At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article.
The Confundus Charm (Confundo) was a charm which confused and misdirected the target. It worked on living and inanimate things, as long as the target had a mind to be confused. There were varying degrees of confusion that could be caused by the spell, ranging from becoming unaware of the current situation, forgetting important information, or becoming particularly impressionable.
The spell took 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 had been affected by this charm was said to have been "Confunded." Immediately after the spell had been cast; the Confunded person would shudder when the spell hit them. It would cause any of varying degrees of confusion, from a simple trick to making a person believe that they had come up with a complex plan when said plan was given to them by the caster.
Not only did the spell work on living creatures, but it also was 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.
During the 1989–1990 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Filius Flitwick taught this charm to fifth year students in Charms class, in preparation for their upcoming Ordinary Wizarding Levels.
|Newt Scamander||September 1927||Used it on policeman 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 could have cursed Harry Potter and Hermione Granger with this charm; however, this was incorrect, 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, which may have constituted 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.
- 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 Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- 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)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- 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
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26 (Gringotts)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Confundo - Pottermore
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 17 (The Four Champions)
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 33 (The Prince's Tale)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 27 (A New Danger) - Charms Lesson "Confundus Charm"
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 1 (The Dark Lord Ascending)
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Epilogue (Nineteen Years Later)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child