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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 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.[6]

Known practitioners


Latin expulso, meaning "expel".

See also

Behind the scenes

  • In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, if one charges the spell, it acts as an automatic rifle against enemies.
  • In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, while playing as Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville or Seamus, the player's Expulso spell appears as shards of blue light when fired off, but when the player first plays as McGonagall and Molly, the spell appears as violet orbs of light instead. When used by enemies as an alternate version of the Cruciatus Curse, they fire red light, boss characters such as Snape, Bellatrix and Voldemort fire green light.


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