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Silencing Charm

Silencio (sih-LEN-see-oh)



Hand Movement



Silences victim

"...Silencio.” The bullfrog on which she was practicing her Silencing Charm was struck dumb mid-croak and glared at her reproachfully."
—Hermione practising the charm in Charms Class.[src]

The Silencing Charm (Silencio) is a charm that renders the victim temporarily mute. It works on both Beasts and Beings. It is taught to fifth-year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Charms. In order for this charm to be most effective, the witch or wizard must move their wand using a sharp jab, rather than a sort of wave, as was attempted by Ron during class.[1]

Hermione Granger used this spell on Antonin Dolohov during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries to prevent him from alerting the other Death Eaters as to her, Harry Potter, and Neville Longbottom's location. He was not neutralized, however, as he subsequently struck Hermione with a curse nonverbally, however this probably saved her life as the spell was not as powerful non-verbally.[1]

Voldemort used this on the defenders of Hogwarts twice during the Battle of Hogwarts, but thanks to Harry's sacrificial protection, it didn't hold.


It is suggested that it comes from the English word "silence", the Italian word "silenzio", or the Spanish word "silencio".


Notes and references

Charms (class)
Wingardium leviosa
Professors: Filius Flitwick
Textbooks: The Standard Book of Spells · Achievements in Charming · Quintessence: A Quest
Charmbook writers and charm developers: Miranda Goshawk · Scarpin · Felix Summerbee · Randolph Keitch · Basil Horton · Mnemone Radford · Elliot Smethwyck · Jarleth Hobart · Delfina Crimp · Orabella Nuttley · Levina Monkstanley · Fred Weasley · George Weasley
Charms studied at Hogwarts: Levitation Charm · Fire-Making Charm · Softening Charm · Skurge · Aresto Momentum · Cheering Charm · Freezing Spell · Seize and Pull Charm · Summoning Charm · Banishing Charm · Silencing Charm · Mending Charm · Reductor Curse · Colour Change Charm · Growth Charm · Water-Making Spell · Locomotion Charm · Vinegar into Wine · Bird-Conjuring Charm

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