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Shrinking Charm
Incantation

Reducio
(re-DOO-see-oh)

Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Point wand at target

Light

Purple

Effect

Counter-charm for Engorgio, shrinks objects

"“Reducio,” Moody muttered, and the spider shrank back to its proper size."
—Moody countering his own Engorgement Charm.[src]

The Shrinking Charm[1] (Reducio) is the counter-spell for the Engorgement Charm. It causes an Engorged object to return to its normal size.

Uses

Possible uses

  • Harry Potter may have used this spell unintentionally to shrink an ugly sweater of Dudley Dursley's when Petunia Dursley was trying to force it over his head.
  • In 1994 when Hermione Granger's teeth were enlarged by the Densaugeo jinx accidentally by Draco Malfoy, Madam Pomfrey probably used the Shrinking Charm to return her teeth back to normal size, though Hermione took advantage of this situation and allowed her teeth to be shrunk to less than their original size. Up until this point she was always said to have "rather large front teeth."

Etymology

English reduce, "to shrink". (Latin has a verb reducere, present tense reduco. This is the source of the English "reduce", but has a different meaning.) Also in Italian Riduco first person present tense of Ridurre, same root of Latin Reducere.

Behind the scenes

  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the scene where the spider is enlarged is replaced by one of Hermione's bluebell flames.
  • The effects of this spell bear great similarity to the spell Diminuendo, and the two spells may be variants of each other.
  • A possible difference between the effects of the spells may be that Diminuendo shrinks objects to be smaller than their original size, while the Shrinking Charm acts as a counter-charm for the Engorgement Charm, shrinking objects back to their original size after being enlarged by the Engorgement Charm. The Shrinking Charm has always been coupled with the Engorgement Charm in the books (for cases where it is clear that the Shrinking Charm is used and not other shrinking charms).

See also

Appearances

Notes and references

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