- "But the truly remarkable thing were the tiny ink dots moving around it, each labeled with a name in minuscule writing. Astounded, Harry bent over it. A labelled dot in the top left corner showed that Professor Dumbledore was pacing his study; the caretaker’s cat, Mrs. Norris, was prowling the second floor; and Peeves the Poltergeist was currently bouncing around the trophy room."
The Homonculous Charm (incantation unknown) was a charm that, when cast onto a map, would enable its possessor to track the movements of every person in the mapped area, through labelled dots that moved around the parchment.
The charm has a powerful effect in that it is not fooled by various methods of concealment and disguise, such as invisibility cloaks (including the fabled Cloak of Invisibility), the Polyjuice Potion and the Animagus transformation.
After charting the grounds and halls of Hogwarts Castle in the 1970s, on a piece of parchment that would go by the name of Marauder's Map, James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew cast this spell on it, along with a charm to insult Severus Snape.
"Homonculous" is a variant spelling of "Homunculus," which is a term used to refer to any representation of a human being.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
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- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
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