The Harry Potter series consists of 7 best-selling novels by author J.K. Rowling. In this series, Rowling has created a world filled with the most unique and amazing fantasies- dark and light. Filled with magical beasts, birds, mirrors and everything else; this is among the most popular fantasy series ever written. Here are 10 of the best creations of this series:
10. Owl Post
We have heard of pigeons delivering letters. Even eagles and kites. But owls? That’s something new! Imagine waking up in the morning to have your post delivered by a parliament of owls. Snowy owl, barn owl, screech owl; anything will do! And they are fast as well. Imagine having a pet like Hedwig!
9. The Marauder’s Map
This might look like an empty piece of parchment at first glance, but speak the words ‘I solemnly swear I’m up to no good” and watch it reveal a full map of the Hogwarts castle along with people in it! Animagus disguises, Polyjuice Potion and Invisibility Cloaks cannot fool this map. This amazing map was created by James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew while they were students at Hogwarts.
8. Polyjuice Potion
A draught of this potion allows you to take the form of any person. Just add their essence. That’s some way of impersonating! Kills the need for disguises. Sherlock Holmes would be glad. Don’t use this for animal transformations though. It can cause nasty complications (as Hermione Granger discover to disastrous effect in The Chamber of Secrets).
There is one creature that can impersonate anyone (even creatures) without the Polyjuice Potion. That’s the Boggart. Shape-shifting creatures, they take the form of what the person before it fears the most. Wicked! No one knows what a Boggart looks like when it’s alone. Muggles can see them too! Beware.
6. Felix Felicis
This golden potion is the dream of everyone. Also called ‘liquid luck’, it makes the drinker lucky for a period of time during which everything he attempts will be successful. It’s highly toxic in large quantities though and its use is banned in all organized competitions like Quidditch. Guess their world has doping scandals too!
Undoubtedly the best sport ever created (albeit imaginary), it is played on flying broomsticks. The 2 teams consist of 7 players each (3 chasers, 2 beaters, 1 keeper and 1 seeker). This rough, fast-paced game has one catch. It goes on indefinitely until a seeker successfully catches the Golden Snitch. The longest game, according to Quidditch Through the Ages lasted 3 months. And we curse test matches!
4. The Mirror of Erised
‘Erised’ spelled backwards is ‘desire’. And that tells you what the mirror does. It shows people the innermost desire of their heart. The Mirror of Erised was the final protection given to the Philosopher’s Stone in the Philosopher’s Stone. Only a person who wanted to find but not use the Stone would be able to obtain it. You are the happiest person on the planet if you can see yourself in the mirror just the way you are.
To quote Albus Dumbledore, “I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.” It acts as a ‘sieve’ for your excess thoughts. Useful during examinations, don’t you think?
In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin calls them ‘among the foulest creatures that walk this earth’. And rightly so. Dementors are dark creatures. They feed off human happiness, and thus cause depression and despair to anyone near them (a living analogue of exams). They can also consume a person’s soul (called a ‘Dementor’s Kiss’), leaving their victims in a permanent vegetative state, and thus are often referred to as “soul-sucking fiends” and are known to leave a person as an ‘empty-shell’.
1. The Room of Requirement
This room beats all places on the planet. In Dobby, the house-elf’s words, “It is a room that a person can only enter when they have real need of it. Sometimes it is there, and sometimes it is not, but when it appears, it is always equipped for the seeker’s needs” It cannot create food though, as that is one of the five Principal Exceptions to Gamp’s Law of Elemental Transfiguration. So don’t expect 5-star hotels. Still, a room to die for!
There are others that almost made the list- the Hand of Glory, thestrals, remembralls, omniculars and howlers. Not to forget the Sorting Hat. Create your own list! The magical world of Harry Potter is yours to explore! If only we lived there (albeit as muggles). Sigh!