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Silencing Charm




Hand Movement

Silencio Movement Correct[2]




Silences target[1]

"The raven continued to open and close its sharp beak, but no sound came out."

The Silencing Charm (Silencio) is a charm that renders the victim temporarily mute, working on both beasts and beings[1]. It is immensely difficult to perform, more so on ravens than frogs[1].


Professor Filius Flitwick had his fifth year Charms students practice this spell at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and assigned it as homework to those who could not perform it competently in class[1].

Known uses

Caster(s) Dates Notes
Various Unknown The song of the Fwooper will drive the listener insane and must therefore be sold with a Silencing Charm on it. This charm must be recast on the Fwooper every month
Fifth years 1995 Fifth-years work on this spell in Charms using bullfrogs and ravens.
Hermione Granger 18 June, 1996 Hermione cast this spell on a Death Eater during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, which caused the spell he used to attack her to be a lot less damaging. He still knocked her out, though, and did "enough damage to be going on with," according to Pomfrey.
Lord Voldemort 2 May, 1998 He used this spell on the defenders of Hogwarts during the final battle.

Known practitioners


The incantation "silencio" is Latin for "silence"[4]

Behind the scenes

  • If performed incorrectly, the target will swell up to an immense size and begin making deafening sounds[1].


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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