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Incarcerous
Incarcerous
Incantation

Incarcerous[1]
(in-KAR-ser-us)[1]

Type

Conjuration[1]

Hand Movement

Point wand[1]

Light

None[1]

Effect

Binds target[1]

"Thin cords shot from Lupin's wand this time, and next moment, Pettigrew was wriggling on the floor, bound and gagged."
—Description[src]

Incarcerous is the incantation of a spell that conjures ropes to be used to bind the victim[1].

Known uses

Practitioners

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Quirinus Quirrell's Incarcerous on Harry Potter
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Etymology

The incantation "incarcerous" most likely derives from the Latin word "incarcerus", meaning "to jail" or "to imprison".

  • "Incarcerus" is also the Danish translation of "Incarcerous".

Behind the scenes

  • In the books, the ropes simply wrap themselves around the centaur's arms and chest; in the film, they also encase his throat, slowly strangling him and forcing him to the ground.
  • In the film adaption of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows:Part 1, a Snatcher is seen casting this spell on Ron Weasley who is bound in chains, of course it could have been a similar spell such as "Incarcereta" but it seems most likely that it was Incarcerous.
  • Also in the film adaption of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:Part 2, while fighting their way down to the boathouse, Harry is seen casting this spell where a great flash of orange light escapes his wand and a Death Eater that was trying to lunge at him was instantly bound in chains, again it is unclear if this was Incarcerous or a different capturing-type spell.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 33 (Fight and Flight)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 19 (The Servant of Lord Voldemort)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 26 (The Cave)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 9 (A Place to Hide)
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