"You see... Only a person who wanted to find the stone. Find it, but not use it, would be able to get it, otherwise they’d just see themselves making gold or drinking Elixir of Life."
— Albus Dumbledore explaining to Harry Potter how the charm on the Mirror of Erised worked[src]

This charm (incantation unknown) was placed on the Mirror of Erised by Albus Dumbledore during the 1991–1992 school year to protect the Philosopher's Stone.[1]


The charm bewitched the Mirror to hold the Philosopher's Stone, where the only one who could retrieve it from the Mirror would be one who wanted to find the stone but not use it or have it used.[1]


In the Underground Chambers, the spell prevented Quirinus Quirrell from stealing the stone for his master Lord Voldemort on the 4 June 1992, which violently angered the Dark Lord who was currently possessing him. The spell however, allowed the stone to materialise in Harry Potter's pocket, as he did not intend to utilise the stone's power for dark purposes, unlike Quirrell/Voldemort.[1]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
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