Things You Didn't Know About Magical Relics In 'Harry Potter'

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Vote up the most magical details about objects in the Wizarding World.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter contains many surprising historical details fans know little about because they were revealed outside the books or are carefully hidden within the texts. Much about the Wizarding World can be discovered through the magical objects found within that world - many of them considered artifacts or relics because the majority date back decades or centuries.

Many objects that appear in the main series are connected to larger stories, and it's interesting to learn about how they came into existence and the magic they contain.


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    The First Golden Snitch Was Modeled After The Golden Snidget Bird

    The First Golden Snitch Was Modeled After The Golden Snidget Bird
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The first Golden Snitch was crafted in the 14th century out of necessity. Quidditch originally used the Golden Snidget bird for the purpose that the Snitch fulfills now.

    The Snidget came close to extinction when many kept perishing during the games, so the wizard Bowman Wright invented the Golden Snitch.

    The first Golden Snitch is thus over half a millennium old and can't be controlled by anyone because Snitches have flesh memories. The first Snitch knows only the person who caught it - that wizard has been deceased for more than six centuries by now.

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    The Black Family Tapestry Is The Most Consistent Record Of Wizarding Family History

    The Black Family Tapestry Is The Most Consistent Record Of Wizarding Family History
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Pure-blood families love to keep track of their ancestry, although the majority are unaware to what extent their trees stretch back. The Malfoys are largely in the dark about the fact that their ancestors openly colluded with Muggles before the implementation of the Statute of Secrecy, but the House of Black can trace its history much further back.

    The Black family tapestry at 12 Grimmauld Place is a relic because it was created more than seven centuries ago. The tapestry contains the names of every person born in the Black household over the last several hundred years, which means every person's identity remains etched in history.

     

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    A Crystal Casket Once Housed The Heart Of A Warlock

    A Crystal Casket Once Housed The Heart Of A Warlock
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Long ago, a warlock removed his own heart using dark magic to avoid falling in love. The only thing capable of holding his heart was an enchanted crystal casket, which the warlock stored his ripped heart in for a number of years.

    The crystal casket was capable of holding dark magic indefinitely, but the heart became twisted and took on a grotesque, hairy appearance. The warlock eventually took the heart back but realized it was too corrupted to contain inside him - the heart refused to go back into the crystal casket and the warlock took his own life to destroy the heart.

    The crystal casket's current whereabouts are unknown because the warlock stored it deep in the dungeon of his castle. Considering how powerful it had to be to store a corrupted heart, it's likely the crystal casket still retains its abilities.

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    The Hogwarts Boats Have Taken Every New And Graduating Student Across The River

    The Hogwarts Boats Have Taken Every New And Graduating Student Across The River
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Hogwarts boats, which have been in operation since the school opened its doors to all wizard children in Britain, are more than a thousand years old. 

    It's a tradition to take new students across the lake to begin their studies, as well as graduate students to the Hogwarts Express as part of their leaving ceremony. The Hogwarts boats were enchanted to steer themselves and have done so for centuries, which means every student from past and present has set foot in the same boats. 

     

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    The Hogwarts Pensieve Contains The Memories Of Every Headmaster In History

    The Hogwarts Pensieve Contains The Memories Of Every Headmaster In History
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Harry sees Albus Dumbledore place his memories within the Pensieve and assumes it belongs to the headmaster, but Dumbledore is actually following every headmaster before him.

    The Pensieve has recorded the memories of every head of the school, creating a magical reference source. Headmasters use the Pensieve to revisit their predecessors' memories if need be, and the Pensieve continues to retain these memories centuries later.

     

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    The De-Aging Amulet Can Restore Youth For Some Time

    The De-Aging Amulet Can Restore Youth For Some Time
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Naasz was a magizoologist who had a de-aging amulet in her possession that appeared to be very old. The de-aging amulet has a vial inside that needs to be filled with an elixir that regenerates a person's youth.

    The elixir in question is unknown, but the amulet drives the magic by harnessing the elixir to enrich the user's body. How Naasz came across such an amulet is a mystery, but she is seemingly quite old, which alludes to the amulet's long existence.

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