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- "The Banishing Charm is the opposite of the Summoning Charm, and causes objects to fly away from the person casting the spell, towards a specific target."
The Banishing Charm (Depulso) was a charm that sends the target away from the caster. It could send a target towards a specific location and worked on both living and inanimate things. The Banishing Charm was opposite of the Summoning Charm. Unlike the Summoning Charm, which could summon specific objects from anywhere, the Banishing Charm only banished whatever the wand is aimed at.
- "They were supposed to be practising the opposite of the Summoning Charm today — the Banishing Charm. Owing to the potential for nasty accidents when objects kept flying across the room, Professor Flitwick had given each student a stack of cushions on which to practise, the theory being that these wouldn’t hurt anyone if they went off target. It was a good theory, but it wasn’t working very well. Neville’s aim was so poor that he kept accidentally sending much heavier things flying across the room — Professor Flitwick, for instance...he Banished a cushion with a sweep of his wand (it soared into the air and knocked Parvati’s hat off)."
- —A lesson on the Banishing Charm[src]
The Banishing Charm was used to push targets, both living and inanimate towards a specific location. For this reason, it could be used in duelling, as shown by Severus Snape (in an alternate reality) when he banished Dolores Umbridge away from himself.
From the Latin “depulsio”, meaning “driving/pushing away”. Also is similar to repulse meaning "drive/push away with force", although this is a precise antonym to attract, literally "pull towards". It could also be seen to be derived from the English word pulse (as in a pulse of energy) and the prefix "de" which would make it mean "a negative pulse of energy."
Behind the scenes
- Although the incantation is not revealed in the books, it appears in the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and was later confirmed in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
- The Wizard in the The Wizard and the Hopping Pot may have used this spell to try to force the pot out of the house.
- Although this spell is learned by Hogwarts students in their fourth year, in the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron, and Hermione, were able to use it. It is possible that they learned it before that, as Hermione asked them, if they remembered it. However, Hermione may have read beforehand and told Harry and Ron how to use it.
- It is possible that this spell was used during the Battle of Hogwarts when Harry Potter, in the movie, blasted away a Death Eater briefly after being shot at by him. This spell also could have been used by Kingsley Shacklebolt when he blasted a Death Eater out of a window after momentarily freezing him in midair alongside Remus Lupin.
- It is likely that Professor Trelawney must used this charm non-verbally in the Battle of Hogwarts to drop crystal balls on enemies' heads, successfully knocking out Fenrir Greyback as he attacked Lavender Brown.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Appears in alternate reality)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play) (Appears in alternate reality)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 4 (Filching from Filch) - Charms Lesson "Depulso"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Three, Scene Nine
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