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"Chasers were also becoming increasingly irritated by the necessity of diving continually towards the ground to retrieve the Quaffle and so, shortly after the Quaffle's change of colour, the witch Daisy Pennifold had the idea of bewitching the Quaffle so that if dropped, it would fall slowly earthwards as though sinking through water, meaning that Chasers could grab it in mid-air."
—Description of the spell's invention[src]

The Slowing Charm[5] (Arresto Momentum)[6][4] is a charm that can be used to slow the velocity of an object. It is taught in second year Charms class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[7]

History

CoG Spielman Slowing Charm

Spielman using this spell to prevent his death

In 1927, the German wizard Rudolph Spielman used this charm to save his life after Gellert Grindelwald threw him and his wand from his Incarceration Carriage, using the spell to miraculously stop him from hitting the water at such a high impact, allowing him to fall into it safely.[5]

During the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, this spell was taught in fifth year Charms class by Professor Filius Flitwick. This spell was later used that school year by Patricia Rakepick, to slow down the falling debris in the Portrait Vault after the resident Hungarian Horntail dragon had awoken.[8]

In 1993, Albus Dumbledore used this charm wandlessly to slow down a falling Harry Potter after he was attacked by Dementors during a Gryffindor versus Hufflepuff Quidditch match.[1]

During the Calamity in the 2010s, this spell was used heavily by the volunteer members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to slow down and freeze various Confoundable that were guarding Foundables, in particular Pixies.[2]

Known practitioners

See also

Etymology

  • Likely the combination of two words; the Anglo-French "arester", meaning "to bring to a stop", and the Latin "Momentum", meaning "the force or strength gained whilst moving". Literal translation: "bring its momentum to a stop".

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references


Charms (class)
PS Wingardium Leviosa feather
Charmbook writers and developers
Blagdon Blay · Daisy Pennifold · Delfina Crimp · Miranda Goshawk · Jarleth Hobart · Basil Horton · Randolph Keitch · Levina Monkstanley · Orabella Nuttley · Mnemone Radford · Scarpin · Elliot Smethwyck · Felix Summerbee · Fred Weasley · George Weasley · Violeta Stitch
Professors Fortinbras · Filius Flitwick
Textbooks Achievements in Charming · Extreme Incantations · Quintessence: A Quest · The Standard Book of Spells
Charms studied at Hogwarts
Banishing Charm (Depulso) · Cheering Charm · Cistem Aperio · Colour Change Charm (Colovaria) · Confundus Charm (Confundo) · 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) · Growth Charm · 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 spell · 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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