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"A black blindfold appeared over Phineas Nigellus' clever, dark eyes, causing him to bump into the frame and shriek with pain."

Obscuro is the incantation of a charm[3] used to produce a blindfold over the eyes of the victim, therefore obstructing their view of their surroundings[1].

Hermione Granger used this spell in September of 1997 to prevent the portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black from viewing the location of her, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter in the Forest of Dean[1].


The incantation is Latin for "dark" or "conceal"[4].

Behind the scenes

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


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Chapter Fifteen - The Goblin's Revenge) (Pg. 147, 148 UK)
  2. The Scholastic Pronunciation Guide (See here)
  3. 3.0 3.1 A jinx is described as a dark charm whose effect is "annoying but amusing"; this does not match the effects of this spell. Hexes and curses are both harmful, and neither of these match the effects either.
  4. See this translation on Google Translate

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