One of the three Unforgivable Curses.. The curse that could even make a reluctant lizard tap dance like a pro.. The curse that makes you do whatever the one with the wand wants you to do.. the curse that only Harry could ever fight off..
The main idea of the Imperius curse can be summed up pretty well in one line: you can make people do whatever you want them to do.
If you want to re-read the magic, check out HP 4, The Unforgivable Curses.
In Muggle life, we often fall into the clutches of another version of the Imperius Curse- our own self-binding thoughts. And maybe if you consider yourself to be in charge of your destiny, you could just add three more to the list above – our rule-imposing cultures. societal pressures and the overwhelming need these days to get to the top. In some cases, these pressures can be for our own good. But in some cases, it just doesn’t increase our well-being. For example, the pressure to take a swig of vodka, a puff of a cigar, a prick in the arm, get into a temporary zone of kleptomania, zoom past highways in a Lamborghini. Oh yes, they do sound very interesting. The same is with the people who are under the Imperius curse. They find it better to give up resisting and go with the flow of the curse. And they meet their downfall.
But Harry. No. He fought. He fought the Imperius curse cast by the Darkest of them all Dark wizards, Lord Voldemort. This just goes to prove that if Harry could fight off this strong curse by a strong wizard, maybe we too can fight off our own little curses.
This ends my “I for” blog post. Tomorrow’s “J for” post is not about a character or a spell. It is about the one who designed it all herself!