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What makes those three curses unforgivable?

NOTICE: The author of this question does not deem the use of those curses to be forgiveable under any but the most extreme circumstances. What made the Unforgivable curses such? Is it due to ...
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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 Harry die the first time Voldemort used the Killing Curse in the Forbidden Forest?

And in Deathly Hallows, why didn't the Killing Curse rebound when Voldemort tried killing Harry with the Elder Wand when Harry was undefended?
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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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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 ...
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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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How was Harry able to block a Killing Curse conjured by a Death Eater that was aimed at Hagrid in Deathly Hallows?

This is the exact quote from the book: More Killing Curses flew past Harry's head from the two remaining Death Eaters' wands; they were aiming for Hagrid. Harry responded with further Stunning ...
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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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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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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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When did wizards and witches first learn that a love-sacrifice protects against the Killing Curse?

When Harry Potter was growing up, people did not know why he was the only person to survive the Killing Curse. “The nature of that prophecy is unknown, although speculation is rife that it concerns ...
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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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How did Moody make the spider fly?

In the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Moody was teaching Dark Curses. He performs the Imperius Curse on a spider and makes it fly (or jump) across the classroom. Now, I was wondering, the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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