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"Have a seat, my fine young students! Today we will be discussing a controversial spell known as Cistem Aperio! It is used to blast open a trunk, chest or other container."
Filius Flitwick introducing the spell to his students[src]

The Box Blasting Charm[3] (Cistem Aperio) was a charm that was used to blast open trunks, chests, boxes, or other containers.[1]

History

This spell being used to blast open a chest

During the 1987–1988 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Filius Flitwick taught his fourth years how to cast this particular charm in Charms class.[2]

During the 1991–1992 school year, first-year Hogwarts students learnt this spell.[3]

Known practitioners

Etymology

Aperio is Latin for open, uncover, lay bare, reveal, or make clear. Cistem is a corruption of cistam, a form of the Latin word for 'box' or 'basket'.

Behind the scenes

Tom Riddle blasting open a chest with this spell in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Tom Riddle: "Stand aside, Hagrid!"
Rubeus Hagrid: "No!"
Tom Riddle: "Cistem aperio!"
— Riddle's use of the spell in 1943[src]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) Chapter 23 - (Tom Riddle)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 7 (Beast, Beings, and Creatures) - Charms Lesson "Cistem Aperio"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells (see this image)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 13 (The Very Secret Diary)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) - Chapter 30 (I'm not Moody)
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