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"The incantation Mobilicorpus is used to levitate and move people. The person who casts the spell can control the recipient almost like a puppet; it is as though invisible strings are supporting them."
— Description[src]

Mobilicorpus was the incantation of a charm which was used to move bodies by suspending them a few inches above the air.[1] This spell was able to move people who find themselves unable to walk, regardless of whether or not they are conscious.[3] It may be a variation of the same basic spell Mobiliarbus was, linked by a base Latin word.[4]

Known uses

"As though invisible strings were tied to Snape's wrists, neck and knees he was pulled into a standing position, head lolling unpleasantly, like a grotesque puppet. He hung a few inches above the ground, his limp feet dangling."
Remus Lupin's use on fellow Professor Severus Snape[src]
Caster(s) Date Notes
MACUSA Aurors 30 May, 1927 MACUSA Aurors used this spell to levitate Abernathy (transfigured into Gellert Grindelwald) from his cell in MACUSA prison to Incarceration Carriage.[5]
Patricia Rakepick 1989–1990 school year Rakepick used this spell against Merula Snyde to defend herself outside the Sunken Vault when Merula tried to use the Cruciatus Curse on her.[6]
Remus Lupin 6 June, 1994 Lupin used this spell to levitate Snape's unconscious body for transport back to school from the Shrieking Shack.[7]
Sirius Black Sirius took over the levitation while Lupin covered Wormtail with his wand, and Sirius didn't seem to be very careful about keeping Snape from bumping into things.[8]
Lord Voldemort July, 1997 Lord Voldemort used this charm to levitate the body of Charity Burbage during a Death Eater meeting, before murdering her and feeding her body to his snake, Nagini.[9]
Draco Malfoy September, 2020 Used during a duel with Harry Potter in the latter's house.[10]

Known practitioners

Etymology

This incantation comes from the Latin words mobilis (which means "movable") and corpus (a term meaning "body").

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

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