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"The raven continued to open and close its sharp beak, but no sound came out."
—Description[src]

The Silencing Charm (Silencio) was a charm that rendered the victim temporarily mute.[1] Working on both beasts and beings, it was immensely difficult to perform, more so on ravens than frogs.[1] If performed incorrectly, the target would swell up to an immense size and begin making deafening sounds.[1]

History

The song of the Fwooper would drive the listener insane, so it must have been sold with a Silencing Charm placed on it. This charm must have been recast on the Fwooper every month by any wizard or witch who owned one of these birds.[3]

During the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Filius Flitwick taught his fifth-years how to cast this charm in Charms class, in preparation for their Ordinary Wizarding Levels that year.[4]

In October 1995, Professor Flitwick had his fifth year Charms students practise this charm, and assigned it as homework to those who could not perform it competently in class.[1]

Known uses

Successful

Caster(s) Dates Notes
Draco Malfoy 31 October, 1981 Used it on Delphini at St Jerome's Church in Godric's Hollow.[5]
Fifth years 1995 Fifth-years worked on this spell in Charms using bullfrogs and ravens.[1]
Hermione Granger 8 October, 1995 Used it to on her toad in Charms class.[1]
Used it to on Harry Potter's toad in, when he inflated toad like a balloon.[1]
Used it to on Ron Weasley's raven in Charms class.[1]
18 June, 1996 Used it on Antonin Dolohov during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.[6]
Tom Riddle 2 May, 1998 He used this spell to silence the defenders of Hogwarts during the final battle.[7]
Lyall Lupin Unknown He used the spell to silence his Werewolf Son, Remus Lupin, during his monthly transformations in order to protect his son for any unwanted attentions from their neighbours or the ministry when Remus was a child.[8]

Unsuccessful

Caster(s) Dates Notes
Harry Potter 8 October, 1995 Used it on his toad, but unsuccessful, because the toad swelled like a balloon and emitted a high-pitched whistle.[1]
Ron Weasley Used it on his raven, but unsuccessful, because the raven let out a derisive caw.[1]
Used it on Hermione Granger's toad, but unsuccessful, because he poked the toad in the eye with his wand.[1]

Known practitioners

See also

Etymology

The incantation "silencio" is Latin and Spanish for "silence".[9]

Behind the scenes

  • Although not identified, in July 1993, when Harry lost his temper with Marjorie Dursley he may have unintentionally cast a silencing charm both non-verbally and wandlessly, either or both of these factors caused the already difficult spell to fail, instead causing her to swell until she resembled a balloon and float to the ceiling.[10]

Appearances

Notes and references


Charms (class)
PS Wingardium Leviosa feather
Charm-book writers and developers
Blagdon Blay · Daisy Pennifold · Delfina Crimp · Miranda Goshawk · Jarleth Hobart · Basil Horton · Helixa Hyslop · Syna Hyslop · Randolph Keitch · Levina Monkstanley · Orabella Nuttley · Mnemone Radford · Scarpin · Elliot Smethwyck · Felix Summerbee · Fred Weasley · George Weasley · Violeta Stitch
Professors Fortinbras · Filius Flitwick · Unidentified male Charms Professor
Textbooks Achievements in Charming · Extreme Incantations · Quintessence: A Quest · The Standard Book of Spells
Charms studied at Hogwarts
Banishing Charm (Depulso) · Blackboard Writing Spell · Blue sparks · Box Blasting Charm (Cistem Aperio) · Bubble-Head Charm · Cheering Charm · Cleaning Charm · Colour Change Charm (Colovaria) · Confundus Charm (Confundo) · Counter-charm for hiccoughs · Dancing Feet Spell (Tarantallegra) · Descendo · Disillusionment Charm · Drought Charm · Eradication Spell (Deletrius) · Engorgement Charm (Engorgio) · Exploding Charm (Bombarda) · Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Freezing Charm (Immobulus) · Freezing Spell (Glacius) · Full Body-Bind Curse (Petrificus Totalus) · General Counter-Spell (Finite Incantatem) · Gouging Spell (Defodio) · Growth Charm · Ice Jinx · Knitting Charm · Knockback Jinx (Flipendo) · Leg-Locker Curse (Locomotor Mortis) · Levitation Charm (Wingardium Leviosa) · Locking Spell (Colloportus) · Locomotion Charm (Locomotor) · Mending Charm (Reparo) · Memory Charm (Obliviate) · Muffliato Charm (Muffliato) · Nonverbal spells · Pack Charm (Pack) · Red Sparks (Vermillious) · Reductor Curse (Reducto) · Scouring Charm (Scourgify) · Seize and Pull Charm (Carpe Retractum) · Severing Charm (Diffindo) · Shrinking Charm (Reducio) · Silencing Charm (Silencio) · Slowing Charm (Arresto Momentum) · Skurge Scouring Charm (Skurge) · Softening Charm (Spongify) · Spell for growing legs · Substantive Charm · Summoning Charm (Accio) · Tickling Charm (Rictusempra) · Unlocking Charm (Alohomora) · Vinegar into Wine · Wand-Extinguishing Charm (Nox) · Wand-Lighting Charm (Lumos) · Lumos Maxima · Water-Making Spell (Aguamenti)
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