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"Oh, that one had a great vogue during my time at Hogwarts. There were a few months in my fifth year when you couldn't move for being hoisted into the air by your ankle."
Remus Lupin[src]

Levicorpus is the incantation of a jinx. The spell, which was intended to be cast nonverbally but which can be spoken aloud,[4] 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.

At DA meetings, various students would practise this spell. Also in 1996 during the summer at the Department of Mysteries, Luna Lovegood uses this spell to get rid of a Death Eater.

Later, 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 by Hermione Granger during the Trio's hunt for Horcruxes.

Known uses

"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]
Caster(s) Date Notes
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.

Known practitioners


The incantation can be divided into two separate Latin words; levare means "lift", and corpus is translated to "body". It could also be translated as "Light Body".

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Chapter 12 - Silver and Opals)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Chapter 24 - Sectumsempra)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  6. 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.

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