Harry Potter Wiki


14,836pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Portaberto was a spell used to splinter a lock from a door; prior to the discovery of the Unlocking Charm, this was the most popular spell for the purpose. Unfortunately, it was known to occasionally leave a smoking hole where the key should have gone. However, it was a substantial improvement over Open Sesame, the previously most popular unlocking spell.[1]

Known usesEdit

  • Cerberus Langarm, an officer of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, performed this charm during an investigation to gain entry to a secret Owlery belonging to Bilius Finbok[2]. It was unknown if the spell was truly successful, as it was implied that the door had already been unlocked, either by Mathilda Grimblehawk or her partner during one of their past visits to the Owlery.


The incantation Portaberto is most likely a portmanteau of porta ("door" in several Romance languages including Latin, Catalan and Portuguese) and aberto (Portuguese for the adjective "open")[3][4]. Taken together, the incantation refers to the spell's capacity to open doors.

Interestingly, this spell shares a similar etymology with Aberto, ostensibly another door-opening spell. This suggests that these two spells may be related in some way.

See alsoEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. See this video.
  2. Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World - Case 5: Trouble Brewing
  3. "porta" on Wiktionary
  4. "aberto" on Wiktionary

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.