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"'Expulso!' bellowed the Death Eater, and the table behind which Harry was standing blew up: the force of the explosion slammed him into the wall and he felt his wand leave his hand as the cloak slipped off him."
— Description[src]

The Expulso Curse[3][5] (Expulso)[1] was a curse[3] used to produce immense explosions, blasting the target apart[1] with a burst of blue light;[4] it had enough force to throw people into walls.[1]


During the 1990–1991 school year, in the Charms Classroom, Professor Filius Flitwick used it in an attempt to destroy a cursed CD case in order to break a laughing curse placed upon it, but it failed due to magical protections on the case.[6]

During the Luchino Caffe duel on 1 August 1997, the Death Eater fired this curse at a table from which Harry Potter was standing behind under his Invisibility Cloak, the force of which slammed Harry against the wall and made his cloak fall off, exposing him.[1]

Harry Potter tried to use this curse to destroy Slytherin's Locket whilst hunting Horcruxes, but was unsuccessful, as the item was a Horcrux and immune to spells.[4]

During the duel between Harry Potter and Delphini in St Jerome's Church, Delphini used this curse to collapse the floor which Harry Potter was standing on, sending it crashing down.[7]

Known practitioners


Latin expulso, meaning "expel".

See also

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 9 (A Place to Hide)
  2. The Pronunciation Guide from the Scholastic Official Site
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter (see here)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (video game)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 27 (Now That's What I Call A Cursed CD)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Four, Scene Eleven
  8. Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World