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|image=[[File:Disillusionment Charm.png|250px]]
|hand=Tap target
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|type=[[Charm]]<ref name="WB">''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]'' (See [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOSGJw5eC6Y&list=ELtMQLA1ScYkc&index=7 this video])</ref>
|effect=Hides objects temporarily
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The '''Disillusionment Charm''' is a spell that is used to hide something. This [[Spell|spell]] causes the object to become a kind of [[Wikipedia:Chameleon|chameleon]], taking on the appearance of whatever is behind it. It is typically used to hide [[Creature|magical creatures]] or objects from [[Muggle]]s. [[Alastor Moody|Mad-Eye Moody]] cast a Disillusionment Charm on [[Harry Potter]] to protect him during the trip from [[4 Privet Drive]] to [[12 Grimmauld Place]]. It was also used by the thirteen witches and wizards who came to collect Harry from number four, Privet Drive for the last time in [[1997]].
 
   
When a Disillusionment Charm is cast on a person, the caster taps their [[Wand|wand]] on the top of the subject's head. Then, it feels as if the caster has broken a raw egg on top of the subject's head. There may or may not be a nonverbal incantation.
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{{Quote|Harry looked down at his body, or rather, what had been his body, for it didn't look anything like his anymore. It was not invisible; it had simply taken on the exact colour and texture of the kitchen unit behind him. He seemed to have become a human chameleon.|Description|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
   
The spell is also the most common way to create an [[Invisibility cloak]]. It is possible to create such a powerful Disillusionment charm that the targets are completely invisible, as proved by Lord Voldemort and Albus Dumbledore.
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The '''Disillusionment Charm''' (''incantation unknown'') is a [[spell]] that is used to conceal the target<ref name="OP3">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 3 (''The Advance Guard'')</ref>. The [[charm]] makes that which has been bewitched to act as a [[Wikipedia:Chameleon|chameleon]], taking the colour and texture of that which is behind and around them<ref name="OP3"/>.
   
Owners of [[Hippogriff]]s and all breeds of [[Winged horse]]s are required by law to cast a Disillusionment Charm on their creature every day to prevent [[Muggle]]s from seeing them.
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==Casting==
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It is presumed that there are two methods of casting. It seems that if one is using the charm on themselves, they must twirl their wand around themselves as though they were wrapping themselves in rope<ref name="pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]''</ref>. If, however, they are using it on an external target, they must merely tap on the target with their wand. This then produces a sensation that a raw [[egg]] has been cracked onto the person's head as the charm travels down them<ref name="OP3"/>, granting them invisibility<ref name="WB"/>.
   
==Wizards who have used the Disillusionment Charm==
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==Practitioners==
*[[Albus Dumbledore]] - on Himself
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*[[Alastor Moody]]<ref name="OP3"/>
*[[Alastor Moody]] - on [[Harry Potter]]
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*[[Draco Malfoy]]<ref name="DH31">{{DH}} - Chapter 31 (''The Battle of Hogwarts'')</ref>
*[[Draco Malfoy]] - on himself
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*[[Gregory Goyle]]<ref name="DH31"/>
*[[Gellert Grindelwald]] - on himself
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*[[Tom Riddle]]<ref name="DH27">{{DH}} - Chapter 27 (''Gringotts'')</ref>
*[[Gregory Goyle]] - on himself
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*[[Vincent Crabbe]]<ref name="DH31"/>
*[[Harry Potter]] - on the tent he, Hermionie, and Ron slept and stayed in during [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]
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*[[Albus Dumbledore]]
*[[Hermione Granger]] - on the tent she, Harry, and Ron slept and stayed in during [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]
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*[[Magizoologist]]s<ref name="FB">''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]''</ref>
*[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] - on himself
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*[[Auror]]s (possibly)
*[[Vincent Crabbe]] - on himself
 
 
==Etymology==
 
"Disillusion" means "to remove an illusion", which is rather strange, considering the effect of the Disillusionment Charm is to ''create'' an illusion, not remove one. It could mean that it is hiding a so called "illusion" as the muggles would most likely think.
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', in the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], the [[Death Eaters]] seem to appear from nowhere. This may have been another use of the Charm
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*There are numerous portrayals of things being invisible, or else of people appearing noiselessly in the air; both of these may be various instances of this spell being cast.
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*While ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' claims that this does not induce invisibility, ''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]'' later states that it does, in fact, cause complete invisibility. Maybe the spell has been upgraded since or the one in the book stating the fact had been wrong. It may also depend on the skill of the witch or wizard who performs the charm, with less-skilled users producing imperfect camouflage. 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st Mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' {{1st}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
 
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
 
*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''
 
*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''
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*''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)|The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'' {{Mention}}
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*''[[Wonderbook: Book of Spells]]''
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==Notes and references==
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{{Reflist}}
   
 
[[fr:Sortilège de Désillusion]]
 
[[fr:Sortilège de Désillusion]]
[[pl:Zaklęcie kameleona]]
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[[it:Incantesimo di Disillusione]]
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[[pl:Zaklęcie Kameleona]]
 
[[Category:Charms]]
 
[[Category:Charms]]
 
[[Category:Spells of unknown incantation]]
 
[[Category:Spells of unknown incantation]]
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[[Category:Concealment]]
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[[Category:Wizard secrecy]]

Latest revision as of 13:50, October 13, 2014

Disillusionment Charm
Disillusionment Charm
Type

Charm[1]

Hand Movement

Flick wand at target[1]

Light

White[1]

Effect

Invisibility[1]

"Harry looked down at his body, or rather, what had been his body, for it didn't look anything like his anymore. It was not invisible; it had simply taken on the exact colour and texture of the kitchen unit behind him. He seemed to have become a human chameleon."
—Description[src]

The Disillusionment Charm (incantation unknown) is a spell that is used to conceal the target[2]. The charm makes that which has been bewitched to act as a chameleon, taking the colour and texture of that which is behind and around them[2].

CastingEdit

It is presumed that there are two methods of casting. It seems that if one is using the charm on themselves, they must twirl their wand around themselves as though they were wrapping themselves in rope[3]. If, however, they are using it on an external target, they must merely tap on the target with their wand. This then produces a sensation that a raw egg has been cracked onto the person's head as the charm travels down them[2], granting them invisibility[1].

PractitionersEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

  • There are numerous portrayals of things being invisible, or else of people appearing noiselessly in the air; both of these may be various instances of this spell being cast.
  • While Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix claims that this does not induce invisibility, Wonderbook: Book of Spells later states that it does, in fact, cause complete invisibility. Maybe the spell has been upgraded since or the one in the book stating the fact had been wrong. It may also depend on the skill of the witch or wizard who performs the charm, with less-skilled users producing imperfect camouflage. 

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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