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"That's no beauty spell, that's a Stinging Jinx! Don't worry, the swelling will go down shortly."
Someone reassuring a victim[src]

The Stinging Jinx[2] (incantation unknown) is a dark charm that can be used to sting the victim's flesh, producing a red brand like a scorch mark[3] and causing swelling.[1]

History

When under assault by Snape's Legilimency, Harry Potter found it almost impossible to resist the intrusion until Snape happened upon the memory of Harry's kiss with Cho Chang. The resistence he felt to Snape viewing this memory translated into a Stinging Jinx that broke Snape's spell. Harry had not consciously decided to perform that spell, so it seems unlikely that that he actually spoke any words. It would seem instead that this jinx was purely an extension of his intention to fight Snape off.[4]

Hermione Granger used it on Harry as a means of disguising his face when they were caught by Snatchers after inadvertently triggering the Taboo on Voldemort's name in 1998.

Effects

"He could feel his face swelling rapidly under his hands as heavy footfalls surrounded him."
—The effects of the Stinging Jinx[src]
Stinging hex effect

Harry Potter under the effects

The Stinging Jinx when cast is a burst of white light and when immediately hit it is agony and you are unable to see.

It is also excruciatingly painful when hit in the face with the jinx. The face after being hexed feels unrecognisable to the owner. The skin is tight, swollen, and puffy as though they had suffered some violent allergic reaction. The eyes are reduced to slits through which a person could barely see.[1] It also produces welts on the skin if used on other parts of the body.

Known practitioners

Appearances

Notes and references