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The Definitive Directory of Magical Items and Devices

Screaming Yo-yo
See YO-YO, SCREAMING.

Secrecy Sensor
See SENSOR, SECRECY.

Self-Shuffling playing cards
See CARDS, SELF-SHUFFLING PLAYING.

Sensor, Secrecy
This sensor resembles a collection of old-fashioned television aerials (GF20).

Seven-Lock Trunk
See TRUNK, SEVEN-LOCK.

Durmstrang ship by Mary GrandPré © Warner Bros.

ship, magical
The students from Durmstrang arrived at Hogwarts aboard a magical ship which surfaced in the center of the lake. "It had a strangely skeletal look about it, as though it were a resurrected wreck, and the dim, misty lights shimmering at its portholes looked like ghostly eyes (GF15)."

Shooting Star
See entry on the broomsticks page.

Silver Arrow
See entry on the broomsticks page.

Snackbox, Skiving
See Skiving Snackbox entry for Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.

Sneakoscope
A device which looks something like a gyroscope and which gives off a whistling sound when someone untrustworthy is around.

Golden Snitch by Steve Vander Ark

Snitch, Golden
A walnut-sized golden ball with silver wings, the most important of the four balls used in Quidditch. A Snitch is bewitched to avoid capture for as long as possible while remaining within the boundaries of the pitch. The capture of the Snitch ends the game and gives the team whose Seeker caught it 150 points, which usually determines which team wins the game.

The Snitch was invented in the 1300s by Bowman Wright of Godric's Hollow as a replacement for the Golden Snidget, which was used in the game of Quidditch until the Snidget was declared to be an endangered species in the 1200s. The Snitch's behaviour during a game is due to enchantments placed on it to make its flight resemble that of a Snidget as closely as possible (QA4)

snow, enchanted
A magical imitation snow which, unlike real snow, is warm and dry.

snowball, bewitched
Snowballs can be bewitched to fly around and hit things.

snuffbox
A snuffbox made of silver, filled with Wartcap Powder, which bit Sirius during the summer cleanup of number twelve, Grimmauld Place (OP6).

Soap, Frog Spawn
Joke item (PA14).

socks
Harry bought some magical socks at Gladrags in Hogsmeade. They are "a pair patterned with flashing gold and silver stars and another that screamed loudly when they became too smelly." Harry planned to give these to Dobby (GF27).

Sorcerer's Stone
See PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.

Sorting Hat

souvenirs at the Quidditch World Cup (GF7)

Spectrespecs
A pair of "psychedelic spectacles", given away free by The Quibbler during Harry's sixth year.

Spellotape
Used to repair magic items.
Spellotape is a play on words which is lost to Americans; see "Sellotape".

Stink Pellet
Joke item that releases a nasty smell when dropped.

Stone, Philosopher's
See PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.

Stone, Resurrection
See RESURRECTION STONE.

Stone, Sorcerer's
See PHILOSOPHER'S STONE.

Swiftstick
See entry on the broomsticks page.

sword of Gryffindor
The sword of Godric Gryffindor was produced by the Sorting Hat (which also once belonged to Gryffindor) during Harry's ordeal in the Chamber of Secrets and Harry used it to kill the Basilisk. It is described as "silver" with a handle "gleaming with rubies the size of eggs", and has Gryffindor's name engraved on it just below the hilt (CS17, CS18). It is currently kept in the Head's office at Hogwarts (GF30).

It is an example of goblin-made armour (see), and specifically was made by Ragnuk the First; according to Griphook, it is a masterpiece of goblinwork (DH25)

When Harry used it to kill the basilisk, it became infused with its venom, which made it capable of destroying a Horcrux (DH15). Albus Dumbledore used it to destroy the ring Horcrux (DH33), and Ron used it to destroy the locket Horcrux (DH19). The Sorting Hat produced the sword for Neville Longbottom and he used it to destroy the last Horcrux, Nagini (DH36).

swords, knives, and weapons

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