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Things You Didn't Know About Famous Wizarding Artifacts

August 18, 2021 4.6k votes 626 voters 108.3k views16 items

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The Harry Potter series contains a number of dangerous and interesting items that the characters have interacted with over the course of the books and movies. Since the Wizarding World has expanded due to supplemental stories, along with facts and Easter eggs shown in sites like the Harry Potter lexicon, there are details about these artifacts that not all fans will be aware of. It's interesting to note the history behind these magical objects and how they came to be in the main chronology of the series.

Here are things you probably didn't know about the items found in the Wizarding World, and learning about them provides renewed context to consider them with. 

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    The Hogwarts Pensieve Was Found Buried In The Ground Where The Castle Was Eventually Built

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Hogwarts Pensieve is used by Albus Dumbledore on multiple occasions in the story's chronology, but he was never the owner of this artifact. The Pensieve was there far longer than Dumbledore, with even the founders of Hogwarts having used it.

    According to Hogwarts legend, the Pensieve was found partially buried in the ground before the school was built. It was when the founders decided to construct the castle that they took the Pensieve in and it has been in use by Headmasters ever since.

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    The Elder Wand's Core Contains Thestral Hair

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Elder Wand is the most powerful item to be found in the Wizarding World. It is so mysterious that Ollivander knows little about it as well. The fact is that the creation of the wand is such that it ties in with its characteristics as a Deathly Hallow.

    The Elder Wand contains a core of Thestral hair, which most will be aware are creatures who have a connection with death. Since holding the Hallows makes one the Master of Death, the use of Thestral hair is the only way for the Elder Wand to function as one of the Deathly Hallows.

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    The Marauders Used The Invisibility Cloak To Map Out Hogwarts

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Marauder's Map isn't an exact depiction of Hogwarts, as there are few sections missing. The reason for this comes down to the Marauders never finding these places. As it is, James, Sirius, Remus, and Peter had to physically be present at the passageways and parts of the castle that are included in the Marauder's Map.

    In order to get to these areas, the Marauders used the Invisibility Cloak to sneak past teachers and Mr. Filch and plotted the locations they found on the map. This is why the Chamber of Secrets and Room of Requirement don't show up on the Marauder's Map as its creators never learned of the existence of these hidden areas. 

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    The Sorting Hat Uses Legilimency To Read Students' Minds

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    There isn't deep magic behind the Sorting Hat's technique of placing students in their respective houses. In actuality, the Sorting Hat makes use of Legilimency to look into the minds of the children and judges their personalities based on their thought processes.

    This is the reason why the Sorting Hat takes the opinion of the students into account, as it can hear their thoughts. In theory, a child can block out the Sorting Hat by using Occlumency, but since these are 11-year-old children, they have no training or understanding of Legilimency and end up allowing the hat to peer into their minds.

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