- "Knocks objects and creatures backwards."
The Knockback Jinx (Flipendo) was a jinx that knocked the target backwards. While prominently used for duelling, it can also be used to push heavy objects. It was covered in both Quentin Trimble's The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection and Miranda Goshawk's The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2.
During the 1991–1992 school year, this jinx was instead taught to first years in the Defence Against the Dark Arts class by Professor Quirinus Quirrell, who were taught how to cast the spell both defensively and practically.
This spell was heavily used by volunteer members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to help knock back beasts that were guarding various Confoundables, such as Gnomes, Pixies and Trolls, to overpower the strange artefacts and return them to their rightful place.
The Knockback Jinx, depending on the point of impact, might feel like a blow to the chest, knocking back a victim or object, or it might feel like being knocked over the head with a frying pan, leaving the victim a bit disoriented. A "loud bang." is also emitted when cast. The jinx can also break fragile objects.
- "There was a loud bang and he felt himself flying backwards as if punched; as he slammed into the kitchen wall and slid to the floor, he glimpsed the tail of Lupin's cloak disappearing round the door."
- —Remus Lupin uses this spell on Harry Potter[src]
|Dobby||30 May, 1993||After Lucius Malfoy realised that Harry Potter had freed Lucius' House-elf, Dobby, with a sock, he made to attack Harry. To protect Harry, Dobby used magic that sent Lucius flying backwards. As this was accomplished by House-elf magic - without a wand - it was probably not the same as a traditional Knockback Jinx, but the effect was certainly comparable.|
|Alastor Moody||18 June, 1996||During the Battle of the Departments of Mysteries, Alastor Moody used this jinx to knock a Death Eater off the ground and hit a large rock before disappearing behind it.|
|Severus Snape||June 1997||Used this jinx on Harry Potter when escaping Hogwarts Castle alongside the Death Eaters.|
|Remus Lupin||1 September, 1997||On 1 September, 1997, Harry had this spell used on him once more, this time by Remus Lupin at 12 Grimmauld Place.|
|Draco Malfoy||September, 2020||Used in a Duel against Harry Potter in Harry's house.|
The spell is derived from the English words "flip" and "end," simply meaning "to flip someone onto their end".
Behind the scenes
- This jinx can be bought at Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment in Diagon Alley in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (where the spell produces a red light), and in Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (where conversely, it produces a purple light). In both games, as opposed to knocking the target over, it sends them flying in the air and causes them to strike hard upon the ground twice.
- Every time Harry had this jinx used on him, it was because he had called the caster a coward.
- A spellbook detailing how to cast this spell could be found in Ollivanders.
- In the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) Harry can cast this spell on Flipendo Buttons to activate certain mechanisms such as lifting a portcullis or moving flying platforms.
- In the film adaptations, the Stunning Spell can have the same effects of Flipendo, knocking an opponent over or sending them flying through the air, though it can also simply render the target unconscious or sedated without exerting force on them. The spell also shares similarities with the Disarming Charm, Stunning Spell, Banishing Charm, with that in the films, it is used to knock down or send a target flying, sometimes to the extent of rendering a target unconscious.
- In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the Knockback Jinx is covered in Charms class. This seems unusual, as defensive and offensive spells have not been shown as being part of the Charms curriculum, but Defence against the Dark Arts instead. Though jinxes, hexes and curses can be grouped together in a category called Dark charms, meaning by definition they are considered charms.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- 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 Cursed Child
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Pottermore (Spells / Duels)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Pottermore
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 11 (The Bribe)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 18 (Dobby's Reward)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Two, Scene Thirteen
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7