" [...] I forced him to let go with a Revulsion Jinx [...] "
—Hermione explaining her use of the spell on Yaxley[src]

The Revulsion Jinx (Relashio) is a jinx that forces the target to release its grip on whatever it is holding. It works on both living and inanimate targets, so long as it is holding something.


"The incantation Relashio is used to make something relinquish its hold on another object."
This jinx appears as a jet of purple sparks. Underwater, this spell fires a jet of boiling water at whatever the caster is pointing their wand at.

Known uses

"Pointing his wand at the thick cuffs chaining the best to the floor, he yelled, "Relashio!" "
—Harry casting his spell, freeing Gringotts dragon[src]
Caster(s) Date Notes
Bob Ogden 1925 Used it to knock Marvolo Gaunt backward — away from his daughter, who he was attempting to strangle, because of her love for a Muggle, Tom Riddle Snr.[2]
Newt Scamander September, 1927 Used it on the chains of a Zouwu inside his magical suitcase.[3]
Hermione Granger 2 September, 1997 Used it to force chains to withdraw into the arms of a chair in order to free Mary Cattermole from the Muggle-Born Registration Commission when she, Ron, and Harry infiltrated the Ministry of Magic.[4]
Used it on Corban Yaxley to release her arm, which he grabbed in order to Disapparate with her, Harry, and Ron.[4]
Ron Weasley March, 1998 Used it on Peter Pettigrew's silver hand to prevent it from slowly choking himself, although it had no effect whatsoever.[5]
Harry Potter 24 February, 1995 Used it during the second task of the Triwizard Tournament in order to free his ankle from the Grindylow's grip.[6]

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1 May, 1998 Used it on the chains of a dragon during the trio's break-in of Gringotts, in order to facilitate their escape.[7]

Possible uses

  • Mundungus Fletcher may have used this spell in 1996 outside the Three Broomsticks, when Harry, angered by Mundungus's plundering of Sirius Black's possessions, grabbed the former by the throat.[8]
  • In 1995, Dolores Umbridge was seen using a spell to force a kissing couple away from each other. The spell used may have been a non-verbal form of the Revulsion Jinx.[9]
    OOTP Umbridge spelling a couple apart

    Dolores Umbridge using a Revulsion Jinx

  • Remus Lupin may have used this spell against Harry Potter in 1997 after Harry accused him of cowardice for deciding to abandon his family.[10]
  • Given its effects, it is possible that Relashio may also be able to act as a counter-spell for incarceration spells, Incarcerous and Incarcifors. Relashio may release a victim from the binding ropes conjured via Incarcerous, while it may also free a victim from the prison transfigured from other items using Incarcifors.

Known practitioners

See also

Behind the scenes

Yaxley in Grimmauld Place

Hermione using a Revulsion Jinx on Yaxley


Probably from the French verb relâcher meaning "to release, to set free", Spanish relajo meaning "to loosen up, to release", or Italian rilascio (pronounced the same way as the spell) meaning "I release".


Notes and references

Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts
Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Teacher's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Arsenius Jigger · Albus Dumbledore · Galatea Merrythought · Patricia Rakepick · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Bartemius Crouch Junior (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape · Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls · Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless · Magical Drafts and Potions
Spells studied at Hogwarts under D.A.D.A.
Aqua Eructo Charm · Boggart-Banishing Spell · Counter-curses · Counter-jinxes · Counter-spells · Curse of the Bogies · Defensive Charms · Densaugeo · Deprimo · Disarming Charm · Ebublio Jinx · Everte Statum · Freezing Spell · Full Body-Bind Curse · Green Sparks · Hex-Breaker· Hex-deflection · Hex Zapper · Homorphus Charm · Impediment Jinx · Knockback Jinx · Knockback Jinx Duo · Lacarnum Inflamari · Melofors Jinx · Nonverbal spells · Orbis Jinx · Patronus Charm · Red Sparks · Reductor Curse · Revulsion Jinx · Salvio hexia · Seize and Pull Charm · Shield Charm · Smokescreen Spell · Snake-Vanishing Spell · Stunning Spell · Tickling Charm · Tongue-Tying Curse · Trip Jinx · Ventus Jinx · Verdimillious Charm · Verdimillious Duo Spell · Verdimillious Tria · Wand-Lighting Charm · Wand-Lighting Charm Duo · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse · Killing Curse
Creatures studied at Hogwarts under D.A.D.A.
Banshee · Boggart · Cornish Pixie · Dementor · Erkling · Ghost · Ghoul · Grindylow · Gytrash · Hag · Hinkypunk · Iguana · Imp · Inferius · Kappa · Nocturnal beasts · Red Cap · Snake · Troll · Vampire · Vampire bat · Werewolf · Yeti · Zombie
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