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- "Petrificus Totalus, or the Full Body-Bind, stiffens a person’s limbs so they cannot move. Only the person’s eyes are free while the spell is in effect."
The Full Body-Bind Curse (Petrificus Totalus), also known as the Body Freezing Spell, was a curse that temporarily paralysed the opponent. It was often used by inexperienced or young wizards and witches in duelling. This curse could be found in Curses and Counter-Curses by Vindictus Viridian.
Technically, the spell also worked on inanimate objects, but its effects were usually imperceptible, because the object was not moving in the first place.
- "Neville's arms snapped to his sides. His legs sprang together. His whole body rigid, he swayed where he stood and then fell flat on his face, stiff as a board. Neville's jaws were jammed together so he couldn't speak. Only his eyes were moving, looking at them in horror."
- —Description of Neville Longbottom under the curse[src]
|Newt Scamander||Gilbert Bingley||6 December, 1926|| Newt used it to immobilise Mr Bingley, in Steen National Bank branch in New York, after the latter wrongly deduced that he and Jacob Kowalski wanted to rob the vault.|
|Sirius Black||Severus Snape||June, 1976|
|Jacob's sibling||Ben Copper||Was asked to demonstrate the spell during a Charms lesson on the spell.|
|Ben Copper||Jacob's sibling||Used to make Jacob's sibling unable to react while the Messenger delivered their message.|
|Hermione Granger||Neville Longbottom||4 June, 1992||Hermione used it to immobilise Neville, when he tried to prevent her, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley from sneaking out of their dormitories, which they did in order to prevent the theft of the Philosopher's Stone.|
|Antonin Dolohov||1 August, 1997|| During a skirmish at the Luchino Caffe.|
|Neville Longbottom||Death Eater||18 June, 1996||Used to paralyse a Death Eater during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.|
|Draco Malfoy||Harry Potter||1 September, 1996|| Draco used it to immobilise Harry under the Invisibility Cloak on the Hogwarts Express.|
|Harry Potter||Jugson||18 June, 1996||Battle of the Department of Mysteries|
|Antonin Dolohov||Harry used it to immobilise Dolohov, after he hit Hermione Granger with his curse, during Battle of the Department of Mysteries. He later used it again on him in the Death Chamber .|
|Inferi||30 June, 1997||Harry used it to immobilise one of the Inferi, while looking for Horcrux in the Crystal Cave with Albus Dumbledore.|
|Corban Yaxley||Harry used it to immobilise Yaxley when escaping from the top of the Astronomy Tower during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower.|
|Fenrir Greyback||Harry used it to immobilise Fenrir when escaping from the top of the Astronomy Tower during the Battle of the Astronomy Tower.|
|Albus Dumbledore||Harry Potter||Albus used it non-verbally to immobilise Harry under Invisibility Cloak at the Astronomy Tower.|
|Parvati Patil||Antonin Dolohov||2 May, 1998||Used to protect Dean Thomas during the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Tom Riddle||Neville Longbottom||Used it nonverbally to immobilise Neville in order to put the Sorting Hat on his head and then lit on fire during the Battle of Hogwarts.|
|Ron Weasley||Vincent Crabbe||2 May, 1998||Used it nonverbally to immobilise Vincent Crabbe during the skirmish in the Room of Requirement during the Battle of Hogwarts, but was unsuccessful, because he missed.|
- The root of this curse's incantation seems to be the Latin words petra, "rock", ficus, "making or doing something" and totus, "whole" or "entire".
- Also, pertrificus seems to come from the word "petrify", meaning to turn into stone, or describes a manner in which someone takes on the characteristics of a stone. Totalus likely comes from "Total", meaning complete or wholly. Following this, the spell likely means, entirely petrify.
Behind the scenes
- In the Cast-a-Spell training room, the spell literally freezes the victim (a snake), covering it in ice.
- When Dumbledore immobilises Harry, the latter says, in wondering how it could have happened, that it was a Freezing Charm (Dumbledore had done so wandlessly and nonverbally). However, less than a few pages later, after Dumbledore is killed, he notes that the Full Body-Bind had lifted.
- In the films and video games, this spell occasionally appears blue, white or purple.
- When Hermione uses this on Neville a mist-like effect issued from her wand and there was a faint white flash around his body before the curse took effect.
- It appears to be one of the few spells effective on Inferi aside from fire-making spells as Harry was able to stop an Inferi with it in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when none of his other spells would work.
- The only instances in the films where a victim's arms and legs are snapped together as depicted in the books is when Hermione used it on Neville in Philosopher's Stone, when Draco used it against Harry on the train in Half-Blood Prince, and Newt's use of this spell on Mr Bingley in Fantastic Beasts; any other time it was used, such as when Neville used it on a Death Eater in Order of the Phoenix and when Hermione used it on Antonin Dolohov in Deathly Hallows: Part 1, they were either immobilised in their current position, or they were spread eagled.
- In Hogwarts Mystery, the Knockback Jinx and the Full Body Bind Curse are covered in Charms class. This seems unusual, as defensive and offensive spells have not been shown as being part of the Charms curriculum, but in Defence Against the Dark Arts class instead. Although jinxes, hexes and curses can be grouped together in a category called Dark charms, which explains why such spells were taught under Charms class.
- When used in duelling, it creates a purple electric effect around the target and causing their arms and legs to briefly snap together while remaining upright with a chance to stun. In cutscenes, it causes the target to freeze and fall over, but inconsistent with whether their arms and legs are snapped together.
- In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the curse acts as a long-range, sniper like attack, it appears as a sharp, quick bolt of blue light that can immobilise a foe, stun a foe or shatter their Shield Charm, when used by enemies, the spell is made red and is sometimes believed to be the Cruciatus Curse, it has the ability to shatter the player's shield charm or weaken the player quickly.
- In the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the curse appears as a triangular jet of white light, when the player reaches the discovery level of 12, Harry will release two curses at once.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (PS1 version)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (DS version)
- Harry Potter: Spells
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Harry Potter: The Character Vault (Unnamed)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Warner Bros. Harry Potter Official Site
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pottermore
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Cast-a-Spell kit found in the Library section of the Harry Potter Official Site
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Chapter 3 (Three Broomsticks) - Charms Lesson "Petrificus Totalus"
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 3 (All About Bowtruckles)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
|Spells included in the book: Full Body-Bind Curse · Leg-Locker Curse · Jelly-Legs Curse · Pimple Jinx · Stickfast Hex · Tickling Hex · Tongue-Tying Curse · Hair Loss Curse|