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"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) was used to prevent Disapparition in an area for a time. Presumably, it could be used to aid in trapping a victim within an area. It could also be used to protect an area or to trap prey.[1][2]


It was presumably 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 was implied by Albus Dumbledore to be the only person who could Disapparate from Hogwarts at will. The jinx was lifted temporarily within the Great Hall when sixth-year students were taking Apparition lessons.[3]

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.[4]

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.[1] This was also likely to be the spell that was placed on Hogsmeade in 1998 which prevented Harry Potter and his friends from Disapparating.

The Crystal Cave was enchanted with this jinx, as it was impossible for anyone other than a house-elf to Disapparate out of it, just as it was impossible to Apparate in.[2][5]

Known practitioners

Behind the scenes


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