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"At that moment Neville toppled into the common room... his legs had been stuck together with what they recognised at once as the Leg-Locker Curse. He must have had to bunny-hop all the way up to Gryffindor tower."
Neville Longbottom having been cursed with this spell by Draco Malfoy in 1991[src]

The Leg-Locker Curse[3], also known as the Leg-Locking Spell[4] (Locomotor Mortis[5]) is a curse[1] that is used to bind the legs of the victim together[3]. This curse is one of the spells found in the book Curses and Counter-Curses by Vindictus Viridian. There is a counterspell of unknown incantation; Hermione Granger used it to reverse the curse Draco Malfoy used on Neville Longbottom[6].

Know uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Draco Malfoy 1991 Malfoy used this on Neville Longbottom while bulling him in.[6]
Harry Potter 1997 Harry Potter used this against Draco Malfoy but it missed and backfired of the wall behind Malfoy's ear, during their duel in a school bathroom.[7]

Known practitioners


English locomotor, meaning "of or relating to locomotion"[8] and Latin mortis, meaning "death"[9]

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 As the name of the spell is "Leg-Locker Curse", the title makes it rather evident that this spell is a curse and not a jinx, hex or charm.
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (PS2 Version) (Chapter 14 - Cornelius Fudge) (Page 192, Paragraphs 4;5)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter Thirteen - Nicolas Flamel) (Page 159, Paragraph 15, Line 4 UK Edition)
  4. The Cast-a-Spell handbook, as can be viewed here.
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter Thirteen - Nicolas Flamel) (Page 162, Paragraph 8, Line 1 UK Edition)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter Thirteen - Nicolas Flamel) (Page 160, Paragraph 3, Line 1 UK Edition)
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 24 (Sectumsempra)
  8. See this entry on Google
  9. See this entry on Google Translate.
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Chapter 13 - Nicolas Flamel) (Page 162, Paragraph 7, Lines 4;5 UK Edition)

Curses and Counter-Curses
Spells included in the book: Full Body-Bind Curse · Leg-Locker Curse · Jelly-Legs Curse · Pimple Jinx · Stickfast Hex · Tickling Hex · Tongue-Tying Curse · Hair Loss Curse

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