Time for a nerdy post! There’s something that’s bothered me for some time about the Harry Potter books. It’s the frequency, and casual ease, with which characters in the book use the Obliviate charm to erase people’s memories.
A case could be made that we are our memories. We are what we remember, and what we do with those memories to make choices. When people have brain damage and lose significant parts of their memory, they become significantly less who they are. To non-consensually eradicate someone’s memory is almost a form of murder.
In my mind, Obliviate should be the fourth unforgivable curse. At the very least, it should be a “desperate last resort only” curse. And wizards/ witches in the Potterverse use it like they were handing out candies: casually, like it was no big deal, for their own convenience. Fuck that.
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