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"With a whip-like movement, Crabbe pointed his wand at the fifty-foot mountain of old furniture, of broken trunks, of old books and robes and unidentifiable junk and shouted, "Descendo!" The wall began to totter, then crumbled into the aisle next door where Ron stood."
—Crabbe tries to kill Ron with this spell.[src]
Descendo is the incantation of a charm that makes objects move fall or move downwards.

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Ron Weasley 29 July, 1997 Used it to lower the ceiling hatch and ladder leading to The Burrow's attic to show Harry Potter the transfigured ghoul.[4]
Vincent Crabbe 2 May, 1998 Used it on a fifty-foot high pile of junk in the Room of Requirement, to make it fall over in an effort to murder Ron Weasley.[2]
Harry Potter 2 May, 1998 Used it on a fifty-foot high pile of junk in the Room of Requirement to stop the Fiendfyre (that Vincent Crabbe had conjured) from following them.[2]

Known practitioners

Etymology

Descendo is Latin for "I descend".

Behind the scenes

In the Nintendo DS version of the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, players can lower floating objects by tapping on them with the stylus. This is possibly a use of Descendo, though it is never explicitly identified as a spell at all.

Appearances

Notes and references


Charms (class)
PS Wingardium Leviosa feather
Charmbook writers and developers
Blagdon Blay · Daisy Pennifold · Delfina Crimp · Miranda Goshawk · Jarleth Hobart · Basil Horton · Randolph Keitch · Levina Monkstanley · Orabella Nuttley · Mnemone Radford · Scarpin · Elliot Smethwyck · Felix Summerbee · Fred Weasley · George Weasley · Violeta Stitch
Professors Fortinbras · Filius Flitwick
Textbooks Achievements in Charming · Extreme Incantations · Quintessence: A Quest · The Standard Book of Spells
Charms studied at Hogwarts
Banishing Charm (Depulso) · Cheering Charm · Cistem Aperio · Colour Change Charm (Colovaria) · Confundus Charm (Confundo) · Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra) · Descendo · Disillusionment Charm · Drought Charm · Eradication Spell (Deletrius) · Engorgement Charm (Engorgio) · Exploding Charm (Bombarda) · Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Freezing Charm (Immobulus) · Freezing Spell (Glacius) · Full Body-Bind Curse (Petrificus Totalus) · General Counter-Spell (Finite Incantatem) · Growth Charm · Knitting Charm · Knockback Jinx (Flipendo) · Leg-Locker Curse (Locomotor Mortis) · Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa) · Locking Spell (Colloportus) · Locomotion Charm (Locomotor) · Mending Charm (Reparo) · Memory Charm (Obliviate) · Muffliato Charm (Muffliato) · Nonverbal spell · Pack Charm (Pack) · Red Sparks (Vermillious) · Reductor Curse (Reducto) · Scouring Charm (Scourgify) · Seize and Pull Charm (Carpe Retractum) · Severing Charm (Diffindo) · Shrinking Charm (Reducio) · Silencing Charm (Silencio) · Slowing Charm (Arresto Momentum) · Skurge Scouring Charm (Skurge) · Softening Charm (Spongify) · Spell for growing legs · Substantive Charm · Summoning Charm (Accio) · Tickling Charm (Rictusempra) · Unlocking Charm (Alohomora) · Vinegar into Wine · Wand-Extinguishing Charm (Nox) · Wand-Lighting Charm (Lumos) · Lumos Maxima · Water-Making Spell (Aguamenti)
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