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The Breakup Curse (now amori damnum) is a curse to end a relationship. This is an unforgivable curse.

Although the curse cannot be reversed, there are preventative measures one can take. For instance, one may dodge the black bolt, block it with a physical barrier, any living thing not a human or goblin, a magical creature, or by the use of Priori Incantatem. The Breakup Curse, just like the Killing Curse is considered 'unblockable', thus shield charms won't defend against it. If it hits something non-human, then a black cloud similar to which when a horcrux is destroyed will emit (when destroyed via the Sword of Gryffindor or the Basalisk Fang). If it hits a horcrux, however, it immediately destroys it. It is the only curse that destroys horcruxes on contact of the black bolt.

A loud voice behind me, was Lord Voldemort, yells the incantation: "Engurgio!"
~ Voldemort, attempts to curse Christopher Lewis


People could in fact, survive this deadly curse. Although, the rate of which is severely slim, one could survive if prepared and responsible enough.
~ Kingsley Shacklebolt's view of the Breakup Curse in the Daily Prophet

Chances of survival of the breakup curse is very slim. Unlike the Killing Curse, the Breakup Curse (is still fatal) is a slow and very depressing way to die if the effects are not treated at all or correctly.

Known Practitioners and Victims

Successful Casts

Victim(s) Caster(s) Dates
Christopher Lewis Antonin Dolohov 25 July 2015

Lord Voldemort

18 October 2015
Jason Malfoy 6 June 2018
1 March 2019
Augustus Rockwood 5 November 2018
Over thousands of muggles, witches and wizards. Fenrir Greyback 21 October 2015
Barty Crouch Jr.
Bellatrix Lestrange
Corban Yaxley
---Unidentifiable Name--- Christopher Lewis 1 April 2018
Jason Malfoy Lucius Malfoy 17 June 2018
6 November 2018
Lord Voldemort (rebounded) Lord Voldemort 20 August 2018

Failed casts

Intended victim(s) Caster(s) Dates Description
Group of Slow Dancing Couples Lord Voldemort 15 June 2017 Attempted curse, but the Enchanted Wall in the Hall of Hexes deflects the curse, deflecting off of Voldemort, and caused several death eaters to be flown off backwards, similar to the effects of a very powerful stunning spell, cursing Bellatrix and Rodolphus Lestrange, Amycus and Alecto Carrow, Fenrir Greyback and Augustus Rockwood.
Christopher Lewis Bellatrix Lestrange 20 August 2018 In a duel, Bellatrix attempted to curse him, but Christopher stopped the curse by using the Disarming Charm and the Nuclear Radiation Curse
Alison Black Lilly Black (Imperiused) 6 November 2018 Attempted curse whilst under the Imperius of Bartemius Crouch Jr., but completely got interrupted when Alastor Moody went in and disarmed her.

Treatment and Health-Related Cases

There has been cases where witches and wizards have been cursed multiple times at once, putting them in a medically-induced breakup, and requires medical treatment, which are only available in wizarding hospitals like Saint Mungo's Hospital of Magical Maladies and Injuries.

Treatment Services for Muggles

Since St. Mungo's Hospital is not accepting Muggles (technically is no longer since the early 1690s), therefore, the curse is permanent and may inflict lifetime consequences, which is why the curse is unforgivable. But it can be treated through a series of blood tests and counseling and trained professionals, or admit to mental health based-hospitals like Spring Harbor

Notable Exceptions for Muggles

But Muggles can be accepted if any of the members from the Department of Health and Human Services gets consent with the Ministry of Magic. Unconsentual admission is prohibited and is a violation of the International Statue of Wizarding Secrecy.

Withdrawals from the Curse

Main Article: Lovesickness

This curse does have side effects if not treated immediately. For instance, victims like Christopher Lewis had to suffer lifelong damages from the curse he got during his second year. The symptoms are very severe, and is likely to cause death. Each phase depends on the time you were under the cruse effects. The longer you wait for treatment, the more severe it will be.

Phase I Phase II Phase III Phase IV
Minimum Time 1 month 6 months 1 year 2 years
Maximum Time 6 months 1 year 2 years Indefinite

Withdrawal Symptoms

These symptoms appear a week to one month after treatment, and usually wears off after six months to a year of that.

Phase I Phase II Phase III Phase IV
Mild Fever Mild Fever High Fever Severe Fever
Mild Headaches Mild Headaches Severe Headaches Frequent Migraines
Asthma Attack Nausea Nausea Nausea
Asthma Attack Depression Depression Amplified II
Suicidal Thoughts Suicidal Thoughts
Mild Asthma Attack Weak Muscles
Severe Asthma Attack


The incantation, amouri damnum, is Latin for Love Loss, but damnum, closely related to damnare, which means damn. Either way, it either means love to be loss or love to be damned.