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{{Spell infobox
 
{{Spell infobox
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|name=Confundus Charm
|name=Confundus Charm
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|incantation=''Confundo'' (Con-FUN-doh)
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|incantation=''Confundo''<ref name="DH26"/><br/>con-FUN-doe
|type=[[Charm]]
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|type=[[Charm]]<ref name="TYPE">As the name itself is Confundus '''''Charm''''', it is evident that this is a charm.</ref>
|hand=Point wand at victim
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|hand=Point wand at victim<ref name="DH26">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' (''Chapter Twenty-Six - Gringotts'') (Pg. 427 UK edition) (Paragraph 3)</ref>
|effect=Causes confusion
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|light=None<ref name="DH26"/>
|light=None
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|effect=Produces confusion<ref name="DH26"/>
 
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{{quote|Harry pointed Draco's wand at each of the guards in turn and murmured, 'Confundo' twice...The guard was confused.|Harry Potter's use on [[Marius|a bank guard]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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{{Quote|Unnoticed by [[Travers]], who was looking through the bronze doors at the inner hall, each of the guards gave a little start as the spells hit them. The guard was confused. He stared down at the thin, golden [[Probity Probe|Probe]] and then at his companion, who said in a slightly dazed voice, 'Yeah, you've just checked them, [[Marius]].'|The [[Gringotts guard]]s, confused by a Confundus Charm placed on them by [[Harry Potter]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
The '''Confundus Charm''' is a [[charm]] that causes a person or animated object to become highly confused. There appears to be varying degrees of inflicted confusion, ranging from tricking a person about a specific issue to making them lose all semblance of common sense, similar to the Imperius Curse, even to the point of endangering themselves.<ref>If the Confundus Charm was the spell used on Ron Weasley in the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]], it was strong enough to make him unable to protect himself and inclined to injure himself through recklessness, as he did in summoning the brains.</ref> The incantation is ''"Confundo."''
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The '''Confundus Charm'''<ref name="GoF17">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' (''Chapter Seventeen - The Four Champions'') (Pg. 245 UK edition) (Paragraph 8, Line 3)</ref> (''Confundo''<ref name="DH26"/>) is a [[charm]]<ref name="TYPE"/> which causes confusion in a person<ref name="DH26"/> or [[Charm|bewitched]] object<ref name="GoF17"/>. It appears that there are varying degrees of confusion caused by the [[spell]], from simply tricking a person or thing about a specific incident<ref name="HBP11">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' (''Chapter Eleven - Hermione's Helping Hand'') (Pg. 232 US edition) (Paragraph 6, Line 1)</ref> to confusing a person to the point at which they endanger themselves<ref name="OOTP35">''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' (''Chapter Thirty-Five - Beyond the Veil'') (Various pages, paragraphs and lines)</ref>
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==Practicioners==
==Known Uses==
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*[[Barty Crouch Jr.]]<ref name="GoF35">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' (''Chapter Thirty-Five - Veritaserum'') (Pg. 587 UK edition) (Paragraph 2, Line 1;2)</ref>
*During the [[Triwizard Tournament]] of [[1994]], [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch, Jr.]] (in the disguise of retired [[Auror]] and new [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] professor [[Alastor Moody]]) used this charm to fool the [[Goblet of Fire]] into accepting [[Harry Potter]] under a non-existent fourth school. <ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''</ref>
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*[[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="HBP11"/>
*In [[1996]], [[Hermione Granger]] used this spell on [[Cormac McLaggen]] during the [[Gryffindor]] [[Quidditch]] [[Gryffindor Quidditch team|team]]'s [[Keeper]] tryouts to lessen his chances of passing after she overheard him insult [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] and [[Ginevra Weasley|Ginny Weasley]].<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
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*[[Ronald Weasley]]<ref name="DHE">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' (''Epilogue - Nineteen Years Later'') (Pg. 604 UK edition) (Paragraph 10, Line 1)</ref>
*In [[1997]], under Dumbledore's portrait's instructions, Severus Snape used this charm on Mundungus Fletcher, so that the latter could suggest using seven identical Potters (by means of the Polyjuice Potion) to the other members of the Order of the Phoenix when they moved Harry from Privet Drive.
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*[[Severus Snape]]<ref name="DH33">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' (''Chapter 33 - The Prince's Tale'') (Pg. 552 UK edition) (Paragraph 5;6)</ref>
*In [[1998]], Harry used the Confundus Charm on several employees of [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank]] in order to facilitate a [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|break-in]].<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
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==Casting==
*In [[2017]], Ron used this spell on a [[Muggle]] driving instructor to earn his driving-licence.<ref name="DH"/>
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The spell seems to be rather difficult to cast, as [[Severus Snape]], an exceptionally powerful [[Wizardkind|wizard]] who could flawlessly perform [[Nonverbal spell]]casting and [[Wandless spell]]s, had such trouble with it that he had to "frown in concentration". To cast it, one must point their wand directly at the person or thing that must be confused and incant, "''Confundo''". If one is casting the [[charm]] on multiple targets, they must point their target at each individual target in turn and incant once for every individual target.
*An unidentified person, most likely a [[Death Eater]], jinxed [[Ronald Weasley]] in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in his fifth year.
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==Effects==
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Although the spell carries no light or sound, one can detect if another person has been Confunded (someone who has had this spell cast on them has been "Confunded") only immediately after the spell has been cast; the person will shudder when the spell hits them. It will cause any of varying degrees of confusion, from a simple trick<ref name="HBP11"/> to making a person believe that they have come up with a complex plan when said plan was given to them by the caster<ref name="DH33"/>
==Possible Uses==
 
*The Confundus Charm may be the spell that [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] was struck with by a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]] during the [[Battle of the Department of Mysteries]]. He was highly confused and inappropriately amused, even [[Summoning Charm|summoning]] brains to himself, which subsequently began to strangle him.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
 
*In [[1930s|1938]], [[Albus Dumbledore]] may have used the Confundus Charm on [[Mrs. Cole]]; since the latter did not seem to facilitate Dumbledore's attempt to take [[Tom Riddle|Tom Marvolo Riddle]] to Hogwarts, and was said to be an "inconveniently sharp woman," Dumbledore waved his wand and showed her a blank piece of paper, and her eyes went briefly out of focus. She then let Dumbledore take Riddle without further questions, saying the blank paper was "perfectly in order."<ref name="DH"/>
 
 
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
''Confundus'', as well as the incantation ''Confundo'', are derived from the Latin verb ''confundo (confundo-confudi-confusum-confundere)'', "to confuse, to perplex." They could also be derived from the English word "''confound''". "''Confundo''" also means "I confuse" in Portuguese.
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''Confundus'', as well as the [[incantation]] ''Confundo'', are derived from the [[Latin]] verb ''confundo (confundo-confudi-confusum-confundere)'', meaning "to confuse, to perplex."
 
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the video games and film, the incantation is ''Confundus''.
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*In the [[Harry Potter (film series)|films]] and [[Harry Potter (video game series)|video games]], the [[incantation]] for this [[charm]] is ''Confundus'', and not ''Confundo'' as it should be.
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', [[Severus Snape]] insisted that the reason that Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley stated that [[Sirius Black]] was innocent was because Black had used this Charm on them.
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*[[Professor]] [[Severus Snape]] repeatedly insisted that [[Sirius Black]] had [[curse]]d [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] with this [[spell]]; however, this was false, as Black was actually telling the truth.
 
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{1st Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{1st Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{1st}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]'' {{mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)]]'' {{C|GBA and DS versions}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)]]'' {{C|GBA and DS versions}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
 
*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{C|Mentioned in a wood carving at Spells/Duels}}
 
*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{C|Mentioned in a wood carving at Spells/Duels}}
 
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
 
 
[[fr:Sortilège de Confusion]]
 
[[fr:Sortilège de Confusion]]
 
[[it:Incantesimo Confundus]]
 
[[it:Incantesimo Confundus]]

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Confundus Charm
Incantation

Confundo[1]
con-FUN-doe

Type

Charm[2]

Hand Movement

Point wand at victim[1]

Light

None[1]

Effect

Produces confusion[1]

"Unnoticed by Travers, who was looking through the bronze doors at the inner hall, each of the guards gave a little start as the spells hit them. The guard was confused. He stared down at the thin, golden Probe and then at his companion, who said in a slightly dazed voice, 'Yeah, you've just checked them, Marius.'"
—The Gringotts guards, confused by a Confundus Charm placed on them by Harry Potter[src]

The Confundus Charm[3] (Confundo[1]) is a charm[2] which causes confusion in a person[1] or bewitched object[3]. It appears that there are varying degrees of confusion caused by the spell, from simply tricking a person or thing about a specific incident[4] to confusing a person to the point at which they endanger themselves[5]

Practicioners

Casting

The spell seems to be rather difficult to cast, as Severus Snape, an exceptionally powerful wizard who could flawlessly perform Nonverbal spellcasting and Wandless spells, had such trouble with it that he had to "frown in concentration". To cast it, one must point their wand directly at the person or thing that must be confused and incant, "Confundo". If one is casting the charm on multiple targets, they must point their target at each individual target in turn and incant once for every individual target.

Effects

Although the spell carries no light or sound, one can detect if another person has been Confunded (someone who has had this spell cast on them has been "Confunded") only immediately after the spell has been cast; the person will shudder when the spell hits them. It will cause any of varying degrees of confusion, from a simple trick[4] to making a person believe that they have come up with a complex plan when said plan was given to them by the caster[8]

Etymology

Confundus, as well as the incantation Confundo, are derived from the Latin verb confundo (confundo-confudi-confusum-confundere), meaning "to confuse, to perplex."

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Chapter Twenty-Six - Gringotts) (Pg. 427 UK edition) (Paragraph 3)
  2. 2.0 2.1 As the name itself is Confundus Charm, it is evident that this is a charm.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Seventeen - The Four Champions) (Pg. 245 UK edition) (Paragraph 8, Line 3)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Chapter Eleven - Hermione's Helping Hand) (Pg. 232 US edition) (Paragraph 6, Line 1)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Chapter Thirty-Five - Beyond the Veil) (Various pages, paragraphs and lines)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Chapter Thirty-Five - Veritaserum) (Pg. 587 UK edition) (Paragraph 2, Line 1;2)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Epilogue - Nineteen Years Later) (Pg. 604 UK edition) (Paragraph 10, Line 1)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Chapter 33 - The Prince's Tale) (Pg. 552 UK edition) (Paragraph 5;6)

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