A Maledictus was an individual whose blood was cursed, eventually leading to them turning into a beast.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • A Maledictus witch appears in the film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, played by Claudia Kim.
  • This was the first time a Maledictus was mentioned in the wizarding world franchise, though blood-related curses were mentioned before with the case of Astoria Malfoy.
  • It's unknown if a Werewolf is considered a Maledictus. Werewolves transform into beasts based on the moon phases and their wounds were described as cursed by Poppy Pomfrey. However, a possible difference between Maledictus and Werewolf Curses could be that the former not only cannot determine when they transform, but also cannot return to human form afterwards, whereas a Werewolf periodically shifts between forms based on the lunar phases.
  • It's unknown if a Muggle can carry the Maledictus curse.
  • Mal- is a prefix of Latin origin meaning "bad", "wrongful", or "ill". Dictus in Latin means "spoken".
    • Roughly translated, Maledictus could mean "spoken ill of" or "cursed."
    • A malediction is a magical word or phrase used with the intention to cause harm, aka a curse.


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