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Fred Weasley: "And what's happened to your eye, Hermione?"
Hermione Granger: "Your punching telescope."
Fred Weasley: "Oh, blimey, I forgot about those. Here... Just dab it on, that bruise'll be gone within the hour. We had to find a decent bruise remover. We're testing most of our products on ourselves."
— Discussion of the Boxing telescope[src]

Boxing telescopes are joke products manufactured by Fred and George Weasley in 1996 for Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. When held up to the eye a small fist would extend and punch you in the face.

Effects

When it is squeezed, a tiny fist on a spring erupts from its end and lands a punch, accompanied by a puff of black smoke and a loud bang.[1] The purple bruise caused by the telescope does not fade by itself, and cannot be healed with standard remedies such as can be found in The Healer's Helpmate.[1]

The only known means to remove is another Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes product, Bruise removal paste.[1]

History

Boxing telescopes was kept in their old bedroom, but Hermione Granger went rummaging in their boxes and accidentally activated it.[1] It gave her a black eye that Molly Weasley was unable to remove.[1]

When Hermione, Harry Potter, and the Weasleys went to Diagon Alley shortly afterwards, Draco Malfoy noticed Hermione's black eye and said he wanted to buy flowers for whoever did it. The group then went to the twins' joke shop, where Fred gave Hermione a thick yellow paste, which removed the bruise within an hour.[2]

Behind the scenes

Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, Oliver Phelps and a Punching telescope

Matthew Lewis and Oliver Phelps making fun at Tom Felton when a boxing telescope nearly hit him at his face

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 5 (An Excess of Phlegm)
  2. Half-Blood Prince, Ch. 6
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) DVD 2nd-disc special feature: Close-Up with the cast of Harry Potter - Special Effects with Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton and Oliver Phelps.