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- "His broom gave a sudden, frightening lurch. For a split second, he thought he was going to fall. He gripped the broom tightly with both hands and knees. He'd never felt anything like that. It happened again. It was as though the broom was trying to buck him off."
- — Description[src]
Constant eye contact was required for this spell to be successful; if broken, the spell ceased to work. It was likely an extremely powerful Dark spell, as Rubeus Hagrid stated that nothing but that could interfere with a broomstick, particularly a Nimbus 2000, except powerful dark magic.
This jinx was used by Quirinus Quirrell on Harry Potter's Nimbus 2000 in 1991, during a Quidditch match. It was an attempt to murder Harry for Lord Voldemort. No one in the stands detected Quirrell of using this jinx, except Professor Severus Snape, who attempted to save Harry with a counter-curse. However, Snape's robes caught on fire when Hermione Granger used the Bluebell Flames on them, as she thought that Snape was causing the jinx. She knocked over Quirrell, thus breaking his eye contact, stopping the jinx.
Behind the scenes
- Despite being referred to as a jinx, it is possible this spell is the Hurling Hex mentioned in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, or a variation. Both spells can be used on broomsticks, and they both make them attempt to "hurl" off the rider
- It's possible that "jinx" was being used as a general term for a malevolent spell, not that the characters thought it was a jinx in the technical sense.
- In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone the broom jinxing scene plays out much the same as in the book, except that Hermione uses Lacarnum Inflamari rather than Bluebell Flames to ignite Snape's cloak
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