref name="GoF31"/>), also known as the '''Impediment Hex'''<ref name="fantastic">''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]'' - An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts (''Lethifold'')</ref> is a [[jinx]] that slows the target<ref name="GoF31"/>.
*[[James Potter I|James Potter]] once used this on [[Severus Snape]].<ref name="OTP"/>
 
*[[Hermione Granger]] taught [[Harry Potter]] this spell to help him in the [[1994]] [[Triwizard Tournament]]. He used it in the Triwizard Maze of the Third Task, against the [[Acromantula]] and [[Blast-Ended Skrewt]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
 
*The [[1995|following year]], Harry later taught this to [[Dumbledore's Army]] as a defensive spell.<ref name="OTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>[[File:Harry-Potter-and-the-Deathly-Hallows-Part-2-e1312464436765.jpg|thumb|Neville casting the Impediment Jinx against Scabior]]
 
*[[Rolanda Hooch|Madam Hooch]] used this spell to prevent [[Harry Potter]] and [[Draco Malfoy]] from colliding at the [[Quidditch]] pitch at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] following the [[Gryffindor]] vs. [[Slytherin]] [[Quidditch]] match in their 5th year. On this occasion it had the opposite effect: [[Harry Potter|Harry]] was knocked back but not immobilised.
 
*This jinx was used by [[Death Eaters]] [[Antonin Dolohov]] and [[Jugson]] against Harry, Hermione, and [[Neville Longbottom]] in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].<ref name="OTP"/>
 
*[[Harry Potter]] used the [[spell]] against the [[Inferius|Inferi]] in the [[Horcrux cave]].
 
*During the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]], Harry used this spell to distract [[Amycus Carrow]] from attacking [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
 
*When [[Death Eaters]] were chasing Harry on brooms in the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]], he used this spell to stop one of them.<ref>"[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]"</ref> This spell was also used by the [[Death Eaters]] and the [[Order of the Phoenix]] during that battle.
 
*It was used several times by [[Harry Potter]], [[Hermione Granger]] and [[Ronald Weasley]] in [[1997]] against [[Death Eaters]], [[Snatchers]], [[Yaxley]], the [[Malfoy family|Malfoys]] and [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] while [[Horcrux hunt|chasing Horcruxes]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''</ref> Likewise it was also by Death Eaters, Snatchers, Yaxley, the Malfoys and Bellatrix against the [[Trio]].
 
*It was used several times by students, [[Professor|teachers]], [[Death Eaters]] and [[Snatchers]] in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]''</ref>
 
*This spell was used by [[Neville Longbottom]] against [[Scabior]] during a [[Skirmish at the Covered Bridge|skirmish]] that took place at the [[Covered Bridge]] during the Battle of Hogwarts. It was also used by Scabior against Neville.
 
   
==Etymology==
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==Effects==
''Impedimenta'' is devised from the Latin word ''Impedimentum'', meaning "a hindrance".
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It is only temporary<ref name="GoF31"/>, lasting about ten seconds<ref name"psh">''[[Pottermore]] at PlayStation Home''</ref>. Although it is capable of freezing a [[wasp]] in mid-air<ref name="GoF31"/>, it is ineffective against [[lethifold]]s<ref name="fantastic"/>.
   
==Behind the scenes==
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The [[curse]] will usually simply immobilise a target<ref name="GoF31"/>, it can also be used to throw a target backward<ref name="OotP19"/> or simply decrease the velocity of the victim's movement<ref name="wonderbook"/>, and can also levitate them<ref name="OOTPF"/>.
*It is debatable whether the spell is a [[jinx]], or a [[hex]]. In ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix|Order of the Phoenix]]'' and ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince|Half-Blood Prince]]'', it is called a jinx. In ''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'', it is referred to as a [[hex]].
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*Impedimenta is a usable spell in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''. Which, in the game, if used rapidly, it will defeat an opponent. However in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]'' it is a long range shot which will split up and strike multiple targets, making them disappear at once. Its depiction is almost like homing missiles.
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==Practitioners==
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[[File:Harry-Potter-and-the-Deathly-Hallows-Part-2-e1312464436765.jpg|thumb|220px|Neville casting the Impediment Jinx against Scabior]]
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[[File:Impedimenta.JPG|thumb|220px|James Potter casting this spell on [[Severus Snape]] in his teenage years]]
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*[[Antonin Dolohov]]<ref name="OOTP35">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 35 (''Beyond the Veil'')</ref>
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*[[Bellatrix Lestrange]]<ref name="DHVG2">{{DHVG2}}</ref>
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*[[Draco Malfoy]]<ref name="DHVG2"/>
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*[[Flavius Belby]]<ref name="fantastic"/>
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*[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="GoF31"/>
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*[[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="GoF31"/>
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*[[James Potter I|James Potter]]<ref name="OOTPF">{{OOTPF}}</ref>
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*[[Jugson]]<ref name="OOTP35"/>
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*[[Lucius Malfoy]]<ref name="OOTP35"/>
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*[[Miranda Goshawk]]<ref name="wonderbook"/>
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*[[Narcissa Malfoy]]<ref name="DHVG2"/>
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*[[Neville Longbottom]]<ref name="DHVG2"/>
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*[[Rolanda Hooch]]<ref name="OotP19">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 19 (''The Lion and the Serpent'')</ref>
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*[[Ronald Weasley]]<ref name="GoF31"/>
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*[[Scabior]]<ref name="DHV1">{{DHVG1}}</ref>
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*[[Yaxley]]<ref name="DHV1"/>
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==Etymology==
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The [[incantation]] "''Impedimenta''" is derived from the [[Latin]] word "''impedimentum''", meaning "a hindrance".
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{1st}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]'' {{C|Disc 2}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]'' {{C|Disc 2 extra}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' {{Possible}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'' {{Possible}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]''
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*''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''
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*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{C|PlayStation Home, during Book Herding}}
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==

Latest revision as of 19:41, May 20, 2014

Impedimenta Jinx
Impediment Jinx
Incantation

Impedimenta[1]
(im-PED-a-MEN-ta)[2]

Type

Jinx[1]

Hand Movement

Impedimenta movement

Light

Turquoise[3]

Effect

Temporarily slows target[1]

"Swift use of this jinx can freeze an attacker for a few moments, or stop a magical beast in its tracks. The jinx is a vital part of any duellist’s arsenal."
Miranda Goshawk introduces this spell in Book of Spells.[src]

The Impediment Jinx[3] (Impedimenta[1]), also known as the Impediment Hex[4] is a jinx that slows the target[1].

EffectsEdit

It is only temporary[1], lasting about ten seconds[5]. Although it is capable of freezing a wasp in mid-air[1], it is ineffective against lethifolds[4].

The curse will usually simply immobilise a target[1], it can also be used to throw a target backward[6] or simply decrease the velocity of the victim's movement[3], and can also levitate them[7].

PractitionersEdit

Harry-Potter-and-the-Deathly-Hallows-Part-2-e1312464436765

Neville casting the Impediment Jinx against Scabior

Impedimenta

James Potter casting this spell on Severus Snape in his teenage years

EtymologyEdit

The incantation "Impedimenta" is derived from the Latin word "impedimentum", meaning "a hindrance".

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
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Professors: Galatea Merrythought · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Barty Crouch Jr. (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape ·
Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks: The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls ·
Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless · Magical Drafts and Potions
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts: Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Professor's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Spells covered under the subject: Curse of the Bogies · Knockback Jinx · Verdimillious Charm · Verdimillious Duo Spell · Verdimillious Tria · Wand-Lighting Charm · Freezing Spell · Seize and Pull Charm · Patronus Charm · Killing Curse · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse · Impediment Jinx · Reductor Curse · Stunning Spell · Shield Charm · Nonverbal spells · Hex-deflection ·
Hex-Breaker · Hex Zapper
Creatures covered under the subject: Vampire bats · Iguanas · Cornish Pixies · Werewolves · Vampires · Hinkypunks · Boggarts · Red Caps · Kappas · Grindylows · Inferius

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