Hermione: "It's not going to work... You see this? This is an Age Line. Dumbledore drew it himself...a genius like Dumbledore couldn't possibly be fooled by a dodge as pathetically dim-witted as an Ageing Potion."
Fred: "Ah, but that's why it's so brilliant!"
George: "Because it's so pathetically dim-witted."
Hermione Granger and Fred and George Weasley on the twins' attempt to fool the Age Line[src]

The Age Line (incantation unknown) was an enchantment used to prevent people above or below a specified age from accessing a specific object or place.[1]


On 30 October, 1994, Headmaster Albus Dumbledore used this spell on the Goblet of Fire in the Great Hall of Hogwarts Castle to restrain under-age students from placing their names within the goblet for the Triwizard Tournament; anyone under the age of seventeen was forbidden from entering.[2] He then traced a thin golden line with a ten-foot diameter on the floor around the goblet to show how far out the enchantment reached.[2] Fred and George Weasley of Gryffindor, Summers of Hufflepuff and S. Fawcett of Ravenclaw all used Ageing Potion to attempt to bypass this line, believing that it relied on physical age as opposed to calendar age, and were all proven wrong; they all ended up in the Hospital Wing with long, fine white beards, as witnessed by Dumbledore himself, who found the notion amusing.[2]


An age line cannot be fooled or bypassed, even by a powerful potion like the Ageing Potion as proven by Fred and George Weasley, Summers and S. Fawcett; subjects who were not at the preset age and attempted to breach the spell regardless were thrown backwards and sprouted long white beards, regardless of gender.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • In the book, the thin golden line is a regular line and is gouged into the floor of the Hall; in the film, however, the line appears to be a mark of the spell itself, shimmering and glowing with a weird yellowish gleam. The Pottermore illustration (seen above) features yet another take on the Line, which manifests as a circle of large Rune-like symbols, glowing blue with power like the Goblet's fire itself. 
  • Also, in the film, the diameter of the age line is much smaller than described in the book.


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