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Moody demonstrates the Unforgivable Curses on a spider.

One of the three Unforgivable Curses; the Cruciatus curse causes agonising pain

Crucio fact file




To inflict excruciating pain on the recipient/victim

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It was pain beyond anything Harry had ever experienced; his very bones were on fire; his head was surely splitting along his scar…he wanted it to end … to black out … to die.

Moody demonstrates the Unforgivable Curses on a spider.

Learning the Unforgivable Curses

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The spider’s legs bent in upon its body; it rolled over and began to twitch horribly, rocking from side to side.

You need to mean them, Potter! You need to really want to cause pain – to enjoy it - righteous anger won’t hurt me for long


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

A Bellatrix Lestrange character illustration.

The notorious Bellatrix Lestrange

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The final task

And then Harry heard Krum’s voice.


The air was suddenly full of Cedric’s yells.


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

by J.K. Rowling

The Death Eaters attack Dumbledore's Army in the Hall of Prophecy.

Torture in the Department of Mysteries