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Questions tagged [unforgivable-curse]

The Unforgivable Curses - Crucio, Imperio, and Avada Kedavra - are the three most sinister spells known to the wizarding world, and are tools of the Dark Arts. They were first classified as "Unforgivable" in 1717.

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Are Unforgivable Curses unforgivable worldwide?

Okay, so I've been researching on the site, but apparently this question hasn't been asked. Throughout the book series, we only see the british position on the Unforgivable Curses; the movies show ...
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Is there anything in the world more physically painful than the Cruciatus Curse?

As I understand it, Crucio stimulates all the pain receptors in the body causing it to experience incredible pain. So theoretically, there should be nothing in the world more painful than the ...
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What happens if the caster of the Imperius Curse dies?

What happens if the caster of the Imperius Curse dies?
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Imperius Curse lifted after Voldemort's defeat, even though he may not have been the one to cast the spell?

After Voldemort is defeated at the end of The Deathly Hallows, it's mentioned that all the people under the Imperius Curse were freed. Does that mean that Voldemort was controlling all the Imperiused?...
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Would Crucio give Muggles seizures?

I mean specifically Muggles untouched by any protective spells or magic taints, just a pure Muggle untouched by wizardry or witchery. I know it affects wizards and witches in a horrible way, but for ...
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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 happened to Pius Thicknesse after his misfortunate term as the Minister?

From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Pottermore, we know that Pius Thicknesse has been sacked and replaced by Kingsley Shacklebolt, who made a successful Minister of Magic. But what happened ...
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Why did Moody need three spiders?

In Goblet of Fire Chapter 14 Professor Moody showed Harry's Defense Against the Dark Arts class the Unforgivable Curses. He used spiders to demonstrate the curses. Is there any particular reason why ...
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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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Can a single Killing Curse kill more than one soul?

If targeted at a group of individuals and with the intention to kill them, could a single invocation of Avada Kedavra eliminate an entire group? I am asking for, er, a friend who has, um, a pest ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore simply use the Imperius Curse on Slughorn to retrieve his memories?

In the 6th book/movie, Dumbledore went on great lengths to retrieve correct memories of Slughorn. Instead of recruiting him and using Harry Potter to persuade him, why didn't he simply use the ...
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What curses leave marks or scars? [closed]

We all know Harry got his lightning-shaped scar from the Killing Curse. However he was the first one to survive, thus the first one to obtain a scar from it. But Hagrid tells Harry that being touched ...
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Can someone be under the Cruciatus Curse and Imperius Curse at the same time?

Can someone be in severe pain under the Cruciatus Curse, and then have someone else come and successfully use the Imperius Curse on them at the same time? Or can they at least be under the Imperius ...
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Why is the Killing Curse unforgivable? [duplicate]

The three unforgivable curses are the Cruciatus Curse, the Imperius Curse, and the Killing Curse ("Avada Kedavra"). The Cruciatus Curse inflicts terrible pain and has no use other than torture, ...
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How could Krum use the Cruciatus Curse in HPGoF? [closed]

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Viktor Krum uses the Cruciatus Curse on Cedric in the maze under the Imperius Curse. But Bellatrix Lestrange says in the Order of the Phoenix: "You need to ...
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Can someone under an Imperius Curse know what is happening?

If someone is put under an Imperius Curse, are they unaware for the duration - essentially unconscious while their body is under another's control? Or can they possibly remain conscious, able to ...
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Whose soul would be torn from a killing done under the Imperius Curse?

Whose soul is ripped if a witch or wizard uses the Imperius Curse on someone, and commands them to kill? I know Dumbledore and Snape discuss murder and the soul, but Snape's soul remains whole due 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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Why isn't Sectumsempra an Unforgivable Curse?

Harry almost killed Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, with it. The next year, George lost an ear due to Snape. These facts, and the "For Enemies" note should clinch it.
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Why couldn't Moody beat Crouch's Imperius?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we see that it is possible to train yourself to resist the Imperius Curse. How is it that Harry, a 14 year old boy, was able to resist Barty Crouch Jr. after ...
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Why didn't Barty Crouch Jr just use Imperio on Moody?

Kidnapping Moody and constantly depending on Polyjuice Potion for an entire year seems like a lot of unnecessary trouble just to get Harry to touch the cup. Why not simply use Imperio instead?
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Can veritaserum negate the effect of Imperius curse?

So I was browsing FB and someone in the comment section of a page asked this question If a person is under an Imperius Curse and is given Veritaserum and then the one using the Imperius Curse on ...
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What did Ron Weasley's dad know about the Imperius Curse?

When the fake Mad-Eye Moody taught a class on Defense Against the Dark Arts, he introduced the students to the Three Unforgiveable Curses. He calls out students and tells them to name one of the three ...
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Did Barty Crouch Jr. participate in the torture of Neville's parents?

I know that in court he vehemently denies it, but is after all still found guilty and in succession sent to Azkaban. I can't remember any definitive proof though, so is there any canon information ...
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What were Mad-Eye and Neville talking about after the Unforgivable Curses scene?

I've just been watching Goblet of Fire and after the scene where Moody teaches the students about the Unforgivable Curses, Neville is found staring into a stained glass window, Mad-Eye tells Neville ...
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If the Imperius Curse gives you a blank look, why was there doubt over whether someone was under it?

In the books, many of Voldemort's Death Eaters, such as Lucius Malfoy, avoided imprisonment after the first Wizarding War by claiming that they were acting under the influence of the Imperius Curse. ...
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Did the Dark Lord invent the Unforgivable curses? [duplicate]

Some people have suggested that the Dark Lord has invented the three Unforgivable curses. I don't think this is true, but there are certainly some good arguments to suggest it. None of the curses ...
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Why did Bellatrix rely on torture and the word of a goblin to get information from Hermione, and not use the Imperius curse?

Clearly Bellatrix liked torturing, but given her awareness of the importance of finding where Hermione got the sword in Deathly Hallows, and that they were "close to death" if her vault had been ...
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Why didn't the Trio use unforgiveable curses to destroy the Horcruxes? [duplicate]

Closely related: Could the Horcruxes be destroyed with Avada Kedavra? Also closely related: Fiendfyre to destroy Horcrux At one point, Hermione discovers that the only way to destroy a horcrux is ...
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To what extent did members of the Order of the Phoenix use Unforgivable Curses against Death Eaters?

It seems that by the time of the Deathly Hallows, there is clear evidence that at least some order members and order allies using lethal force: "I shall expect you and the Slytherins in the Great ...
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Can Kevlar or some other kind of body armor stop unforgivable curse?

As the question states, would Kevlar or body armor stop an unforgivable curse like Avada Kedavra? It is shown in Harry Potter and OotP that unforgivable curses can be blocked by solid objects: “I ...
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Apart from the use of Unforgivable Curses, is there any reason for Voldemort and his Death Eaters to be sent to Azkaban?

From what I see, practicing Dark Arts is not really a crime except for the Unforgivable Curses. Although many members of the wizarding world appear to frown upon the Dark Arts, they are not ...
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Why isn't the Memory Charm (Obliviate) an Unforgivable Curse?

There are three Unforgivable Curses: The Killing Curse (Avada Kedavra): Kills someone The Cruciatus Curse (Crucio): Causes pain The Imperius Curse (Imperio): Controls their will But what about the ...
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What happens if one casts Imperio on oneself?

What happened if one cast the Imperius Curse on oneself? Imperio gives you control of over someone, so would it have any effect? Somehow related: Can the Killing Curse be used to commit suicide?
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Will summoning a swarm of insects block the Killing curse?

As early as Book 4 we've seen that the Killing Curse is a beam of light that can be dodged. If it impacts a solid object, it destroys it and dissipates (presumably, the object has to be very solid and ...
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How do multiple Cruciatus Curses affect someone?

So what happens if someone is hit by two or more Cruciatus curses? From different people? I was under the impression that the curse was designed to inflict a lot of pain - obviously enough to break ...
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Could you use the Imperius Curse to control a basilisk?

Sorry if this is mentioned somewhere (I am by no definition a Harry Potter nerd), but can you use the Imperius Curse on magical creatures and by default a basilisk? If not, why?
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How common are the Unforgivable Curses?

They are Unforgivable if you are caught using them on a human...but only if you are caught. I'm not saying that wizards murder people at the blink of an eye, I am asking two subquestions here (I'm ...
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Does the Ministry of Magic know if an underage student casts an unforgivable curse in the Room of Requirement?

It is believed that the Room of Requirement is unplottable, it's known that the Ministry doesn't trace Unforgivable Curses performed by adult wizards and that although the Ministry can detect the use ...
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How much can outside help free a wizard from the Imperius Curse?

Suppose you find out that an employee of the Ministry is acting under the Imperius Curse from a Death Eater. Suppose that they aren't strong of will, so they can't fight the curse on their own (like ...
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Is the basilisk's stare the same type of magic as Avada kedavra?

Is the same type of magic being invoked when a basilisk kills its victim by its stare and a wizard kills his victim with avada kedavra? We know that avada kedavra does not leave any mark and the ...
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Did the Ministry of Magic use the Imperius curse for spying?

So, I figure this is something the dark lord would use, and the dark side in general. By using the Imperius curse on someone who worked for the enemy, one could gather information by forcing this ...
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Using Taboo with Unforgivable Curses

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort and his Death Eaters used the Taboo curse with Voldemort's name, making the word "Voldemort" taboo. Whenever someone speaks a word that is taboo, the ...
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Was a House Elf able to perform Unforgivable Curses?

In other words, how dangerous could an out-of-control mad House Elf be?
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According to canon, did Dumbledore ever use an Unforgivable curse?

We know that "Good Guys" do use Unforgivable curses in Harry Potter (Harry planned to use Cruciatus on Bellatrix, they used Imperio when knocking over Bellatrix's vault at Gringotts, Aurors were ...
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What is the difference between the Confundus Charm and the Imperius Curse?

Throughout my many readings of the Harry Potter series, I have wondered about the Confundus Charm. There isn't much said about it, but it is used several times throughout the books. My question here ...
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What would happen if a wizard disarmed another while under the Imperius curse?

According to canon, the wand's allegiance is passed down to the person who defeats the original owner. We have many examples of that (An assassin murdering one of the Peverell Brothers for the Elder ...
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Why doesn't the Order use unforgivable curses in case of life threatening situations?

Why don't members of the Order of the Phoenix use any of the Unforgivable Curses in life-threatening situations? I remember Harry (in the last part when he encounters Death eaters) and Dumbledore ...
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The Imperius curse: number as a limiting factor?

Do we know from the books if there is a limit to the number of victims one can control through the Imperius curse? In Deathly Hallows, after the defeat of Voldemort, it's implied that all the ...