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Every Time Harry Potter Used Unforgivable Curses (& Why Not Avada Kedavra)

The Unforgivable Curses were three of the most deadly spells within the Harry Potter universe, and here's when the central character used them.

The Unforgivable Curses were three of the most deadly spells within the Harry Potter universe, and the central protagonist used them on a few occasions. Well connected to the Dark Arts, the trio of spells included the Cruciatus Curse, the Imperius Curse, and the Killing Curse. While Harry and his friends were taught about the spells at Hogwarts, Harry had no choice but to turn to them after he was thrust into the Second Wizarding War. Despite his knowledge of the Avada Kedavra incantation, Harry refused to use the Killing Curse.

The three dangerous curses were classified as "Unforgivable" nearly 200 years before the events of the Harry Potter series. By the time Harry started his journey at Hogwarts, any use of the Unforgivable Curses on a Muggle or another wizard would result in a life sentence in Azkaban. While many of Lord Voldemort's followers continued to use them illegally, Aurors were granted permission to cast the spells during both Wizarding Wars.

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Harry actually was the victim of all three curses, becoming the only known wizard to resist the effects of the Unforgivable Curses. Whereas the Cruciatus Curse inflicted excruciating pain through the use of the "Crucio" incantation, the Imperious Curse through "Imperio" placed a victim in a dreamlike state, giving the caster control over the victim. The Killing Curse was pretty straight forward as it instantly caused a painless death on the victim. Over the course of J.K. Rowling's books and the subsequent movie adaptations, a number of significant characters cast the Unforgivable Curses. Here's every time that Harry used Crucio and Imperio, but never considered Avada Kedavra.

Harry Failed With His First Two Crucio Attempts

Also referred to as the Torture Curse, Crucio caused unbearable writhing pain throughout the victim's body. In some cases, the pain resulted in permanent mental damage if the victim was exposed to the curse for too long. While multiple figures tried to hit Harry with the Cruciatus Curse over the course of the series, Voldemort hit him with the spell in the Little Hangleton graveyard during Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. According to Harry, it made him feel like his head was being split open.

Not long after, Harry attempted the spell twice, but he failed during the attempts. First was in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when the boy wizard tried using Crucio on Bellatrix Lestrange after she killed Sirius Black. The next incident came during Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Harry aimed the spell at Severus Snape but the professor blocked it before he could finish saying the incantation.

Harry's Successful Use of The Cruciatus Curse

Harry finally found the ability to use the Crucio spell in all of its power in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book. While Harry and his friends were on the Horcrux hunt, Voldemort sent Death Eaters to check the Ravenclaw Tower. Dark Wizard Amycus Carrow was among the followers who demanded entry into the Tower from Professor McGonagall. After she called Amycus a coward, the wizard spit in her face, which Harry witnessed. To punish his disrespectful act, Harry used the Cruciatus Curse and slammed him against the wall. McGonagall followed up Harry's action by using the Imperius Curse on Amycus before tying him up with a net, rendering him useless during the Battle of Hogwarts.

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Harry Used The Imperius Curse Multiple Times During The Gringotts Heist

Death Eaters had a history of using Imperio to make innocent victims do their bidding. Harry, however, turned the tables by casting the hypnosis spell three times on two different figures in Deathly Hallows. On the search for Horcruxes, Harry, Ron, and Hermione traveled to Gringotts Bank to find Helga Hufflepuff's cup. As the trio was in danger of being seen, they were forced to use a variety of spells to break-in undetected. In order to get inside, Harry and the group disguised themselves with Hermione as Bellatrix since they needed to get to the Lestrange Vault.

While getting to the vault, the trio ran into Bogrod, a Goblin bank teller, and Travers, a Death Eater. To get them to participate in the heist as accomplices, Harry used Crucio on both figures. Bogrod briefly regained consciousness when they passed through one of the many security enchantments in the underground section of the bank. To keep the mission going as planned, Harry cast a second Imperius Curse on the Goblin before he realized what they were doing. Even with various charms placed within the vault, the trio managed to escape with the Horcrux unharmed.

Why Harry Didn't Cast Avada Kedavra

Throughout the Harry Potter series, the titular character never used the Killing Curse for several reasons. Avada Kedavra was Lord Voldemort's signature spell. In fact, the Dark Lord directly killed multiple notable figures, including Lily and James Potter, with the Killing Curse. There was no known counter-spell except for sacrificial protection, which was how Lily saved baby Harry before part of the spell backfired, leaving the young boy with the lightning bolt scar. Though Harry encountered plenty of opportunities that deemed Avada Kedavra necessary, the wizard never cast the specific spell. For one, he viewed the spell as an immoral practice commonly used by users of the Dark Arts. Harry refused to sink to that level of violence because Voldemort was the epitome of evil, as was the Killing Curse.

There was also a belief that the caster of Avada Kedavra needed the willingness to commit murder for the spell to work. While it was difficult enough to master the Unforgivable Curses, Harry might not have had to power to use the Killing Curse since he valued all living things. Voldemort simply didn't show any remorse for those he killed, so regret was never an issue when another opportunity to murder arose. By the time he faced Harry in their final duel, both wizards could have used the Killing Curse. Instead, Harry entered the fight with a clear mind while Voldemort was driven by rage. When the Dark Lord used Avada Kedavra for the final time in the Harry Potter series, the spell deflected as a result of Harry's ownership of the Elder wand, killing Voldemort with his own signature spell. Following Voldemort's demise, the Unforgivable Curses were strictly deemed illegal by the Ministry of Magic.

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Unforgivable Curses are the three most powerful and sinister spells known to the wizarding world, and are tools of the Dark Arts. They were first classified as "Unforgivable" in 1717. They are the Killing Curse, Avada Kedavra, the Cruciatus Curse, Crucio, and the Imperius Curse, Imperio.

Using any of these three curses on another human being, Muggle or wizard, will result in a life sentence to Azkaban, unless there is sufficient evidence that the caster did so under the influence of the Imperius Curse. Aurors were permitted to use them during the First Wizarding War, while under Lord Voldemort's regime in 1997-1998, the curses were made legal,[2] though this was presumably repealed following Voldemort's demise.


Since the Unforgivable Curses are very powerful, their use requires both great willpower and great skill in order to bring about the effects. For example, Harry Potter was unable to effectively cast the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange in 1996. Despite being furious with her for her murder of his godfather, he lacked the desire to cause pain for its own sake. Harry's "righteous anger" only inflicted a brief moment of pain on her.

Shortly before the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry not only successfully used the Cruciatus Curse against Amycus Carrow, he also cast the Imperius Curse against two individuals during the Gringotts heist which led to Harry, Hermione, and Ron getting in the vault. Soon after being "cruciated" by Harry, Amycus Carrow was also subject to an Imperius Curse cast by Minerva McGonagall. Perhaps due to the fact the curses were cast during a period when the ban on their use had been lifted, there is no indication of either Harry or McGonagall being punished for using them in these circumstances.

The Three Unforgivable Curses

Avada Kedavra - The Killing Curse

Main article: Killing Curse

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Description: Causes instant death.

The incantation of Avada Kedavra causes a blinding and intense green bolt of light to shoot from the end of the caster's wand, which, on contact with the victim, results in instant death. There are no secondary effects; the victim simply "drops dead" for no biological reason. It is possible that the victim's internal organs cease function. Muggle coroners would be unable to find a cause of death in such an attack, but the Ministry of Magic recognises the signs of the curse.

The Killing Curse has no counter-curse or blocking spell, although the green bolt may be dodged or blocked with solid objects. For instance, Albus Dumbledore once transfigured a statue from the Fountain of Magical Brethren to shield Harry Potter from Voldemort's Killing Curse during the Battle of the Department of Mysteries. If the curse misses the victim and strikes an inanimate object instead, a small explosion at the point of impact results, which may start a fire of green flame.


The Killing Curse was used regularly by Lord Voldemort, possibly more than any other spell, and his Death Eaters used it as well. The spell is performed verbally as a rule; Bellatrix Lestrange killed a fox with a non-verbal spell after Apparating with Narcissa Malfoy at [[Spinner's, sensing Harry's blood in his rebirth ritual in 1995.

In 1996, Fawkes sacrificed himself by swallowing a Killing Curse that Voldemort aimed at Dumbledore. Phoenixes respond to the Killing Curse the same way as they would to any other means of death: they are consumed by fire, and are reborn from the ashes.

Lord Voldemort killed many people with this curse: his father, his grandfather, his grandmother, James Potter, Lily Potter, Charity Burbage, Frank Bryce, Gellert Grindelwald, and likely many others.


During an audience interview at the Edinburgh Book Festival (15 April 2004), Rowling said: "Does anyone know where avada kedavra came from? It is an ancient spell in Aramaic, and it is the original of abracadabra, which means 'let the thing be destroyed.' Originally, it was used to cure illness and the 'thing' was the illness, but I decided to make it the 'thing' as in the person standing in front of me. I take a lot of liberties with things like that. I twist them round and make them mine." Rowling's use of this name may have been influenced by the Latin cadaver.

Crucio - The Cruciatus Curse

Main article: Cruciatus Curse

Description: Inflicts excruciating pain on the recipient of the curse (tortures them)

The Cruciatus Curse, which inflicts excruciating pain upon the victim, requires the verbal incantation and the use of a wand. The effects of the curse depend upon the desires and emotions of the character - to produce the excruciating pain implied by the name, one must, according to accomplished caster Bellatrix Lestrange, desire to cause pain purely for its own sake. The extreme pain inflicted by the curse makes it uniquely suited as a form of torture, and was used regularly by the Death Eaters.

The Cruciatus is the curse which caused Alice and Frank Longbottom such suffering that they were admitted to the permanent ward at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries as cases of insanity. This was carried out by Barty Crouch Jr and Bellatrix, Rodolphus and Rabastan Lestrange.


Means "I torture" in Latin, originating from crux (genitive crucis), which means "torture platform or stake", or more specifically, "cross". The word excruciating is descended from the same root - crucifixion was a form of torturous execution.

Imperio - The Imperius Curse

Main article: Imperius Curse

Description: Causes the victim to perform the unquestioned bidding of the caster.

The Imperius Curse places the victim in a trance or dreamlike state, leaving him or her under the complete control of the caster. The experience is described as a "wonderful release" from any sense of responsibility. The victim is calm, from doing things they would be physically incapable of otherwise, to committing horrible crimes, and they obey any order. For example, Barty Crouch Jr., while disguised as Alastor Moody, had Neville Longbottom perform a series of astonishing flips under the Imperius Curse. It is also seen that the curse works on animals, as he also casts the Imperius Curse on a spider during class.

Death Eaters have made use of this curse; for instance, in forcing Broderick Bode and Sturgis Podmore to try to steal a prophecy from the Department of Mysteries and to place several officials under their control to facilitate their take-over of the Ministry of Magic in 1997. Many Death Eaters also claimed to be under the Imperius Curse during the First Wizarding War to avoid imprisonment in Azkaban.

Resisting the Imperius Curse is possible, but extremely difficult. Only those of a particularly strong will can achieve it. Harry Potter, Barty Crouch Sr. and Barty Crouch Jr. each learned to resist the curse after being subjected to its effects.


"Imperio" is a corruption of "Impero", Latin for "I command".

Behind the scenes

  • The three curses seemed to be called "unforgivable" because they carry an automatic life sentence in Azkaban. The name may also allude to the concept of unforgivable sin (also known as "eternal sin" or "unpardonable sin") in some Christian faiths, an act that makes salvation impossible, which would be understandable given their spell effects, particularly the Killing and Cruciatus curses.
  • Harry Potter attempted to cast the Cruciatus Curse on Bellatrix Lestrange without success in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and attempted to do the same to Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, however, he not only successfully uses this curse on Amycus Carrow shortly before the Battle of Hogwarts, but earlier in the book also uses the Imperius Curse on Travers and Bogrod during the break-in at Gringotts. There is no known incident in which Harry cast or attempted to cast the Killing Curse, even against Voldemort himself. Despite the use of the curses being said to carry an automatic life sentence in Azkaban, Harry was apparently not punished in any way for using them (although except for two times, they were legal as he cast them during the regime of Lord Voldemort, and as for the other two times, there are no known witnesses).
  • Harry Potter is the only known wizard to have resisted the effects of all three curses. He survived the Killing Curse twice, once in 1981 and once in 1998. The effect of a Cruciatus Curse placed on him by Voldemort soon after the second incident was nullifed by the fact that the wand in question refused to harm its master. Finally, Harry learned to fight back against the Imperius Curse under the tutalege of Bartemius Crouch Jr..
  • At the end of the Chamber of Secrets film, Lucius Malfoy appears to begin to cast the Avada Kedavra on Harry before being interrupted by a spell cast by a (recently freed) Dobby the House Elf. This isn't a very smart move, considering he's right outside of Dumbledore's office at the time.



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Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Unforgivable Curses

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Unforgivable Curses are curses so powerful and so malign that use of them on another human being is grounds for immediate life imprisonment in Azkaban Prison.

Extended Description[edit | edit source]

Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

The three curses that are classified as Unforgivable are the Imperius Curse, the Cruciatus Curse, and the Killing Curse.

Mad-Eye Moody introduces Harry and his class to these curses in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Ron identifies the first, the Imperius Curse, and Moody tells how that one had caused a lot of trouble for the Ministry: often it was impossible to tell who had been acting out of their own impulses, and who had been driven by someone else. The Cruciatus curse is named by Neville, who has reason to remember it as his parents suffered greatly under it. And the third, the Killing Curse, is named by Hermione; Moody mentions that it can't be blocked, and only one person is known to have ever survived it: Harry Potter.

Harry makes use of two of the Unforgivable Curses in the books. Dueling with Bellatrix Lestrange, he attempts the Cruciatus curse, with limited results; Bellatrix says that he has to really hate someone to make the Unforgivable Curses work properly, righteous indignation isn't enough. He also uses the Cruciatus curse upon Amycus Carrow, after Carrow spits in Professor McGonagall's face, informing her that that was the reason why he did it. And when he is breaking into Gringotts, he uses the Imperius curse to control Travers, who has entered the bank with them, and Bogrod, the goblin who is ushering them down to Bellatrix' vault.

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It is mentioned elsewhere that the Wizarding judicial system seems oddly arbitrary, with Sirius Black being locked up in Azkaban for twelve years without trial, and the full Wizengamot, with Cornelius Fudge acting as both prosecutor and head judge, called into session to judge a case of Underage Sorcery. The fact that use of these spells against human beings is grounds for such severe punishment simply increases the apparent arbitrariness of the legal system.

Given the harshness of the penalty, one wonders then why, in the later books in the series, there seem to be Cruciatus and Killing curses flying around so frequently, and so many wizards affected by the Imperius curse. We have to assume that the author is making a point, that the laws really only affect the behaviour of the law-abiding citizens, and that increasing the penalty does not seem to have much affect on those who would break the law anyway. It also, perhaps, is meant to expose the folly of statutory minimum sentences, as we suspect that Harry had no alternative except to use the Imperius curse to enter Gringotts. Given that the curse should trigger an automatic life sentence in Azkaban, and no mention is made of allowance for extenuating circumstances, Harry should have been sent directly to prison, and definitely would not have gone on to have a career as an Auror.

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Chapter 1

It was a cold snowy night in the city of Bucharest, street lights were illuminating the streets faintly, as it was snowing timidly.
It was around December so it's just natural it was more empty than usual, because everybody was getting ready for Christmas.
Muggle party animals were having fun in the frozen city, it was so cold that it was dangerous on the streets because of the icicles.
A young boy, around the age of twenty, left his group. Apparently, the party had been fun for him, but not for his tummy. The young man stops near a street light and vomits on the cold snowy ground, he was getting rid of all the drinks, ha had had that night.
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He walked behind a restaurant, and he continued vomiting there.
A homeless man with a hood witnessed the drunk boy walking behind the building, as he observes him in aw, he finds the immaturity of the big child so funny that he grins.
"What is it that funny?" asked the boy, still being drunk.
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"It's not like you have become anything more than a hobo or a gypsie " said the boy on an ironic tone.
"That's not your business.. " said the onld man.
"Anyway, let me help you so you won't freaking die here in the cold .. here... drink some water" said the old man.
"Okay..." said the young boy.
As the young boy drinks of the water offered by the poor man, he becomes really sleepy and falls in a deep, depp, deep slumber.
The old man takes the hood off and begins to take form of a red-haired woman with a green skin.Her hair had some white stains.
The woman approaches the unconcious party animal, takes out her wand, says a really strange incantation, and her green strains began to turn red.
She left the boy, unconcious in the snow.

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