Wikia

Harry Potter Wiki

Changes: False memory charm

Edit

Back to page

(Known uses)
(Behind the scenes)
 
(13 intermediate revisions by 13 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
{{Conjecture}}
 
{{Conjecture}}
{{Spell_infobox
+
{{Spell infobox
 
|name=False memory charm
 
|name=False memory charm
 
|image=
 
|image=
Line 9: Line 9:
 
|effect=Implants a false memory in the victim
 
|effect=Implants a false memory in the victim
 
}}
 
}}
{{Quote|Then he returned to the [[Gaunt shack|Gaunt hovel]], performed the complex bit of [[magic]] that would implant a false memory in his [[Morfin Gaunt|uncle's]] mind, laid Morfin's wand beside its [[Stunning Spell|unconscious]] owner, pocketed the [[Marvolo Gaunt's ring|ancient ring]] he wore, and departed.|Albus Dumbledore theorizes, correctly, that Voldemort used this spell.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
+
{{Quote|Then he returned to the [[Gaunt shack|Gaunt hovel]], performed the complex bit of [[magic]] that would implant a false memory in his [[Morfin Gaunt|uncle's]] mind, laid Morfin's wand beside its [[Stunning Spell|unconscious]] owner, pocketed the [[Marvolo Gaunt's ring|ancient ring]] he wore, and departed.|Albus Dumbledore theorises, correctly, that Voldemort used this spell.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
The '''false memory charm''' is a [[spell]] which can be used by a [[Wizardkind|witch or wizard]] in order to add a [[memory]] to their victim's mind without the victim realising it wasn't originally theirs. It differs from the [[Memory Charm]] in that the latter erases memories whilst this one adds them<ref>[http://bloghogwarts.com/2007/07/30/chateando-con-jk-rowling/ 30 July 2007 WebChat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>.
+
The '''false memory charm''' (''incantation unknown'') is a [[spell]] which can be used by a [[Wizardkind|witch or wizard]] in order to add a [[memory]] to their victim's mind without the victim realising it wasn't originally theirs. It differs from the [[Memory Charm]] in that the latter erases memories whilst this one adds them<ref>[http://bloghogwarts.com/2007/07/30/chateando-con-jk-rowling/ 30 July 2007 WebChat with J.K. Rowling]</ref>.
  +
 
==Known uses==
 
==Known uses==
 
*[[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] used this spell twice; firstly in [[1943]] upon his [[Gaunt family|uncle]] [[Morfin Gaunt]], then sometime later on the [[House-elf]] [[Hokey]]. Both instances were to hide his crimes and make the victims believe they were responsible.
 
*[[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] used this spell twice; firstly in [[1943]] upon his [[Gaunt family|uncle]] [[Morfin Gaunt]], then sometime later on the [[House-elf]] [[Hokey]]. Both instances were to hide his crimes and make the victims believe they were responsible.
*It is likely that [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] used this [[spell]] on [[Marietta Edgecombe]] in [[1996]] in order to prevent her from revealing [[Dumbledore's Army]] to [[Cornelius Fudge]]. This could also have been the imperius curse, as "her eyes looked oddly blank" (Rowling, 2003, ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'') blank eyes is used to describe the effects of the imperius curse on many occasions throughout the series, although, admittedly, Barty Crouch Sr. seems to appear not so much blank as haggard from the continuous use of the imperius curse on him.
+
*It is likely that [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]] used this [[spell]] on [[Marietta Edgecombe]] in [[1996]] in order to prevent her from revealing [[Dumbledore's Army]] to [[Cornelius Fudge]]. This is reinforced by Dumbledore stating that Shacklebolt was "remarkably quick on the uptake" in modifying her memory.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''</ref>
*Later that [[1995-1996 school year|same year]], [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] used the spell to make [[Harry Potter|Harry]] believe his godfather [[Sirius Black]] was being [[Cruciatus Curse|tortured]] by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] in the [[Department of Mysteries]]...or it is possible that Voldemort simply created an image in Harry's mind through his tight occlumens' connection with Harry (due to the Horcrux connection) so that Harry would see what Voldemort's imagination dreamt up. It may have been up to Harry weather or not to believe it, as he is persuaded by Hermione to check to see wheather Sirius is really in the department of mysteries (not in Grimauld Place). Voldemort is relying, therefore on Harry's concern for Sirus' safety to get him to come, just as he is sure Harry will come to him in the forest in the 7th book.
+
*Later that [[1995-1996 school year|same year]], [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] may have used the spell to make [[Harry Potter|Harry]] believe his godfather [[Sirius Black]] was being [[Cruciatus Curse|tortured]] by [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] in the [[Department of Mysteries]]. However, it is possible that Voldemort simply created an image in Harry's mind through his tight Occlumens connection with Harry (due to the Horcrux connection) so that Harry would see what Voldemort's imagination dreamt up. It may have been up to Harry whether or not to believe it since he is persuaded by Hermione to check to see whether Sirius is really in the Department of Mysteries (not in Grimmauld Place). Voldemort is relying, therefore, on Harry's concern for Sirius's safety to get him to come, just as he is sure Harry will come to him in the forest during the break in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]].
*It is possible that [[Professor]] [[Horace Slughorn]] used this in [[1996-1997 school year|the next school year]] to hide his memory of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] asking him about [[Horcrux]]es, although as he retained awareness of the true memory his spell may be a different one.
+
*It is possible that [[Professor]] [[Horace Slughorn]] used this in [[1996-1997 school year|the next school year]] to hide his memory of [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] asking him about [[Horcrux]]es, although as he retained awareness of the true memory his spell may be a different one. It is also possible that he simply repressed it to such a degree that it could not be extracted from him against his will, as the memory he gave Dumbledore simple went blank at the wort times and was replaced by a disembodied shouting, rather than images.
  +
**In the film Half-Blood Prince, this effect is not shown, instead appearing as a muffling of sound, followed by Slughorn ordering Riddle out personally.
 
*[[Hermione Granger]] used this in [[1997]] to make [[Hermione Granger's parents|her parents]] believe they were named [[Wendell Wilkin|Wendell]] and [[Monica Wilkins]] respectively to make them move to [[Australia]] in order to protect them from [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]].
 
*[[Hermione Granger]] used this in [[1997]] to make [[Hermione Granger's parents|her parents]] believe they were named [[Wendell Wilkin|Wendell]] and [[Monica Wilkins]] respectively to make them move to [[Australia]] in order to protect them from [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]] and his [[Death Eaters]].
   
Line 21: Line 21:
 
*The actual name and [[incantation]] for this [[charm]] are unknown.
 
*The actual name and [[incantation]] for this [[charm]] are unknown.
 
*However, it appears to be reversible as [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] stated that she would find her parents after the [[Second Wizarding War|war]] and lift it.
 
*However, it appears to be reversible as [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] stated that she would find her parents after the [[Second Wizarding War|war]] and lift it.
*[[Albus Dumbledore]] could reverse this spell, as he managed to uncover the true memories beneath this one (he admitted that it was rather difficult).
+
*[[Albus Dumbledore]] could reverse this spell, as he managed to uncover the true memories beneath this one (he admitted that it was rather difficult).
*In [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|the film]], [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] uses ''[[Memory Charm|Obliviate]]'' instead of this spell.
+
*In [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1|the film]], [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] uses ''[[Memory Charm|Obliviate]]'' instead of this spell. If indeed ''Obliviate'' is the intended spell in the book, there is a contradiction, as when performing it upon [[Antonin Dolohov]] and [[Thorfinn Rowle]], Hermione claims never to have used it before.
  +
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
Line 28: Line 28:
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
+
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
  +
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
{{Reflist}}
  +
 
[[fr:Sortilège de Faux souvenirs]]
 
[[fr:Sortilège de Faux souvenirs]]
 
[[Category:Spells of unknown incantation]]
 
[[Category:Spells of unknown incantation]]
Line 36: Line 37:
 
[[Category:Charms]]
 
[[Category:Charms]]
 
[[Category:Articles related to Horcruxes]]
 
[[Category:Articles related to Horcruxes]]
  +
[[Category:Concealment]]

Latest revision as of 04:08, July 30, 2014

False memory charm
Type

Charm

Effect

Implants a false memory in the victim

"Then he returned to the Gaunt hovel, performed the complex bit of magic that would implant a false memory in his uncle's mind, laid Morfin's wand beside its unconscious owner, pocketed the ancient ring he wore, and departed."
—Albus Dumbledore theorises, correctly, that Voldemort used this spell.[src]

The false memory charm (incantation unknown) is a spell which can be used by a witch or wizard in order to add a memory to their victim's mind without the victim realising it wasn't originally theirs. It differs from the Memory Charm in that the latter erases memories whilst this one adds them[1].

Known usesEdit

  • Voldemort used this spell twice; firstly in 1943 upon his uncle Morfin Gaunt, then sometime later on the House-elf Hokey. Both instances were to hide his crimes and make the victims believe they were responsible.
  • It is likely that Kingsley Shacklebolt used this spell on Marietta Edgecombe in 1996 in order to prevent her from revealing Dumbledore's Army to Cornelius Fudge. This is reinforced by Dumbledore stating that Shacklebolt was "remarkably quick on the uptake" in modifying her memory.[2]
  • Later that same year, Voldemort may have used the spell to make Harry believe his godfather Sirius Black was being tortured by Voldemort in the Department of Mysteries. However, it is possible that Voldemort simply created an image in Harry's mind through his tight Occlumens connection with Harry (due to the Horcrux connection) so that Harry would see what Voldemort's imagination dreamt up. It may have been up to Harry whether or not to believe it since he is persuaded by Hermione to check to see whether Sirius is really in the Department of Mysteries (not in Grimmauld Place). Voldemort is relying, therefore, on Harry's concern for Sirius's safety to get him to come, just as he is sure Harry will come to him in the forest during the break in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • It is possible that Professor Horace Slughorn used this in the next school year to hide his memory of Voldemort asking him about Horcruxes, although as he retained awareness of the true memory his spell may be a different one. It is also possible that he simply repressed it to such a degree that it could not be extracted from him against his will, as the memory he gave Dumbledore simple went blank at the wort times and was replaced by a disembodied shouting, rather than images.
    • In the film Half-Blood Prince, this effect is not shown, instead appearing as a muffling of sound, followed by Slughorn ordering Riddle out personally.
  • Hermione Granger used this in 1997 to make her parents believe they were named Wendell and Monica Wilkins respectively to make them move to Australia in order to protect them from Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The actual name and incantation for this charm are unknown.
  • However, it appears to be reversible as Hermione stated that she would find her parents after the war and lift it.
  • Albus Dumbledore could reverse this spell, as he managed to uncover the true memories beneath this one (he admitted that it was rather difficult).
  • In the film, Hermione uses Obliviate instead of this spell. If indeed Obliviate is the intended spell in the book, there is a contradiction, as when performing it upon Antonin Dolohov and Thorfinn Rowle, Hermione claims never to have used it before.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki