The Muffliato Charm (Muffliato) is a charm used to fill the ears of any person in the vicinity of the caster with an unidentifiable buzzing sound so as to allow long conversations without being overheard in a public place such as a class. The spell was invented by Severus Snape whilst he was a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Harry Potter used this spell multiple times during the 1996-1997 school year after discovering the Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making.
Hermione Granger originally disapproved of using the spell, but came to use it herself when it was needed; for example, to protect the campsites she shared with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley when they hunted for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes between 1997-1998.
- The English word muffle means "to make a sound less distinct by covering its source."
Behind the scenes
- This is the last named Defensive Charm cast by Hermione before she begins her nonverbal spellcasting.
- It is possible, given that when Harry Potter was shouting at his friends in an area that was protected by this spell and ravens flew up in shock when he began yelling, that the charm only works on humans.
- A prop made for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has Muffliato being among the tested material. This cannot be considered canon, however, as neither Harry, Ron nor Hermione knew of the spell in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film) (First mentioned) (Non-canonical appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 14 (The Thief)
- ↑ Scholastic Pronunciation Guide
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 15 (The Goblin's Revenge)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 19 (Elf Tails)
- ↑ As the incantation is derived from English "muffle", it is likely that is the effect.