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- "Harry pointed his wand straight at Malfoy and shouted, 'Rictusempra!' A jet of silver light hit Malfoy in the stomach and he doubled up, wheezing....as Malfoy sank to his knees; Harry had hit him with a Tickling Charm, and he could barely move for laughing."
- —Harry Potter's use on Draco Malfoy in the Duelling Club.[src]
This charm is listed in the The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2 spell-book by Miranda Goshawk. This charm is also taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to second year students in Charms class.
"Rictusempra" is derived from the Latin "rictus," meaning "The expanse of an open mouth" and Latin "semper," meaning "always." Overall, the incantation roughly means "always laughing."
Behind the scenes
- This is the first incantation Harry Potter has done verbally and with a wand in a film. He used it on his duel against Draco Malfoy in the second film.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Malfoy is simply knocked backwards. The same occurs in the game version, as well as in the game versions of Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix, where it is treated as a minor offensive spell, rather than a tickle charm (Though the instruction manual for Prisoner of Azkaban's PC version describes it as "technically a tickling charm"). The use of it in the film could be because as Harry was an inexperienced wizard at that point, he may not have been able to master the spell properly, thus causing a different effect. Also, in the film and video game(s), it is red or pink rather than silver.
- It can be bought at Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment in Diagon Alley in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, and in Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7.
- There is another similar spell, the Tickling Hex; it is unknown how they differ. It can presumed that the Tickling Hex would cause a less desirable effect, considering that is a Dark charm.
- In the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets video game, Harry Potter learns this spell from Gilderoy Lockhart. He later uses it against Aragog, commenting that he at least learned something in Lockhart's classes.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Pottermore (weakening is one known side effect of this spell)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (see this image)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 This charm is covered in The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 2, meaning it must be taught in Second year Charms class.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- ↑ LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- ↑ LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
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