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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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Would your soul be torn if you killed somebody without using Unforgivable Curses?

Some ideas are taken from HPMOR. Kill through intentional spell: If you are a magician, and you kill somebody with a cutting curse, severing his head, he's dead. If you sever the torso, he dies due to ...
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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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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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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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Are the Unforgivable Curses 'Unforgivable' outside of Britain's magic community?

B. Crouch Jr, while posing as Mad-Eye Moody, tells his DADA students that using any of the 'Unforgivable Curses' on a human being in Britain is punishable by life in Azkaban- do the wizard/witch ...
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How did Moody use the Imperius Curse to tell the Spider what to do?

So when Harry is put under the Imperius Curse by Moody, he hears Moody telling him what to do. I wonder how Moody communicated to the spiders what he wanted them to do? Can he speak spider? Does the ...
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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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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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Could someone be Imperiused after suffering the Dementor's Kiss?

After being kissed by a Dementor a person's body exists as an empty shell, without a soul, and they live in a vegetative state. I was thinking that perhaps an evil wizard could round up some people ...
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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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Was Voldemort susceptible to the Imperius Curse?

Could he have devised safeguards against it or been powerful enough to resist the effects? Could the Horcruxes have any bearing on its effect over him?
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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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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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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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How many times has Harry faced the Imperius curse?

I'm specifically talking about the first three. One was from Barty Crouch Jr. (disguised as Moody) in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 15: Harry moved forward into the middle of the ...
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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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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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How did Snape block Harry's Unforgivable Curses?

In the Flight of the Prince chapter of book 6, Snape is able to block Harry's spells, including the Cruciatus Curse, which Harry casts several times against Snape. According to canon, the ...
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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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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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Who created Avada Kedavra?

I know, that some wizards created well known spells, like "Wingardium Leviosa", "Alohomora" or "Reparo". Wizards use them very often. So I think, if the levitation spell was invented by some person, ...
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How apparent is it when someone is under the Imperius Curse?

How apparent is it when someone is under the Imperius Curse in Harry Potter? Is it supposed to be possible to tell when someone is affected? In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it is shown that a ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...