Questions tagged [magical-items]

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 care needs to be taken to avoid injury.

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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 chamber. ...
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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 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 this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How many inventions did Fred and George have?

Fred and George Weasley are known for their trouble-making and general "solemnly swearing they are up to no good". Their antics/adventures give something to smile about and show us not all ...
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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 help ...
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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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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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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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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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Do magic carpets exist in the Wizarding World?

Magic carpets, prominent in Middle Eastern literature, are carpets that have the ability to fly (or in some stories, teleport), allowing anyone on it to travel vast distances quickly. Do these exist ...
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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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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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Valyrian Steel in the Citadel [duplicate]

It is revealed that the Maesters have acess to Valyrian Steel when Maester Luwin shows Bran his Valyrian steel link. We are told that when Maesters learn a new skill, they forge a new link, I assume ...
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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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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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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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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 (Later, ...