I'm referring to Dark Magic spells which are either very advanced and hard to perform or require great and morally questionable sacrifices or both.

An obvious example are Horcruxes, but I was wondering what other similar spells and examples of Dark Magic exist.

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Well, first of all, you obviously have the Unforgivable Curses :

Hexes and Jinxes, while less powerful, are also considered as Dark Spells :

We could probably add other spells, such as Sectumsempra, Morsmordre or Fiendfyre.

There are also some potions identified as Dark :

We could also add dark objects to the list, which are supposedly-normal objects enchanted with a dark curse. Such examples include :

One could also argue that some creatures, such as Dementors or Inferi are dark creatures.

And finally, some practices are entirely devoted to the Dark Arts, such as Necromancy.

All those examples were taken from the HP Dark Arts Wikia page (which I know is not canon, but this particular page seems all right to me), where you can find others examples of dark objects, creatures and practices.

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    Welcome! This is a fantastic answer!
    – Edlothiad
    Mar 17, 2017 at 11:10
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    One minor quibble, maybe include some canonical sources describing Hexes and Jinxes or Sectumsempra and specific potions as dark?
    – Edlothiad
    Mar 17, 2017 at 11:12
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    OP asked specifically for really advanced technical kinds of magic, which most wizards can't do. Any old wizard can perform a Stinging Hex or a Knockback Jinx, and arguably a lot of Wizards can even perform the killing curse (it isn't a complicated spell, you just have to mean it) Mar 17, 2017 at 11:22
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    What about Fiendfyre? The enchanted fire used by Crabbe (I think) in the Deathly Hallows, in the RoR. Hermione said that it is one of the things that can destroy Horcruxes, but is really dangerous (and dark). Mar 17, 2017 at 17:50
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    @JanusBahsJacquet Right, I meant less powerful but got lost somehow, thanks. I'll add Fiendfyre and try to search for canon sources, especially for the Hexes and Jinxes part, but if anybody finds them first, please feel free to edit my answer ;)
    – roberto06
    Mar 20, 2017 at 9:06

Here are some examples of things described in the books as Dark Magic:

Philosopher's Stone

  • Broomstick tampering

    "Can't have," Hagrid said, his voice shaking. "Can't nothing interfere with a broomstick except powerful Dark Magic — no kid could do that to a Nimbus Two Thousand."

Chamber of Secrets

  • Petrification

    "No second year could have done this," said Dumbledore firmly. "It would take Dark Magic of the most advanced —"

  • Method of opening the Chamber of Secrets

    "But, professor," piped up Parvati Patil, "you'd probably have to use Dark Magic to open it —"

  • Diary containing sentient memories

    Why didn't you show the diary to me, or your mother? A suspicious object like that, it was clearly full of Dark Magic —"

Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Insulting parchment

    "This parchment is plainly full of Dark Magic. This is supposed to be your area of expertise, Lupin. Where do you imagine Potter got such a thing?"

  • Method of escaping Azkaban

    "If you don't mind me asking, how — how did you get out of Azkaban, if you didn't use Dark Magic?"

  • Creating doubles

    "Harry, what do you think you'd do if you saw yourself bursting into Hagrid's house?" said Hermione.

    "I'd — I'd think I's gone mad," said Harry, "or I'd think there was some Dark Magic going on —"

Goblet of Fire

  • Parseltounge

    Parseltounge, the ability to converse with snakes, has long been considered a Dark Art.

  • Flesh, Blood, and Bone potion

    "I knew that to achieve this — it is an old piece of Dark Magic, the potion that revived me tonight —I would need three powerful ingredients.

Half-Blood Prince

  • Cursed necklace

    They're used to find Dark Magic and Dark objects. They'd have picked up a powerful curse, like the one on that necklace, within seconds.

  • Horcruxes

    "They must be really advanced Dark Magic, or why would Voldemort have wanted to know about them?

  • Sectumsempra

    "Who would have thought you knew such Dark Magic? Who taught you that spell?"


The Obscurus, It is the darkest piece of magic

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    An Obscurus is a bit of an odd case because whilst it is described as a dark force it isn't something that everyone can use, but a good addition. Could you also edit this to expand on this a bit as it's quite terse at the moment? For example, a quote describing an Obscurus would be good.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 10, 2020 at 11:51
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    Also, is that really Harry Potter canon, or Fantastic Beasts canon? Jul 10, 2020 at 14:26

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