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The Unforgivable Curses, as observed in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, are the most powerful Dark Arts spells known. They are so named because they are forbidden and unforgivable to use without Ministry of Magic permission. Getting caught using one results in the perpetrator spending the rest of their life in Azkaban.

As the spells are very strong, their use requires a strong desire to bring about the effects, a directed will, and no small amount of skill.

The Curses are most often used by villains such as Voldemort and the Death Eaters. However, in the final few books of the series, many of the protagonists use the Curses openly and without consequence against antagonists. This is due both to the Ministry's tendency to lift the restrictions during wartime, and because Voldemort ruled the Ministry for a time during the final book.

Avada Kedavra (The Killing Curse) Edit

Pronounced 'uh-VAH-duh kuh-DAHV-ruh'. It causes a flash of bright green light and a rushing sound, then brings instant death to the victim. There is no known counter-curse or blocking spell, though the victim may dodge, hide behind solid objects (which burst into flame after being hit), or, if the caster is not competent, the curse may be ineffective.

The only known survivor of this curse is Harry Potter, whose survival was due to his mother's self-sacrifice to protect him.

Crucio (The Cruciatus Curse) Edit

Pronounced 'KROO-see-oh'. It causes a flash of red light and brings unbearable pain to the victim. The effects of the curse depend on the desires and emotions of the caster. According to Bellatrix Lestrange, to achieve the excruciating pain implied by its name, the caster must desire to cause pain purely for its own sake. The extreme pain inflicted by the curse without leaving any physical marks upon the body makes it a perfect form of torture, and is used regularly by the Death Eaters. Prolonged exposure to the curse is very capable of driving the victim insane, as happened to Neville Longbottom's parents.

Imperio (The Imperius Curse) Edit

Pronounced 'im-PEER-ee-oh'. This curse places the victim in a trance or dream-like state and leaves them subject to total control to the spoken and unspoken commands of the caster. The experience of being controlled by the curse is described as a complete release of responsibility or worry over one's actions at the price of free will. Resisting the curse, however, is possible, and several individuals have learned to successfully and easily throw it off after being subjected to its effects for an extended period of time.

Unforgivable Curses in Badfic Edit

All too often, Suethors have the habit of making their Sues use them with little to no consequence. This is a form of trivialisation and is a serious charge.

The Curses also tend to be badly misspelled, a particularly eventful offence when dealing with actual magical spells. Some observed instances from PPC missions:

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