Levicorpus is the incantation of a jinx. The spell, which was intended to be cast nonverbally but which can be spoken aloud, causes the victim to be hoisted into the air by their ankle; the counter-jinx for this spell is Liberacorpus.
This jinx was apparently invented by Professor Severus Snape under the pseudonym "The Half-Blood Prince" during his time as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There was a couple of months in 1976 where the spell became quite popular and students couldn't move from being hoisted up in the air by their ankle.
In 1996 Harry Potter found the Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making that contained the spell, he used it twice during the 1996-1997 school year. in 1998 this spell would be used again but, by Hermione Granger during the Trio's hunt for Horcruxes.
- "Pointing his wand at nothing in particular, he gave it an upward flick and said Levicorpus! inside his head... There was a flash of light... Ron was dangling upside down in midair as though an invisible hook had hoisted him up by the ankle."
- —Harry uses the spell for the first time on Ronald Weasley[src]
|Harry Potter||October, 1996||Harry very rashly cast this on Ron Weasley without a clear idea of what the effects would be.|
|30 June, 1997||Harry tried and failed to cast this on Snape during Snape's departure from Hogwarts.|
|Hermione Granger||1 May, 1998||Hermione used this to levitate Harry by the ankle so that he could reach the Hufflepuff's Cup during the Trio's break-in at Gringotts.|
|James Potter I||June 1976||James cast this on Severus Snape while bullying him.|
Behind the scenes
- The effect of this spell may be a reference to the Hanged Man, a Tarot card that depicts a saint-like figure being hung upside down from his ankle.
- In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film), this is a verbal spell taught to Dumbledore's Army; it is used to lift people in this medium. Luna Lovegood uses it on a Death Eater in the Ministry of Magic; however this time it blows away the person.
- It is unclear when this jinx was invented, as James Potter knew it in his fifth year, whereas it was noted in Snape's NEWT-level textbook.
- This brings into question the argument of whether Snape invented it or not. It is possible he simply learned it in his fifth year and then recorded it in his textbook for future use, and did not invent it at all.
- In Harry Potter for Kinect Voldemort can use this spell against Dumbledore in the final Duel in the Ministry Atrium as they engage in a normal duel.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (First identified as Levicorpus)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (Indirectly mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (DS/PSP versions)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (DS version)
- Harry Potter for Kinect
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Chapter 12 - Silver and Opals)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Chapter 24 - Sectumsempra)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hermione noted "We've seen a whole bunch of people use it, in case you've forgotten. Dangling people in the air. Making them float along, asleep, helpless." Harry stared at her. With a sinking feeling, he too remembered the behaviour of the Death Eaters at the Quidditch World Cup.