Whatever you do - don't touch the monkey paw! Magical items can be anything that has been infused with some kind of spell or other magical power - quite popular in fantasy fiction, and range from rare (the One Ring in Lord of the Rings) to common (portkeys in Harry Potter). Many magical items have ...

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What's the point of a Remembrall?

Not sure if there's a canon answer for this or not, but in the Harry Potter books, how would a Remembrall be useful? Does it do more than just turn red when someone forgets something?
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How big is the Marauder's Map?

The size of the Marauder's Map always bothered me. I assumed it unfolded into a large but still manageable piece of parchment. However, the fact that it shows the entirety of Hogwarts - every floor ...
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Why does Sirius Black feel that he has to keep his two-way mirror a secret from the others?

The common problem that most people have with Sirius' mirror is why Harry never even bothers to check out what he gave him and why Sirius doesn't ask Harry why he isn't using it when Harry talks to ...
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How could the Marauder's Map detect something which Death could not?

According to this article on the Marauder's Map, and from the general knowledge acquired through the books and movies, it is quite clear that nothing is hidden from the map. This includes even the ...
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Are there any limitations to the absorption of the sword of Gryffindor?

What objects can be used as wand substitutes? This question got me thinking. Godric Gryffindor's sword can absorb properties, and only positive properties (said in DH). Then, couldn't it in theory ...
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Young Girl Fantasy Series (I think?)

When I was in middle school a few years ago, I read this fantasy series that centered around a couple of modern girls who were able to cross over into this fantasy world. I'm not 100% sure but I ...
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Fantasy novel about a warrior woman with a golden hand?

I need help identifying a fantasy novel i read in the late 90s, about a woman with a magic gold hand? In 98 or so I read a hardback fantasy novel that I can't remember the author or title for. It ...
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Can non-humans master a wand in Harry Potter?

Inspired by Would Nagini have become the master of the Elder Wand? Somehow it seems odd to me that wand ownership may pass to just any animal (even magical one's, such as Nagini), but Harry Potter ...
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Colours and powers of Elfstones in Terry Brooks “The dark legacy of shannara”

What are the colours and powers of the Elfstones? I know the colour of two, but that is all. Blue - gives ability to find. Crimson - ??? Does anybody know the rest?
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How does removing memory into the pensieve work in Harry Potter?

There seem to be two ways of taking memory out of the mind in Harry Potter One is what Prof. Slughorn did, that is, give Harry a copy of his real memory of telling Tom Riddle about Horcruxes. It is ...
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old fantasy novel with ravens or crows and magic staff

I am trying to remember the title of an 'old' (pre 2000) fantasy novel. The parts of the story that I remember include (essential ingredients): 1) it involved a staff, with an iron symbol on the shoe ...
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Why are the fires of Mount Doom specifically required to destroy the One Ring? [duplicate]

All the volcanoes in middle earth are a throw back to Melkor trying to trash middle earth (executive summary of this answer). Would any other volcano contain enough 'power' from Melkor to do ...
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Are magic items resistant to being broken by mundane means?

This comment and the one following it raised the question of whether the Elder Wand could be broken simply by bending it until it snaps. Clearly this was possible in the movie, but I don't believe ...
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What are the Istaris' staff made of?

Are the staff the Istari wield made of anything unique or are they made from normal wood and given magical properties by their user?
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Children's Science Fiction Novel: girl from future visits ancient humans, boy believes she is a magical spirit

I am looking for a Science Fiction novel, possibly for older children or young adults not certain of when it was published but possibly 70s-80s. I only remember vague bits of the plot so I hope I got ...
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In the Harry Potter universe, why aren't there more maps enchanted like the marauder's map?

The map is not fooled by polyjuice potions, animagi, invisibility cloaks, etc. Why is there not widespread use of maps like these for identification/security purposes? We know it is possible to ...
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Why didn't the Marauder's Map mark Peter Pettigrew as Scabbers when he was in rat form?

Why doesn't the Marauder's Map account for any transformed animagi's adopted name? And, how does the Marauder's Map register the names of people in the first place?
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Why are portkeys always made of rubbish?

WHY do Portkeys always seem to be made out of rubbish, even the ones made for use in the magical world? If they are meant to be left where a random muggle could accidentally activate them, then it ...
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Why Gandalf said nothing when he saw Bilbo's ring

I don't know how it is the story in the book (I would like to know), but in the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Thorin asks Bilbo why he came back, and Gandalf tries to evade the question ...
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Why wasn't Harry made to use invisibility cloak instead of sending him in the battle of seven potters? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When leaving Privet Drive, why did there need to be seven Potters? Even after using polyjuice potion, there was a chance that original Harry got killed by Death Eaters ...
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What is the name of a fantasy TV series that features crystals as an element a lot?

I believe it is a classic adventure fantasy. The protagonist is a teenaged boy with a bow and arrow and long hair. There is a girl, of course, and I think there is an evil witch, but I may be wrong on ...
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When did Harry get back the Marauder's Map?

In the book "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", Mad-eye Moody borrows Harry Marauder's Map and it seems nowhere in the book it's mentioned that Harry got it back from him. Yet, in "Harry ...
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Trying to identify a movie about a woman who becomes obsessed with a necklace and its former owner and it kills her?

A man and his wife move into a beautiful old house. He adores his wife and they are a very happy couple. Soon after moving in, the wife finds or somehow becomes enchanted with an antique necklace that ...
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Where Did Dolores Umbridge Get Her Evil Quill?

Where did Dolores Umbridge get her evil quill? I would doubt she bought her evil quill at Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop in Hogsmeade (If Scrivenshaft's were in Knockturn Alley I'd have a different ...
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Could the Elder Wand be repaired and used again?

At the very end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry broke the Elder Wand and threw away the pieces. Did the Elder Wand lose its power permanently due to this? Or could someone repair it ...
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Book about a young man who goes questing with a magic knife made from his gardening tool?

I read this book back in middle school (about 1998-2000), and remember very little about the plot. What I do remember is this: The main character is a young man who leaves his farm on a quest for a ...
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What is this magic orb? [closed]

What is this magic orb/stone? Is it the Orb of Aldur? And what is that? Sorry to ask this question, but it has just been a while since I last read the series, and I kinda want a refresher in order to ...
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Were any powerful magical artifacts created during Harry's years at Hogwarts?

There are many magical artifacts that Harry finds/utilizes throughout his years at Hogwarts, all seemingly created by powerful or very ingenious wizards/witches/goblins. Some examples: The ...
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Would the Sword of Gryffindor poison you?

Godric Gryffindor's sword gained the power to destroy horcruxes due to the fact that it: has the power to imbibe only that which strengthens it. -Harry Potter Wiki Does this mean it also ...
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Was Mad-Eye Moody's Recumbent Broom a Help or Hindrance In the Battle of the Seven Potters?

SOURCE: Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey - by Bob McCabe - Harper Design - October 2011 Would the shape, mechanics, or aerodynamics of Mad-Eye Moody's recumbent broom ...
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Did the creators of the Marauder's Map rediscover lost magic?

Specifically, I'm thinking of the Deathly Hallows and their age. I have a vague memory of either Ron or Hermione commenting on it being unusual that Harry's Invisibility Cloak has worked so well for ...
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Why were the Nimbus series Broomsticks the fastest?

In Harry Potter canon, it was clearly stated at one point that Harry's Nimbus 2000 was the fastest racing broom on the market. Later, it was surpassed by the Nimbus 2001, which the Slytherin team used ...
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What's the origin of Flying Brooms?

After hearing "flying brooms", everyone thinks about Harry Potter first. But, I don't give J.K.Rowling credit for this because I encountered flying brooms when I was kid in the 90s before she created ...
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Can the Marauder's Map detect a person under Harry's Invisibility Cloak?

The Marauder's Map was able to detect & display everyone in Hogwarts. I am just curious if it could detect inside Harry's Invisibility Cloak, which was used successfully against even death. As ...
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What Kind of Magic Was Used to Create the Marauder's Map?

When considering canon-based spells, potions, and quasi-sentient objects such as wands ¹, what type of magic was likely used to create the Marauder's Map? I was thinking Homenem Revelio might be ...
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Why didn't Dumbledore Apparate?

In the movie, unlike the book, Harry and Dumbledore Disapparate from the Astronomy Tower. "Being me has its privileges," Dumbledore said. When they returned from the cave and Draco disarmed Dumbledore ...
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How did Sam remain unaffected by the ring's power?

There are two characters who seem to be able to handle and wear the One Ring without being affected by its power. One is the mysterious Tom Bombadil. Later in the book, another character seems to have ...
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Could the ring have intended to be picked up by Bilbo?

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, during the prologue, it explains how Bilbo got the ring. She says: Its time had now come. It abandoned Gollum. But then something happened that the Ring did ...
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How did Gandalf come to possess one of the Elf rings?

Gandalf wasn't an elf, but rather he was one of a few wizards sent to help Middle Earth. So, how did he end up with one of the Elf Rings? And, why did Frodo not notice it, when he easily noticed ...
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Practical value of the Resurrection Stone

After seeing this question it occurred to me to ask a similar question of the Resurrection Stone. What exactly is the practical use of an object that Or did I miss something important here? EDIT: ...
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How was the invisibility cloak actually made?

Following the thought process in this question, it mentions that typical invisibility cloaks (which lose their properties over time) are created with a Disillusionment charm. How then, could Harry's ...
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What effect would the One Ring have on other people?

We know that for hobbits, the One Ring makes them invisible. But, at least according to the movie, Sauron was not invisible when he was wearing the ring. What effects would the ring have on other ...
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What happened to Saruman's ring in the Fourth Age?

After Gandalf defeated Saruman, what happened to Saruman's Ring? Was it destroyed? Did it still have power, and was it wielded by him or others? Was this a topic in one of Tolkien's work, or was it ...
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What is the significance of Saruman's Ring?

At the council of Elrond, Gandalf tells of his encounter with Saruman. But I rode to the foot of Orthanc, and came to the stair of Saruman; and there he met me and led me up to his high ...