"A black blindfold appeared over Phineas Nigellus' clever, dark eyes, causing him to bump into the frame and shriek with pain."

Obscuro is the incantation of a Transfiguration spell used to conjure a blindfold over the eyes of the victim, therefore obstructing their view of their surroundings[1].

Known uses

Hermione Granger used this spell in September of 1997 to prevent the Portrait of Phineas Nigellus Black from viewing the location of her, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter in the Forest of Dean.[1]

Harry Potter used this spell while duelling Draco Malfoy in September, 2020.[4]


The incantation is Latin for "dark" or "conceal"[5].


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 15 (The Goblin's Revenge) (Pg. 147, 148 UK)
  2. The Scholastic Pronunciation Guide (See here)
  3. A blindfold is conjured
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act Two, Scene Thirteen
  5. See this translation on Google Translate