The Seize and Pull Charm (Carpe Retractum) is a charm that creates a retractable, magical rope made of light. This rope can be used to pull objects within a certain distance towards the caster, or to pull the caster toward whatever they affix the spell to. It is generally used on inanimate targets, although it can be used on plants or animals.
Third year witches and wizards were taught this spell throughout the 1993-1994 school year in charms class by Professor Filius Flitwick, as well as in Defence Against the Dark Arts by Professor Remus Lupin. The charm appeared in the third year exams for both classes.
Although the spell is easy enough to cast, it takes a fair amount of force to pull the target upon which the charm has been affixed. It is easier for stronger, more muscular individuals to pull things than it is for those with less strength. Therefore, it is recommended that the caster lean backwards when pulling heavier targets, thus allowing their body weight to carry a portion of the target's weight.
From Latin carpe, meaning "seize", and retractum, meaning "remote".
Behind the scenes
- In the PC version, only Ron could perform this spell, whereas in the console version only Harry could cast it; in the succeeding game, all of the trio can use it.
- In the third game, Ron could use the spell as a form of grappling hook, to pull other things towards him, or to pull himself to other things. If he used it on a suspended target, he could swing from platform to platform, or hang in midair until he let go of the spell, as seen in the picture on the right. This feature of the spell was not reused in subsequent games.
- In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game), the charm is purple in colour and used exclusively on similarly coloured objects, whereas in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game) it is orange or golden and used in a variety of objects and creatures.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)