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Petrificus Totalus

Neville falls victim to Hermione's Petrificus Totalus spell

Also known as The Full Body-Bind, this spell paralyses the victim

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Neville's arms snapped to his sides. His legs sprang together. His whole body rigid, he swayed where he stood and then fell flat on his face

The Great Hall during Duelling Club

Duelling Club

Harry's body became instantly rigid and immobile, and he felt himself fall back against the tower wall, propped like an unsteady statue...


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

by J.K. Rowling

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Without warning, Malfoy pointed his wand at Harry, who was instantly paralysed. As though in slow motion, he toppled out of the luggage rack

Hermione holding up her wand from the Chamber of Secrets

The etymology of Harry Potter spells

‘This’ll liven you up, Padfoot,’ said James quietly. ‘Look who it is ...’


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

Petrificus Totalus fact file


Petrificus Totalus


To temporarily paralyse someone