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|name=Disillusionment Charm
 
|name=Disillusionment Charm
|type=Charm
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|image=[[File:Disillusionment Charm.png|250px]]
|hand=Tap target
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|incantation=
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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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|hand=Flick [[wand]] at target<ref name="WB"/>
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|effect=Invisibility<ref name="WB"/>
 
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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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== History ==
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[[Hippogriffs]] and winged horses may be kept by [[wizards]] as long as they perform a Disillusionment Charm on them regularly so that [[Muggles]] won't notice anything strange about them. it's also noted that one of the ways to create an [[Invisibility Cloak]] is to imbue a travelling cloak with a Disillusionment Charm, the charms on these cloaks wear off with time. In [[December]] 1997 Hermione Granger suggested using a Disillusionment Charm when she and Harry Potter were planning the visit to [[Godric's Hollow]].
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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" />.
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==Known uses==
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{| class="wikitable" border="1" 500px;"
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|-
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! align="center" width="20%" |Caster(s)
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! align="center" width="20%" |Date
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! scope="col" |Notes
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|[[Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody]]
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| colspan="1" rowspan="2" |[[5 August]], 1997
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|Casted a Disillusionment Charm on [[Harry Potter]] to protect him during the trip from Privet Drive to [[Grimmauld Place]] (''"I'm going to you...''").
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|[[Advance Guard]] members
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|The thirteen witches and wizards who came to collect Harry Potter from number four, [[Privet Drive]] for the last time used Disillusionment Charms.
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|-
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|[[Hermione Granger]]
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| colspan="1" rowspan="2" |[[1997-1998 school year|1997-1998]]
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|Used Disillusionment Charms as part of the [[protective enchantments]] used to hide the camp she shared with Harry Potter and [[Ron Weasley]] during the hunt for the [[Horcruxes]].<ref name="DH14">{{DH}} - Chapter 14 (''The Thief'')</ref>
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|-
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|[[Harry Potter]]
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|Would occasionally cast the [[protective enchantments]] (which included Disillusionment Charms) used to hide the camp he shared with Hermione Granger and [[Ron Weasley]] during the hunt for the [[Horcruxes]].<ref name="DH16">{{DH}} - Chapter 16 (''Godric's Hollow'')</ref><ref name="DH27">{{DH}} - Chapter 27 (''The Final Hiding Place'')</ref>
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|[[Albus Dumbledore]]
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|Unknown
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|Did not need an [[Invisibility Cloak]] because he could perform a Disillusionment Charm that was powerful enough to make him effectively invisible without one.
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|[[Lord Voldemort]]
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|Spring [[1998]]
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|Cast a Disillusionment Charm to conceal himself from anyone watching from [[Hogwarts]] Castle when he arrived to rob Albus Dumbledore's tomb; the Disillusionment Charm worked so well that even he could not see himself.
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|-
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|[[Vincent Crabbe]]
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| colspan="1" rowspan="3" |[[2 May]], 1998
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| colspan="1" rowspan="3" |Used a Disillusionment Charm to hide in the corridor outside the [[Room of Requirement]] during the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], which is how they happened to sneak in when Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrived to search for the [[diadem]] of [[Ravenclaw]].
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|[[Gregory Goyle]]
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|[[Draco Malfoy]]
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|}
   
==Wizards who have used the Disillusionment Charm==
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==Know practitioners==
*[[Albus Dumbledore]] - on Himself
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*[[Alastor Moody]]<ref name="OP3" />
*[[Alastor Moody]] - on [[Harry Potter]]
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* [[Hermione Granger]]<ref name="DH14">{{DH}} - Chapter 14 (''The Thief'')</ref>
*[[Draco Malfoy]] - on himself
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* [[Harry Potter]]<ref name="DH16">{{DH}} - Chapter 16 (''Godric's Hollow'')</ref><ref name="DH27">{{DH}} - Chapter 27 (''The Final Hiding Place'')</ref>
*[[Gellert Grindelwald]] - on himself
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*[[Draco Malfoy]]<ref name="DH31">{{DH}} - Chapter 31 (''The Battle of Hogwarts'')</ref>
*[[Gregory Goyle]] - on himself
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*[[Gregory Goyle]]<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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*[[Tom Riddle]]<ref name="DH27">{{DH}} - Chapter 27(''Gringotts'')</ref>
*[[Hermione Granger]] - on the tent she, Harry, and Ron slept and stayed in during [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]
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*[[Vincent Crabbe]]<ref name="DH31" />
*[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] - on himself
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*[[Albus Dumbledore]]
*[[Vincent Crabbe]] - on himself
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*[[Magizoologist]]s<ref name="FB">''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]''</ref>
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*[[Auror]]s {{c|possibly}}
==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]]
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[[ru:Дезиллюминационное заклинание]]
 
[[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 01:07, December 31, 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].

History Edit

Hippogriffs and winged horses may be kept by wizards as long as they perform a Disillusionment Charm on them regularly so that Muggles won't notice anything strange about them. it's also noted that one of the ways to create an Invisibility Cloak is to imbue a travelling cloak with a Disillusionment Charm, the charms on these cloaks wear off with time. In December 1997 Hermione Granger suggested using a Disillusionment Charm when she and Harry Potter were planning the visit to Godric's Hollow.

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].

Known usesEdit

Caster(s) Date Notes
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody 5 August, 1997 Casted a Disillusionment Charm on Harry Potter to protect him during the trip from Privet Drive to Grimmauld Place ("I'm going to you...").
Advance Guard members The thirteen witches and wizards who came to collect Harry Potter from number four, Privet Drive for the last time used Disillusionment Charms.
Hermione Granger 1997-1998 Used Disillusionment Charms as part of the protective enchantments used to hide the camp she shared with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley during the hunt for the Horcruxes.[4]
Harry Potter Would occasionally cast the protective enchantments (which included Disillusionment Charms) used to hide the camp he shared with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley during the hunt for the Horcruxes.[5][6]
Albus Dumbledore Unknown Did not need an Invisibility Cloak because he could perform a Disillusionment Charm that was powerful enough to make him effectively invisible without one.
Lord Voldemort Spring 1998 Cast a Disillusionment Charm to conceal himself from anyone watching from Hogwarts Castle when he arrived to rob Albus Dumbledore's tomb; the Disillusionment Charm worked so well that even he could not see himself.
Vincent Crabbe 2 May, 1998 Used a Disillusionment Charm to hide in the corridor outside the Room of Requirement during the Battle of Hogwarts, which is how they happened to sneak in when Harry, Ron, and Hermione arrived to search for the diadem of Ravenclaw.
Gregory Goyle
Draco Malfoy

Know 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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