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Best Spells and Potions To Defeat the Dark Arts

Highlights

  • Spying on the dark side is made possible with Polyjuice Potions, allowing individuals to gain information and disguise themselves.
  • Counter-curses are essential in fighting dark arts as they can protect against harmful jinxes and curses.
  • Veritaserum is a truth potion that can reveal the true identities and secrets of dark arts practitioners, useful for identifying and exposing betrayal.


In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, just like in the Muggle world, many crimes are committed by those who are blinded by power and greed, turning them into the dark side. The Dark Arts in particular, if practiced correctly, might offer one what they always desire, whether it is immortality, wealth, glory, or simply reputation, no matter if it’s for the wrong reasons.

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7 Polyjuice Potions

The Magical Disguise

An image of Harry Potter: Polyjuice

Although it can also be used by witches and wizards on the dark side, the use of Polyjuice Potions can be equally beneficial for those who want to gain access to information within the dark side. The drinker of this potion may take the disguise of those who practice the dark arts while the potion’s still in effect, and spy on their plans.

Spying or surveillance is a common practice that people use in times of conflict, and it is proven to be one of the most effective methods. Even Harry Potter and Ron Weasley drank this potion and turned into Crabbe and Goyle to gain information from Draco Malfoy about the Chamber of Secrets.

6 Counter-Curses

Reliable Jinxes Breaker

An image of Harry Potter: Counter-Curse

Those who practice the dark arts are often losing their moral compass and will not hold back from jinxing their targets. While curses or jinxes are often aimed to harm the target, counter-curses are the answer to this problem. As can be seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Quirinius Quirell tried to jinx Harry Potter’s broom during his first Quidditch match.

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Thankfully for him, the curse was lifted after Hermione set fire to Severus Snape’s robe, breaking Quirell’s jinx. Severus Snape himself tried to alleviate the curse by casting the counter-spell. However, the spell only works if the caster maintains eye contact with the target.

5 Veritaserum

To Reveal One’s True Self

An image of Harry Potter: Veritaserum

The truth potion, also called Veritaserum, is a highly potent serum that makes the drinker answer any questions, including their deepest, darkest secret, truthfully without any filter. The use of this potion is not forbidden, yet highly restricted and controlled.

This potion would be very beneficial for aurors or others who are against the dark arts, to reveal any kind of betrayal from dark arts practitioners like the Death Eaters. As can be seen from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch Jr–while pretending to be Alastor Moody–is forced to drink the serum, revealing his true self.

4 Felix Felicis

The Luck Serum

An image of Harry Potter: Felix-Felicis

Felix Felicis is a great potion for many reasons, but as can be seen from its use in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, it is a powerful liquid that can change someone’s reality. This serum potently gives the drinker a sense of confidence that one probably lacks in their daily lives. However, after consuming this potion, they will have a great boost of magical energy that will help them to solve their problems.

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Casting spells and charms requires a lot of mindpower, so drinking this serum will multiply the chance of the spell working at its full potential. Just imagine the potion is consumed by those who want to defeat the dark arts.

3 The Unforgivable Curses

An image of Harry Potter: Unforgivable Curses

The Imperius Curse, The Cruciatus Curse, and The Killing Curse might not be the perfect answer to this issue. However, they can be used as a last resort. Although the use of these curses is illegal, it does not stop Death Eaters and the Dark Lords from using them.

And what is the most plausible counter-attack strategy for defeating them other than using it on them too? Maybe not as far as using the killing curse, but the other two curses can be highly beneficial for the casters, especially the most forgivable one, which is the Imperius Charm. Arguably, taking control of one’s mind and body can help buy time to prepare for the real battle.

2 Disarming Charm

Paralyzing The Weapon

An image of Harry Potter: Disarming Charm

The most significant weapon a wizard or a witch can have is their means of casting magical power. Whether it is their bare hands or other tools such as wands. The wizards in Great Britain usually use their wands, to the point that wands are considered a very personal item a wizard possesses, and can certainly be regarded as their weapons.

So, casting the disarming charm–’Expelliarmus’–as the first move in a 1 on 1 battle is a great strategy. Harry Potter often uses this charm, proving his mastery of disarming the weapon of his enemies while dueling. Along with casting the spell, one might think about their next move to prepare if the battle goes south.

1 Protective Enchantments

To Protect From Harm

An image of Harry Potter: Protection Charm

Protective enchantments are used by the caster to keep an area safe for a period of time from many things; muggles, dark arts, enemies, and many more. The spells include:

  • Protego Totalum (Total Protection)
  • Salvio Hexia (Deflecting Hexes)
  • Repello Muggletum (Repelling Muggles)
  • Cave Inimicum (Invisibility)
  • Protego Maxima (Maximum Protection)
  • Fianto Duri (Combined with Protego Maxima, For Durable Charm)
  • Repello Inimicum (Repelling Enemy)
  • and many more

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