Top Five Useless Magical Items

Happy Useless Stuff Day, everyone! To celebrate this day, I’ve compiled a list of five useless items in the wizarding world.





‘Gran knows I forget things — this tells you if there’s something you’ve forgotten to do. Look, you hold it tight like this and if it turns red — oh . . .’ His face fell, because the Remembrall had suddenly glowed scarlet, ‘. . . you’ve forgotten something . . .’” (SS 145).

I hate feeling like I’ve forgotten something, so having a physical reminder of this would be horrible.


Two-Way Mirror



This is a two-way mirror. I’ve got the other. If you need to speak to me, just say my name into it; you’ll appear in my mirror and I’ll be able to talk in yours” (OotP 858).

This mirror might have been great for the students in Hogwarts, but it’s pretty useless compared to the Muggle technology we have now. With our phones, communication has never been easier.


The Marauder’s Map



It was a map showing every detail of the Hogwarts castle and grounds. But the truly remarkable thing were the tiny ink dots moving around it, each labeled with a name in minuscule writing” (PoA 193).

Harry used the map plenty of times when he was at Hogwarts, but for those not there, it’s just an interesting piece of paper.


Trick Wands



There were bins full of trick wands, the cheapest merely turning into rubber chickens or pairs of briefs when waved, the most expensive beating the unwary user around the head and neck” (HBP 117).

I know it’s meant to be a joke, but it would be so irritating if you waved your wand and it turned into a chicken. Besides, there are better Weasley products, like Extendable Ears and Decoy Detonators.





Quills are really pretty and cool, but having to use them whenever you wanted to write something would be so annoying. I would hate to have to carry quills and ink with me and have to dip my quill into the ink to write.


What do you think of my list? Are there any other useless magical items you would include? Let us know in the comments!

Minal Daswani

I entered the wizarding world in 2006, and haven’t left. In my Muggle time, I enjoy reading, bingeing TV shows, baking, and travellng.