At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
The Confundus Charm (Confundo) is a charm which confuses and misdirects the target. It works on living and inanimate things, as long as the target has a mind to be confused. There are varying degrees of confusion that can be caused by the spell, ranging from becoming unaware of the current situation, forgetting important information or becoming particularly impressionable.
The spell takes a degree of skill to cast, as Severus Snape, a very powerful wizard who could flawlessly perform Nonverbal spell casting, had to give such considerable focus with it that he had to "frown in concentration."
Someone who has been affected by this charm is said to have been "Confunded." Immediately after the spell has been cast; the Confunded person will shudder when the spell hits them. It will cause any of varying degrees of confusion, from a simple trick to making a person believe that they have come up with a complex plan when said plan was given to them by the caster.
Not only does the spell work on living creatures, but it also able to affect sentient objects, as demonstrated when Barty Crouch Jr Confunded the Goblet of Fire, though this was noted to be a difficult task, as the Goblet itself was a powerful magical artefact.
|Newt Scamander||September 1927||Used it on guard in Paris, which blocked the passage under the Magical Statue to the Place Cachée.|
|Bartemius Crouch Junior||October 1995||Used it to fool the Goblet of Fire into accepting Harry's name under a fourth school.|
|Hermione Granger||1996||Used it on Cormac McLaggen during Keeper tryouts in her sixth year.|
|Harry Potter||1 May, 1998||Used it on each of the two wizards outside the main entrance of Gringotts.|
|Severus Snape||July 1997||Used it on Mundungus Fletcher, suggested by Albus Dumbledore.|
|Unknown||1998||It was speculated that a Confundus Charm had been placed on Dawlish, who was known to be susceptible.|
|Ron Weasley||2017||Used it on a Muggle driving instructor so that he would pass his driving test.|
|Delphini||2020||Used it on Amos Diggory while impersonating his niece and carer.|
Behind the scenes
- In the films and video games, the incantation for this charm is Confundus, and not Confundo as it should be.
- Professor Severus Snape theorised to Minister Cornelius Fudge, and tried unsuccessfully to convince Albus Dumbledore into agreeing, that Sirius Black might have cursed Harry Potter and Hermione Granger with this charm; however, this was false, as Black was actually telling the truth. This, however, could merely have been a cover-up to attempt to protect Harry due to his lasting love for his mother, and the reason he did the same for Hermione and Ron may have been would seem odd if only Harry was supposedly Confunded when all three of them attacked him.
- Ronald Weasley used this spell to trick his Driving Examiner into letting him pass his driving test. This may constitute a breach of the International Statute of Secrecy, but it is unknown if Ron faced any repercussions about it. It is possible that it was not considered a breach if no one noticed that magic was used.
- In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander may have cast the charm on a muggle that witnessed his creatures being unleashed from Jacob Kowalski's apartment, though it may have also been a Memory Charm or Memory Modifying Charm. Visually, the spell resembled the mist-like appearance of the Imperius Curse as it appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game) (GBA and DS versions)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play) (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Harry Potter: Spells
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Pottermore (Book Herding on PlayStation Home)
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26 (Gringotts)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Confundo - Pottermore
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 17 (The Four Champions)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter (Veritaserum)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Epilogue (Nineteen Years Later)