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  • To exert control over bodily functions (in living creatures)
  • To study human thought (by the Department of Mysteries)
Hermione Granger: "They're brains."
Harry Potter: "Brains?"
Hermione Granger: "Yes... I wonder what they're doing with them?"
Harry Potter and Hermione Granger discuss the brains in the Department of Mysteries[src]

The brain is an organ present in all but the simplest of creatures which exerts control over all other organs in the body.[1]

In a certain room of the Department of Mysteries, there exists a large tank containing a number of brains or brain-like objects. These brains exude thoughts as thin tendrils along their "bodies", and appear to have a certain amount of sentience on their own. They are used by Unspeakables to study human thought.

During the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, Ronald Weasley, under influence of a Death Eater's spell that made him disoriented (possibly the Confundus Charm), used a Summoning Charm on one of these brains. The brain immediately attacked when it touched Ron, wrapping its tentacle-like thoughts around his body and attempting to suffocate him. Though he was eventually able to get free and was treated to by Poppy Pomfrey, he suffered a great deal of damage and had scars from the event that would presumably last the rest of his life.[2]

Behind the scenes

The Knockturn Alley set (set 4720) of the Harry Potter LEGO Sets includes a head piece printed with a floating brain.[3]


Notes and references

  1. WP favicon Brain on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
  3. LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World, Page 38 ("Harry Potter: Shopping Wizard")

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