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"Harry spun around to see Hermione pointing her wand at Ron, her expression wild: The little flock of birds was speeding like a hail of fat golden bullets toward Ron, who yelped and covered his face with his hands, but the birds attacked, pecking and clawing at every bit of flesh they could reach."
— Description[src]

The Oppugno Jinx[2] (Oppugno) was a jinx that directed an object or individual to attack the victim. This spell would cause conjured creatures or other movable objects under the control of the caster to attack the target.[1]

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Hermione Granger Autumn 1996

Hermione used this to set a flock of conjured canaries on Ron Weasley in 1996.[1]

Harry Potter 2 September, 1997 Harry used this spell nonverbally whilst escaping from Yaxley in the Ministry of Magic. The result was to cause the inserts for the Daily Prophet; which carried a picture of Harry with the headline "Undesirable No. 1"; to swarm on Yaxley and slow him down.[3]

Possible use

Caster(s) Date Notes
Dobby 1992–1993 school year This was possibly the spell used by Dobby in one of Harry Potter's Quidditch matches to cause the Bludger to follow him interminably.[4]
Irma Pince 1996 Possibly used this jinx to make Harry Potter's belongings chase him and Ginny Weasley out of the Hogwarts Library after she caught them eating chocolate in there.[5]
Minerva McGonagall 1 May, 1998 This may have been the spell Minerva McGonagall used non-verbally to direct daggers at Severus Snape during their duel.[6]
2 May, 1998 This may have been the spell Minerva McGonagall used during the Battle of Hogwarts to make a number of desks charge at the Death Eaters.[7]

Known practitioners


Oppugno is Latin, meaning "I assault".

Behind the scenes


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