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"...perhaps most useful of all, Muffliato, a spell that filled the ears of anyone nearby with an unidentifiable buzzing, so that lengthy conversations could be held in class without being overheard."
—Use of the charm[src]

The Muffliato Charm (Muffliato) is a charm used to fill the ears of any person in the vicinity of the caster with an unidentifiable buzzing sound so as to allow for conversation without being overheard. The spell was invented by Severus Snape and recorded during his time as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

History

Harry Potter used this spell multiple times during the 1996-1997 school year after discovering the Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making. Hermione Granger originally disapproved of using the spell, but came to use it herself when it was needed.

Known uses

Caster(s) Dates Notes
Harry Potter 9 March, 1997 Used it on the Hospital Wing's doors to prevent Poppy Pomfrey from overhearing him when he talked with Dobby and Kreacher.
22 April, 1997 Used it during the Charms lesson to prevent six-years from overhearing him when he talked with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley about Horace Slughorn's memory, Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes and Albus Dumbledore's promise.
Hermione Granger 31 July, 1997 Used it on the attic's doors in the Burrow to prevent Weasleys from overhearing her, when she talked with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
2 August, 1997 To protect campsite she shared in Dartmoor with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, when they hunted for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes.

Known practitioners

Etymology

  • The English word muffle means "to make a sound less distinct by covering its source."

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 14 (The Thief)
  2. Scholastic Pronunciation Guide
  3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 15 (The Goblin's Revenge)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 19 (Elf Tails)
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 12 (Silver and Opals) - "Harry had already attempted a few of the Prince’s self-invented spells."
  6. Pottermore - All about... Severus Snape
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns)