This curse (incantation unknown) was used by Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in 1996. The curse's hand movement is unknown. Although Bellatrix used it to kill Sirius Black, it probably just makes the victim fall or have a push effect.[1]


"It seemed to take Sirius an age to fall: his body curved into a graceful arc as he sank backwards through the ragged veil hanging from the arch."
—The effects of the curse on Sirius[src]
The effects of this curse is unknown, but presumed to make people fall, possibly also slowly, as Harry Potter described Sirius seeming to "take [...] an age to fall".[1]

Known uses

Bellatrix Lestrange used this curse on her Order of the Phoenix cousin Sirius Black in 1996, knocking him through the veil, during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, killing him.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • In the film adaptation, Bellatrix casts the Killing Curse on Sirius instead of this unknown curse.
  • This spell may have been the Impediment Jinx. Furthermore, considering the fact that it had red light, it could have been the Stunning Spell, an offensive spell she was herself proficient with.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
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