Questions tagged [dark-arts]

Questions about the Dark Arts, a branch of magic in Harry Potter that includes curses, Dark potions and evil spells.

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Why didn't Snape work out Voldemort had Horcruxes?

Snape is repeatedly referred to as a highly intelligent wizard, most skilled in the Dark Arts. We don't know for sure, but it seems probable he would know about Horcruxes, at least in theory. He ...
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Are there any regulations for using offensive (though legal) spells?

There are only three Unforgivable Curses that are punishable. It seems that all the other spells can be freely used in any situation (until someone actually killed I guess). There seem to be no ...
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Is there a way to determine if a person was Imperiused if they are dead?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is revealed that many Ministry officials were Imperiused by the Death Eaters, and committed otherwise punishable crimes. It is also stated in various canon ...
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What are the requirements for Imperio?

For using the Cruciatus Curse, the caster must really feel hate towards the recipient. Is there such a requirement for using the Imperius Curse? Is it available to only dark and powerful wizards?
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Why are Horcruxes associated with Dark Magic?

In the Harry Potter universe, Horcruxes are described as dark objects in both the movies and the books. Could these objects be classified as "good or neutral" magic if a “good” wizard had created ...
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In the Wizarding World, is flying without a broom or other object/creature, a dark art?

In book 7, Harry and several members of the Order of the Phoenix seem to be shocked / surprised that Voldemort can fly without transfiguring or without the aid of a broom or enchanted object (...
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Does “Dark Wizard” = “Bad”?

In Sorcerer's Stone Chapter 5, Hagrid tells Harry: There's not a single witch or wizard who went bad that wasn't in Slytherin. In Chamber of Secrets Chapter 5, however, this seems to be ...
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How did Snape come to know so much Dark Magic before Hogwarts?

According to Sirius, Snape was a real expert in the Dark Arts before he came to Hogwarts. "Snape's always been fascinated by the Dark Arts, he was famous for it at school. Slimy, oily, greasy-...
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Is there any evidence that Harry grew to like using Sectumsempra?

I am asking this question based on Harry's actions in the 6th book and beyond. His first target was Malfoy, he saw devastating effects that this spell can cause. At that point, the book led me to ...
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How skilled does a wizard need to be to successfully perform the three Unforgivable Curses?

Avada Kedavra's a curse that needs a powerful bit of magic behind it — you could all get your wands out and point them at me and say the words, and I doubt I'd get so much as a nosebleed. When ...
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What are some examples of advanced Dark Magic in Harry Potter?

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 ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore use a portrait or a ghost as DADA teacher?

The practical part of the lesson might be a bit challenging, but not impossible, and it definitely can be an improvement considering Umbridge's or Lockhart's lessons. There are many advantages to be ...
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Could George's ear have been healed by Snape?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows George's ear gets cut off by a stray Sectumsempra (cast by Snape). Now this was an act of Dark Magic and therefore George's ears could not be healed: Mrs. ...
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Were there (or are there) any Dark Wizards who were Sorted into the Hufflepuff House?

I just finished watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's (Philosopher's) Stone on DVD. Not my first time seeing in the movie by a long shot, but Quirrell captured my attention during the film. He was ...
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Besides the Basilisk, What Kind of Magic Can Cause Someone to Be Petrified?

Besides the Basilisk, what kind of Dark Magic can cause someone to be Petrified? ‘She has been Petrified,’ said Dumbledore (‘Ah! I thought so!’ said Lockhart). ‘But how, I cannot say ...’ ‘Ask ...
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Where Did Dolores Umbridge Get Her Evil Quill?

Where did Dolores Umbridge get her evil quill? I would doubt she bought her evil quill at Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop in Hogsmeade (If Scrivenshaft's were in Knockturn Alley I'd have a different ...