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|effect=Muffles sounds<ref name="EFF">As the incantation is derived from [[England|English]] "muffle", it is likely that is the effect.</ref>
 
|effect=Muffles sounds<ref name="EFF">As the incantation is derived from [[England|English]] "muffle", it is likely that is the effect.</ref>
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{{Quote|There had been a [[Toenail-growing hex|hex that caused toenails to grow alarmingly fast]] (he had tried to use this on [[Vincent Crabbe|Crabbe]] in the corridor, with very entertaining results); a [[Langlock|jinx that glued the tongue to the roof of the mouth]] (which he had twice used, to general applause, on an unsuspecting [[Argus Filch]]); and, perhaps most useful of all, Muffliato, a spell that filled the ears of anyone nearby with an unidentifiable buzzing, so that lengthy conversations could be held in class without being overheard.|[[Harry Potter|Harry]]'s use of the [[Dark charms|dark charms]] created by [[Severus Snape]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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{{Quote| ''[...]'' perhaps most useful of all, Muffliato, a spell that filled the ears of anyone nearby with an unidentifiable buzzing, so that lengthy conversations could be held in class without being overheard.|[[Harry Potter|Harry]]'s use of the [[Dark charms|dark charm]] created by [[Severus Snape]].|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
The '''Muffliato Charm''' (''Muffliato'') was a [[charm]] used to fill the ears of any [[human|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 [[Professor]] [[Severus Snape]] whilst he was a [[Slytherin|student]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]
 
The '''Muffliato Charm''' (''Muffliato'') was a [[charm]] used to fill the ears of any [[human|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 [[Professor]] [[Severus Snape]] whilst he was a [[Slytherin|student]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]]
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==Known uses==
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[[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|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 [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] when they [[Horcrux hunt|hunted]] for [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es between [[1997–1998 school year|1997-1998]].
 
[[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 [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] when they [[Horcrux hunt|hunted]] for [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]]'s [[Horcrux]]es between [[1997–1998 school year|1997-1998]].
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*This is the last named [[Defensive Charm]] cast by [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] before she begins her [[Unidentified protective spells|nonverbal spellcasting]].
 
*This is the last named [[Defensive Charm]] cast by [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] before she begins her [[Unidentified protective spells|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.
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*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.
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*A prop made for the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|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]]''.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)]]'' {{1st Mention}} {{Non-canon}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' {{1st}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
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[[Category:Spells invented by Severus Snape]]
 
[[Category:Spells invented by Severus Snape]]
 
[[Category:Protective Spells]]
 
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[[Category:Horcrux hunt]]

Latest revision as of 23:31, April 18, 2014

Muffliato Charm
Incantation

Muffliato[1]
(muff-LEE-ato)[2]

Type

Charm[3]

Hand Movement

Point wand at target[4]

Light

None[4]

Effect

Muffles sounds[5]

Creator

Severus Snape (1977/1978)

" [...] perhaps most useful of all, Muffliato, a spell that filled the ears of anyone nearby with an unidentifiable buzzing, so that lengthy conversations could be held in class without being overheard."
Harry's use of the dark charm created by Severus Snape.[src]

The Muffliato Charm (Muffliato) was 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 Professor Severus Snape whilst he was a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Known usesEdit

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.

Known practitionersEdit

EtymologyEdit

  • The English word muffle means "to make a sound less distinct by covering its source."

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 14 (The Thief)
  2. Scholastic Pronunciation Guide
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 15 (The Goblin's Revenge)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 19 (Elf Tails)
  5. As the incantation is derived from English "muffle", it is likely that is the effect.

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