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"Look, Secrecy Sensors detect jinxes, curses, and concealment charms, don't they? They're used to find dark magic and dark objects. They'd have picked up a powerful curse, like the one in the necklace, within seconds."
— Ways around Concealment Charms[src]

Concealment Charms (incantation unknown) were charms used to conceal things from view and to obfuscate inherent magical properties of objects.[1]

History

In the 15th century, the Dark Wizard Ekrizdis placed concealment charms onto his personal fortress Azkaban to conduct his Muggle tortures in privacy. After his death, the charms faded away, allowing authorities to acknowledge the island's existence for the first time.[2]

In 1793 or 1794, Vincent Duc de Trefle-Picques, a French wizard and an alumnus of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, performed a concealment charm on his own neck and pretended his head had already been severed to escape the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution.[3]

Sometime in the early 20th century, Minister for Magic Ottaline Gambol allowed a secret operation to obtain a train to be used as a means of transport of Hogwarts School students to the Castle and back, on the beginning and end of term, respectively. This operation ended up involving one hundred and sixty-seven Memory Charms and the largest ever mass Concealment Charm performed in Britain, while several bemused Muggle railway workers in Crewe spent the rest of the year grappling with the uncomfortable feeling that they had mislaid something important.[4]

During the 1990–1991 school year at Hogwarts, Bill Weasley taught seventh-year students in his extracurricular evening Defence Against the Dark Arts classes about how to defend themselves with Concealment Charms in Classroom 3C.[5]

In 1996, when Harry Potter speculated that Draco Malfoy had sneaked a cursed opal necklace by Filch's Secrecy Sensor, Hermione Granger said that Secrecy Sensors picked up concealment charms easily.[1]

Known Concealment Charms

Known practitioners

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 15 (The Unbreakable Vow)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Azkaban" at Wizarding World
  3. 3.0 3.1 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Beauxbatons Academy of Magic" at Wizarding World
  4. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "The Hogwarts Express" at Wizarding World
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 33 (Double Agents) - Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson "Concealment Charms"
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
  7. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "Birds of a Feather"
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 16 (A Dance With Diego) - Charms Lesson "Disillusionment Charm"
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
  10. Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Secret Keeper" at Wizarding World
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 14 (The Thief)
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 27 (The Final Hiding Place)
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