"Then, as the pain in the top of Harry’s head gave a particularly nasty throb, Uncle Vernon yelped and released Harry as though he had received an electric shock — some invisible force seemed to have surged through his nephew, making him impossible to hold."
— Harry using this charge against Vernon Dursley[src]

A charge like that of electricity runs through the body of a wizard or witch with this automatic defensive spell.[1][2]


In August 1995, Vernon Dursley tried to hold Harry around the neck, when he felt a sudden charge like electricity running through Harry and he had to drop him. This appears to have been an automatic defensive response on Harry's part, since there is no indication that he intentionally cast a spell.[1]

"Umbridge leapt back from Marietta, waving her hands in the air as though they had been burned."
— Umbridge being subjected to this charge[src]

In 1996, Albus Dumbledore used a similar spell to make Dolores Umbridge let go of Marietta Edgecombe, whom she was shaking violently. This may be a different form of the spell, however, since Dumbledore used his wand to perform it, and it said that Umbridge was waving her hands around like they had been burned.[2]

It is also possible that this is the spell that Narcissa Malfoy used against her eldest sister Bellatrix Lestrange, when the latter tried to stop her from approaching Severus Snape for assistance.[3]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 1 (Dudley Demented)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 2 (Spinner's End)
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