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.
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 fields of ...
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 ...
Gandalf was given Narya by Círdan the Shipwright because he believed that Gandalf had the highest inner greatness of all the Istari (Wizards). The scene is described in The Silmarillion:
Take now this Ring, for thy labours and thy cares will be heavy, but in all it will support thee and defend thee from weariness. For this is the Ring of Fire, and ...
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
Well, Lupin addresses that very issue:
“The number of times I saw James disappearing under it…” said Lupin, waving an impatient hand again. “The point is, even if you’re wearing an Invisibility Cloak, you still show up on the Marauder’s Map. I watched you cross the grounds and enter Hagrid’s hut. Twenty minutes later, you left Hagrid, and set off back ...
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 world ...
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 shorthand" to say ...
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 ...
According to J.K. Rowling on Pottermore, the following type of magic was used to create the Marauder's Map:
The magic used in the map's creation is advanced and impressive; it includes the Homonculous Charm, enabling the possessor of the map to track the movements of every person in the castle, and it was also enchanted to forever repel (as insultingly as ...
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?
The Weasley's clock is similar to the map in a few ways. The clock tells you something about a person's current status. The map reveals a person's current location. One difference is that the clock is for a set group of people and the map reveals information about a set physical location.
It seems similar magic would need to be done to create both items. ...
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
A recumbent setup like that does seem like it would carry some significant drawbacks.
With a more traditional prone broom, the wand hand remains much closer to eye level, particularly when the rider is leaning forward for increased speed and maneuverability (not to mention the benefit the decreased profile gives in terms of making for a smaller, more ...
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 ...
Probably the work you are looking for is the Malleus Maleficarum, written in 1486. This work was used as the definitive work on how to detect and deal with witches. Previously, the position was that witches did not exist, and it was heresy to believe in them; but by the time of this work the contra-viewpoint - that witches did exist and it was heresy not to ...
In the book, Tom Bombadil (A creature of uncertain origin, but high power,) Wears the ring, and does not disappear. Frodo says that "He has power over the ring," but Gandalf corrects him, saying rather, "the ring has no power over him."
Dwarves are stated to be resistant to being changed from outside, and thus do not become invisible.
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 ...
A wand does not appear to be necessary for Apparation/Disapparation. The three Ds of Apparation are: Destination, Determination, and Deliberation. The actual physical act of Apparation comes during Deliberation, but is contingent upon appropriate Determination:
‘Focus your determination to occupy the visualised space! Let your yearning to enter it
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...