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{{quote|They are corpses, dead bodies that have been bewitched to do a Dark wizard's bidding. Inferi have not been seen for a long time, however, not since Voldemort was last powerful.... He killed enough people to make an army of them, of course.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] on Inferi|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{quote|They are corpses, dead bodies that have been bewitched to do a Dark wizard's bidding. Inferi have not been seen for a long time, however, not since Voldemort was last powerful ''[....]'' He killed enough people to make an army of them, of course.|[[Albus Dumbledore]] on Inferi|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
An '''Inferius''' (plural: '''Inferi''') is a dead body, reanimated by a [[Dark Wizard]], similar to a zombie. They have no free will, and cannot think for themselves; their purpose is merely to serve as puppets of the Dark Wizard who reanimated them. They were used by [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] in both the [[First Wizarding War]] and the [[Second Wizarding War]]. It is mentioned that the [[Dark Wizard|dark wizard]] [[Gellert Grindelwald]] also sought to create an army of Inferi. It is unknown as to whether he succeeded. Inferi are created through the magical branch of Dark Arts called [[Necromancy]].<ref name="BB">''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]''</ref>
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An '''Inferius''' (plural: '''Inferi''') is a dead body, reanimated by a [[Dark Wizard]], similar to a zombie. They are created through the magical branch of Dark Arts called [[Necromancy]].<ref name="BB">''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]''</ref>
   
==Physical description==
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==Description==
The Inferi are gaunt, skeletal beings that closely resemble zombies. They are known to have great strength and are powerful enough to kill a human being.
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{{Quote|The Inferius is a corpse that has been reanimated by a [[Dark wizard|Dark wizard's]] spells. It is not alive, it is merely used like a puppet to do the wizard's bidding. |[[Severus Snape]] regarding Inferius |Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Tumblr_m7wa46W2Qt1qa9jn1o3_250.gif|frame|left|En masse, Inferi nearly overwhelmed Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore.]]
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The Inferi are gaunt, skeletal beings that closely resemble [[zombie]]s. Being human corpses, they have individual appearances based on the humans they were created from.
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Inferi have no free will, and cannot think for themselves; their purpose is merely to serve as puppets of the Dark Wizard who reanimated them. As no spell can bring back the dead, the Inferi are not alive, just corpse puppets. Despite this, they can apparently speak.<ref name="WOMBAT">The fact that Inferi are able of speech is hinted at in the second [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]] featured in ''[[J. K. Rowling Official Site|J. K. Rowling's Official Site]]''. Question 1 (''Part One - Magical Beings'') is "Which of the following statements is TRUE?", and one of the possible answers is "''Inferi cannot speak''". As one of the other answers is known for certain to be true ("''Hags eat small children''" — the [[Chocolate Frog Cards]] reveal that [[Babayaga]] fed on children for breakfast; and the ''[[Daily Prophet Newsletters]]'' say that [[Regulus Moonshine]] developed a potion to suppress hags' "normal appetite for human flesh"), then all of the other answers must be false, including the one that says Inferi cannot speak.</ref>
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Due to their status as being unfeeling dead, the Inferi are immune to bodily damages such as [[Sectumsempra|slashing]], and have great physical strength, enough to kill a human or drag them away. Due to their superior strength, they are especially dangerous en masse.
   
 
==Defence against Inferi==
 
==Defence against Inferi==
[[File:51.jpg|thumb|left|275px|[[Harry Potter]] attempting to repel the Inferi with the weakened [[Albus Dumbledore]].]]
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Because Inferi are creatures of the dark, they dislike light and heat. The most effective [[spell]] against them is therefore a fire-summoning spell, such as ''[[Firestorm]]''. Other spells might work against a few Inferi, but might not be useful against a whole army of them. It must be noted that Inferi are resistant to most spells: they cannot feel pain, and thus are unaffected by many attacks whose main effe[[File:Dumbledore fighting the Inferi.gif.gif|thumb|right|250px|[[Albus Dumbledore]] fighting the Inferi inside the cave in [[1997]].]]ct is pain such as the [[Cruciatus Curse]]. This is evident when [[Harry Potter]] attempts to use the dark spell ''[[Sectumsempra]]'' on the Inferi in the [[Horcrux cave]], as they have no [[blood]] to spill.<ref name="HPB">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
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{{Quote|However, like many [[creatures]] that dwell in cold and darkness, they fear light and warmth, ''[...]'' Fire, Harry.|Albus Dumbledore on the defence against Inferius|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:51.jpg|thumb|240px|[[Harry Potter]] attempting to repel the Inferi with the weakened [[Albus Dumbledore]].]]
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Because Inferi are creatures of the dark, they dislike light and heat. The most effective [[spell]] against them is therefore a fire-summoning spell, such as ''[[Firestorm]]''. Other spells might work against a few Inferi, but might not be useful against a whole army of them. It must be noted that Inferi are resistant to most spells: they cannot feel pain, and thus are unaffected by many attacks whose main effect is pain such as the [[Cruciatus Curse]]. This is evident when [[Harry Potter]] attempts to use the dark spell ''[[Sectumsempra]]'' on the Inferi in the [[Crystal Cave]], as they have no [[blood]] to spill.<ref name="HPB">{{HBP}}</ref>
   
 
==Known encounters==
 
==Known encounters==
[[File:Sa.jpg|thumb|Inferi - Concept Art]]
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===1899===
===Hunting for Horcruxes===
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In [[1899]], it was mentioned that the [[Dark Wizard|dark wizard]], [[Gellert Grindelwald]], sought to create an army of Inferi, and believed that the [[Resurrection Stone]] could grant him such powers. It is unknown as to whether he succeeded, though his conception on the stone's abilities were in fact incorrect, as it brings back souls from the realm of the dead as more-than-ghost but less-than-alive state, not as a living body.<ref name="DH">{{DH}}</ref>
[[File:Inferi_dragging_Harry.jpg|thumb|right|275px|The Inferi dragging [[Harry Potter]] underwater.]]
 
{{Quote|The [[Wand-Lighting Charm|wandlight]] had slid over a fresh patch of water and showed [[Harry Potter|Harry]], this time, a dead man lying faceup inches beneath the surface, his open eyes misted as though with cobwebs…|Harry looks at an Inferius in the lake in the [[Horcrux cave]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}In 1997, [[Harry Potter]] and [[Albus Dumbledore]] encountered this very same army of Inferi in their attempt to steal one of Voldemort's [[Horcrux]]es. Dumbledore successfully repelled them by [[Conjuration|conjuring]] a [[Firestorm|ring of fire]], big enough to surround both Harry and himself.
 
   
===Other encounters===
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===First Wizarding War===
Not exactly counted as a real encounter, but worth mentioning: [[Mundungus Fletcher]] was arrested and put into [[Azkaban]] because he disguised himself as an Inferius after being caught during a burglary at [[Sirius Black]]'s house.<ref name="HPB"/>
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During the [[First Wizarding War]], Voldemort was known to have created an army of Inferi from the large amount of people he killed. He placed such an army within the lake of [[Salazar Slytherin's Locket]]'s [[Crystal Cave|hiding place]]. In [[1979]], when [[Regulus Black]] attempted to destroy the said [[Horcrux]], he succumbed to the [[Drink of Despair]]'s effects and tried to take a drink of water from the lake, only to trigger the Inferi and was killed by them. [[Kreacher]], his house elf, managed to make it out of the cave with the locket.<ref name="DH" />
   
The Ministry warned the community that Voldemort may be using Inferi once again in the Second Wizarding War, and he was mentioned that he did use as much as an army during the First War.
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===Second Wizarding War===
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The Ministry warned the community that [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] may be using Inferi once again in the [[Second Wizarding War]], and he was mentioned that he did use as much as an army during the [[First Wizarding War|First War]].<ref name="HPB" />
   
[[Regulus Black]] was also killed by Inferi in his attempt to destroy one of Voldemort's Horcruxes.
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Not exactly counted as a real encounter, but worth mentioning: [[Mundungus Fletcher]] was arrested and put into [[Azkaban]] because he disguised himself as an Inferius after being caught during an attempted burglary.<ref name="HPB" />
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====Hunting for Horcruxes====
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{{Quote|The [[Wand-Lighting Charm|wandlight]] had slid over a fresh patch of water and showed [[Harry Potter|Harry]], this time, a dead man lying faceup inches beneath the surface, his open eyes misted as though with cobwebs ''[…]'' |Harry looks at an Inferius in the lake in the [[Crystal Cave]]|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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[[File:Dumbledore_fighting_the_Inferi.gif.gif|thumb|left|240px|[[Albus Dumbledore]] fighting the Inferi inside the cave in [[1997]].]]In 1997, [[Harry Potter]] and [[Albus Dumbledore]] encountered the very same army of Inferi as Regulus in their attempt to destroy Voldemort's locket Horcrux. At first, they remained inert as the two sailed in the [[Crystal Cave boat|boat]] towards the [[Crystal Cave island|central island]]. However, when Dumbledore suffered from the Drink of Despair's thirst-inducing effects, Harry had to take some water from the lake, triggering the Inferi, who nearly dragged Harry to the depths of the lake to drown. Dumbledore successfully repelled them by [[Conjuration|conjuring]] a [[Firestorm|ring of fire]], big enough to surround both Harry and himself. Once all the Inferi returned into the lake, they did not resurface when Dumbledore's ring of fire faltered.<ref name="HPB" />
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===2014 Quidditch World Cup===
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{{Quote|​Malicious and baseless|The ICWQC on rumors that [[Haitian National Quidditch team|Haiti]] was using Inferi.|Pottermore}}
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In 2014, rumors that the [[Haitian National Quidditch team|Haiti]] was using Inferi to intimidate other teams were dismissed by the ICWQC as untrue. However, the rumors proved true when Inferi attacked crowds in the opening ceremony of the [[2014 Quidditch World Cup]], leading to 300 casualties.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
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* According to [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]], Inferi may have the ability to speak.
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* Inferi may have been briefly referred to by Voldemort in the Little Hangleton Graveyard as part of an "army of creatures whom all fear".<ref>{{GOF}}</ref>
*According to [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]], Inferi may have the ability to speak.
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* Inferi may be incredibly strong as a picture in Snape's [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] class shows a bloody mass on the floor, attributing to a person provoking the anger of an Inferius. Alternatively, this could be attributed to their viciousness and implacability.
*Inferi may have been briefly referred to by Voldemort in the Little Hangleton Graveyard as part of an "army of creatures whom all fear".
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* It is unknown if there is any difference between Inferi and [[zombie]]s, as they both seem to be reanimated corpses. However, it seems that zombies are naturally formed, while Inferi are artificially created.
*Inferi may be incredibly strong as a picture in Snape's [[Defence Against the Dark Arts|DADA]] class shows a bloody mass on the floor, attributing to a person provoking the anger of an Inferius. Alternatively, this could be attributed to their viciousness and implacability.
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* In [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)|first part video game adaption]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Inferi appear again, despite them not being in the mainstream storyline.
*It is unknown if there is any difference between Inferi and [[zombie]]s, as they both seem to be reanimated corpses.
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* Inferi killed [[Regulus Black]] in his plan to destroy the [[Dark Lord]]'s [[Slytherin's Locket|locket]].
*In [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)|first part video game adaption]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Inferi appear again, despite them not being in the mainstream storyline.
 
*The Inferi in the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)|''Half-Blood Prince'' film]] resemble Gollum from the [[Wikipedia:The Lord of the Rings film trilogy|''Lord of the Rings'' film trilogy]], except they are taller and more gaunt.
 
*If the singular form is inferius, then using Latin rules, the plural should be inferii (in-fer-ee-eye), not inferi.
 
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
{{Imagecat|Images of Inferi}}
 
{{Imagecat|Images of Inferi}}
   
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{1st}}
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{1st}}
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{Mention}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''
*''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)]]''
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* ''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book]]''
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
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* ''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
   
 
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Inferius (Concept Artwork)
Inferius
Species information
Sentience

Non-sentient

Eye colour

Varies

Skin colour

Pale-white

Hair colour

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Related to
Native range

Great Britain

Height of average adult

Varies

Distinction(s)

Reanimated corpse

Affiliation
Status

Non-being

"They are corpses, dead bodies that have been bewitched to do a Dark wizard's bidding. Inferi have not been seen for a long time, however, not since Voldemort was last powerful [....] He killed enough people to make an army of them, of course."
Albus Dumbledore on Inferi[src]

An Inferius (plural: Inferi) is a dead body, reanimated by a Dark Wizard, similar to a zombie. They are created through the magical branch of Dark Arts called Necromancy.[1]

DescriptionEdit

"The Inferius is a corpse that has been reanimated by a Dark wizard's spells. It is not alive, it is merely used like a puppet to do the wizard's bidding. "
Severus Snape regarding Inferius [src]
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En masse, Inferi nearly overwhelmed Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore.

The Inferi are gaunt, skeletal beings that closely resemble zombies. Being human corpses, they have individual appearances based on the humans they were created from.

Inferi have no free will, and cannot think for themselves; their purpose is merely to serve as puppets of the Dark Wizard who reanimated them. As no spell can bring back the dead, the Inferi are not alive, just corpse puppets. Despite this, they can apparently speak.[2]

Due to their status as being unfeeling dead, the Inferi are immune to bodily damages such as slashing, and have great physical strength, enough to kill a human or drag them away. Due to their superior strength, they are especially dangerous en masse.

Defence against InferiEdit

"However, like many creatures that dwell in cold and darkness, they fear light and warmth, [...] Fire, Harry."
—Albus Dumbledore on the defence against Inferius[src]
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Harry Potter attempting to repel the Inferi with the weakened Albus Dumbledore.

Because Inferi are creatures of the dark, they dislike light and heat. The most effective spell against them is therefore a fire-summoning spell, such as Firestorm. Other spells might work against a few Inferi, but might not be useful against a whole army of them. It must be noted that Inferi are resistant to most spells: they cannot feel pain, and thus are unaffected by many attacks whose main effect is pain such as the Cruciatus Curse. This is evident when Harry Potter attempts to use the dark spell Sectumsempra on the Inferi in the Crystal Cave, as they have no blood to spill.[3]

Known encountersEdit

1899Edit

In 1899, it was mentioned that the dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, sought to create an army of Inferi, and believed that the Resurrection Stone could grant him such powers. It is unknown as to whether he succeeded, though his conception on the stone's abilities were in fact incorrect, as it brings back souls from the realm of the dead as more-than-ghost but less-than-alive state, not as a living body.[4]

First Wizarding WarEdit

During the First Wizarding War, Voldemort was known to have created an army of Inferi from the large amount of people he killed. He placed such an army within the lake of Salazar Slytherin's Locket's hiding place. In 1979, when Regulus Black attempted to destroy the said Horcrux, he succumbed to the Drink of Despair's effects and tried to take a drink of water from the lake, only to trigger the Inferi and was killed by them. Kreacher, his house elf, managed to make it out of the cave with the locket.[4]

Second Wizarding WarEdit

The Ministry warned the community that Lord Voldemort may be using Inferi once again in the Second Wizarding War, and he was mentioned that he did use as much as an army during the First War.[3]

Not exactly counted as a real encounter, but worth mentioning: Mundungus Fletcher was arrested and put into Azkaban because he disguised himself as an Inferius after being caught during an attempted burglary.[3]

Hunting for HorcruxesEdit

"The wandlight had slid over a fresh patch of water and showed Harry, this time, a dead man lying faceup inches beneath the surface, his open eyes misted as though with cobwebs […] "
—Harry looks at an Inferius in the lake in the Crystal Cave[src]
Dumbledore fighting the Inferi.gif

Albus Dumbledore fighting the Inferi inside the cave in 1997.

In 1997, Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore encountered the very same army of Inferi as Regulus in their attempt to destroy Voldemort's locket Horcrux. At first, they remained inert as the two sailed in the boat towards the central island. However, when Dumbledore suffered from the Drink of Despair's thirst-inducing effects, Harry had to take some water from the lake, triggering the Inferi, who nearly dragged Harry to the depths of the lake to drown. Dumbledore successfully repelled them by conjuring a ring of fire, big enough to surround both Harry and himself. Once all the Inferi returned into the lake, they did not resurface when Dumbledore's ring of fire faltered.[3]

2014 Quidditch World CupEdit

"​Malicious and baseless"
—The ICWQC on rumors that Haiti was using Inferi.[src]

In 2014, rumors that the Haiti was using Inferi to intimidate other teams were dismissed by the ICWQC as untrue. However, the rumors proved true when Inferi attacked crowds in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, leading to 300 casualties.

EtymologyEdit

"Inferius" is Latin for "underneath; below." It could also be a tampered form of "inferus", or "the dead; underworld." As J. K. Rowling sometimes changes real Latin words to form some incantations, or names of creatures or people, it could well be that the second meaning is the correct one.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • According to W.O.M.B.A.T., Inferi may have the ability to speak.
  • Inferi may have been briefly referred to by Voldemort in the Little Hangleton Graveyard as part of an "army of creatures whom all fear".[5]
  • Inferi may be incredibly strong as a picture in Snape's Defence Against the Dark Arts class shows a bloody mass on the floor, attributing to a person provoking the anger of an Inferius. Alternatively, this could be attributed to their viciousness and implacability.
  • It is unknown if there is any difference between Inferi and zombies, as they both seem to be reanimated corpses. However, it seems that zombies are naturally formed, while Inferi are artificially created.
  • In first part video game adaption of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Inferi appear again, despite them not being in the mainstream storyline.
  • Inferi killed Regulus Black in his plan to destroy the Dark Lord's locket.

AppearancesEdit

Wiki
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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
  2. The fact that Inferi are able of speech is hinted at in the second W.O.M.B.A.T. featured in J. K. Rowling's Official Site. Question 1 (Part One - Magical Beings) is "Which of the following statements is TRUE?", and one of the possible answers is "Inferi cannot speak". As one of the other answers is known for certain to be true ("Hags eat small children" — the Chocolate Frog Cards reveal that Babayaga fed on children for breakfast; and the Daily Prophet Newsletters say that Regulus Moonshine developed a potion to suppress hags' "normal appetite for human flesh"), then all of the other answers must be false, including the one that says Inferi cannot speak.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


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