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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]].
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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.|[[Alastor Moody]] uses this spell on [[Harry Potter]] in the [[August]] of [[1995]]|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
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The '''Disillusionment Charm''' (''incantation unknown'') is a [[spell]] that is used to conceal the target. 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="OOTP"/>
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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==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"/>. If, however, they are using it on an external target, they must merely rap 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, granting them near invisibility.<ref name="OOTP"/>
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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==Known uses==
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===On creatures===
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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This [[Spell|enchantment]] is frequently used on [[Beast|magical creatures]], according to [[magizoologist]] [[Newton Scamander]]. There is a law requiring that owners of all [[winged horse]]s, including [[Hippogriff]]s, must use this [[charm]] on the creature daily to prevent [[muggle]]s from seeing it.<ref name="FBWFT">''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]''</ref>
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===On humans===
==Wizards who have used the Disillusionment Charm==
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====1995====
*[[Albus Dumbledore]] - on Himself
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{{Dialogue a-b-a|Moody|Come here, boy, I need to Disillusion you.|Harry|You need to what?|Disillusionment Charm. Lupin says you've got an Invisibility Cloak, but it won't stay on while we're flying; this'll disguise you better.|[[Alastor Moody]] and [[Harry Potter]] conversing right before Moody uses this on Harry.|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix}}
*[[Alastor Moody]] - on [[Harry Potter]]
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When the [[Advance Guard]] of the [[Order of the Phoenix]] came to collect [[Harry Potter]] from his [[4 Privet Drive|home]] in [[August]] of [[1995]], [[Alastor Moody]] used this [[charm]] on [[Harry Potter]] in case of an [[Death Eaters|attack]] on them.<ref name="OOTP"/>
*[[Draco Malfoy]] - on himself
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====1997====
*[[Gellert Grindelwald]] - on himself
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When stealing the [[Elder Wand]] from [[Albus Dumbledore]]'s tomb, [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] used this enchantment on himself so that nobody could see him; he noted that even he himself had difficulty identifying his own being.<ref name="DH"/>
*[[Gregory Goyle]] - on himself
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====1998====
*[[Harry Potter]] - on the tent he, Hermionie, and Ron slept and stayed in during [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]
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During the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], [[Draco Malfoy]], [[Gregory Goyle]] and [[Vincent Crabbe]] used this enchantment on themselves so that they could watch [[Harry Potter]], [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]] enter the [[Room of Requirement]] to search for a [[Rowena Ravenclaw's Diadem|diadem]] that had been owned by [[Rowena Ravenclaw]].<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
*[[Hermione Granger]] - on the tent she, Harry, and Ron slept and stayed in during [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]
 
*[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] - on himself
 
*[[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.
 
 
==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]]''
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*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]''
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*''[[Pottermore]] {{C|Not explicitly named}}
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==Notes and references==
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{{Reflist}}
 
[[fr:Sortilège de Désillusion]]
 
[[fr:Sortilège de Désillusion]]
 
[[pl:Zaklęcie kameleona]]
 
[[pl:Zaklęcie kameleona]]

Revision as of 00:11, November 29, 2012

Invisibility
Disillusionment Charm
Type

Charm

Hand Movement

Tap target[1] or twirl wand about self[2]

Light

Blue

Effect

Causes target to blend into surroundings

"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."
Alastor Moody uses this spell on Harry Potter in the August of 1995[src]

The Disillusionment Charm (incantation unknown) is a spell that is used to conceal the target. 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.[1]

Casting

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[2]. If, however, they are using it on an external target, they must merely rap 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, granting them near invisibility.[1]

Known uses

On creatures

This enchantment is frequently used on magical creatures, according to magizoologist Newton Scamander. There is a law requiring that owners of all winged horses, including Hippogriffs, must use this charm on the creature daily to prevent muggles from seeing it.[3]

On humans

1995

Moody: "Come here, boy, I need to Disillusion you."
Harry: "You need to what?"
Moody: "Disillusionment Charm. Lupin says you've got an Invisibility Cloak, but it won't stay on while we're flying; this'll disguise you better."
Alastor Moody and Harry Potter conversing right before Moody uses this on Harry.[src]

When the Advance Guard of the Order of the Phoenix came to collect Harry Potter from his home in August of 1995, Alastor Moody used this charm on Harry Potter in case of an attack on them.[1]

1997

When stealing the Elder Wand from Albus Dumbledore's tomb, Lord Voldemort used this enchantment on himself so that nobody could see him; he noted that even he himself had difficulty identifying his own being.[4]

1998

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy, Gregory Goyle and Vincent Crabbe used this enchantment on themselves so that they could watch Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger enter the Room of Requirement to search for a diadem that had been owned by Rowena Ravenclaw.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • 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.

Appearances

Notes and references

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