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False memory charm

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"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 theorizes, correctly, that Voldemort used this spell.[src]

The false memory charm 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 uses

Behind the scenes

  • 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.


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