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Within the Harry Potter universe, an invisibility cloak is used to make the wearer invisible. There are a number of different types of invisibility cloaks. All are very rare and expensive, and they may be spun from pelts of the Demiguise, magical herbivores that are found in the Far East. They can be ordinary cloaks as well with a Disillusionment Charm or a Bedazzlement Hex placed on them. Over time, these cloaks will lose their invisibility ability, eventually becoming opaque and vulnerable to being penetrated by various spells. However, Harry's cloak, being a Deathly Hallow, is a true cloak of invisibility, and can remain invisible for ages, passed down from father and son. It is also apparently resistant to the Summoning Charm [1]

Invisibility cloaks hide the presence of the wearer by visual detection only, meaning that it does not stop people from being solid. Alastor Moody's magically charmed eye, however, is able to penetrate them. Creatures such as cats (Mrs. Norris) and snakes (Nagini) rely more heavily on other senses unaffected by visibility (smell, hearing), so the cloaks are less effective in hiding from them. The Dementors in the books have no sense of sight and instead sense human despair, a sense unhindered by the use of an invisibility cloak.

In addition to Harry's cloak, Moody is known to possess two. One of these was borrowed by Sturgis Podmore in the course of work for the Order of the PhoenixBarty Crouch, Sr. possessed one as well, which he used it to hide his son.

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