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"...immobilising two pixies at once with a clever Freezing Charm and stuffing them back into their cage."
Hermione Granger's use of the charm in a second year Defence Against the Dark Arts class[src]

The Freezing Charm[4][5] (Immobulus)[1][2][3] was a charm which immobilised and stopped the actions of the target.[4] With the use of this charm, the movement of living[5] or animated targets was stopped,[4] and the functioning of objects such as Muggle burglar alarms was halted.[6]

History

An individual immobilised with this charm

This spell was covered in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 by Miranda Goshawk.[5] It was also taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to second year students in Charms class.[7]

At the end of the 1986–1987 school year at Hogwarts, this spell was taught to Jacob's sibling by their House Prefect as a farewell gift.[8]

Known uses

"It’s quite easy once you know how, one simple Freezing Charm on these absurd burglar alarms..."
— Horace Slughorn telling Albus Dumbledore about his use of this charm[src]
Caster(s) Date Notes
Hermione Granger Fall 1992 Used this spell to successfully freeze a pair of pixies in her second year after her teacher tried and failed to subdue them using the nonsense incantation Peskipiksi Pesternomi.[4]
Horace Slughorn 1996 Used this charm to freeze the burglar alarms of Muggle houses he stayed in while in hiding from the Death Eaters.[6]

Known practitioners

Etymology

The incantation is derived from Latin immobilis meaning "immobile, unmoving".

See also

Behind the scenes

This spell as seen in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) - Chapter 11 (Gilderoy Lockhart)
  2. 2.0 2.1 (see this image)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Treat: we're giving you a spellbinding Pottermore Treat" on the Pottermore Insider
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 6 (Gilderoy Lockhart)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Pottermore
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
  7. As the charm is covered in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2, it must be taught in second year Charms class
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "Farewell My Prefect"
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  10. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 26 (Chaos Ensues)
  11. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
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