Spells
Battle Spells

Stunning Spell

Explore
Characters Locations Magic Canon Events Things Creatures Essays
The Harry Potter Canon

A commonly-used spell which hurls a bolt of red light, rendering the target of the spell unconscious.

Alternate names “Stunner” “Stunning Spell” “Stupefying Charm”

The reverse of this spell is “Rennervate”

 

References from the canon

  • Used by Ministry wizards to try to stop whomever cast the Dark Mark during the Quidditch World Cup riot (GF9)
  • Used by dragon keepers (a lot of them at once) to manage dragons (GF19).
  • Flavius Belby tried to use a Stupefying Charm against a Lethifold, but only succeeded in blasting a hole through his bedroom door (FB)
  • Effective against Pogrebins (FB).
  • Not very effective against Hagrid, who is part giant (OP31).
  • Harry tried to cast this on Snape during Snape's departure from Hogwarts, but missed (HBP28).
  • Cast by Harry several times at pursuing Death Eaters (DH4).
  • Referred to using the verb Stun (DH5).
  • Harry cast this on Thorfinn Rowle and attempted to cast it on Antonin Dolohov but missed the latter, hitting the waitress instead (DH9).
  • Used by Harry on Dolores Umbridge and on Yaxley (DH13).
  • Cast by Harry, Ron, and Hermione on the crowd of goblins responding to the alarm at Gringotts (DH25).

Commentary

Etymology

"stupefacio" L. to make senseless, from "stupeo" L. stunned

Pensieve (Comments)

Tags: red unconscious