Never wondered how you got that mark on yer forehead? That was no ordinary cut. That's what yeh get when a Powerful, evil curse touches yeh -- took care of yer mum an' dad an' yer house, even -- but it didn't work on you, an' that's why yer famous, Harry.
-- Hagrid (PS4)
"What are you doing, Potter?"
"I'm trying to decide what curse to use on Malfoy, sir."
"Put that wand away at once ..Ten points from Gryff- Ah. I see there are no longer any points left in the Gryffindor hour-glass to take away."
-- Snape and Harry at the end of the 5th year (OP38)
Curses are a type of dark magic, though useful in duels and battles (JKR). Along with hexes and jinxes, they are known as “Dark Charms” (Pm).
The following spells are known as curses.
- Babbling Curse
- Blasting Curse
- Body-Bind Curse
- Cruciatus Curse
- Curse of the Bogies
- Entrail-Expelling Curse
- Flagrante Curse
- Gemino Curse
- Impediment Curse
- Imperius Curse
- Jelly-Fingers curse
- Killing Curse
- Leg-Locker Curse
- Reductor Curse
- Sponge-Knees Curse
- Thief’s Curse
- Unforgivable Curses
References from the canon
- The first book that interested Harry in Diagon Alley was Curses and Countercurses (Bewitch Your Friends and Befuddle Your Enemies with the Latest Revenges: Hair Loss, Jelly-Legs, Tongue- Tying and Much, Much More) by Professor Vindictus Viridian because he wanted to curse his cousin Dudley (PS5)
- Bill Weasley worked in Egypt tombs as a Curse-Breaker for Gringott's Bank (PA1)
- While Voldemort's Killing Curse was the most feared in the Wizarding World, Peter Pettigrew managed to kill 13 Muggles with one curse that blew up the street, then blame it on Sirius Black (PA3)
- The Killing Curse cannot be blocked, and there is no countercurse (GF14)
Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection
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