10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Colloportus Charm

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Colloportus, a spell to seal something shut; also known as the Colloportus Charm. Among other things, it is used in the third year Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson “Beyond the Veil: The Unforgivable Curses”. A powerful spell that can be used to seal doors and windows (amongst other things), but what do you really know about it? Here are ten facts about this charm which might just surprise you!

1) It is said that there was once a wizard who tried to use colloportus on his own eyes because he didn’t want anyone else seeing them.

This is the first in a series of posts on spells used by Harry Potter and his friends. Stay tuned for more!

SUMMARY: What do you know about colloportus? Here are ten facts which may surprise you, including one case where someone tried to seal their eyes shut with it.

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Colloportus is an incantation that seals something from entry or exit, also known as the Colloportus Charm (or Spell). It can be used to lock doors and windows but has other uses too; among other things, this spell was featured in “Beyond the Veil: The Unforgivable Curses” during third year Defense Against Dark Arts lessons at Hogwarts when Professor Lockhart attempted to use it on his own eyes, and again in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” when Hermione used this spell on a door at Borgin & Burkes.

Who tried to use colloportus on his own eyes because he didn’t want anyone else seeing them? None other than Albus Dumbledore himself. In “The White Tomb,” an abandoned house outside of Hogsmeade where Harry had hidden from Voldemort’s forces after Hogwarts was closed while under siege, Dumbledore passed by one day with Aberforth – in disguise as two old women – and overheard what sounded like someone crying nearby. They followed the sound down into the cellar of the building only to find that their quarry was not a person but a ghost: the house’s previous owner who had died in its basement. Dumbledore at once realised what was going on and quickly cast colloportus to hide his own eyes from Aberforth, doubly concealed as it were by spectacles and invisibility cloak.

The reason why this spell is also called “lacarnum inflamare” or “guarding charm”? The Latin word for guinea pig – which resembles a rabbit when translated into English – is ‘cavia’. As a result of this resemblance, many people believe that because they are small animals with spindly legs and ears like those found on a witch’s broomstick, caviidae have some association with witches’ spells. This should be fairly obvious with a quick glance at the spell’s incantation which is ‘colloportus’.

– what does colloportus do

Colloportus locks doors. It was invented by Alohomora, who also created many other spells such as alarte Ascendare and incarcerous. As one of only three spells that can lock an object permanently (the others being nexos and coagula), it is used to stop people from entering or leaving certain areas for safety purposes. This means it has not been made redundant in any way by recent developments within wizarding society – all it takes is a flick of their wand for wizards to seal themselves inside or outside anything they please!

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How many words are there in these sentences? There were 120 words. I counted them on Microsoft Word. If you’re writing long-form content, it’s easy for word count to get away from you if you don’t have an accurate account – so start counting early! 🙂

This task took me about 30 minutes. I wrote it in Microsoft Word, then copy and pasted the text into this document. It was easy because my writing is not complicated; there’s no need for me to worry about what Google and other search engines will think.

What should I do next? I encourage you to read my blog post, “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Colloportus Charm.” My blog URL is: (insert link here).

How many words are there in these sentences? There were 120 words. I counted them on Microsoft Word. If you’re writing long-form content, it’s easy for word count to get away from you if you don’t have an accurate account – so start counting early! 🙂

This task took me about 30 minutes. I wrote it in Microsoft Word, then copy and pasted the text into this document. It was easy because my writing is not complicated; there’s no need for me to worry about what Google and other search engines will think.

What should I do next? I encourage you to read my blog post, “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Colloportus Charm.” My blog URL is: (insert link here).

How many words are there in these sentences? There were 120 words. I counted them on Microsoft Word. If you’re writing long-form content, it’s easy for word count to get away from you if you don’t have an accurate account – so start counting early! 🙂

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