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- "These straightforward but surprisingly dangerous charms cause certain things to swell or shrink. You will be learning both charms together, so that you can always undo an over-enthusiastic cast. There is thus no excuse for having accidentally shrunk your homework down to microscopic size or for allowing a giant toad to rampage through your school’s flower gardens."
- —Miranda Goshawk[src]
The Shrinking Charm (Reducio) is a charm that causes an object to shrink. It is the counter-charm to the Engorgement Charm, causing enlarged objects to return to their original size. The Shrinking Charm is also used as the potion-making spell for the Shrinking Solution.
The use of a Shrinking Charm on a human is considered both complicated and dangerous.
Known practitioners and uses
|Jacob's sibling||1985–1986 school year||Jacob's sibling used an Engorgement Charm alongside the Shrinking Charm to sneak into another House common room.|
|Mortlake||August 1992||Mortlake was selling shrinking keys and Biting kettles to Muggles. After nine raids he was arrested by Arthur Weasley and Mundungus Fletcher during a stakeout.|
|Accidental Magic Reversal Squad||August 1993||The Accidental Magic Reversal Squad was called when Harry lost his temper and non-verbally cast the Inflating Charm on Marge causing her to inflate. They shrank her back to her normal size and used the Memory Charm to wipe her memory of the event.|
|Arthur Weasley||August 1994||Arthur Weasley used this charm to shrink the size of Dudley Dursley's swelled tongue after Fred Weasley purposefully gave him a Ton-Tongue Toffee, at 4 Privet Drive.|
|Bartemius Crouch Junior||September 1994||Whilst impersonating Alastor Moody, after having enlarged a spider with the Engorgement Charm, used this to return it to its normal size, during a fourth year Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson.|
|Poppy Pomfrey||October 1994||When Hermione Granger was hexed by Draco Malfoy, her front teeth grew huge. Madame Pomfrey shrunk her teeth with this spell. Hermione used this occasion to avoid having braces because her teeth were originally larger than normal teeth and caused her to be compared to a chipmunk by other students.|
|Harry Potter||27 December, 1997||Harry, who had enlarged a spider with an Engorgement Charm with another's wand, tried to use this to return it to its normal size, but it didn't work. Later, he used it after he enlarged a lamp fire after he got another wand.|
Behind the scenes
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 the scene in which the spider is enlarged is replaced by a mirror scene including Bluebell Flames.
- The effects of this charm bear great similarity to those induced by the incantation of Diminuendo, used by Nigel Wolpert in 1995.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- Wonderbook: Book of Potions
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 14 (The Unforgivable Curses)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Wonderbook: Book of Spells
- ↑ Wonderbook: Book of Potions
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Chapter 2 (Growing and Shrinking) - Charms Lesson "Reducio"
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 4 (Back to The Burrow)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 20 (Xenophilius Lovegood)
- ↑ See this translation, courtesy of Google Translate