Dark Arts is one of the founding classes of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, originally taught by Salazar Slytherin. The class focuses on teaching safety and morality with the use of Dark Arts, as well as the arts itself, to an extent.
Morality and SafetyEdit
Dark Arts are to be used primarily for defense, or justice. Not for anything petty or vengeful, because there in lies the instability of the soul. Dark arts should not be used against muggles without good cause, such as the murder of a close relative or friend, and only then with great deliberation before use. Any muggles not cursed should have their memory erased.
It is not acceptable to use curses which cause soul instability or control the free-will of an individual except in life or death circumstances. Murder by use of Dark Arts is strictly forbidden due to the soul instability.
Dark Arts are separated into different categories. Jinxes, Hexes, Curses, Potions, and Dark Creatures.
Are light and amusing spells which cause temporary difficulty or immobility, usually to amusing end. They are rarely painful and more along the lines of annoying.
Hexes are slightly more dangerous, and can cause temporary pain or immobility, for dueling purposes or for amusement. They can be painful, or not.
Curses are designed to harm people, and can be permanent or cured. They can also be used to kill. Some curses do not have a block or counter-curse. Generally speaking, curses should be avoided at all costs. These curses are likely to cause soul instability.
Potions of dangerous variety or likely to be used as poisons. This can be done, but it's a coward's way out, learn to check your goblet before you drink.
Werewolves, vampires, inferi, basilisk, dragons. They're cute! They're cuddly! They're cursed...