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Reductor Curse
Incantation

Reducto[1]
(re-DUCK-toh)[2]

Type

Curse[1]

Hand Movement

Reducto movement

Light

Blue[3][2]

Effect

Destroys solid objects[1]

"With this powerful curse, skilled wizards can easily reduce obstacles to pieces. For obvious reasons great care must be exercised when learning and practising this spell, lest you find yourself sweeping up in detention for it is all too easy to bring your classroom ceiling crashing down, or to reduce your teacher's desk to a fine mist."
Miranda Goshawk[src]

The Reductor Curse[3] (Reducto[1]) is a curse that can be used to blast solid objects into pieces[1]. It is rather easy to reduce a target to a fine mist[3] or a pile of ashes[2].

Harry Potter taught this curse to Dumbledore's Army during the 1995-1996 school year.

Known uses

" Five different voices behind him bellowed, "REDUCTO!" Five curses flew in five different directions and the shelves opposite them exploded as they hit; the towering structure swayed as a hundred glass spheres burst apart, pearly-white figures unfurled into the air and floated there, their voices echoing from who knew what long-dead past amid the torrent of crashing glass and splintered wood now raining down upon the floor — "
D.A. members smashing the selves in the Hall of Prophecy[src]
Caster(s) Date Notes
Severus Snape 25 December, 1994 Snape used this on rosebushes at the Yule Ball after his talk with Karkaroff.
Harry Potter June 1995 Harry learned this spell in 1995 in preparation for the third task of the Triwizard Tournament.
24 June, 1995 He used it in the hedge maze to try and disperse the Limbo mist that was placed there as an obstacle.
He used it again when he need to blast away a bush to get through and save Cedric from Victor,who is Imperiused.
Parvati Patil Fall 1995 Parvati used this curse during a D.A. to reduce a table to rubble.
Harry Potter 18 June, 1996 This spell was later used during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries and resulted in the smashing of the shelves in the Hall of Prophecy.
Hermione Granger
Ginny Weasley
Ron Weasley
Luna Lovegood
Neville Longbottom

Known practitioners

Reducto

Etymology

The incantation "reducto" is Latin for "reduce" or "bring down".

Behind the scenes

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in the film

In the film version of The Order of the Phoenix, only Ginny casts the Reductor Curse to smash the shelves in the Hall of Prophecy, instead of every D.A. member present.

Appearances

Notes and references


Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
TDF-AGTS-P
Professors: Galatea Merrythought · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Barty Crouch Jr. (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape ·
Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks: The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls ·
Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless · Magical Drafts and Potions
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts: Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Professor's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Spells covered under the subject: Curse of the Bogies · Knockback Jinx · Verdimillious Charm · Verdimillious Duo Spell · Verdimillious Tria · Wand-Lighting Charm · Freezing Spell · Seize and Pull Charm · Patronus Charm · Killing Curse · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse · Impediment Jinx · Reductor Curse · Stunning Spell · Shield Charm · Nonverbal spells · Hex-deflection ·
Hex-Breaker · Hex Zapper
Creatures covered under the subject: Vampire bats · Iguanas · Cornish Pixies · Werewolves · Vampires · Hinkypunks · Boggarts · Red Caps · Kappas · Grindylows · Inferius

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