Vanishing Sickness was a magical illness which possibly caused the infected person's body parts to disappear. It was a contagious disease, provoked by a magical bug.[1]

The section of "Magical Bugs" at St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries treated this disease.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Xavier Rastrick was a famous wizard entertainer who vanished unexpectedly before the eyes of three-hundred people during a tap dance routine in 1836 and was never seen again. This might have been an instance of vanishing sickness or other unexplained magical phenomenon.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
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