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Say that a wizard were to foolishly give a muggle a potion, time-turner, broomstick, or some other magical object. Would the muggle be able to use it (or drink it, in the case of a potion)? To be clear, I'm talking about objects made by wizards and given to muggles, so no muggles making potions.

The closest thing I could find is an almost certainly non-canon Harry Potter skit for the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. In this, Hermione blatantly violates the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy gives an envelope that contains "a charm that can be worked by muggles" with the following instructions:

Dear Prime Minster,

Happy birthday to the Queen from the students of Hogwarts. In view of this special occasion, we send you a charm that can be worked by muggles, as long as they are in possession of a little borrowed magic, which we include in the envelope.

This is a limited one-time only offer. Stand up straight, point both to the left and the right, and shout the following phrase: “Accio Her Majesty’s handbag”.

Does these sort of magical objects actually exist in the canon Harry Potter universe, that can be used by wizards and muggles alike?

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Potions, yes.

Tom Riddle Sr., a Muggle, is presumed to have taken a love potion given to him by Merope Gaunt, and it worked perfectly well on him just as it would have on a wizard.

‘Can you not think of any measure Merope could have taken to make Tom Riddle forget his Muggle companion, and fall in love with her instead?’

‘The Imperius Curse?’ Harry suggested. ‘Or a love potion?’

‘Very good. Personally, I am inclined to think that she used a love potion. I am sure it would have seemed more romantic to her and I do not think it would have been very difficult, some hot day, when Riddle was riding alone, to persuade him to take a drink of water. In any case, within a few months of the scene we have just witnessed, the village of Little Hangleton enjoyed a tremendous scandal. You can imagine the gossip it caused when the squire’s son ran off with the tramp’s daughter Merope.

-- HP and the Half-Blood Prince (extract on Pottermore)

While it's not certain that she did use a love potion, we can tell from Dumbledore's supposition that love potions must work on Muggles. If they didn't, Dumbledore would know, and would have immediately excluded a love potion as a possibility.

There's also the Ton-Tongue Toffee which the Weasley twins 'accidentally' gave to Dudley Dursley. I'm not sure whether this necessarily involves potions as such - perhaps there could be a charm or jinx embedded in the toffee somehow? - but at any rate, it certainly works on Muggles. (Hat tip to @Valorum for reminding me of this in comments.)

Time-Turners, probably.

I'm not aware of any canon instance of a Muggle using a Time-Turner. However, I'd guess that Time-Turners derive their abilities from magic done on them during their construction rather than by the person using them, so their performance shouldn't depend at all on the magical ability (or lack thereof) of the user.

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  • I think the matter of control is the key issue. With magical prank objects such as regurgitating toilets, the wizard who casts the spell is in control even though the muggle victim triggers the action. – Gaultheria May 7 '17 at 1:42
  • There's also a story on Pottermore about one of Harrys ancestors giving potions to the muggles around him to heal them. Cant remember the details now though – user68699 May 7 '17 at 5:49

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