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"Protego Maxima. Fianto Duri. Repello Inimicum."
Filius Flitwick conjures up magical defences prior to the Battle of Hogwarts[src]

Repello Inimicum is a charm that, when cast in combination with Protego Maxima and Fianto Duri, conjures up a barrier of magical protection around the place the caster is trying to protect.

Effect

Bodies crossing the boundaries of the barrier of this spell disintegrate on the spot, and spells cast at it, if they are unable to break the barrier, create large, resonating explosions.

History of use

DesintegrateSnatcher

Snatchers being disintegrated by the power of this spell combined with other protections

This spell was cast by Charms Master Filius Flitwick to protect the boundaries of Hogwarts Castle from the Death Eater forces in the late hours of 1 May, 1998, prior to the Battle of Hogwarts that started at midnight the next day. The Death Eaters, on Voldemort's command, started bombarding the magical protection with spells, and they were ultimately brought down by a spell cast by Voldemort.

Etymology

  • The incantation is derived from the Latin "Repello", meaning "I drive away" and "inimicum", the accusative singular form of "inimīcus" meaning "foe" or "enemy". Altogether, the incantation means "I push back the enemy".

Behind the scenes

  • This spell may be similar to Cave inimicum due to both spells sharing similar etymology, though Cave inimicum is presumed to be used for warning the caster of enemies instead of repelling them them.

Appearances

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