"The second jet of light hit him squarely on the chest. The laughter had not quite died from his face, but his eyes widened in shock."
— Bellatrix killing Sirius with this spell[src]

This unidentified spell (incantation unknown) was used by Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries in 1996. The spell'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 spell on Sirius[src]

The effects of this spell are 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 spell 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 unidentified spell.
  • This spell may have been the Impediment Jinx. Furthermore, it could have been the Stunning Spell, an offensive spell she was proficient with, or it could have been the Disarming Charm, which can blast an opponent back and deprive them of their wand at the same time. It could also have been the Knockback Jinx, which could, hence it's name, knock back a target.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
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