A Probity Probe is a type of Dark Detector that looks like a golden car antenna. It is waved in front of a person in order to detect concealment spells or hidden magical objects.


In 1996, Arkie Philpott had a Probity Probe stuck up a certain location on his body during his attempt to withdraw money from Gringotts Wizarding Bank.[1]

In 1996, Argus Filch used one on the students coming into the school.[2]

When the Death Eaters took over Gringotts in 1997, they stationed guards outside the doors with Probity Probes. Harry Potter used a Confundus Charm on the Death Eaters from under the Invisibility Cloak during the Trio's break-in so that they wouldn't be discovered.[3]

During the late 2010s, members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force used dark detectors, among them Probity Probes, to detect the chaotic magic caused by The Calamity.[4]

Possible uses

In 1995, Harry Potter might have had had a Probity Probe used on him by Eric Munch whilst checking him into the Ministry of Magic before his hearing.[5]

Behind the scenes

  • Since the physical description of a Secrecy Sensor when Harry goes through the Atrium in book 5 and the Probity Probe the guards are equipped with by the front doors at Gringotts when Harry, Ron and Hermione infiltrate the bank in book 7 are identical, a Probity Probe was presumably a type of Secrecy Sensor.


Notes and references

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