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"Raising her wand, she began to walk in a wide circle around Harry and Ron, murmuring incantations as she went. Harry saw little disturbances in the surrounding air: it was as if Hermione had cast a heat haze across their clearing."
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Protego totalum was the incantation of a protective enchantment used to shield a certain area or dwelling for an extended period of time.[1] It was a variation of the Shield Charm, and was used to stop and repel any intruder and/or spell from the protected area, except the most powerful curses, including the Unforgivable Curses.

Known uses

Caster(s) Date Notes
Hermione Granger 1997-1998 Hermione Granger used this charm as part of the protective enchantments used to hide the camp she shared with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley during the hunt for the Horcruxes.[1]
Harry Potter Would occasionally cast the protective enchantments (which included this charm) used to hide the camp he shared with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley during the hunt for the Horcruxes.[2]

Known practitioners


The incantation is derived from "protego", meaning "I protect" and Latin "totus", meaning "as a whole", thereby making the whole incantation "I protect as a whole".


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 14 (The Thief)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 27 (The Final Hiding Place)