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Incarcerous
Incantation

Incarcerous (in-CAR-ser-us)

Type

Transfiguration

Hand Movement

Point wand at target

Light

None

Effect

Conjures ropes that bind the victim

"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[src]

Incarcerous is a spell that conjures ropes, which then bind the victim.

Known uses

Caster(s) Victim(s) Notes
Dolores Umbridge Magorian During the Skirmish in the Forbidden Forest in 1996 when the Centaurs carried her off after she insulted them.[1]
Harry Potter Inferi In the Horcrux cave in 1997.[2]
Harry Potter Severus Snape During the Battle of the Astronomy Tower; unsuccessful.[2]
Unidentified Snatcher Either Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ronald Weasley, unsuccessful. During the run in the Forest of Dean.

Possible Uses

The following are possible uses of this spell, when ropes were conjured nonverbally.

Caster(s) Victim(s) Notes
Quirinus Quirrell Harry Potter In 1992[3][4]
Severus Snape Remus Lupin In 1994 in the Shrieking Shack[5]
Remus Lupin Peter Pettigrew In 1994 in the Shrieking Shack[5]
Peter Pettigrew Harry Potter At the Little Hangleton Graveyard in 1995.[6]
Albus Dumbledore Barty Crouch Jr. In Alastor Moody's office in 1995.[6]
Possibly Millicent Bulstrode Hermione Granger 1996; was bound and gagged by the Inquisitorial Squad[1]
C. Warrington Neville Longbottom 1996; was bound and gagged by the Inquisitorial Squad[1]
Unknown Luna Lovegood 1996; was bound and gagged by the Inquisitorial Squad[1]
C. Warrington Ginevra Weasley 1996; was bound and gagged by the Inquisitorial Squad[1]
Unknown Ronald Weasley 1996; was bound and gagged by the Inquisitorial Squad[1]
Antonin Dolohov Ronald Weasley During a skirmish at the Luchino Caffe in 1997.[7]

Known practitioners

Behind the scenes

Etymology

"Incarcerous" comes from the Latin incarcerare, which means "to capture or imprison."

Appearances

Notes and references

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