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{{Spell infobox
 
{{Spell infobox
|name=Incarcerous
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|name=Incarcerous Spell
|image=[[File:IncarcerousSnatcher.JPG|255px]]
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|image=[[File:Incarcerous.gif]]
|incantation=''Incarcerous'' (in-CAR-ser-us)
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|incantation=''Incarcerous''<ref name="OP33">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 33 (''Fight and Flight'')</ref><br/>(in-KAR-ser-us)<ref name="OP33"/>
|type=[[Transfiguration]]
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|type=[[Conjuration]]<ref name="OP33"/>
|hand=Point wand at target
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|hand=Point [[wand]]<ref name="OP33"/>
|light=None
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|light=None<ref name="OP33"/>
|effect=Conjures ropes that bind the victim
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|effect=Binds target<ref name="OP33"/>
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|creator=
 
}}
 
}}
   
{{Quote|Ropes flew out of midair like thick snakes, wrapping themselves tightly around the centaur's torso and trapping his arms...|Dolores Umbridge's use of the spell on Magorian in the Forbidden Forest|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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{{Quote|Thin cords shot from [[Remus Lupin's wand|Lupin's wand]] this time, and next moment, [[Peter Pettigrew|Pettigrew]] was wriggling on the floor, bound and gagged.|Description|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
   
'''''Incarcerous''''' is a [[spell]] that [[Conjuration|conjures]] ropes, which then bind the victim.
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The '''Incarcerous Spell'''<ref>''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''</ref> (''Incarcerous'') is a spell that [[conjure|conjures]] ropes to be used to bind the victim<ref name="OP33"/>.
   
 
==Known uses==
 
==Known uses==
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*[[Quirinus Quirrell]] used this spell non-verbally on Harry Potter in 1992, during the [[Attack in the Underground Chambers]].<ref name="PS17">{{PS}} - Chapter 17 (''The Man with Two Faces'')</ref>
!Caster(s)
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*In 1994 [[Severus Snape]] [[Nonverbal magic|non-verbally]] conjured ropes to bind and gag Remus Lupin while in the [[Shrieking Shack]].<ref name="PA19"/>
!Victim(s)
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*[[Remus Lupin]] in [[1994]]  used this spell to bind and gag Peter Pettigrew in the Shrieking Shack, after forcing him out of his Animagus form.<ref name="PA19">{{POA}} - Chapter 19 (''The Servant of Lord Voldemort'')</ref>
!Notes
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*[[Severus Snape]] uses this spell on [[Sirius Black]] when he finds him unconscious next to [[Hermione Granger]] and [[Harry Potter]] under the influence of [[Dementor]].<ref name="PA19"/>
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*[[Peter Pettigrew]] conjured ropes to bind Harry Potter to [[Tom Riddle Sr.|Tom Riddle Sr.'s]] gravestone in 1995.<ref name="GOF"> {{GOF}}</ref>
|[[Dolores Umbridge]]
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[[File:IncarcerousOnHarry.png|thumb|left|Quirinus Quirrell's Incarcerous on Harry Potter]]
|[[Magorian]]
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*[[Albus Dumbledore]] applies this spell at [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.| Crauch Barty Jr.]] when he reveals that he ran away from the [[Azkaban]] and that he helped [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] to capture Harry Potter.
|During the [[Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest]] in [[1996]] when the [[Centaur]]s carried her off after she insulted them.<ref name="OOTP">{{OOTP}}</ref>
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*[[Dolores Umbridge]] conjured ropes to strangle a [[centaur]] named [[Magorian]], during the [[Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest]].<ref name="OP33"/>
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*[[Harry Potter]] conjured ropes which bound an [[Inferius]] in the [[Horcrux Cave]] in 1997, before the Battle of the Astronomy Tower
|[[Harry Potter]]
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*In [[1997]] Harry Potter used this spell to conjure ropes in a failed attempt to stop Severus Snape fleeing from [[Hogwarts]], during the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]].
|[[Inferius|Inferi]]
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*[[Antonin Dolohov]] used this spell during the [[Luchino Caffe Duel]] against [[Ron Weasley]] in 1997.<ref name="DH9">{{DH}} - Chapter 9 (''A Place to Hide'')</ref>
|In the [[Horcrux cave]] in [[1997]].<ref name="HBP">{{HBP}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|[[Severus Snape]]
 
|During the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]]; unsuccessful.<ref name="HBP"/>
 
|-
 
|[[Snatchers|Unidentified Snatcher]]
 
|Either [[Harry Potter]], [[Hermione Granger]] or [[Ronald Weasley]], unsuccesful.
 
|During the run in the [[Forest of Dean]].
 
|}
 
   
==Possible Uses==
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==Etymology==
The following are possible uses of this spell, when ropes were conjured [[nonverbal spell|nonverbally]].
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The [[incantation]] "''incarcerous''" most likely derives from the [[Latin]] word "''incarcerus''", meaning "''to jail''" or "''to imprison''".
   
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*"''Incarcerus''" is also the Danish translation of "''Incarcerous''".
!Caster(s)
 
!Victim(s)
 
!Notes
 
|-
 
|[[Quirinus Quirrell]]
 
|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|In [[1992]]<ref name="PS">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''</ref><ref>{{PSVG}} - PS1 version</ref>
 
|-
 
|[[Severus Snape]]
 
|[[Remus Lupin]]
 
|In [[1994]] in the [[Shrieking Shack]]<ref name="POA">{{POA}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|[[Remus Lupin]]
 
|[[Peter Pettigrew]]
 
|In [[1994]] in the [[Shrieking Shack]]<ref name="POA"/>
 
|-
 
|[[Peter Pettigrew]]
 
|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|At the [[Little Hangleton]] Graveyard in [[1995]].<ref name="GOF">{{GOF}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|[[Albus Dumbledore]]
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|In [[Alastor Moody]]'s [[Defence Against the Dark Arts professor's office|office]] in [[1995]].<ref name="GOF"/>
 
|-
 
|Possibly [[Millicent Bulstrode]]
 
|[[Hermione Granger]]
 
|[[1996]]; was bound and gagged by the [[Inquisitorial Squad]]<ref name="OOTP"/>
 
|-
 
|[[C. Warrington]]
 
|[[Neville Longbottom]]
 
|[[1996]]; was bound and gagged by the [[Inquisitorial Squad]]<ref name="OOTP"/>
 
|-
 
|Unknown
 
|[[Luna Lovegood]]
 
|[[1996]]; was bound and gagged by the [[Inquisitorial Squad]]<ref name="OOTP"/>
 
|-
 
|[[C. Warrington]]
 
|[[Ginevra Weasley]]
 
|[[1996]]; was bound and gagged by the [[Inquisitorial Squad]]<ref name="OOTP"/>
 
|-
 
|Unknown
 
|[[Ronald Weasley]]
 
|[[1996]]; was bound and gagged by the [[Inquisitorial Squad]]<ref name="OOTP"/>
 
|-
 
|[[Antonin Dolohov]]
 
|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]
 
|During a [[Skirmish at Luchino Caffe|skirmish]] at the [[Luchino Caffe]] in [[1997]].<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref>
 
|}
 
 
==Known practitioners==
 
*[[Antonin Dolohov]] (possibly)
 
*[[Dolores Umbridge]]
 
*[[Harry Potter]]
 
*[[Peter Pettigrew]] (possibly)
 
*[[Quirinus Quirrell]] (possibly)
 
*[[Remus Lupin]] (possibly)
 
*[[Severus Snape]] (possibly)
 
*[[Snatchers|Unidentified Snatcher]]
 
*[[Albus Dumbledore]] (possibly)
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|the film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', [[Dolores Umbridge]] says the spell wrong when she uses it against the [[centaurs]]. She says "In-cer-car-serous" not "In-car-cer-ous".
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*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 ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', when the trio are running though the Forest of Dean from the [[Snatchers]], it appears that the fetters used to bind their victims were chains instead of rope.
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*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.
*In ''Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'', Harry is seen using this spell to bind a Death eater during the Courtyard Apocalypse scene.
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*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.
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*An etymologically and functionally related spell is ''[[Incarcifors]]'', which transforms objects into prisons to restrict a person's movement.
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*Based on conjecture, it is likely that ''[[Relashio]]'' or ''[[Emancipare]]'' could act as counter-spells to ''Incarcerous''. The Revulsion Jinx would be able to release a person from the binding ropes of ''Incarcerous'', while the incantation for ''Emancipare'' is derived from Latin for "set free", suggesting its ability to release a person from any form of incarceration.
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*Based on the text files from the PC version of ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]'', ''Incarcerous'' may have been intended to have a different effect from how it acts in the final game. In the released version of the game, ''Incarcerous'' is one of the "joke spells" used only to temporarily incapacitate minifigures. The text files of the game, however, call it "the Indy whip tie" [sic], presumably meaning the spell was originally meant to act similarly to [[w:c:indianajones:Indiana Jones|Indiana Jones]]'s whip from the ''[[w:c:lego:Indiana Jones|LEGO Indiana Jones]]'' games.<ref>[http://tcrf.net/LEGO_Harry_Potter:_Years_1-4_(Windows) ''LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4'' (Windows)] on [http://tcrf.net/The_Cutting_Room_Floor The Cutting Room Floor]</ref>
   
==Etymology==
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==See also==
"Incarcerous" comes from the Latin ''incarcerare'', which means "to capture or imprison."
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*''[[Incarcifors]]''
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*The [[Revulsion Jinx]], ''Relashio''
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*''[[Emancipare]]''
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st ID}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]'' {{C|DS version}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]'' {{C|DS version}}
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
{{reflist}}
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{{Reflist}}
   
 
[[es:Incarcerous]]
 
[[es:Incarcerous]]
 
[[fr:Incarcerem]]
 
[[fr:Incarcerem]]
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[[pl:Incarcerous]]
 
[[Category:Conjurations]]
 
[[Category:Conjurations]]
 
[[Category:Transfiguration Spells]]
 
[[Category:Transfiguration Spells]]

Latest revision as of 18:47, November 12, 2014

Incarcerous
Incarcerous Spell
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]

The Incarcerous Spell[2] (Incarcerous) is a spell that conjures ropes to be used to bind the victim[1].

Known usesEdit

IncarcerousOnHarry

Quirinus Quirrell's Incarcerous on Harry Potter

EtymologyEdit

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 scenesEdit

  • 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.
  • An etymologically and functionally related spell is Incarcifors, which transforms objects into prisons to restrict a person's movement.
  • Based on conjecture, it is likely that Relashio or Emancipare could act as counter-spells to Incarcerous. The Revulsion Jinx would be able to release a person from the binding ropes of Incarcerous, while the incantation for Emancipare is derived from Latin for "set free", suggesting its ability to release a person from any form of incarceration.
  • Based on the text files from the PC version of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Incarcerous may have been intended to have a different effect from how it acts in the final game. In the released version of the game, Incarcerous is one of the "joke spells" used only to temporarily incapacitate minifigures. The text files of the game, however, call it "the Indy whip tie" [sic], presumably meaning the spell was originally meant to act similarly to Indiana Jones's whip from the LEGO Indiana Jones games.[7]

See alsoEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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