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parchment
See equipment and supplies.

penknife
For Christmas in 1994 [Y14], Sirius gave Harry a handy penknife with attachments to unlock any lock and undo any knot (GF23).

Pennifold Quaffle
See QUAFFLE, PENNIFOLD.

Pensieve
The Pensieve A shallow stone basin with odd runes and symbols carved around the edge. When in use, a silvery light shines from its contents, which are bright, whitish silver, and cloud-like, moving ceaselessly. Harry thought the stuff in the basin looked like "light made liquid - or like wind made solid" (GF30).
The name "Pensieve" is a play on words. In the first place, "Pensieve" is a homonym for the English word pensive. In the second place, the word "Pensieve" is formed from the Latin pens + English sieve.

Philosopher's Stone / Sorcerer's Stone (PS/SS)
The most fabulous magic item of them all, the goal of alchemists and wizards for centuries. There was only one such stone known to be in existence, one created by Nicolas Flamel. The Philosopher's Stone gives unlimited gold and immortality. Rather a nice payoff, but perhaps it isn't as perfect as it seems, as Dumbledore says: "Humans tend to choose the things that are worst for them." The Stone became the object of Voldemort's desire in his quest for immortality, and it was only through the intervention of Harry and his friends that Voldemort didn't obtain it from its hiding place in Hogwarts.

pictures with moving subjects

Pocket Sneakoscope
See SNEAKOSCOPE.

Portkey
A Portkey is an enchanted object, often a piece of supposedly worthless junk, which when touched will transport a person to a preprogrammed location. An object can be transformed into a Portkey by the Portus spell, but the caster must be authorized to do so. The Portkey Office is part of the Department of Magical Transportation at the Ministry of Magic (GF6, GF10, GF32, GF34, OP7, OP36).

posters
See PICTURES WITH MOVING SUBJECTS.

press, printing
A printing press that runs on magic instead of electricity; it is made of wood, looks "like the bizarre offspring of a workbench and a set of old shelves", and is covered in turning cogs and wheels.

Probe, Probity
A long, thin, flexible golden rod used like a Muggle security wand, which detects spells of concealment and hidden magical objects (OP7, DH26).
"Probity" is another word for honesty, integrity.

punching telescope
See TELESCOPE, PUNCHING.

Put-Outer

See DELUMINATOR.

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