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"'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.



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.


Notes and references

The Standard Book of Spells
Grade 1 · Grade 2 · Grade 3 · Grade 4 · Grade 5 · 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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