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"'Furnunculus!' Harry yelled...Harry's hit Goyle in the face... Goyle bellowed and put his hands to his nose, where great ugly boils were springing up..."
—Harry Potter's accidental use on Gregory Goyle[src]

The Pimple Jinx[1] (Furnunculus) is a jinx that causes a person to break out in boils when it comes in contact with their skin. The effects can be cleared by the Boil-Cure Potion.



Furuncle is another term for a boil, derived from the Latin word furunculus, which means "petty thief".

Behind the scenes

  • Whilst the book states it produces boils, Pottermore says it makes pimples. It is currently unknown which is correct.
  • This jinx may have inspired the jinx Hermione Granger placed on the parchment signed by members of Dumbledore's Army. It was designed so that if any member betrayed the group, boils spelling "SNEAK" would break out on the person's face, which is what happened to Marietta Edgecombe.


Notes and references

Curses and Counter-Curses
Spells included in the book: Full Body-Bind Curse · Leg-Locker Curse · Jelly-Legs Curse · Pimple Jinx · Stickfast Hex · Tickling Hex · Tongue-Tying Curse · Hair Loss Curse

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