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|name=''Levicorpus''
 
|name=''Levicorpus''
 
|image=[[File:Levicorpus.jpg|250px]]
 
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|incantation=levi-COR-pus
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|incantation=''Levicorpus''<ref name="HBP12">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' (''Chapter 12 - Silver and Opals'')</ref><br/>(levi-COR-pus)
|type=[[Jinx]]
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|type=[[Jinx]]<ref name="HBP24">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' (''Chapter 24 - Sectumsempra'')</ref>
|hand=Upward flick with the [[wand]]
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|hand=Upward flick<ref name="HBP12"/>
|light=Bright flash
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|light=Green<ref name="GF9">{{GOF}} - Chapter 9 (''The Dark Mark'')</ref>
|effect=Lifts the victim into the air by the ankle.
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|effect=Lifts people<ref name="HBP12"/>
|countercurse=[[Liberacorpus]]
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|creator=[[Severus Snape]] ([[1971]]/[[1972]])
 
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{{Quote|That one had a great vogue at my time at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. There were a couple of months where you couldn't move without being hoisted into the air by your ankle.|[[Remus Lupin]] about ''Levicorpus''|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
   
'''''Levicorpus''''' is the [[incantation]] of a [[Jinx]] seemingly [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|invented]] by [[Severus Snape]] under the nickname of the [[Severus Snape|Half-Blood Prince]] in his Potions book. It causes a victim to be hoisted into the air and dangle upside-down, and is intended to be performed [[nonverbal spell|nonverbally]]. The [[Counter-jinx]] is ''[[Liberacorpus]]''. Given its use in [[duel]]ling and in the [[Lestrange Vault|Lestranges' vault]] in [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]], the spell and its counter-jinx have the same effect if cast non-verbally as well as spoken aloud.
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{{Quote|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.|[[Professor]] [[Remus Lupin]] on ''Levicorpus''|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
==Known uses==
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'''''Levicorpus''''' is the [[incantation]] of a [[jinx]] which was apparently [[Spell creation|invented]] by [[Professor]] [[Severus Snape]] under the pseudonym "[[Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|The Half-Blood Prince]]". The [[spell]], which was intended to be cast [[Nonverbal spell|nonverbally]] but which can be spoken aloud,<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref> causes the victim to be hoisted into the air by their ankle; the [[Counter-jinx|counter-jinx]] for this [[spell]] is ''[[Liberacorpus]]''.
{{Quote|Tomorrow, I'd rather you set the alarm clock|[[Ron Weasley]] to Harry Potter after Harry unintentionally uses this spell on him and hoists Ron out of bed by the ankle|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
   
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==Practitioners==
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!width="20%" align="center"|Caster(s)
 
!width="20%" align="center"|Victim(s)
 
!width="60%" align="center"|Notes
 
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|[[James Potter I|James Potter]]
 
|[[Severus Snape]]
 
|[[James Potter I|James Potter]] hung [[Severus Snape]] in the air to embarrass him in front of his classmates in their fifth year, after taking their O.W.L.S.<ref name="OTP">[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]</ref>
 
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|[[Death Eaters]]
 
|[[Muggle]]s
 
|This was likely the spell used by [[Death Eaters]] to levitate and humiliate [[Muggle]]s during the riot at the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]].<ref>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.</ref>
 
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|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] (unintentionally)
 
|Harry finds the spell written in the [[Severus Snape|Half-Blood Prince]]'s [[Severus Snape's copy of Advanced Potion-Making|textbook]] during his sixth year. He tries it without knowing what it is and accidentally wakes up Ron by levitating him up into the air. He later uses it intentionally when Ron attacked him due to the effects of a love potion. <ref name="HBP">[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]</ref>
 
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|[[Harry Potter]] (failed attempt)
 
|[[Draco Malfoy]]
 
|Harry attempted to use it on [[Draco Malfoy]] during their duel in a bathroom, but Draco blocked it.<ref name="HBP"/>
 
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|[[Harry Potter]] (failed attempt)
 
|[[Severus Snape]]
 
|During the [[Battle of the Astronomy Tower]], Harry attempted to use this spell against Severus Snape as he fled from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], but Snape blocked it.<ref name="HBP"/>
 
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|[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]
 
|[[Charity Burbage]]
 
|[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] suspended Professor [[Charity Burbage]] upside down in the air above a table in [[Malfoy Manor]] in [[1997]], possibly using this spell to do so.<ref name="DH">[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]</ref>
 
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|[[Hermione Granger]]
 
|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|In [[1998]], [[Hermione Granger]] used it (saying the spell verbally) on [[Harry Potter]] so that Harry could reach [[Helga Hufflepuff's Cup]] in the [[Lestrange Vault]] when she, Harry, and [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|broke into Gringotts]].<ref name="DH"/>
 
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==Known practitioners==
 
*[[Death Eaters]] (during the [[Quidditch World Cup]] in [[1994]])
 
*[[Harry Potter]]
 
*[[Hermione Granger]]
 
*[[James Potter I]]
 
*[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] (Possibly)
 
 
*[[Severus Snape]]
 
*[[Severus Snape]]
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*[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="HBP12"/>
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*[[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="DH"/>
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*[[James Potter I]]<ref name="OOTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
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*[[Lucius Malfoy]]<ref>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.</ref>
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*[[Luna Lovegood]]
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==Etymology==
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The [[incantation]] can be divided into two separate [[Latin]] words; ''levare'' means "lift", and ''corpus'' is translated to "body".
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' and the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)|video game]], ''Levicorpus'' is a verbal spell that Harry teaches to [[Dumbledore's Army]]. In the film, [[Cho Chang]] is seen using it on [[Nigel Wolpert]], and later, [[Luna Lovegood]] uses it on a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]. However, this spell was not learned by Harry Potter until Half Blood Prince because it was contained in the Half Blood Prince's potions book.
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*The effect of this spell may be a reference to [[Wikipedia:The Hanged Man (Tarot card)|the Hanged Man]], a [[Tarot cards|Tarot card]] that depicts a saint-like figure being hung upside down from his ankle.
*Also, in the film the spell seems to levitate people rather than hanging them by the ankle. In the video game the spell remains like it is in the books, except in the case of Death Eaters.
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*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.
*''Levicorpus'' was used verbally by [[Hermione Granger]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''. This is unusual not only because the spell is best used [[nonverbal spell|non-verbally]], but also because Hermione is noted to be highly skilled with nonverbal magic. A possible reason for this is because Hermione didn't want Harry to be unprepared for being hoisted into the air by his ankle.<ref name="HBP"/>
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*It is unclear when this [[jinx]] was invented, as [[James Potter]] knew it in his [[fifth year]], whereas it was noted in Snape's [[Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test|NEWT]]-level textbook.
*Although invisible in other mediums, in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)|video game adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' the spell manifests as a large bird made out of orange light that collides with the victim and disappears in a flash of light, following which they are hoisted into the air as usual.
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*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.
*When [[Luna Lovegood]] uses this spell in the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], the Death Eater is blasted away rather than being levitated.
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*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.
*It is unclear when the jinx was invented, since its "vogue" appears to have extended at least as early as the end of his fifth year with James Potter using it, but Snape notes it in his N.E.W.T.-level Potions textbook.
 
 
==Etymology==
 
The spell's name comes from the Latin words "levare", meaning "to raise", and "corpus", meaning "body".
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{1st ID}}
 
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[[Category:Spells with Incantations of Latin Origin]]
 
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[[Category:Levitation]]

Latest revision as of 03:45, September 4, 2014

Levicorpus
Levicorpus
Incantation

Levicorpus[1]
(levi-COR-pus)

Type

Jinx[2]

Hand Movement

Upward flick[1]

Light

Green[3]

Effect

Lifts people[1]

Creator

Severus Snape (1971/1972)

"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."
Professor Remus Lupin on Levicorpus[src]

Levicorpus is the incantation of a jinx which was apparently invented by Professor Severus Snape under the pseudonym "The Half-Blood Prince". 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.

PractitionersEdit

EtymologyEdit

The incantation can be divided into two separate Latin words; levare means "lift", and corpus is translated to "body".

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  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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