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"— and then, if you'll believe it, I pounced — like this — slammed him to the floor — thus with one hand, I managed to hold him down — with my other, I put my wand to his throat — I then screwed up my remaining strength and performed the immensely complex Homorphus Charm — he let out a piteous moan […] — the fur vanished — the fangs shrank — and he turned back into a man. Simple, yet effective — and another village will remember me forever as the hero who delivered them from the monthly terror of werewolf attacks."
—Lockhart's supposed use of this spell[src]

The Homorphus Charm was supposedly a charm used to temporarily change a transformed werewolf back into their human form.[1] It was not, however, a cure for lycanthropy, as described by Gilderoy Lockhart in his false account of his defeat of the Wagga Wagga Werewolf.[2]

Nature

Cecil Lee: "The Homorphus Charm. The only spell known to wizardkind that is capable of curing werewolves."
Jacob's sibling: "It can cure werewolves? Why not just use that instead of capturing them?"
Cecil Lee: "Well, not all of us are as gifted as Gilderoy Lockhart… He says he always casts the spell perfectly, but when I cast it, it only temporarily returns a werewolf to human form. In any case, it can be quite valuable for stopping a werewolf in its tracks."
Cecil Lee tells Jacob's sibling about the Homorphus Charm[src]

Lockhart described the spell as being "immensely complex" and performed by placing the tip of one's wand to the throat of whoever the caster wanted to return to human form.[2] He later admitted to having stolen the credit of saving a village from a werewolf attack from an Armenian warlock.[3]

Contrary to Lockhart's description of the spell, however — Lockhart's books were later found out to contain a wealth of invented feats[3] — there is no known cure for Lycanthropy. Cecil Lee of the Werewolf Capture Unit remarked that, for him, the spell only temporarily returned a werewolf to human form (believing in Lockhart's accounts, Lee assumed this was due to him having only imperfectly mastered the charm).[1]

Etymology

Homorphus is a combination of the Latin Homo meaning 'man' and the Greek morphe- meaning 'shape' or 'form'.

Behind the scenes

  • It is unclear if this charm actually existed or was only another fabrication of Gilderoy Lockhart's.
  • Although this spell is described as a charm, its described effects seem closer to Transfiguration. Alternatively, since the wounds left by a werewolf bite are "cursed" by werewolf Remus Lupin, and by extension the condition of Lycanthropy could be seen as a type of blood borne curse. As such, the Homorphus Charm might be a counter-curse, which can reverse the transformation.

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