Category: Department of Mysteries

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Horcruxes: How Do They Work?

The etymology of the word seems to be this: a combination of “hors” from the French “dehors” meaning outside and “crux” meaning “essence.” Thus, a Horcrux is a device for keeping your soul (the...

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What is the Sorting Hat?

By Allie Summary: One of the most intensely fascinating parts of the Harry Potter series has been the Sorting Hat, which can never seem to be truly explained. This topic leaves fans plenty of...

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Wands: What Are They, Really?

Wands are truly mysterious instruments. Their curious ability of finding the perfect counterpart and the wondrous ways in which they interact with each other are features that set them apart from other magical objects,...

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On Wandless Magic

Consider, for a moment, the “accidents” often done by premature wizards before they are accepted into magical schools. Take for example Harry’s trip to the zoo with the Dursleys when he made the glass...

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On the Elder Wand

Indeed it was Ollivander who introduced this notion that if a witch or wizard should “beat” another, then the victor should simply own the loser’s wand and that wand should naturally respond to its...