Following a Ministry crackdown on the use of a newly discovered branch of spells being referred to as ‘Perception Charms’, the Wizarding World at large is left to question, ‘Will these charms be classed as unforgivable?
A charm is a spell that adds certain properties to an object or person. Commonplace examples are in use every day, from the simplest, ‘Wingardium Leviosa,’ to the highly complex Fidelius Charm. All can prove extremely useful in the course of everyday life, and until now have been warmly received by the magical governing bodies.
Believed to be the initial brainchild of Palto Eskarbo, perception charms can be used on one’s self or one’s companion, and alter the subject’s perception of reality. The effects are recalled by users to be euphoric and energising, with some charms even causing their subjects to experience full sensual hallucinations
Lobbyists are protesting to the ministry that these charms should be free for recreational use, if restricted from workplaces and schools, however Head of Department of Magical Law Enforcement Angus Merrythorpe, believes that such spells could have too negative an influence on society. “What if we have children brought up receiving these sorts of spells as reward, and then exit them to just change once they enter schools?! What of the effects of other charms performed under the influence of these spells?! Can you imagine how many more splinchings there will be?! The only practical solution is to outlaw these charms for good, effective immediately, never to be written down or published anywhere. The sooner the world can forget about these horrible spells, the happier they’ll be!”
No official decision has been made as of yet, but with a Ministry sitting to take place next week, charmers wait with bated breath to hear the decision made on the legality of their use of these charms.