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|incantation=''Piertotum Locomotor''<ref name="DH30">{{DH}} - Chapter 30 (''The Sacking of Severus Snape'')</ref><br/>(PY-air-TOH-tuhm LOH-koh-MOH-tor)<ref name="DH2">{{DHF2}}</ref>
|incantation=''Piertotum Locomotor''<br/>(PY-air-TOH-tuhm LOH-koh-MOH-tor)
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|type=[[Transfiguration]]<ref name="DH30"/>
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|hand=*Point [[wand]] at target (when animating individual target)<ref name="GF5">{{GOF}} - Chapter 5 (''Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes'')</ref>
|light=None
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Hold [[wand]] aloft (when animating multiple things)<ref name="DH2"/>
|effect=Animates statues and [[Suit of armour|suits of armour]]}}
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|light=None<ref name="DH2"/>
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{{Quote|And all along the corridor the statues and suits of armour jumped down from their plinths, and from the echoing crashes from the floors above and below, Harry knew that their fellows throughout the castle had done the same... Cheering and yelling, the horde of moving statues stampeded past Harry; some of them smaller, others larger than life. There were animals too, and the clanking suits of armour brandished swords and spiked balls on chains.|The decor, animated by this spell.|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{Quote|And all along the corridor the statues and suits of armour jumped down from their plinths, and from the echoing crashes from the floors above and below, Harry knew that their fellows throughout the castle had done the same... Cheering and yelling, the horde of moving statues stampeded past Harry; some of them smaller, others larger than life. There were animals too, and the clanking suits of armour brandished swords and spiked balls on chains.|Description|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
'''Piertotum Locomotor''' is a [[spell]] used to animate previously inanimate [[suit of armour|suits of armour]] to do the caster's bidding.
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'''''Piertotum Locomotor''''' is the [[incantation]] of a [[transfiguration]] [[charm]] used to bring life to those artefacts that had, previously, been inanimate and unmoving.<ref name="DH30"/> The target's movements can be controlled by the caster of the [[spell]].<ref name="DH31">{{DH}} - Chapter 31 (''The Battle of Hogwarts'')</ref>
   
==Known uses==
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==Practitioners==
[[File:Hogwarts_suits_of_armour_and_statues.jpg|thumb|300px|right|Hogwarts suits of armour and statues participating in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].]]
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[[File:Hogwarts_suits_of_armour_and_statues.jpg|thumb|250px|right|Bewitched statues and suits of armour defending [[Hogwarts Castle]] on [[1 May]], [[1998]].]]
{{Quote|I've always wanted to use that spell.|Minerva McGonagall|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2}}
 
   
*Professor [[Minerva McGonagall]] used this spell to animate the suits of armour and statues within [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] and ordered them to defend the castle against the oncoming [[Death Eaters]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]] in [[1998]].
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{{Quote|I've always wanted to use that spell.|Professor McGonagall|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2}}
   
==Possible uses==
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*[[Albus Dumbledore]]<ref name="OP36">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 36 (''The Only One He Ever Feared'')</ref>
*It may have been used by [[Albus Dumbledore]] to enchant the [[Fountain of Magical Brethren]] in the Atrium of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in [[1996]] during his [[Duel in the Ministry Atrium|duel]] against [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]].
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*[[Filius Flitwick]]<ref name="DH30"/>
*It may have been used [[Nonverbal spell|nonverbally]] by Filius Flitwick to animate a suit of armour during his attempt to expel [[Severus Snape]] from Hogwarts. After Snape used the suit to shield himself from Professor McGonagall's [[Transfiguration_(class)#Transfigurations_at_Hogwarts|daggers]], Professor Flitwick tried to capture him within the grip of the animated suit of armour.
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*[[Minerva McGonagall]]<ref name="DH31"/>
*This also may be the spell used by Professor McGonagall to shepherd the desks through the corridor later in the battle.
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*[[Molly Weasley]]<ref name="GF5"/>
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*[[Peter Pettigrew]]<ref name="GOFF">{{GOFF}}</ref>
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*[[Quirinus Quirrell]]<ref name="PSVG">{{PSVG}}</ref>
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*[[Dobby]] (possibly)<ref name="COSVG">{{COSVG}}</ref>
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
''Pier'' could come from the French word ''pierre'' "rock", ''totum'' refers to "the whole" or "total", and ''locomotor'' means "the movement of". Another possible etymology for ''Piertotum'' is a combination of the Latin words ''piē'' "dutifully" and ''tōtum'' "all, the whole thing".
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This [[incantation]] may derive from:
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*[[Latin]] "''pie''", meaning "''dutifully''" or "''affectionately''"<ref name="pie">See [http://translate.google.ca/?hl=en&tab=wT#la/en/pie this]</ref>
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*[[Latin]] "''totum''", which means "''everything''", "''the whole''" or "''they all''"<ref name="totum">See [http://translate.google.ca/?hl=en&tab=wT#la/en/totum this]</ref>
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*[[Latin]] "''loco''", meaning "''position''" or "''place''"<ref name="loco">See [http://translate.google.ca/?hl=en&tab=wT#la/en/loco this]</ref>
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*[[Latin]] "''moto''", meaning "''moves''" or "''moving''"<ref name="moto">See [http://translate.google.ca/?hl=en&tab=wT#la/en/moto this]</ref>
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The whole incantation could, therefore, translate to "''The whole position dutifully moves," ''or any other combination of the translations. A less rigid translation: 'I move thee forth, all dutiful [soldiers]'. 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)|video game adaption]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' when McGonagall used the spell and gave the suits orders her voice made an echo into the night.
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)|eighth video game]], when Professor McGonagall performs this spell and gives her orders, her voice makes an echo throughout the night, most likely for dramatic effect.<ref name="DHVG">{{DHVG2}}</ref>
*[[Quirinus Quirrell|Professor Quirrell]] possibly used this spell in the PS1 Version of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|Philosopher's Stone]]'' to make four suits of armour attack Harry Potter. He didn't use wand or incantation, he only used his hands to create green fireballs to shoot at the suits. Likewise he may have enchanted the [[Gargoyle]] [[Hog|hog]] at the [[Gargoyle Gate]] to attack Harry.
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*In ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', Professor McGonagall does not bring the statues and suits of armour to life onscreen.<ref name="LEGO">''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''</ref>
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', [[Peter Pettigrew]] animates a Reaper statue located at the [[Little Hangleton graveyard]] to restrain [[Harry Potter]].
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*In the eighth film, when Professor McGonagall casted this spell during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], she says eagerly to [[Molly Weasley]] that she has always wanted to use that spell.
*In [[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]], McGonagall did not bring the suits of armour to life.
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' {{Comment|PS1 only}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{Possible}}
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*''[[Harry potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{1st ID}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{1st ID}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
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Piertotum Locomotor
Incantation

Piertotum Locomotor[1]
(PY-air-TOH-tuhm LOH-koh-MOH-tor)[2]

Type

Transfiguration[1]

Hand Movement
  • Point wand at target (when animating individual target)[3]

Hold wand aloft (when animating multiple things)[2]

Light

None[2]

Effect

Animates target[1]

"And all along the corridor the statues and suits of armour jumped down from their plinths, and from the echoing crashes from the floors above and below, Harry knew that their fellows throughout the castle had done the same... Cheering and yelling, the horde of moving statues stampeded past Harry; some of them smaller, others larger than life. There were animals too, and the clanking suits of armour brandished swords and spiked balls on chains."
—Description[src]

Piertotum Locomotor is the incantation of a transfiguration charm used to bring life to those artefacts that had, previously, been inanimate and unmoving.[1] The target's movements can be controlled by the caster of the spell.[4]

PractitionersEdit

Hogwarts suits of armour and statues

Bewitched statues and suits of armour defending Hogwarts Castle on 1 May, 1998.

"I've always wanted to use that spell."
—Professor McGonagall[src]

EtymologyEdit

This incantation may derive from:

  • Latin "pie", meaning "dutifully" or "affectionately"[9]
  • Latin "totum", which means "everything", "the whole" or "they all"[10]
  • Latin "loco", meaning "position" or "place"[11]
  • Latin "moto", meaning "moves" or "moving"[12]

The whole incantation could, therefore, translate to "The whole position dutifully moves," or any other combination of the translations. A less rigid translation: 'I move thee forth, all dutiful [soldiers]'. 

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In the eighth video game, when Professor McGonagall performs this spell and gives her orders, her voice makes an echo throughout the night, most likely for dramatic effect.[13]
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Professor McGonagall does not bring the statues and suits of armour to life onscreen.[14]
  • In the eighth film, when Professor McGonagall casted this spell during the Battle of Hogwarts, she says eagerly to Molly Weasley that she has always wanted to use that spell.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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