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Seize and Pull Charm

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Seize and Pull Charm

Carpe Retractum



Hand Movement



Orange or purple


Pulls objects

"...which is why the Carpe Retractum spell is useful. It allows you to seize and pull objects within your direct line of sight towards you..."
Professor Flitwick teaching his third years this charm[src]

The Seize and Pull Charm[1][2] (Carpe Retractum) is a charm that creates a retractable, magical rope. This can be used to pull objects within a certain distance towards the caster, or to pull the caster towards whatever they affix the spell to. It is generally used on inanimate objects, although it can be used on plants or animals.

It takes a fair amount of effort to perform this spell, and just as much force to pull an object that the Seize and Pull Charm has been attached to. For instance, a third year could without difficulty pull a large wooden door open, yet that same student in their fourth year after three months not practicing would have difficulty pulling open a thin metal gate.



From Latin carpe, meaning "seize", and the English word retract, which means "pull or draw in".

Behind the scenes

  • In the PC version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game), this was Ron's specialty, meaning that he was the only one who could cast it, whereas it was Harry's in the console versions; in the succeeding game, all of the trio can use it.
  • In the PC version of Prisoner of Azkaban, the spell appeared purple, while in the other console versions, it was golden.


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