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"If that's what I think it is — they're really rare, and really valuable."
—Ron Weasley, commenting on Harry's Christmas present[src]

An invisibility cloak is a magical garment which renders whoever or whatever it covers unseeable.

The first known cloak was made by Death for Ignotus Peverell in the 13th century. However, it is one of a kind. The other cloaks were made later by various manufacturers using different materials and do not possess the same longevity. They may be made from hair of Demiguise, a magical creature that possesses the power to become invisible. This property is used to make the wearer of the cloak invisible. However, as Xenophilius Lovegood tells Harry, Ron, and Hermione, such a cloak will gradually lose its effectiveness as the hair becomes more and more opaque.

The cloaks can also be formed from an ordinary travelling cloak, enchanted with an exceptionally strong disillusionment charm or a bedazzling hex.

There are other ways of making something or someone invisible by using magic other than invisibility cloaks. An example is the Disillusionment Charm. Dumbledore once remarked to Harry that he didn't need a cloak to become invisible.

History

Invisiblebody

Harry Potter's head appears from under Peverell's legendary cloak

The Tale of the Three Brothers, a wizarding legend, speaks of a Cloak of Invisibility which (shortly after Christmas 1997) Xenophilius Lovegood characterises as one which "endures eternally, giving constant and impenetrable concealment, no matter what spells are cast at it."  Ignotus Peverell was given the cloak by Death in the 13th century as a reward for having beaten him. The cloak became a family heirloom and was inherited by Ignotus' descendents, including James Potter and eventually his son, Harry Potter who given it as a gift on Christmas day 1991. Ron Weasley was the first to speculate that Harry's cloak was one of the Deathly Hallows, since it was at least two generations old. The other invisibility cloaks wear out after that time, or at least lose some effectiveness and yet Harry's remained as good as new, which raised suspicion. The other invisibility cloaks should have become opaque with age, rip, have the charms placed upon them wear off, or have them countered with charms of revealment.

It is unknown when other invisibility cloaks started being made, but only two people have been confirmed to have owned one. One is Mad Eye Moody who actually owned two and lent them to Mundungus Fletcher and Sturgis Podmore. The other was Barty Crouch Sr who hid Barty Crouch Jr under one when helping him escape Azkaban. It is also known that Arthur Weasley hid under one while on guard duty at the Ministry of Magic who probably gave it to him since Arthur never mentions owning one himself.

People who have used invisibility cloaks

Appearances

Cloak Sign

The Cloak of Invisibility owned by Harry is one of the Deathly Hallows, denoted by the triangle.

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