Dark charms are charms that have connotations of dark magic. Like all charms, a dark charm will provoke a magical effect on a target, but in a malicious and harmful manner. The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 1 does not carry instructions for such spells.
Minor dark magic, irritating but amusing effects.
Moderate dark magic, causes moderate suffering.
The worst kind of dark magic, causes immense suffering to the victim.
|Killing Curse||Avada Kedavra|
Behind the scenes
- Even though Rowling herself specified the differences between curses, hexes, and jinxes, she states that "Within the Potter world, the boundaries are flexible and I imagine that wizards may have their own ideas." This shows that the categorization of dark charms is not set and stone, and may sometimes be used interchangeably. This explains why some spells are known by multiple names, like why the Slug-vomiting Charm is a curse, and why the Jelly-Legs Curse is also sometimes known as the Jelly-Legs Jinx. This also explains why some curses, such as the Leg-Locker Curse, Jelly-Legs Curse and Full Body-Bind Curse, which don't cause any lasting injury, seem to fall more under the definition of a jinx or hex, while Voldemort's Jinx on the post of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher has had serious, lasting consequences for several of those affected, which would seem more like a curse.