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"she kept her wand pointing at it, ready to cast a spell at any moment... At one, Hermione cried: “Obscuro!” A black blindfold appeared over Phineas Nigellus’s clever, dark eyes, causing him to bump into the frame and shriek with pain."
—Hermione casts the spell.[src]

Obscuro creates a blindfold over the victim's eyes which obstructs their view of their surroundings.

Hermione Granger used this spell in 1997 to prevent the portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black from viewing their location.


English word obscure, meaning "unclear" or "unnoticeable".

Behind the scenes

  • This spell might only affect characters in paintings; there are no other references to this spell.


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