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

The Revulsion Jinx[2] (Relashio)[1] was a jinx that forced the target to release its grip on whatever it was holding. It worked on both living and inanimate targets, so long as it was holding something.

Description

"The incantation Relashio is used to make something relinquish its hold on another object."
— Description[src]

This jinx appeared as a jet of purple sparks.[3] Underwater, this spell fired a jet of boiling water at whatever the caster was pointing their wand at.[1]

Known uses

"Pointing his wand at the thick cuffs chaining the beast to the floor, he yelled, "Relashio!""
— Harry using this spell to free the Gringott's 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.[6]
Newt Scamander September, 1927 Used it on the chains of a Zouwu inside his magical suitcase.[4]
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Dolores Umbridge (possibly) 1995 Possibly used this spell non-verbally to force a kissing student couple away from each other, whilst patrolling the corridors of Hogwarts as High Inquisitor.[7]
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Mundungus Fletcher (possibly) 1996 Possibly used this spell non-verbally in 1996 outside the Three Broomsticks, when Harry Potter, angered by Mundungus's plundering of Sirius Black's possessions from 12 Grimmauld Place, grabbed the former by the throat.[8]
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.[9]
Used it on Corban Yaxley to release her arm, which he grabbed in order to Disapparate with her, Harry, and Ron.[2]

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Ron Weasley March, 1998 Used it on Peter Pettigrew's silver hand in an attempt to prevent it from choking its owner to death, although the spell had no effect whatsoever.[10]
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.[1]

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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.[11]

Known practitioners

See also

Behind the scenes

Relashio's icon in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

Etymology

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".

Appearances

Notes and references

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