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|incantation=''Confundo''<ref name="DH26">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Chapter 26 - (''Gringotts'')</ref><br/>con-FUN-doe
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|incantation=''Confundo''<ref name="DH26">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 26 (''Gringotts'')</ref><br/>con-FUN-doe
 
|type=[[Charm]]<ref name="TYPE">As the name itself is Confundus '''''Charm''''', it is evident that this is a charm.</ref>
 
|type=[[Charm]]<ref name="TYPE">As the name itself is Confundus '''''Charm''''', it is evident that this is a charm.</ref>
 
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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}}
 
{{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'''<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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The '''Confundus Charm'''<ref name="GoF17">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 17 (''The Four Champions'')</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 11 (''Hermione's Helping Hand'')</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 35 (''Beyond the Veil'')</ref>
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==Practitioners==
 
==Practitioners==
*[[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>
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*[[Barty Crouch Jr.]]<ref name="GoF35">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 35 (''Veritaserum'')</ref>
 
*[[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="HBP11"/>
 
*[[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="HBP11"/>
*[[Ronald Weasley]]<ref name="DHE">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' (''Epilogue - Nineteen Years Later'') (Pg. 604 UK edition) (Paragraph 10, Line 1)</ref>
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*[[Ronald Weasley]]<ref name="DHE">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Epilogue (''Nineteen Years Later'')</ref>
*[[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>
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*[[Severus Snape]]<ref name="DH33">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' - Chapter 33 (''The Prince's Tale'')</ref>
 
*[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="DH26" />
 
*[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="DH26" />
   
 
==Casting==
 
==Casting==
 
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.
 
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.
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==Effects==
 
==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<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"/> It can also be used on inanimate objects that have a level of sentience, as Barty Crouch Jr. did with the [[Goblet of Fire]], though this was noted to be a difficult task, as the Goblet itself was a powerful magical artefact.<ref name="GoF17"/>
 
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"/> It can also be used on inanimate objects that have a level of sentience, as Barty Crouch Jr. did with the [[Goblet of Fire]], though this was noted to be a difficult task, as the Goblet itself was a powerful magical artefact.<ref name="GoF17"/>
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
''Confundus'', as well as the [[incantation]] ''Confundo'', are derived from the [[Latin]] verb ''confundo (confundo-confudi-confusum-confundere)'', meaning "to confuse, to perplex."
 
''Confundus'', as well as the [[incantation]] ''Confundo'', are derived from the [[Latin]] verb ''confundo (confundo-confudi-confusum-confundere)'', meaning "to confuse, to perplex."
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*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 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.
 
*[[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.
 
*[[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.
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{1st Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{1st Mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter Trading Card Game]]''
 
*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{C|Book Herding on PlayStation Home}}
 
*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{C|Book Herding on PlayStation Home}}
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
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[[fr:Sortilège de Confusion]]
 
[[fr:Sortilège de Confusion]]
 
[[it:Incantesimo Confundus]]
 
[[it:Incantesimo Confundus]]

Revision as of 22:13, April 26, 2013

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Confundus Charm
Incantation

Confundo[1]
con-FUN-doe

Type

Charm[2]

Hand Movement

ConfundusCharm

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]

Practitioners

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] It can also be used on inanimate objects that have a level of sentience, as Barty Crouch Jr. did with the Goblet of Fire, though this was noted to be a difficult task, as the Goblet itself was a powerful magical artefact.[3]

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 26 (Gringotts)
  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 3.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 17 (The Four Champions)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 35 (Beyond the Veil)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Epilogue (Nineteen Years Later)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)

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