Quidditch Spells

Arresto Momentum

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The Harry Potter Canon

"Dumbledore ...ran onto the field as you fell, waved his wand, and you sort of slowed down before you hit the ground."
-- Hermione Granger (PA9)

Slows the speed or stops a falling object or person to keep them from harm.

References from the canon

  • Used during the Quidditch World Cup 2014 by the referee in USA v Jamaica to stop Kquewanda Bailey from hitting the ground.



Old French arester "to stay, stop" + Latin momentum = "movement"


  • Possibly the silent spell used by Dumbledore to slow Harry's fall when he was attacked by Dementors while playing Quidditch in Third Year (PA9).
  • First use as a spoken incantation in the film for Deathly Hallows Part 2: Hermione uses the incantation Arresto Momentum to save them when they fell from the Gringotts cart.

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