- "If you proceed downstairs into the Department of Mysteries, Cornelius... you will find several escaped Death Eaters contained in the Death Chamber, bound by an Anti-Disapparation Jinx and awaiting your decision as to what to do with them."
- —Brief mention of the jinx[src]
The Anti-Disapparition Jinx (incantation unknown) is used to prevent Disapparition in an area for a time. Presumably, it can be used to aide in trapping a victim within an area. It can also be used to protect an area or to trap prey.
It was also cast long ago on the Hogwarts Castle and its grounds, presumably by the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Headmaster of the time, to prevent students from Disapparating out of the castle. The Headmaster is implied by Albus Dumbledore to be the only person who can Disapparate from Hogwarts at will. The jinx is lifted temporarily within the Great Hall when sixth year students are taking Apparition lessons.
In December 1926, MACUSA Aurors were using this jinx on wizarding criminals trying to escape The Blind Pig during their raid of it. Those who were caught by the jinx while trying to disapparate were pulled back to where the caster was.
This jinx was used by Albus Dumbledore during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries to prevent Death Eaters from escaping the Ministry of Magic. This is also likely to be the spell that was placed on Hogsmeade in 1998 which prevented Harry Potter and his friends from Disapparating.
Behind the scenes
- Another spell of the same kind exists, Anti-Apparition Charm, which is the same kind but prevents people from Apparating into an area.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game), Harry Potter has to free some imprisoned Muggle-borns in the British Ministry of Magic. Once Harry casts frees the paralysed Muggle-borns with the General Counter-Spell, they are able to Disapparate, suggesting that the Anti-Disapparition jinx, or a similar spell, can also be used directly on individuals instead of areas.
- It is likely that Anti-Disapparition Jinxes are one of the security measures used by Gringotts Wizarding Bank, as Griphook described a security measure for certain vaults in which an intruder would be pulled into the vault and trapped inside.
- The Woolworth Building, headquarters of the Magical Congress of the United States of America, presumably uses this jinx as Tina Goldstein Apparated into an area away from the building while escorting Newt Scamander onto the premises in 1926. It is also likely that MACUSA's dungeons and prisons do not allow Disapparition.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 36 (The Only One He Ever Feared)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 26 (The Cave)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 10 (Kreacher's Tale)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)