Harry Potter being tortured by the Cruciartus Curse in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The Cruciatus Curse inflicts severe physical pain on the target, usually causing them to scream in agony. Being one of the three Unforgivable Curses, using it against a human being is punishable by a life sentence in Azkaban.

Suggested Originality

The spell Crucio is presumed to be from the Latin "I torture".


Mad-Eye Moody using the spell on an enlarged spider in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
This spell was first introduced by Mad-Eye Moody in the Goblet of Fire, who casted it on an enlarged spider to demonstrate the effects. It has been seen in the later books and movies. Neville Longbottom's parents were tortured using this spell by a group of Death Eaters, including Bellatrix Lestrange and Barty Crouch Jr, which causes the pair of them to be driven into insanity. Neville felt the affects of this spell when Bellatrix cast it on him during the battle at the Department of Mysteries.
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