Wizards Unite Fantastic Beasts: Obscurus

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A Magizoologist’s guide for the regular witch and wizard

Today we will be covering: Obscurials and their Obscurus

Ministry of Magic Classification: Not Classified

Today, dear Magizoology enthusiasts, we will be covering something quite different. Neither Obscurials nor their Obscurus are technically fantastic creatures, but we live in a time of fear and risk of exposure. For that reason, we feel it is important to learn more about this rare phenomenon.


Not all witches and wizards are born to a magical family. And many come from Muggle parents who might fear the power their children begin to show. It is an extremely rare occurrence for a magical child to become an Obscurial, but it does happen.

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Some magical children repress their talent. It can be because of their own natural fear and lack of understanding of what is happening to them. More often, others will force the child to repress their magic through physical or psychological abuse.

“Before wizards went underground, when we were still being hunted by muggles, young wizards and witches sometimes tried to suppress their magic to avoid persecution. So instead of learning to harness or to control their powers, they developed what was called an Obscurus.”

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When this happens, the magic within the child begins to dissociate from them. A severely traumatised child will they develop a parasitical magical force inside of them. This force is called an Obscurus.

The Obscurus results from their strong emotions of distress, and it cannot be consciously controlled.

Once, centuries ago, Obscurials were almost common. However, there have been extremely few cases of Obscurus since witches and wizards went underground.

An Obscurial may lose control when they reach their emotional and mental breaking point. They will then release their Obscurus as an invisible (or nearly invisible) destructive wind. In extreme cases, they may physically transform into an Obscurus themselves.


When an Obscurial reaches a breaking point and loses control, the Obscurus force is released. The focus of this force is, primarily, whatever triggered the Obscurial’s distress. However, it tends to leave nothing but chaos and destruction in its wake.

It’s an unstable uncontrollable dark force that busts out and attacks, and then vanishes.

Porpentina ‘Tina’ Goldstein

Obscurus can be largely invisible. In those cases, the destruction they create is generally the only sign of their presence.

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Other times they appear as a flying, incorporeal or amorphous entity with the appearance of a black, fluid-like cloud. There have also been instances when a face or body  briefly emerges from the shadowy entity.

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The size and power of an Obscurus is related to that of their Obscurial: The more powerful the Obscurial, the more powerful their Obscurus. 

The level of negative emotions that triggered the Obscurus at a certain instance, as well as the current mental state of its host, greatly influences its size and mass.

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An out of control Obscurus is enormously destructive to its surroundings, to the point of causing objects to levitate or break without physical contact. However, someone the Obscurial trusts could calm them down. This would cause them to revert to their corporeal state, at least temporarily.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Obscurials and their power is so uncontrollable they rarely live past the age of ten.

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