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action figure

Magically animated figures of people or animals.

At the Quidditch World Cup, Ron bought a small model of Viktor Krum, the famous Bulgarian Seeker, which walked around and scowled (GF7) and even mimicked the real Viktor Krum's posture and way of walking (GF9). After Viktor Krum took Hermione to the Yule Ball, Harry found the arm of the little model lying on the floor of the boys' dormitory. Ron had apparently broken it (GF24).

The wedding cake was topped with two model phoenixes that took flight when the cake was cut (DH8).

Xenophilius Lovegood and his daughter Luna have delicately made models of creatures, all flapping wings or snapping jaws, hanging from their ceiling at home. Harry couldn't recognize them after four years of Care of Magical Creatures lessons, so they must have been pretty odd (DH20).



A small object which is thought to bring good luck. Lockhart claimed to have dealt with a case of Transmogrifian Torture in Ouagadougou by giving the townsfolk protective amulets (CS9). In 1992, when the students realised that a monster was attacking Muggle-borns, a booming trade in magical remedies and defences was carried on in secret, including protective amulets. Most if not all of the items for sale were fake (CS11).

Anti-Burglar Buzzer


Anti-Muggle doorknob

Magical device used to keep Muggles out of a witch or wizard's house (JKR).


Hogwarts contains many enchanted suits of armour, some of which stand on plinths around the castle (PA12), while others are in an armour gallery. They move on their own (GF15).

Harry was sure the suits of armour could walk early on during his first year (PS8). They can move, although they need to be oiled once in a while to move without squeaking (GF15).

The suits of armour must always have some level of magic about them, since they were referred to as "creaking" along with the muttering portraits when Harry and Ron arrived at Hogwarts for their second year (CS5)

At Christmas time mysterious lights (everlasting candles, evidently) shine from inside every suit of armour in the castle (PA11, HBP15). During some years they are bewitched to sing Christmas carols as well (GF22).

A nearby suit of armour once laughed at Neville when he tripped on the stairs (GF12).

When Harry hid behind a suit of armour in the corridor outside Umbridge's office, the helmet turned to watch him (OP29).

armour, goblin-made

At least some armour in the wizarding world is made by goblins, and can be quite valuable.

Hepzibah Smith owned some goblin-made armour, which Voldemort made repeated attempts to purchase from her on behalf of Borgin and Burkes. Their offer went as high as 500 Galleons (HBP20).

According to Phineas Nigellus, goblin-made armour does not require cleaning, because goblins' silver repels mundane dirt, imbibing only that which strengthens it, such as basilisk venom. In this context, "armour" also includes blades such as swords (DH15).


astronomical model

Miniature version of stars and planets, useful for studying astronomy.

perfect, moving model of the galaxy in a large glass ball for sale on Diagon Alley (PA4)

miniature model of the solar system, contained within a glass dome, each of the moons glimmered in place around the nine planets and the fiery sun, all of them hanging in thin air beneath the glass - Trelawney used one as she taught astrology in Divination (GF29)

globes of the moon for sale on Diagon Alley (PA4)

celestial globes in Hepzibah Smith's collection (HBP20)


Auto-Answer Quill



See CAR.

Axminster flying carpet


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