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Unforgivable Curses in Wizards Unite
Out of all the spells, charms, jinxes, and curses ever invented, there are three so abhorrent that the use of any one of them will earn you a one-way ticket to Azkaban.
These three curses have been classified as “Unforgivable” in Wizarding society since 1717. There have been, however, two instances in which Aurors were given special dispensation to use them. The First (1970-1981) and Second (1995-1998) Wizarding Wars.
Since the Unforgivable Curses are very powerful, their use requires both great willpower and great skill in order to bring about the effects. One must also have a desire to use the curses for malevolent purposes.
Although we are living in a time of peace, The Calamity is a threat to our very existence.
While the Ministry is hard at work on an App with Muggle authorities trying to get their Wizards Unite AR Game up and running, let’s make the most of the wait and go over some of the things we might need to use if we run into trouble out in the Muggle world.
It would be fair to assume, after all, that the SOS Task Force will get a similar dispensation. And it certainly looks like duelling will be part of the game.
So let’s go over the curses a true Slytherin might find most appealing. Theirs is the most resourceful House, after all. And if nothing else, an Unforgivable is certainly effective.
The Imperius Curse
When cast successfully, this curse places the victim completely under the caster’s control. Rarely, a person with exceptional strength of will might be capable of resisting it. This makes it unique amongst the Unforgivable Curses, since it is the only one a witch or wizard can fight against.
‘I could make it jump out of the window, drown itself, throw itself down one of your throats…’
Barty Crouch Jr as Alastor Moody
Unknown Dark witches or wizards invented the Curse during the early Middle Ages. They created the curse to coerce and brainwash others into slavery. This curse was quickly deemed Dark Magic, but it wasn’t until the eighteenth century that it became Unforgivable.
Death Eaters used this Curse often during the First and Second Wizarding War, and occasionally so did Aurors.
“Scores of witches and wizards have claimed that they only did You-Know-Who’s bidding under the influence of the Imperius Curse. But here’s the rub: how do we sort out the liars?”
Barty Crouch Jr
Unlike the other Unforgivables, being subjected to the Imperius Curse is not an unpleasant experience. In fact, it is quite the opposite: the victim of an Imperius Curse goes into a calm, trance-like state in which all feeling of responsibility and anxiety simply vanish.
An adequately Imperiused being will remain under the caster’s total control, easily directed to do anything the caster wishes, including crimes such as murder, political corruption, embezzlement, and even suicide. The curse may also endow the victim with whatever skills required in order to complete a certain task, such as increased strength or allowing them to cast spells far above their level.
If the Imperius Curse is performed poorly, then the victim could have their mind addled. With such Dark Magic meddling in one’s head, the damage could easily be long-lasting or even permanent.
The Cruciatus Curse
The Cruciatus Curse one of the most powerful and sinister spells known to wizardkind. When cast successfully, the curse inflicts intense, excruciating pain on the victim. The penalty for use of this curse on another human being is a life sentence in Azkaban.
Considering that the curse does not physically harm its victim, it is possible that it only stimulates pain receptors in the brain. This makes the Curse especially cruel. A sadistic enough wizard could use the it almost indefinitely, permanently destroying the victim’s mind.
“It was pain beyond anything Harry had ever experienced; his very bones were on fire; his head was surely splitting along his scar…he wanted it to end…to black out…to die.”
The two most well-known victims of this curse are former Aurors Alice and Frank Longbottom: the Longbottoms were tortured into insanity with it by Death Eaters Bellatrix, Rodolphus, Rabastan Lestrange, and Barty Crouch Jr. after the fall of You-Know-Who.
Harry Potter descriobed the pain caused by the Cruciatus Curse as being worse than “one thousand white-hot knives, boring into the skin” and beyond what most people will ever experience.The sensation of the curse is so intense that the person under the effects wishes for unconsciousness and even death, as a means of escaping the pain.
“You need to mean them, Potter! You need to really want to cause pain — to enjoy it — righteous anger won’t hurt me for long — I’ll show you how it is done, shall I?”
To successfully perform this curse, merely uttering the incantation is not enough. As with all truly Dark Magic, the wizard or witch must possess a deep desire to cause the victim pain and to take pleasure in their suffering.
The Killing Curse
The Killing Curse (Avada Kedavra) is one of the most powerful and sinister spells known to Wizardkind. When cast successfully on a living person or creature, the curse causes instantaneous and painless death, without any signs of violence on the body.
The Killing Curse is also an ‘unblockable’ curse, thus shield charms won’t defend against it. The only known counter-spell is Sacrificial Protection. In some cases, if the witch or wizard casting the spell is using their victim’s wand without becoming its proper Master, the curse’s power might not be enough to kill them. An indirect way to survive the Killing Curse could be the creation of a Horcrux. That way, a piece of its creator’s soul would remain and tie them to the world of the living.
“Avada Kedavra’s a curse that needs a powerful bit of magic behind it — you could all get your wands out and point them at me and say the words, and I doubt I’d get so much as a nosebleed.”
Barty Crouch Jr as Alastor Moody
Unknown Dark witches or wizards invented the Curse during the early Middle Ages. They created it primarily as a means of quickly and efficiently slaying one’s opponent in a duel. We can assume that this was a popular and frequently used curse in duelling.
You-Know-Who was a prolific user of the Killing Curse throughout his life and especially during the First and Second Wizarding Wars. In fact, he used it to murder famous wand maker Mykew Gregorovitch and notorious Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald while searching for the Elder Wand.
During the Battle of Hogwarts, he attempted to use the Killing Curse on Harry Potter once more. However, since Harry was the actual Master of the Elder Wand, the curse didn’t work as You-Know-Who intended.
“I have nothing more to say to you, Potter. You have irked me too often, for too long. AVADA KEDAVRA!”
So let’s get our wands out and start practicing. We want to be ready when Wizards Unite AR Game finally arrives!
And above all, stay alert!
Remember: keep your eyes peeled, your ears open and your wands ready.