At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article.
A charmed skeleton was a human skeleton that has been magically reanimated by a Dark Wizard, similar to Inferi. Lord Voldemort, an experienced Necromancer, was capable of summoning charmed skeletons. Charmed Skeletons could be easily destroyed with either simple offensive jinxes or the Tickling Charm.
At a Hallowe'en Feast
During a Hallowe'en feast in the 1980s at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore was known to have charmed skeletons to dance for the students' entertainment. it is unclear if Dumbledore used necromancy to do so, or a movement charm similar to Piertotum Locomotor.
Guarding the Shrieking Shack
Charmed skeletons guarded the tunnel from the Whomping Willow to the Shrieking Shack, and attacked anyone they came into contact with by throwing bones at them. Professor Remus Lupin also taught third year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry about Charmed skeletons in his Defence Against the Dark Arts classes, during the 1993–1994 school year.
Behind the scenes
- In the PC version of the third video game, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger encounter several charmed skeletons in the tunnel to the Shrieking Shack. They (the player) must use the Tickling Charm together to destroy them, with the skeletons only losing an arm or a leg if just one individual used the spell on them.
- In the video game of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Lord Voldemort made some charmed skeletons from bones in the Little Hangleton graveyard, and had them attack Harry Potter, with Harry (the player) having to use simple bombarding jinxes to destroy them.
- They appear in certain levels of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. They appear as a pile of bones. When you use the Levitation Charm to assemble their bones together, they form a skeleton wearing a top hat, who will start to tap-dance. When this happens the game plays a piece of music. They will not attack the player and can be broken again with the casting of any spell, and can be rebuilt again.
- In theory, Charmed Skeletons do not differ from Inferi, with the only visible difference being that skeletons have further decayed than the corpses Inferi are made of. It is possible that the charmed skeletons were actually Inferi, mistaken for a different creature because of the differing appearance. However, when looking at the overall differences between Charmed Skeletons and Inferi are that Charmed Skeletons are not confirmed to be afraid of heat and light (although they likely are), while Inferi are confirmed to be afraid of both heat and light.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (First appearance) (Not in home console versions)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game) (PC and console versions)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Possible appearance)
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