‘How did I get the Stone out of the Mirror?’

‘Ah, now, I’m glad you asked me that. It was one of my more brilliant ideas, and between you and me, that’s saying something. You see, only one who wanted to find the Stone – find it, but not use it – would be able to get it, otherwise they’d just see themselves making gold or drinking Elixir of Life.’

Philosopher's Stone - page 217 - Bloomsbury - chapter seventeen, The Man With Two Faces - Harry talking with Dumbledore

Dumbledore doesn't directly answer Harry's question, but rather describes under what circumstances a person could collect the Philosopher's Stone from the mirror. Did Harry have to do anything to retrieve the stone, such as reach into the mirror and take it? If not, what kind of magic could have removed the stone from the mirror and put it into Harry's possession?

A canon-based answer is preferred, such as the books, interviews with J.K. Rowling, or info from Pottermore, but subjective answers within the spirit of canon are welcome.

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The books are very clear on the subject of how the stone came into his possession...

He saw his reflection, pale and scared-looking at first. But a moment later, the reflection smiled at him. It put its hand into its pocket and pulled out a blood-red stone. It winked and put the Stone back in its pocket – and as it did so, Harry felt something heavy drop into his real pocket. Somehow – incredibly – he’d got the Stone.HPatPS - The Man with Two Faces

...but completely lacking in any real explanation of what spells or enchantments allowed this to happen.

There's a little more info on Pottermore about the Mirror (as hiding place) but nothing useful, other than that Dumbledore has made modifications to it:

Only after Professor Dumbledore makes key modifications to the mirror (which has been languishing in the Room of Requirement for a century or so before he brings it out and puts it to work) does it become a superb hiding place, and the final test for the impure of heart. Pottermore -The Mirror of Erised

As far as the magic itself, it's certainly possible that Dumbledore has used something similar to the Evanesco charm, except mirrored (e.g. to make an object appear rather than disappear).


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    Eh. If you'd like to take a stab at what kind of magic might have been used in order to get the stone from the mirror into Harry's pocket, that would make your answer way more dynamic. That would fall under a subjective answer within the spirit of canon. I'd love it if you'd take a gander at it. :) Jul 15, 2014 at 23:54
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    So that would be Ocsenave?
    – SQB
    Jul 16, 2014 at 8:13
  • @sqb - evɒnɘƨɔO, actually :-)
    – Valorum
    Jul 27, 2014 at 23:44
  • Dumbledore seems to be completely unaware of the Room of Requirement in the books, so I'm curious as to how he retrieved the Mirror of Erised from it. Jul 28, 2014 at 9:19
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    @BMWurm Oh, I'm aware he stumbled across it, but the implication was always that he never knew what it actually was. As Richard suggested, I'll probably ask the question when I've decided how I want to word it. Jul 28, 2014 at 16:40

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