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{{Quote|Total control. I could make it jump out the window, drown itself, throw itself down one of your throats...|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] as [[Alastor Moody]] on a spider he had put under Imperius Curse|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
{{Quote|Total control. I could make it jump out the window, drown itself, throw itself down one of your throats...|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] as [[Alastor Moody]] on a spider he had put under Imperius Curse|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
The '''Imperius Curse''' is one of the three [[Unforgivable Curses]]. When cast successfully, it places the victim completely under the caster's control, though a person with exceptional strength of will is capable of resisting it. This makes it unique among the unforgivable curses, as it is the only one of them with a known, reliable (depending on the victim's will) method of resistance. The curse's incantation is ''Imperio''.
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The '''Imperius Curse''' (''Imperio'') is a tool of the [[Dark Arts]] and one of the three [[Unforgivable Curses]]. It is one of the most powerful and sinister spells known to [[wizardkind]]. When cast successfully, the curse places the victim completely under the caster's control, though a person with exceptional strength of will is capable of resisting it.
   
==Effects==
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The fact that the curse can be defended against makes it unique amongst the Unforgivable Curses.
{{Quote|It was the most wonderful feeling. Harry felt a floating sensation as every thought and worry in his head was wiped gently away, leaving nothing but a vague, untraceable happiness. He stood there feeling immensely relaxed, only dimly aware of everyone watching him.|[[Harry Potter]] under the Imperius Curse|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
 
   
Unlike the other Unforgivables, being subjected to the Imperius Curse - when adequately cast - is not an unpleasant experience, in fact, quite the opposite; the victim of an Imperius Curse is placed in a calm, trance-like state in which all feeling of responsibility and anxiety is banished. However, when Harry was Imperiused, he believed that his curse may not have been very strong, thus the sensation from casting a more powerful Imperius Curse may be more intense than the known account.
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== History ==
[[File:Image82.jpg|thumb|Pius Thicknesse, placed under the Imperius Curse in July 1997.]]
 
   
An adequately Imperiused being is placed under the caster's total control and may be directed to do anything the caster wishes, including crimes such as murder, political corruption, embezzlement, and so on. Also, whilst under the caster's control, the curse may also endow the victim with whatever skills that are required in order to complete the task at hand, such as increased strength or allowing them to cast spells far above their level. For example, an Imperiused [[Neville Longbottom]] was able to perform a series of "quite astonishing gymnastics" under the curse that he would not normally be capable of.<ref name="GOF">{{GOF}}</ref>
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=== Creation ===
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The Imperius Curse was invented during the early Middle Ages by dark witches or wizards. The curse was created for the coercion and brainwashing of others into slavery.
If the Imperius Curse is performed poorly, then the victim would have their mind addled, an example being [[Muggle]] Junior Minister [[Herbert Chorley]]. It seems the damage is long-lasting, as Chorley was sent to [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] to recuperate. This is likely due to the fact powerful, dark magic may leave irreversible biological damage, such as when [[George Weasley|George]] had his ear cursed off permanently.
 
 
Resisting the Imperius Curse is possible, but requires great strength of will and character. [[Harry Potter]], [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]] and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] each learned to resist the curse after being subjected to its effects, though the latter two took quite a long time before building the said resistance, and in Barty Sr.'s case, resistance against Voldemort's powerful curse has seemingly caused mental damage.<ref name="GOF"/> Resisting the Imperius Curse is similar to [[Occlumency]], which requires a great amount of willpower, though it is unknown if Occlumency would actually work against the curse.
 
 
It is possible for someone who has been Imperiused to place others under the curse as well. For example, [[Madam Rosmerta]], who had been Imperiused by Draco Malfoy sometime during the [[1996–1997 school year]], was able to place [[Katie Bell]] under the Imperius Curse in an attempt to deliver a [[Opal necklace|cursed necklace]] to [[Albus Dumbledore]]. It is also possible that the Death Eater [[Yaxley]] used the Imperiused [[Pius Thicknesse]] to place other high-ranking members of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] under the curse in order to facilitate the overthrow of [[Rufus Scrimgeour]].
 
   
[[File:BogrodImperius.png|thumb|230px|The 'mist' thrown when this curse is cast.]]
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=== Legal status ===
When a correctly cast Imperius curse is terminated - for whatever reason - the victims become themselves again, as happened after the final defeat of Voldemort and the Death Eaters in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], when all of the people across the country who had been Imperiused by him or his supporters were released from the spell. Also, any pain that the curse has negated by the pleasant sensation would return, along with any other pain that the victim suffered for the duration of the curse.
 
 
==History==
 
===Creation===
 
The Imperius Curse was invented during the early middle ages by dark witches or wizards. The curse was created for the coercion and brainwashing of others into slavery.
 
 
===Legal status===
 
 
{{Quote|The Cruciatus, Imperius and Avada Kedavra Curses were not made "unforgivable" until 1717.|[[Albus Dumbledore]]|The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)}}
 
{{Quote|The Cruciatus, Imperius and Avada Kedavra Curses were not made "unforgivable" until 1717.|[[Albus Dumbledore]]|The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)}}
   
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During the [[First Wizarding War]], when [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]] was in charge of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]], he fought violence with violence, and legalised the three Unforgivable Curses for [[Auror]]s against the [[Death Eaters]] in order to win the war. This was repealed once the war was over, as it was no longer necessary. It was also at that time that many Death Eaters, such as [[Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Walden Macnair]], claimed that they had served under [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] only because of the Imperius Curse. While their claims were accepted, the Ministry has gone as far as to assign several personnel to determine who is truly under the curse, and who is lying to escape punishment; however, they were not perfect in capturing deception, as Malfoy and Macnair, along with several others, still eluded justice.
 
During the [[First Wizarding War]], when [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]] was in charge of the [[Department of Magical Law Enforcement]], he fought violence with violence, and legalised the three Unforgivable Curses for [[Auror]]s against the [[Death Eaters]] in order to win the war. This was repealed once the war was over, as it was no longer necessary. It was also at that time that many Death Eaters, such as [[Lucius Malfoy]] and [[Walden Macnair]], claimed that they had served under [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] only because of the Imperius Curse. While their claims were accepted, the Ministry has gone as far as to assign several personnel to determine who is truly under the curse, and who is lying to escape punishment; however, they were not perfect in capturing deception, as Malfoy and Macnair, along with several others, still eluded justice.
   
In the [[1994–1995 school year]], [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], under the [[Polyjuice Potion|disguise]] of [[Alastor Moody]], showed these three curses to his [[fourth year]] classes on [[Alastor Moody's spiders|spiders]] despite the Ministry's disapproval. Later, in fact, he claimed that he had permission to perform the Imperius Curse on students in order to teach them how to resist it.
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An [[Wikipedia:Amblypygi|Amblypygi]] under the Imperius Curse in 1994
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In the [[1994–1995 school year]], [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]], under the [[Polyjuice Potion|disguise]] of [[Alastor Moody]], showed these three curses to his [[fourth year]] classes on [[Alastor Moody's spiders|spiders]] despite the Ministry's disapproval. Later, in fact, he claimed that he had permission to perform the Imperius Curse on students in order to teach them how to resist it. The students under the curse were all completely under Crouch's command, and could not resist at the very least, performing physical feats that they would normally unable to; [[Harry Potter]] was the only one who managed to resist the curse completely, if at all.
   
 
When [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|took over]] the Ministry, the three curses were once again legalised: this time every wizard and witch had the right to use them as they please. In fact, they were practiced in [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] as part of the curriculum in the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts|Dark Arts class]] under the tutelage of [[Professor]] [[Amycus Carrow]]. After Voldemort's death and the revolutionising of the Ministry under [[Minister for Magic|Minister]] [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]], the three curses were once again forbidden, and many people under its influence felt like they were coming out of trances.
 
When [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] [[Fall of the Ministry of Magic|took over]] the Ministry, the three curses were once again legalised: this time every wizard and witch had the right to use them as they please. In fact, they were practiced in [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] as part of the curriculum in the [[Defence Against the Dark Arts|Dark Arts class]] under the tutelage of [[Professor]] [[Amycus Carrow]]. After Voldemort's death and the revolutionising of the Ministry under [[Minister for Magic|Minister]] [[Kingsley Shacklebolt]], the three curses were once again forbidden, and many people under its influence felt like they were coming out of trances.
   
===History of use===
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=== History of use ===
 
{{Quote|Scores of witches and wizards have claimed that they only did You-Know-Who's bidding under the influence of the Imperius Curse. But here's the rub: how do we sort out the liars?|Barty Crouch Jr on the Imperius Curse's controversy.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
 
{{Quote|Scores of witches and wizards have claimed that they only did You-Know-Who's bidding under the influence of the Imperius Curse. But here's the rub: how do we sort out the liars?|Barty Crouch Jr on the Imperius Curse's controversy.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)}}
   
[[File:Spider.jpg|thumb|right|230px|A [[spider]] under the Imperius Curse.]]
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[[Death Eater]]s made use of the curse in both the [[First Wizarding War|First]] and [[Second Wizarding War]]s to force innocent people to do their bidding. For example, [[Lucius Malfoy]] used the Imperius Curse to force [[Broderick Bode]] and [[Sturgis Podmore]] to try to steal a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] from the [[Department of Mysteries]] in [[1996]]<ref name="OTP">{{OOTP}}</ref>, and [[Yaxley]] placed the Imperius Curse on [[Pius Thicknesse]] as part of the plan to take over the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in [[1997]]<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref>.
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[[Pius Thicknesse]], placed under the Imperius Curse in July 1997.]]
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[[Death Eater]]s made use of the curse in both the [[First Wizarding War|First]] and [[Second Wizarding War]]s to force innocent people to do their bidding. For example, [[Lucius Malfoy]] used the Imperius Curse to force [[Broderick Bode]] and [[Sturgis Podmore]] to try to steal a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] from the [[Department of Mysteries]] in [[1996]],<ref name="OTP">{{OOTP}}</ref> and [[Yaxley]] placed the Imperius Curse on [[Pius Thicknesse]] as part of the plan to take over the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in [[1997]].<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref>In 1998 Harry Potter used the curse three times on two differnt indviduals in order for the Trio to break-in to [[Gringott|Gringott Wizardind Bank]] undetected.
   
 
Ironically, many Death Eaters, such as [[Lucius Malfoy]], avoided imprisonment in [[Azkaban]] after Voldemort's first defeat in [[1981]] by claiming that they had been under the Imperius Curse.<ref name="CS">{{COS}}</ref> As such, it became the Ministry's work to determine who was lying, even though many "victims" managed to deceive them.
 
Ironically, many Death Eaters, such as [[Lucius Malfoy]], avoided imprisonment in [[Azkaban]] after Voldemort's first defeat in [[1981]] by claiming that they had been under the Imperius Curse.<ref name="CS">{{COS}}</ref> As such, it became the Ministry's work to determine who was lying, even though many "victims" managed to deceive them.
   
[[Harry Potter]] and [[Albus Dumbledore]] speculated that [[Merope Gaunt]] may have used the Imperius Curse on [[Tom Riddle Sr.]] to force him to marry her, although Dumbledore thought it more likely that she used a [[Love Potion]].
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==Nature==
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===Effects===
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{{Quote|It was the most wonderful feeling. Harry felt a floating sensation as every thought and worry in his head was wiped gently away, leaving nothing but a vague, untraceable happiness. He stood there feeling immensely relaxed, only dimly aware of everyone watching him.|[[Harry Potter]] under the Imperius Curse|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
====Other known uses====
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[[File:Viktor_Krum7.jpg|thumb|left|225px|[[Victor Krum]] under the influence of the curse]]
*[[Herbert Chorley]], a [[Muggle]] Junior Minister, was the victim of a "poorly-performed Imperius Curse." The resulting symptoms included impersonation of a duck in public, which required him to be removed from society temporarily and transferred into [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries|St. Mungo's]].
 
   
==Known Practitioners==
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Unlike the other Unforgivables, being subjected to the Imperius Curse — when adequately cast — is not an unpleasant experience, in fact, quite the opposite; the victim of an Imperius Curse is placed in a calm, trance-like state in which all feeling of responsibility and anxiety is banished (drawing parallels to the real-world phenomenon of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypnosis hypnosis], which is also often portrayed in fiction - albeit inaccurately<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MythBusters_%282007_season%29#Episode_76_.E2.80.93_.22Voice_Flame_Extinguisher.22 Mythbusters, Episode 76: "Voice Flame Extinguisher"]</ref>— of being capable of placing someone under the complete control of another by placing them in a theta state). However, when Harry was Imperiused, he believed that his curse may not have been very strong, thus the sensation from casting a more powerful Imperius Curse may be more intense than the known account.
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An adequately Imperiused being is placed under the caster's total control and may be directed to do anything the caster wishes, including crimes such as murder, political corruption, embezzlement, and even suicide (as exposited by [[Barty Crouch, Jr.]], disguised as [[Alastor Moody]] and teaching the unforgivable curses to a group of Fourth-Year students at Hogwarts that included [[Harry Potter]], where he explained "I could make her jump out a window, drown herself, or even launch herself down one of your throats"). Also, whilst under the caster's control, the curse may also endow the victim with whatever skills that are required in order to complete the task at hand, such as increased strength or allowing them to cast spells far above their level. For example, an Imperiused [[Neville Longbottom]] was able to perform a series of "quite astonishing gymnastics" under the curse that he would not normally be capable of.<ref name="GOF">{{GOF}}</ref>
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[[File:HPDH2-0428.jpg|thumb|240px|[[Bogrod]]'s (in front) blankness after being cursed by [[Harry Potter]] ]]
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It is possible for someone who has been Imperiused to place others under the curse as well. For example, [[Madam Rosmerta]], who had been Imperiused by Draco Malfoy sometime during the [[1996–1997 school year]], was able to place [[Katie Bell]] under the Imperius Curse in an attempt to deliver a [[Opal necklace|cursed necklace]] to [[Albus Dumbledore]]. It is also possible that the Death Eater [[Yaxley]] used the Imperiused [[Pius Thicknesse]] to place other high-ranking members of the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] under the curse in order to facilitate the overthrow of [[Rufus Scrimgeour]].
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When a correctly cast Imperius curse is terminated — for whatever reason — the victims become themselves again, as happened after the final defeat of Voldemort and the Death Eaters in the [[Battle of Hogwarts]], when all of the people across the country who had been Imperiused by him or his supporters were released from the spell. Also, any pain that the curse has negated by the pleasant sensation would return, along with any other pain that the victim suffered for the duration of the curse.
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===Dangers===
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If the Imperius Curse is performed poorly, then the victim would have their mind addled, an example being [[Muggle]] Junior Minister [[Herbert Chorley]]. It seems the damage is long-lasting, as Chorley was sent to [[St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries]] to recuperate and spent the rest of his life beleiving he was a duck. This is likely due to the fact powerful, dark magic may leave irreversible biological damage, such as when [[George Weasley|George]] had his ear cursed off permanently.
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===Resistance===
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Resisting the Imperius Curse is possible, but requires great strength of will and character. The fact that it can be resisted makes it unique amongst the [[Unforgivable Curses]] as it is the only curse that has a manner of defence. [[Harry Potter]], [[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]] and [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] each learned to resist the curse after being subjected to its effects, though the latter two took quite a long time before building the said resistance, and in Barty Sr.'s case, resistance against Voldemort's powerful curse has seemingly caused mental damage.<ref name="GOF" /> Resisting the Imperius Curse is similar to [[Occlumency]], which requires a great amount of willpower, though it is unknown if Occlumency would actually work against the curse.
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==Known practitioners and uses==
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{{Quote|Harry acted without thinking: Pointing his wand at [[Travers]], he muttered, "''Imperio!''" once more.|Harry using the curse on the Death Eater Travers|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
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|[http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Herbert_Chorley Herbert Chorley]
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|Victum of a poorly-performed Imperius Curse, spent the rest of his life in [http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/St_Mungo%27s_Hospital_for_Magical_Maladies_and_Injuries St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries] believing he was a duck.
 
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|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]]
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]]
 
|Kept under house arrest; [[1994]].
 
|Kept under house arrest; [[1994]].
 
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|[[Alastor Moody]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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|[[Alastor Moody]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] or [[Peter Pettigrew|Wormtail]]
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] or [[Peter Pettigrew|Wormtail]]
 
|Imperiused to maintain containment and to reveal the habits of Alastor Moody to impersonate.
 
|Imperiused to maintain containment and to reveal the habits of Alastor Moody to impersonate.
 
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|[[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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|[[Bartemius Crouch Sr.|Barty Crouch Sr.]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]
 
|[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]
 
|Kept under house arrest in [[1994]].
 
|Kept under house arrest in [[1994]].
 
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|A [[spider]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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|[[Alastor Moody's spiders|spiders]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|Demonstration in [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] class, while impersonating [[Alastor Moody]] in [[1994]].
 
|Demonstration in [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] class, while impersonating [[Alastor Moody]] in [[1994]].
 
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|[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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|[[Harry Potter]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|Same as above. Harry successfully resisted the curse after several attempts.
 
|Same as above. Harry successfully resisted the curse after several attempts.
 
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|[[Neville Longbottom]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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|[[Neville Longbottom]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|Same as above. Neville did "a series of quite astonishing gymnastics".
 
|Same as above. Neville did "a series of quite astonishing gymnastics".
 
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|[[Dean Thomas]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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|[[Dean Thomas]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|Same as above. Dean hopped around the room singing the national anthem.
 
|Same as above. Dean hopped around the room singing the national anthem.
 
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|[[Lavender Brown]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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|[[Lavender Brown]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|Same as above. Lavender imitated a squirrel.
 
|Same as above. Lavender imitated a squirrel.
 
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|[[Viktor Krum]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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|[[Viktor Krum]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|[[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]]
 
|During the [[Triwizard Tournament]], [[Triwizard Tournament|Third Task]]. Viktor was forced to attack [[Cedric Diggory]] with the [[Cruciatus Curse]].
 
|During the [[Triwizard Tournament]], [[Triwizard Tournament|Third Task]]. Viktor was forced to attack [[Cedric Diggory]] with the [[Cruciatus Curse]].
 
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|[[Harry Potter]]<ref name="GOF"/>
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|[[Harry Potter]]
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<ref name="GOF" />
 
|[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]
 
|[[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]
 
|[[Little Hangleton]] graveyard; After being forced by an unspecified spell to bow at the beginning of a duel, Harry successfully resisted Voldemort's Imperius command to answer a taunting question.
 
|[[Little Hangleton]] graveyard; After being forced by an unspecified spell to bow at the beginning of a duel, Harry successfully resisted Voldemort's Imperius command to answer a taunting question.
 
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|[[Broderick Bode]]<ref name="OTP"/>
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|[[Sturgis Podmore]]
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<ref name="OTP" />
 
|[[Lucius Malfoy]]
 
|[[Lucius Malfoy]]
 
|Forced to attempt to steal a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] from the [[Department of Mysteries]] in [[1995]].
 
|Forced to attempt to steal a [[Sybill Trelawney's first prophecy|prophecy]] from the [[Department of Mysteries]] in [[1995]].
 
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|[[Sturgis Podmore]]<ref name="OTP"/>
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|[[Broderick Bode]]
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<ref name="OTP" />
 
|[[Lucius Malfoy]]
 
|[[Lucius Malfoy]]
|Same as with Broderick Bode.
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|Same as Sturgis Podmore
 
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|[[Madam Rosmerta]]<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
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|[[Madam Rosmerta]]
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<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
 
|[[Draco Malfoy]]
 
|[[Draco Malfoy]]
 
|Forced to assist in the smuggling of a [[Opal necklace|cursed necklace]] and poisoned mead into [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], as well as to give notice on Dumbledore's departure.
 
|Forced to assist in the smuggling of a [[Opal necklace|cursed necklace]] and poisoned mead into [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]], as well as to give notice on Dumbledore's departure.
 
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|[[Katie Bell]]<ref name="HBP"/>
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|[[Katie Bell]]
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<ref name="HBP" />
 
|[[Madam Rosmerta]]
 
|[[Madam Rosmerta]]
 
|Forced to assist in the smuggling of a [[Opal necklace|cursed necklace]] into Hogwarts in a plot to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]].
 
|Forced to assist in the smuggling of a [[Opal necklace|cursed necklace]] into Hogwarts in a plot to kill [[Albus Dumbledore]].
 
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|[[Pius Thicknesse]]<ref name="DH"/>
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|[[Pius Thicknesse]]
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<ref name="DH" />
 
|[[Yaxley]]
 
|[[Yaxley]]
 
|Forced to act as puppet [[Minister for Magic]] at the behest of Voldemort in [[1997]]. Noted by Yaxley that the curse was placed with great effort, as Thicknesse resisted.
 
|Forced to act as puppet [[Minister for Magic]] at the behest of Voldemort in [[1997]]. Noted by Yaxley that the curse was placed with great effort, as Thicknesse resisted.
 
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|[[Stanley Shunpike|Stan Shunpike]]<ref name="DH"/>
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|[[Stanley Shunpike|Stan Shunpike]]
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<ref name="DH" />
 
|Unknown, possibly a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]]
 
|Unknown, possibly a [[Death Eaters|Death Eater]]
 
|Forced to serve the [[Death Eaters]], fought in the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]] in [[1997]].
 
|Forced to serve the [[Death Eaters]], fought in the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]] in [[1997]].
 
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|[[Bogrod]]<ref name="DH"/>
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|[[Bogrod]]
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|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|Forced to allow [[Hermione Granger]], disguised as [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], into the [[Lestrange Vault]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] in [[1998]].
 
|Forced to allow [[Hermione Granger]], disguised as [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], into the [[Lestrange Vault]] at [[Gringotts Wizarding Bank|Gringotts]] in [[1998]].
 
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|[[Bogrod]]<ref name="DH"/>
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|[[Bogrod]]
|[[Ron Weasley]]
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|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|To replace the curse that the [[Thief's Downfall]] washed away.
 
|To replace the curse that the [[Thief's Downfall]] washed away.
 
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|[[Travers]]<ref name="DH"/>
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|[[Travers]]
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<ref name="DH" />
 
|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|[[Harry Potter]]
 
|Forced to act as an accomplice in the aforementioned [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|bank heist]].
 
|Forced to act as an accomplice in the aforementioned [[Break-in of Gringotts Wizarding Bank (1998)|bank heist]].
 
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|[[Amycus Carrow]]<ref name="DH"/>
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|[[Amycus Carrow]]
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|[[Minerva McGonagall]]
 
|[[Minerva McGonagall]]
 
|As a means to confine him in the [[Ravenclaw Tower|Ravenclaw Common Room]] in [[1998]].
 
|As a means to confine him in the [[Ravenclaw Tower|Ravenclaw Common Room]] in [[1998]].
 
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', the Imperius curse appears to give the victim's eyes a milky, glazed appearance which is not mentioned in the books and would decrease the curse's effectiveness, since it would be easily detectable. However, it's possible that this is a sign of a poorly or hastily performed curse, or one where the victim is actively resisting.
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*In the [[1995-1996 school year]], [[Professor]] [[Severus Snape]] wanted an essay on how to resist the Imperius Curse from his [[sixth year]] class, and to his displeasure, he found they were poorly written, calling them [[tripe]].
*Also in the same film, when Barty Crouch Jr. (disguised as Alastor Moody), puts the Imperius Curse on the spider, he directs it movements with his wand, including having it float and hover in midair, as if a [[Levitation Charm]] was put on it.
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'':
*In the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', the Imperius curse appears to be a mist that the victim smells and gets under the caster's bidding. It also appears to leave the victim in a slightly intoxicated, elated state.
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**the Imperius Curse appears to give the victim's eyes a milky, glazed appearance which is not mentioned in the books and would decrease the curse's effectiveness, since it would be easily detectable. However, it's possible that this is a sign of a poorly or hastily performed curse, or one where the victim is actively resisting.
*Also in the film adaptation, when the Imperius curse wears off on Bogrod, Ron replaces the initial curse.
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**when Barty Crouch Jr. (disguised as Alastor Moody), puts the Imperius Curse on the spider, he directs it movements with his wand, including having it float and hover in midair, as if a [[Levitation Charm]] was put on it.
*This spell does not appear to be illegal in the handheld versions of ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', as Severus Snape teaches it to Harry in place of the [[Occlumency]] [[Harry Potter and Severus Snape's private lessons|lessons]] from the book and film.
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**the three [[Alastor Moody's spiders|spiders]] used was replaced with one special kind of spider, an [[Wikipedia:Amblypygi|Amblypygi]].
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]'', the incantation is said to be ''Imperius'', as opposed to the proper incantation ''Imperio''. It is unknown why this is.
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2|part 2 film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'':
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**the Imperius Curse appears to be a mist that the victim smells and gets under the caster's bidding. It also appears to leave the victim in a slightly intoxicated, elated state.
  +
**the incantation is said to be ''Imperius'', as opposed to the proper incantation ''Imperio''. It is unknown why this is.
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**when the Imperius Curse wears off on Bogrod, Ron replaces the initial curse.
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*This spell does not appear to be illegal in the handheld versions of ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'', as Severus Snape teaches it to Harry in place of the [[Occlumency]] [[Harry Potter and Severus Snape's private lessons|lessons]] from the book, film and game; furthermore also in the place of [[Focus]], taught by Snape in the PC and console versions of the said game.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (video game)]]''
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*''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)|The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter: Spells]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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Latest revision as of 16:23, September 29, 2014

Imperio1
Imperius Curse
Incantation

Imperio
(im-PEER-ee-oh)

Type

Curse

Hand Movement

Point wand at victim

Light

Green smoke

Effect

Total control over the victim

"Total control. I could make it jump out the window, drown itself, throw itself down one of your throats..."
Barty Crouch Jr. as Alastor Moody on a spider he had put under Imperius Curse[src]

The Imperius Curse (Imperio) is a tool of the Dark Arts and one of the three Unforgivable Curses. It is one of the most powerful and sinister spells known to wizardkind. When cast successfully, the curse places the victim completely under the caster's control, though a person with exceptional strength of will is capable of resisting it.

The fact that the curse can be defended against makes it unique amongst the Unforgivable Curses.

History Edit

Creation Edit

The Imperius Curse was invented during the early Middle Ages by dark witches or wizards. The curse was created for the coercion and brainwashing of others into slavery.

Legal status Edit

"The Cruciatus, Imperius and Avada Kedavra Curses were not made "unforgivable" until 1717."
Albus Dumbledore[src]

After the Wizards' Council was reformed into the Ministry of Magic, tighter restrictions were placed on the use of certain kinds of magic. The Imperius Curse was deemed by the Ministry to be dark magic, and, along with the Cruciatus and Killing curses, were declared "unforgivable" in 1717. The use of any of these three curses on a fellow human being would result in a life sentence in Azkaban, unless there is sufficient evidence that the caster did so under the influence of another's Imperius Curse; this tends to be a factor that many Dark Wizards abuse and lie about when they were facing prison, particularly after the First Wizarding War.

During the First Wizarding War, when Barty Crouch Sr. was in charge of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, he fought violence with violence, and legalised the three Unforgivable Curses for Aurors against the Death Eaters in order to win the war. This was repealed once the war was over, as it was no longer necessary. It was also at that time that many Death Eaters, such as Lucius Malfoy and Walden Macnair, claimed that they had served under Lord Voldemort only because of the Imperius Curse. While their claims were accepted, the Ministry has gone as far as to assign several personnel to determine who is truly under the curse, and who is lying to escape punishment; however, they were not perfect in capturing deception, as Malfoy and Macnair, along with several others, still eluded justice.

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An Amblypygi under the Imperius Curse in 1994

In the 1994–1995 school year, Barty Crouch Jr., under the disguise of Alastor Moody, showed these three curses to his fourth year classes on spiders despite the Ministry's disapproval. Later, in fact, he claimed that he had permission to perform the Imperius Curse on students in order to teach them how to resist it. The students under the curse were all completely under Crouch's command, and could not resist at the very least, performing physical feats that they would normally unable to; Harry Potter was the only one who managed to resist the curse completely, if at all.

When Lord Voldemort took over the Ministry, the three curses were once again legalised: this time every wizard and witch had the right to use them as they please. In fact, they were practiced in Hogwarts as part of the curriculum in the Dark Arts class under the tutelage of Professor Amycus Carrow. After Voldemort's death and the revolutionising of the Ministry under Minister Kingsley Shacklebolt, the three curses were once again forbidden, and many people under its influence felt like they were coming out of trances.

History of use Edit

"Scores of witches and wizards have claimed that they only did You-Know-Who's bidding under the influence of the Imperius Curse. But here's the rub: how do we sort out the liars?"
—Barty Crouch Jr on the Imperius Curse's controversy.[src]
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Pius Thicknesse, placed under the Imperius Curse in July 1997.

Death Eaters made use of the curse in both the First and Second Wizarding Wars to force innocent people to do their bidding. For example, Lucius Malfoy used the Imperius Curse to force Broderick Bode and Sturgis Podmore to try to steal a prophecy from the Department of Mysteries in 1996,[1] and Yaxley placed the Imperius Curse on Pius Thicknesse as part of the plan to take over the Ministry of Magic in 1997.[2]In 1998 Harry Potter used the curse three times on two differnt indviduals in order for the Trio to break-in to Gringott Wizardind Bank undetected.

Ironically, many Death Eaters, such as Lucius Malfoy, avoided imprisonment in Azkaban after Voldemort's first defeat in 1981 by claiming that they had been under the Imperius Curse.[3] As such, it became the Ministry's work to determine who was lying, even though many "victims" managed to deceive them.

NatureEdit

EffectsEdit

"It was the most wonderful feeling. Harry felt a floating sensation as every thought and worry in his head was wiped gently away, leaving nothing but a vague, untraceable happiness. He stood there feeling immensely relaxed, only dimly aware of everyone watching him."
Harry Potter under the Imperius Curse[src]
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Victor Krum under the influence of the curse

Unlike the other Unforgivables, being subjected to the Imperius Curse — when adequately cast — is not an unpleasant experience, in fact, quite the opposite; the victim of an Imperius Curse is placed in a calm, trance-like state in which all feeling of responsibility and anxiety is banished (drawing parallels to the real-world phenomenon of hypnosis, which is also often portrayed in fiction - albeit inaccurately[4]— of being capable of placing someone under the complete control of another by placing them in a theta state). However, when Harry was Imperiused, he believed that his curse may not have been very strong, thus the sensation from casting a more powerful Imperius Curse may be more intense than the known account.

An adequately Imperiused being is placed under the caster's total control and may be directed to do anything the caster wishes, including crimes such as murder, political corruption, embezzlement, and even suicide (as exposited by Barty Crouch, Jr., disguised as Alastor Moody and teaching the unforgivable curses to a group of Fourth-Year students at Hogwarts that included Harry Potter, where he explained "I could make her jump out a window, drown herself, or even launch herself down one of your throats"). Also, whilst under the caster's control, the curse may also endow the victim with whatever skills that are required in order to complete the task at hand, such as increased strength or allowing them to cast spells far above their level. For example, an Imperiused Neville Longbottom was able to perform a series of "quite astonishing gymnastics" under the curse that he would not normally be capable of.[5]

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Bogrod's (in front) blankness after being cursed by Harry Potter

It is possible for someone who has been Imperiused to place others under the curse as well. For example, Madam Rosmerta, who had been Imperiused by Draco Malfoy sometime during the 1996–1997 school year, was able to place Katie Bell under the Imperius Curse in an attempt to deliver a cursed necklace to Albus Dumbledore. It is also possible that the Death Eater Yaxley used the Imperiused Pius Thicknesse to place other high-ranking members of the Ministry of Magic under the curse in order to facilitate the overthrow of Rufus Scrimgeour.

When a correctly cast Imperius curse is terminated — for whatever reason — the victims become themselves again, as happened after the final defeat of Voldemort and the Death Eaters in the Battle of Hogwarts, when all of the people across the country who had been Imperiused by him or his supporters were released from the spell. Also, any pain that the curse has negated by the pleasant sensation would return, along with any other pain that the victim suffered for the duration of the curse.

DangersEdit

If the Imperius Curse is performed poorly, then the victim would have their mind addled, an example being Muggle Junior Minister Herbert Chorley. It seems the damage is long-lasting, as Chorley was sent to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries to recuperate and spent the rest of his life beleiving he was a duck. This is likely due to the fact powerful, dark magic may leave irreversible biological damage, such as when George had his ear cursed off permanently.

ResistanceEdit

Resisting the Imperius Curse is possible, but requires great strength of will and character. The fact that it can be resisted makes it unique amongst the Unforgivable Curses as it is the only curse that has a manner of defence. Harry Potter, Barty Crouch Sr. and Barty Crouch Jr. each learned to resist the curse after being subjected to its effects, though the latter two took quite a long time before building the said resistance, and in Barty Sr.'s case, resistance against Voldemort's powerful curse has seemingly caused mental damage.[5] Resisting the Imperius Curse is similar to Occlumency, which requires a great amount of willpower, though it is unknown if Occlumency would actually work against the curse.

Known practitioners and usesEdit

"Harry acted without thinking: Pointing his wand at Travers, he muttered, "Imperio!" once more."
—Harry using the curse on the Death Eater Travers[src]
Victim Caster Notes
Herbert Chorley unknown Victum of a poorly-performed Imperius Curse, spent the rest of his life in St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries believing he was a duck.

Barty Crouch Jr. [5]

Barty Crouch Sr. Kept under house arrest; 1994.
Alastor Moody

[5]

Barty Crouch Jr. or Wormtail Imperiused to maintain containment and to reveal the habits of Alastor Moody to impersonate.
Barty Crouch Sr.

[5]

Lord Voldemort Kept under house arrest in 1994.
spiders

[5]

Barty Crouch Jr. Demonstration in Defence Against the Dark Arts class, while impersonating Alastor Moody in 1994.
Harry Potter

[5]

Barty Crouch Jr. Same as above. Harry successfully resisted the curse after several attempts.
Neville Longbottom

[5]

Barty Crouch Jr. Same as above. Neville did "a series of quite astonishing gymnastics".
Dean Thomas

[5]

Barty Crouch Jr. Same as above. Dean hopped around the room singing the national anthem.
Lavender Brown

[5]

Barty Crouch Jr. Same as above. Lavender imitated a squirrel.
Viktor Krum

[5]

Barty Crouch Jr. During the Triwizard Tournament, Third Task. Viktor was forced to attack Cedric Diggory with the Cruciatus Curse.
Harry Potter

[5]

Lord Voldemort Little Hangleton graveyard; After being forced by an unspecified spell to bow at the beginning of a duel, Harry successfully resisted Voldemort's Imperius command to answer a taunting question.
Sturgis Podmore

[1]

Lucius Malfoy Forced to attempt to steal a prophecy from the Department of Mysteries in 1995.
Broderick Bode

[1]

Lucius Malfoy Same as Sturgis Podmore
Madam Rosmerta

[6]

Draco Malfoy Forced to assist in the smuggling of a cursed necklace and poisoned mead into Hogwarts, as well as to give notice on Dumbledore's departure.
Katie Bell

[6]

Madam Rosmerta Forced to assist in the smuggling of a cursed necklace into Hogwarts in a plot to kill Albus Dumbledore.
Pius Thicknesse

[2]

Yaxley Forced to act as puppet Minister for Magic at the behest of Voldemort in 1997. Noted by Yaxley that the curse was placed with great effort, as Thicknesse resisted.
Stan Shunpike

[2]

Unknown, possibly a Death Eater Forced to serve the Death Eaters, fought in the Battle of the Seven Potters in 1997.
Bogrod

[2]

Harry Potter Forced to allow Hermione Granger, disguised as Bellatrix Lestrange, into the Lestrange Vault at Gringotts in 1998.
Bogrod

[2]

Harry Potter To replace the curse that the Thief's Downfall washed away.
Travers

[2]

Harry Potter Forced to act as an accomplice in the aforementioned bank heist.
Amycus Carrow

[2]

Minerva McGonagall As a means to confine him in the Ravenclaw Common Room in 1998.

MediaEdit

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EtymologyEdit

This curse takes its name from the Latin imperiosus, meaning "commanding, mighty, and powerful", or imperio, which means "to rule".

This is also the root of imperative, which is the form of a verb that acts as a command: this is certainly what the imperius curse achieves.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • In the 1995-1996 school year, Professor Severus Snape wanted an essay on how to resist the Imperius Curse from his sixth year class, and to his displeasure, he found they were poorly written, calling them tripe.
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
    • the Imperius Curse appears to give the victim's eyes a milky, glazed appearance which is not mentioned in the books and would decrease the curse's effectiveness, since it would be easily detectable. However, it's possible that this is a sign of a poorly or hastily performed curse, or one where the victim is actively resisting.
    • when Barty Crouch Jr. (disguised as Alastor Moody), puts the Imperius Curse on the spider, he directs it movements with his wand, including having it float and hover in midair, as if a Levitation Charm was put on it.
    • the three spiders used was replaced with one special kind of spider, an Amblypygi.
  • In the part 2 film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
    • the Imperius Curse appears to be a mist that the victim smells and gets under the caster's bidding. It also appears to leave the victim in a slightly intoxicated, elated state.
    • the incantation is said to be Imperius, as opposed to the proper incantation Imperio. It is unknown why this is.
    • when the Imperius Curse wears off on Bogrod, Ron replaces the initial curse.
  • This spell does not appear to be illegal in the handheld versions of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, as Severus Snape teaches it to Harry in place of the Occlumency lessons from the book, film and game; furthermore also in the place of Focus, taught by Snape in the PC and console versions of the said game.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit


Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
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Professors: Galatea Merrythought · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Barty Crouch Jr. (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape ·
Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks: The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls ·
Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless · Magical Drafts and Potions
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts: Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Hogwarts Turris Magnus · Professor's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Spells covered under the subject: Curse of the Bogies · Knockback Jinx · Verdimillious Charm · Verdimillious Duo Spell · Verdimillious Tria · Wand-Lighting Charm · Freezing Spell · Seize and Pull Charm · Patronus Charm · Killing Curse · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse · Impediment Jinx · Reductor Curse · Stunning Spell · Shield Charm · Nonverbal spells · Hex-deflection ·
Hex-Breaker · Hex Zapper
Creatures covered under the subject: Vampire bats · Iguanas · Cornish Pixies · Werewolves · Vampires · Hinkypunks · Boggarts · Red Caps · Kappas · Grindylows · Inferius

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