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I'm a bit confused by this view point. I was just over at another page where it states that the anti-disapparition jinx was actually a curse because it inhibited movement, thus controlling what someone does. However, this statement seems to go against two things: One: Rowling calls it a jinx for a reason. Two: A curse in the context of control is something negative that happens to someone when controlling their movements (i.e. Imperius curse takes away your freedom to think, etc)and that's usually performed at the time of control as opposed to an ongoing thing... This jinx in question doesn't cause harm or trauma to the witch/wizard. It quite literally 'jinxes' up their spell so they cannot perform it. No pain happens, no loss of freedom in the sense that one can still move around and perform other spells, and no limbs fall off. So, I'm just a bit confused why we're calling the anti-disapparition/apparition jinx a curse.

MeridianXO 00:31, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

Actually, when you think about it, the info on the article is somewhat correct in the sense that it affects the ability of a wizard to do something (apparate), so it resemble a curse.--Matoro183 (Talk) 00:34, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
But, a jinx can do the same thing and nothing negative happens when you fail to do this particular spell. Now, I can see it preventing you from disappariting by splinching you -- which would, indeed, be a negative impact on tripping up the witch/wizard trying it -- as a curse. But, the fact that nothing at all happens when you try it seems a bit too passive to be termed a 'curse' to me. But, if people think it should stay 'curse' labeled, that's fine. That's why I was asking and not 'editing'. It just confuses me as to what kind of spell is what. MeridianXO 00:52, 18 September 2008 (UTC)
I agree, a curse would actualy cause pain. And besides calling it a curse just because it affects your ability to cast a spell wouldn't be right, placeing the anti disaperation jinx does no harm to you physicly nor mentaly but rather prevents the use of a spell. A curse would have to harm you in order to be called a curse; now if your talking killing, tourturing, or taking away ones ability to think freely, then you have yourself a curse. Captain McSilver 00:50, 22 September 2008 (UTC)