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{{Spell infobox
 
{{Spell infobox
 
|name=Locking Spell
 
|name=Locking Spell
|incantation=''Colloportus''<br/>(cul-loh-POR-tus)
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|image=[[File:Colloportus.gif|250px]]
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|incantation=''Colloportus''<br/>(cull-low-PORE-tus)
 
|type=[[Charm]]
 
|type=[[Charm]]
 
|hand=[[File:Locking-spell.png]]
 
|hand=[[File:Locking-spell.png]]
|effect=Seals doors
 
 
|light=None<ref name="OOTP"/>
 
|light=None<ref name="OOTP"/>
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|effect=Seals doors
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{{quote|'Colloportus!' gasped Hermione and the door sealed itself with an odd squelching noise.|Hermione Granger's use in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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{{Quote|'Colloportus!' gasped Hermione and the door sealed itself with an odd squelching noise.|Hermione Granger's use in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
The '''Locking Spell''' (''Colloportus'') is a [[charm]] that is used to lock or seal doors so that they cannot be opened manually; however, it is unknown whether a key could be used to unlock them.
 
The '''Locking Spell''' (''Colloportus'') is a [[charm]] that is used to lock or seal doors so that they cannot be opened manually; however, it is unknown whether a key could be used to unlock them.
If it is true that a key would be ineffective against a door sealed with this spell, it would prove quite useful against Muggles because there is a well-known [[Counter-charm|counter charm]], ''[[Unlocking Charm|Alohomora]]''.
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If it is true that a key would be ineffective against a door sealed with this spell, it would prove quite useful against Muggles because there is a well-known [[Counter-charm|counter charm]], ''[[Unlocking Charm|Alohomora]]''.
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==Uses==
 
==Uses==
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{{Quote|Colloportus!" Shouted Harry, and he heard three bodies slam into the other side.|Harry uses the charm against [[Death Eaters]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
 
*The charm is featured in ''[[The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1]]''.<ref>''[[Pottermore]]''</ref>
 
*The charm is featured in ''[[The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1]]''.<ref>''[[Pottermore]]''</ref>
*[[Hermione Granger]] and [[Harry Potter]] both used this spell in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], although the latter's attempts were mostly unsuccessful.<ref name="OOTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
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*[[Hermione Granger]], [[Harry Potter]], [[Luna Lovegood]], and [[Neville Longbottom]] used this spell in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]].<ref name="OOTP">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
*[[Severus Snape]] may have used this spell to close and lock the door behind his bookshelf in order to prevent [[Peter Pettigrew]] overhearing his conversation with [[Narcissa Malfoy]] and [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] in [[1996]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
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*[[Severus Snape]] may have used this spell to close and lock the unusually small door behind his bookshelf in order to prevent [[Peter Pettigrew]] overhearing his conversation with [[Narcissa Malfoy]] and [[Bellatrix Lestrange]] in [[1996]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''</ref>
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==Possible uses==
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*This may have been the spell that [[Albus Dumbledore]] used to magically lock the door to the [[Hospital wing]] after Harry and Hermione returned from rescuing [[Sirius Black]] in [[1994]].<ref name="PA22">''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 22 - (''Owl Post Again'')</ref>
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==Behind the scenes==
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{{Quote|It appears to be some sort of locking charm|Harry Potter on the spell used on the doors|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)}}
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)|second video game adaption]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' during the [[1998]] [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|Break-in]] of [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] found a lot of doors was magically sealed by ''"some sort of locking charm"'' and Hermione had to use the Unlocking Charm. This Locking Spell is possibly the one mentioned as it locks a door and is a charm.
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
''Colloportus'' is composed of the prefix "collo-" deriving from Latin ''colligo'' meaning to bind together or possibly Greek ''κολλάω, κολλώ'' (collo) which means "to glue, stick" and Latin ''portus'' meaning door.
 
''Colloportus'' is composed of the prefix "collo-" deriving from Latin ''colligo'' meaning to bind together or possibly Greek ''κολλάω, κολλώ'' (collo) which means "to glue, stick" and Latin ''portus'' meaning door.
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{Possible}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st}}
*[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]] (possibly)
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]'' {{Possible}}
 
*''[[Pottermore]]''
 
*''[[Pottermore]]''
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
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{{The Standard Book of Spells}}
 
{{The Standard Book of Spells}}
 
[[fr:Sortilège d'Emprisonnement]]
 
[[fr:Sortilège d'Emprisonnement]]
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[[Category:Protective Spells]]
 
[[Category:Protective Spells]]
 
[[Category:Charms]]
 
[[Category:Charms]]
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[[Category:Spells of known incantation]]
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[[Category:Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]

Latest revision as of 15:47, March 11, 2014

Colloportus
Locking Spell
Incantation

Colloportus
(cull-low-PORE-tus)

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Locking-spell

Light

None[1]

Effect

Seals doors

"'Colloportus!' gasped Hermione and the door sealed itself with an odd squelching noise."
—Hermione Granger's use in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries[src]

The Locking Spell (Colloportus) is a charm that is used to lock or seal doors so that they cannot be opened manually; however, it is unknown whether a key could be used to unlock them. If it is true that a key would be ineffective against a door sealed with this spell, it would prove quite useful against Muggles because there is a well-known counter charm, Alohomora.

UsesEdit

"Colloportus!" Shouted Harry, and he heard three bodies slam into the other side."
—Harry uses the charm against Death Eaters[src]

Possible usesEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

"It appears to be some sort of locking charm"
—Harry Potter on the spell used on the doors[src]

EtymologyEdit

Colloportus is composed of the prefix "collo-" deriving from Latin colligo meaning to bind together or possibly Greek κολλάω, κολλώ (collo) which means "to glue, stick" and Latin portus meaning door.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


The Standard Book of Spells
Books: The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 3 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 5 · The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 6
Charms included in the series: Fire-Making Spell · Levitation Charm · Locking Spell · Mending Charm · Softening Charm · Severing Charm · Unlocking Charm · Dancing Feet Spell · Disarming Charm · Engorgement Charm · Freezing Charm · General Counter-Spell · Memory Charm · Tickling Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Substantive Charm

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