Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder is a magical item imported by Fred and George Weasley and sold by Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. This darkness powder creates darkness when used, allowing the user to escape.

As its name indicates, it was originally invented by the wizarding community in Peru, which is the place from which the Weasley twins imported the powder. The darkness produced is resistant to many light-casting spells, but the Hand of Glory is the one known way to find the way through it.


Draco Malfoy used this when he smuggled several Death Eaters into Hogwarts Castle. When Sybill Trelawney entered the Room of Requirement to hide her sherry bottles and stumbled into Malfoy, he used the powder to hide himself and the Vanishing Cabinet.[1]

Later, when the Death Eaters entered the castle via the said cabinet, Draco used the powder again to bypass the waiting members of Dumbledore's Army, and used his Hand of Glory to lead the Death Eaters through the darkness and towards the Astronomy Tower; he apparently exhausted his supply when his group encountered the Order of the Phoenix.[2] After the battle, Ron mentioned that he better tell Fred and George to watch who buys their defensive products.[3]

Behind the scenes


Harry's use of the powder


Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder display in WWW shop

Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder display at the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes shop

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 25 (The Seer Overheard)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 27 (The Lightning-Struck Tower)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 29 (The Phoenix Lament)
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)

See also

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