Magical items can be anything that has been infused with some kind of spell or other magical power - quite popular in fantasy, and range from rare (the One Ring in Lord of the Rings) to common (portkeys in Harry Potter). Many magical items have considerable side effects to balance their use, and ...

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Why didn't Harry have to wait for the right time to use the portkey?

In GoF, Harry touches the port key and is immediately transported back to Hogwarts. But why did the port key function immediately? During the world cup they had to wait for a specific time that the ...
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Fantasy book series; Brother is jealous of sister's magical (sword) glove

I read a series of books a few years ago but I never finished the series. The main characters were a brother and sister. The brother was jealous of the sister having put on a glove that does not ...
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What is the first story with a magical Taco?

Being inspired by Cinco de Mayo and the recent in-flux of history-of questions... Are there any stories than involve a magical taco; or if there are numerous stories with magical tacos, What was the ...
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How many inventions did Fred and George have?

Fred and George Weasley are known for the trouble-making and generally "solemnly swearing they are up to no good". Their antic/adventures give something to smile about and show us not all wizard are ...
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Do Vanishing Cabinets come in pairs or singles?

After seeing this question and some of the discussion on it got me wondering if this pair of Vanishing Cabinets was common or rare... How did Dumbledore not know that the Vanishing Cabinet was one ...
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Why don't muggles use bezoars effectively?

While I can understand why most magical herbs and creatures go unnoticed by muggles, it really bugs me that bezoars are not a known medical technology. Bezoars appear naturally in goats, one of the ...
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How do the Hogwarts staircases move in the books?

When I read the Harry Potter books, I imagined the whole "the staircases change" thing to be more like the weeping angels from Doctor Who in that they change when you're not looking or without you ...
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In the Harry Potter universe, is there a difference between magical objects and enchanted objects?

In other words, does the Harry Potter universe have both enchanted things (a normal object with a spell on it) and magical things (objects that are innately magical)? For example, a magic fire-sword ...
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To whom does each of these wands belong?

To whom does each of these wands belong? Note: inspired by this meta question
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Do muggles react the same way to potions in Harry Potter?

For example, if a muggle drank Felix Felicis and went to Las Vegas, would be win every game he played? How about the other potions such as the engorgement charm seen in Book 2, or the skelegrow? Would ...
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What would happen in a battle of Felix Felicises (?)

If two equally skilled and similar (in terms of physique and metabolic processes) wizards played against each other in a game of chance (dice, card games, whatever) after drinking the same amount of ...
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What brooms do the Weasleys own?

I know the Weasleys all use older brooms, but do we know what brooms they own? I remember that over the summer Harry and the Weasleys all play pick up games of Quidditch in the woods near the ...
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How did they get away with making the Tri-Wizard Cup a Portkey?

I know there are many questions going on this very topic - like why the Triwizard Cup Portkey was two-way and why the Portkey didn't return Harry and Cedric to the center of the maze, where it was ...
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Why cannot the Order plant an unauthorized Portkey, if Dumbledore can?

Related : Why in 'Deathly Hallows' was a portkey not used in beginning? I remember Lupin saying, when transporting Harry in Order of the Phoenix, chapter 3: “Brooms,” said Lupin. “Only way. ...
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Maximum range of a Portkey?

What is the maximum range one could travel with a single Portkey? Across the world? To the moon?
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Is “Giftwish” this novel?

When I was younger (in the 80's) I greatly enjoyed a book that I believe was called Giftwish. There is a fantasy book by the same name referenced here, ...
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Do all elven blades glow blue in the presence of orcs?

There have been a couple of questions that I believe are related to this one, for example this one that asks why Sting glowed blue in the presence of orcs, and this one about the origins of Sting ...
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Do non-Elven blades damage the Nazgûl despite being destroyed?

As I understand it (correct me if this is wrong) swords not crafted by elves are destroyed upon striking a Nazgûl- but do they do any damage to him (it?) in the process?
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Why does the Ring have such an obsessive possessive effect?

In The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, we see in Bilbo and Frodo and, to a more extreme extent, Gollum, all bearers of the one ring, that they become extremely possessive of the ring and do ...
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How many Stars of Elendil were there, and what happened to each of them?

In The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn wears a jewel called the Elendilmir, or Star of Elendil, upon his brow. This stone, which was also known as the Star of the Dunedain and the Star of the North, was ...
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What makes this character worthy to lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir?

After being created and brought to life by a stroke of Thor's lightning I think there was a gasp from the cinema audience at this point, I'm quite confident this was not in the comics. Why is ...
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How strong / sharp is Celestial Bronze

In the Percy Jackson universe how Strong/Sharp is celestial bronze compared to mortal weapons? And is there a in universe example?
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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 a memory 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 Istari's staves made of?

Are the staves that 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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What is the origin of a phylactery as a soul jar?

The original use of Phylactery is from Ancient Greek φυλακτήριον phylacterion, form of phylássein, φυλάσσειν meaning “to guard, protect” — Wikipedia and was originally meant to refer to ...
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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 ...