"Shocking-pink Catherine wheels five feet in diameter were whizzing lethally through the air like so many flying saucers."
—Fred and George set off their fireworks at Hogwarts[src]

A Catherine wheel is a type of firework which when ignited rotates quickly, producing a display of sparks and coloured flame.[1]

Fred Weasley and George Weasley made Catherine wheels as part of their Weasleys' Wildfire Whiz-bangs line of fireworks. They unleashed them in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry the day that Dolores Umbridge was assigned to be Headmistress.[2]


Notes and references

  1. WP favicon Catherine wheel on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory) - "“I think one of those Catherine wheels hit a rocket and it’s like they mated, come and see!”"