- "The surface of the lake was no longer mirror-smooth; it was churning, and everywhere Harry looked, white heads and hands were emerging from the dark water, men and women and children with sunken, sightless eyes were moving towards the rock: an army of the dead rising from the black water."
An Inferius (pl. Inferi) is a corpse that has been bewitched by a Dark witch or wizard to do the bidding of said witch or wizard. In both wars, Lord Voldemort killed enough people to make an army of Inferi, some of which were used as guardians of the lake in the Crystal Cave to prevent the Horcrux from being stolen. Inferi fear light and fire, and thus spells such as the Fire-Making Spell and the Firestorm are very effective at driving them away; failure to do so could provoke their aggression, and an attack would leave the victim nothing but a bloody lump.
In the prelude to the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, the Haitian team were accused of using Inferi to intimidate opposing teams, but the ICWQC has deemed said accusations baseless and malicious.
Behind the scenesEdit
- In July of 1996, the Ministry of Magic published a series of brochures on protection against the Death Eaters; one note in said brochures mentioned Inferi in passing, but gave no explanation.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 26 (The Cave)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
- ↑ Pottermore - New From J. K. Rowling - Quidditch World Cup (1990 - 2014)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 3 (Will and Won't)