In book 7 (Chapter 35), Dumbledore explains to Harry how the cloak got to him:
“The Cloak, as you know now, traveled down through the ages, father to
son, mother to daughter, right down to Ignotus’s last living
descendant, who was born, as Ignotus was, in the village of Godric’s
Dumbledore smiled at Harry.
"You. You have guessed. I know, ...
From left to right:
The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone
Tom Riddle's Diary (with inkwell and quill)
The Goblet of Fire
A Prophecy Record
The sign of the Deathly Hallows
Each object seems to represent a book/movie, going in chronological order from The Philosopher's Stone to The Deathly Hallows.
To begin with, the Tales of Beedle the Bard are just those-- tales. Even though it referred to actual powerful magic objects and actual wizards, the story is a morality play written for small children. The power of the Cloak of Invisibility is exaggerated, and the role of Death in the story is probably a complete fabrication.
According to Pottermore, the ...
Look at this excerpt from a Pottermore article by JK Rowling (the full article can be found here):
The wizarding family of Potters descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, ‘the Potterer’, became corrupted in time to ‘Potter’.
Linfred’s eldest son, Hardwin, married a beautiful ...
There's an entire essay devoted to the subject of lembas in History of Middle-earth, imaginatively titled "Of Lembas"; in it, Tolkien writes:
The Eldar say that they first received this food from the Valar in the beginning of their days in the Great Journey. For it was made of a kind of corn which Yavanna brought forth in the ...
Given that the ring is inanimate, it can’t just roll back to Sauron if left on its own.
So, making people desire it is probably the best way to ensure that it isn’t just left in a drawer or dropped into a river to be lost forever unless some Hobbits happen to be fishing there on their birthday.
Once the ring is in someone’s possession, its ability to ...
Felix would lead them both away from playing with each other, as that would be the most lucky scenario for each of them (Thanks @Deltharis).
If you consumed some Felix and went to a gambling table, it would be highly unlucky if you met another person who had consumed Felix at the same table. This would violate the basic effect Felix brings upon you.
Tom Riddle Senior was a muggle, and according to Dumbledore he could have been affected by a love potion, just like if he were a wizard. Maybe not all potions work exactly the same to wizards and muggles, but we have at least one example.
From the Half-Blood Prince, chapter 10
The Ring is a Ring of power, and it increases the desire for power in those who wear it; this effect is amplified in direct proportion to the wearer's innate desire for power. This effect is a reflection of Sauron's own personality.
A Brief Biography of Sauron:
Sauron wasn't always evil. He began his life as a Maia, essentially an angel, and of the ...
Lembas may seem like magic to us, but the elves would have seen it as simply natural.
Clarke's Third Law is
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination
Elves don't use "technology" the way we do, but they use their advanced understanding of the natural ...
SPOILERS - In small print on the side of Mjolnir - "Worthiness lifting requirements may be waived in the event of a sentient machine operator. No powers included."
Whedon On Avengers: Age Of Ultron Moment Where Thor Trusts The Vision
Joss Whedon reveals in an interview/podcast he used the Vision lifting Mjolnir as a "narrative ...
Ioun stones are specifically derived from the later Dying Earth stories, featuring Rhialto the Marvelous, by Jack Vance. In the first two Rhialto stories, the IOUN Stones are merely powerful items that Rhialto and the other wizards of his time covet. However, the last story, “Morreion,” deals specifically with the source of the IOUN Stones. They are ...
Yes. In Goblet of Fire, there is a reference to them being banned in England as they were deemed to be Muggle artifacts:
"I sent him an owl about that just last week. If I've told him once
I've told him a hundred times: Carpets are defined as a Muggle
Artifact by the Registry of Proscribed Charmable Object, but will he
. . .
Most of these locations are described as invisible to Muggles. With the exception of Platform 9 3/4 this seems reasonable as it is a magical world
These spells not only increase the interior dimensions of objects, while leaving the outer ones unchanged, they also render the contents lighter.
Extension charms - Pottermore
This seems to suggest ...
Its virtues cannot be explained with science. From Letter #210
We are not exploring the Moon or any other more improbable region. No analysis in any laboratory would discover chemical properties of lembas that made it superior to other cakes of wheat-meal.
JRR Tolkien's letter to Morton Grady Zimmerman
We don't know, but we can speculate. Based on the context, the most likely explanation is that
Then again, we still don't have a complete understanding of what makes someone worthy. However, this theory is supported by dialogue in the film - in fact, it's the dialogue immediately preceding the event in question:
CAPTAIN AMERICA: Are you? On our side?
There were probably only two stones that bore the name "Elendilmir":
The stone of Silmariën. This was the original Elendilmir, and was the "crown" of the kingdom of Gondor worn by Elendil and Isildur. It was lost when Isildur fell at the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, but was recovered and hoarded by Saruman sometime later. Aragorn discovered in in Orthanc ...
Although they seem pretty useless in general (Neville states that he can never remember what he's forgotten) they do seem to have a more specific use as a cheating device for exams.
When the students take their OWLs, Professor McGonagall tells the students that they're banned:
‘Now, I must warn you that the most stringent anti-cheating charms
The creator of the gifs that your image is based on (Jessica Martinez) has stated on her website that the pictures are inspired and derived from artifacts from the seven Harry Potter books.
A set of animated minimalist fan art GIFs inspired by my favorite book
It may amuse you to learn that she also included a hidden lightning bolt in each ...
Frodo was not yet using Sting at Weathertop. He received Sting from Bilbo in Rivendell, just a few chapters on. At Weathertop, he was using one of the swords rescued from a barrow & given to the hobbits by Tom Bombadil.
We know that the Barrowblades were made to fight the Witch-King of Angmar, enchanted to counteract Morgul spells. (If I recall ...
She made it herself.
Her Pottermore entry states this explicitly:
Special abilities: Her punishment quill is of her own invention
What’s even more disturbing is the fact that it doesn’t sound unique. It sounds like she has a number of similar items in her arsenal:
Hobbies: Collecting the “Frolicsome Feline” ornamental plate range, adding flounces to ...
I don't have specific sources to cite for this, although I'm sure that Tolkien did touch on the matter in his voluminous notes and correspondence, but it has always been my impression that, while Sauron did greatly desire to be reunited with the Ring, the Ring itself did not particularly care who wielded it, provided that they were powerful and willing to ...
GRRM has answered at least part of your question:
Fan: Do maesters fully forge the links of their chokers from raw
metal, or do they take strips of existing metal and forge it into the
GRRM: When he said a maester "forges" his chain, it is more
metaphorical. They do study metals, but that doesn't necessarily
include training as ...
Another possibility is The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper. There are five books in total:
Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark is Rising
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree
Part of the story involves collecting a set of six Signs, which are circles, quartered, made of different materials. The main character in most of the series, Will Stanton, is ...
At least one sword, made by Men, was able to hurt the Nazgûl:
ROTK, Book V, Ch. 6 The Battle of the Pelennor Fields:
And still Meriadoc the hobbit stood there blinking through his tears,
and no one spoke to him, indeed none seemed to heed him. He brushed
away the tears, and stooped to pick up the green shield that Éowyn had
Fred and George sell the following items of their own invention in their shop:
Extendable Ears - Long, flesh-coloured pieces of string which one can insert in one's ear, then shove the other end under (for example) a door, and one will hear the conversation or other noise. First seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Ron: "Fred and George have ...
In Nigerian mythology, the god of war wields a sword called the Mmaagha Kamalu that glows red when enemies are near. (I can find very little by way of source for this one)
I do not know of any similar weapon in any of the european mythologies, but there is a celtic myth of a sword called Claíomh Solais which apparently shone on a regular basis.
It is possibly Taran Wanderer from the The Chronicles of Prydain
Taran Wanderer (1967) is a high fantasy novel by American writer Lloyd Alexander, the fourth of five volumes in The Chronicles of Prydain. The series follows Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, as he nears manhood while helping to resist the forces of Arawn Death-Lord.
The story ...