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Piertotum Locomotor
Incantation

Piertotum Locomotor
(PY-air-TOH-tuhm LOH-koh-MOH-tor)

Type

Transfiguration

Light

None

Effect

Animates statues and suits of armour

"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.[src]

Piertotum Locomotor is a spell used to animate previously inanimate suits of armour to do the caster's bidding.

Known uses

Hogwarts suits of armour and statues

Hogwarts suits of armour and statues participating in the Battle of Hogwarts.

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

Possible uses

  • It may have been used by Albus Dumbledore to enchant the Fountain of Magical Brethren in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic in 1996 during his duel against Lord Voldemort.
  • It may have been used 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 daggers, Professor Flitwick tried to capture him within the grip of the animated suit of armour.
  • This also may be the spell used by Professor McGonagall to shepherd the desks through the corridor later in the battle.

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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