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A '''cauldron''' is a vessel similar to a bucket or kettle and is used to brew and hold [[potion]]s and also may be used to carry supplies. Cauldrons are heated over an open fire and can be hung over a fire from an [[iron]] handle.
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A '''cauldron''' is a vessel similar to a bucket or kettle and is used to brew and hold [[potion]]s and also may be used to carry supplies. Cauldrons are heated over an open [[fire]] and can be hung over a fire from an [[iron]] handle.
   
==Magical cauldrons==
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==History==
Many cauldrons have magical properties. The '''self-stirring cauldron''' was invented by [[Gaspard Shingleton]]. [[Bruno Schmidt]] of Germany once killed an [[Erkling]] by striking it with his father's '''collapsible cauldron'''. Shops in [[Diagon Alley]] sell both self-stirring and collapsible cauldrons. Other cauldrons may have [[Undetectable Extension Charm]]s placed on them, as students often use them to carry many books and school supplies.
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===Early history===
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Cauldrons were initially used by [[Muggle]]s and [[wizardkind|wizards]] alike, merely as large cooking pots that could be suspended over fires. Over time, however, as people began to use stoves, saucepans became more convenient for cooking, and the cauldron was relegated to [[potion|potion-making]]: it is essencial that potions are brewed over a naked flame.<ref name="PMcauldron">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book6/chapter9/moment1/cauldrons New from J.K. Rowling: "Cauldrons"]</ref>
   
==Types of cauldron==
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===Modern developments===
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While cauldrons remain classic potion-making utensils, there have been attempts to revolutionise the cauldron, like the invention of the [[Self-Stirring Cauldron]] by [[Gaspard Shingleton]],<ref name="WotM">''[[Wizard of the Month]]''</ref> or the [[Collapsible Cauldron]].<ref name="PS5">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 5 (''Diagon Alley'')</ref> [[Humphrey Belcher]] once theorised ''"the time was ripe for a [[cheese cauldron]]"'' ([[Albus Dumbledore]] would later comment he had been "''woefully wrong''" in this belief).<ref name="HBP10">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'' - Chapter 10 (''The House of Gaunt'')</ref>
   
Here is a list of known types of cauldrons:
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The [[fire crab]], which resembles a tortoise with a jewelled shell that shoots fire out its back end, is prized for its shell for use as a cauldron. This practise of poaching has lead to protected colonies in its native habitat of [[Fiji]] island.<ref name="FB">''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''</ref>
[[File:Pewter-cauldron-lrg.png|thumb|right|200px|A standard size 2 [[Pewter Cauldron]].]]
 
   
*[[Self-Stirring Cauldron]]
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All cauldrons are enchanted to make them lighter to carry, since they are mostly made out of heavy metals and alloys,<ref name="PMcauldron"/> which makes them a preferred means of carrying school supplies, such as books, in.<ref name="CS4">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' - Chapter 4 (''At Flourish and Blotts'')</ref>
*[[Collapsible Cauldron]]
 
*[[Copper Cauldron]] - can be purchased at the price of 25 [[Galleon]]s at [[Potage's Cauldron Shop]].<ref name="pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]''</ref>
 
*[[Brass Cauldron]] - costs 21 [[Galleon]]s.<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
*[[Pewter Cauldron]] - can be purchased for 15 [[Galleon]]s on [[Diagon Alley]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
*Silver Cauldron
 
*Solid [[Gold]] Cauldron
 
   
 
==Cauldron thickness==
 
==Cauldron thickness==
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{{Quote|We're trying to standardise cauldron thickness. Some of these foreign imports are just a shade too thin — leakages have been increasing at a rate of almost three percent a year|[[Percy Weasley]]'s explanation.|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
{{Quote|We’re trying to standardise cauldron thickness. Some of these foreign imports are just a shade too thin leakages have been increasing at a rate of almost three percent a year|[[Percy Weasley]]'s explanation|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|quote}}
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In general, cauldrons must stand up to great wear and usage. As one of his first assignments with the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], [[Percy Weasley]] worked with the [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]] lobbying for a standard for cauldron thickness. Apparently, there was an issue with sub-standard imported cauldrons having defective, thin bottoms.<ref name="GF5">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 5 (''Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes'')</ref> Perhaps this is the cause for [[Neville Longbottom]]'s knack for melting cauldrons during [[Potions (class)|Potions]] class. First years at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] used pewter standard size 2 cauldrons, as mentioned on the list that accompanied their [[Hogwarts acceptance letter]].<ref name="PS5"/>
   
In general, cauldrons must stand up to great wear and usage. As one of his first assignments with the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], [[Percy Weasley]] worked with the [[Department of International Magical Cooperation]] lobbying for a standard for cauldron thickness. Apparently, there was an issue with sub-standard imported cauldrons having defective, thin bottoms.<ref name="GF5">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 5 (''Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes'')</ref> Perhaps this is the cause for [[Neville Longbottom]]'s knack for melting cauldrons during [[Potions (class)|Potions]] class. First years at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] used pewter standard size 2 cauldrons, as mentioned on the list that accompanied their [[Hogwarts acceptance letter]].<ref name="PS5">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' - Chapter 5 (''Diagon Alley'')</ref>
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==Types of cauldron==
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Here is a list of known types of cauldrons, including those created as a joke:
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*[[Self-Stirring Cauldron]]
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*[[Collapsible Cauldron]]
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*[[Exploding Cauldron]]
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*[[Sloshing Cauldron]]
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*[[Cheese cauldron|Cheese Cauldron]]
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*[[Copper Cauldron]] - can be purchased for the price of 25 [[Galleon]]s at [[Potage's Cauldron Shop]] in [[Diagon Alley]].<ref name="pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]''</ref>
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*[[Brass Cauldron]] - can be purchased for the price of 21 [[Galleon]]s at [[Potage's Cauldron Shop]] in [[Diagon Alley]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
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*[[Pewter Cauldron]] - can be purchased for the price of 15 [[Galleon]]s at [[Potage's Cauldron Shop]] in [[Diagon Alley]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
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*[[Silver]] Cauldron
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*Solid [[Gold cauldron|Gold Cauldron]]
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<gallery widths="158">
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Brass-cauldron-lrg.png|A standard size 2 [[Brass Cauldron]].
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Copper-cauldron.png|A standard size 2 [[Copper Cauldron]].
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Pewter-cauldron-lrg.png|A standard size 2 [[Pewter Cauldron]].
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SilverCauldron.jpg|A [[Silver Cauldron]] containing a green-coloured potion.
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Collapsible Cauldron.jpg|A [[Collapsible cauldron]].
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Self-Stirring Cauldron.jpg|A [[Self-Stirring Cauldron]].
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</gallery>
   
==Revolutions in cauldron making==
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==Cauldrons in wizarding culture==
There are always new attempts to revolutionise the cauldron. [[Humphrey Belcher]] theorised ''"the time was ripe for a cheese cauldron."'' The [[fire crab]], which resembles a tortoise with a jewelled shell that shoots fire out its back end, is prized for its shell for use as a cauldron. This practise of poaching has lead to protected colonies in its native habitat of Fiji island.
 
 
==Cauldrons in culture==
 
 
*The [[Leaky Cauldron]] of London is a popular pub for [[Wizard]]s.<ref name="PS5"/>
 
*The [[Leaky Cauldron]] of London is a popular pub for [[Wizard]]s.<ref name="PS5"/>
 
*[[Cauldron Cake]]s are treats beloved by wizarding children.
 
*[[Cauldron Cake]]s are treats beloved by wizarding children.
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
[[File:Melted cauldron.png|thumb|right|190px|A melted cauldron at [[Pottermore]].]]
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[[File:Melted_cauldron.png|thumb|190px|A melted cauldron on [[Pottermore]].]]
 
 
* In the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', the song [[Something Wicked This Way Comes]] was performed by the Hogwarts Student Choir at the Sorting Feast. The lyrics are taken from the opening scene of [[William Shakespeare]]'s ''Macbeth''. It was by [[John Williams]].
 
* In the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|film version]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', the song [[Something Wicked This Way Comes]] was performed by the Hogwarts Student Choir at the Sorting Feast. The lyrics are taken from the opening scene of [[William Shakespeare]]'s ''Macbeth''. It was by [[John Williams]].
* [[Pottermore]] allows users to brew potions. When making them, ingredients are added to the cauldron, sometimes after being crushed with the pestle and mortar. The cauldron must be kept at the right temperature using the buttons below the cauldron on the brewing page; if the temperature is too high, the cauldron will melt and the potion maker will lose five points. When a cauldron melts, it cannot be reused and the potion maker must replace it with a new one from [[Potage's Cauldron Shop]]. <ref name="pottermore"/>
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* [[Pottermore]] allows users to brew potions. When making them, ingredients are added to the cauldron, sometimes after being crushed with the pestle and mortar. The cauldron must be kept at the right temperature using the buttons below the cauldron on the brewing page; if the temperature is too high, the cauldron will melt and the potion maker will lose five points. When a cauldron melts, it cannot be reused and the potion maker must replace it with a new one from [[Potage's Cauldron Shop]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
* Users of [[Pottermore]] are allowed to own only one of every available type of cauldron at [[Potage's Cauldron Shop]] - [[Pewter Cauldron]], [[Copper Cauldron]], [[Brass Cauldron]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
* Users of [[Pottermore]] are allowed to own only one of every available type of cauldron at [[Potage's Cauldron Shop]] - [[Pewter Cauldron]], [[Copper Cauldron]], [[Brass Cauldron]].<ref name="pottermore"/>
 
* There exists a [[Cauldron repair|business which fixes cauldrons]].
 
* There exists a [[Cauldron repair|business which fixes cauldrons]].
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* In the wizarding sport [[Creaothceann]], players wear cauldrons strapped to their heads.<ref name="QTTA">''[[Quidditch Through the Ages (real)|Quidditch Through the Ages]]'', Chapter 2 - (''Ancient Broom Games'')</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
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*''[[Quidditch Through the Ages (real)|Quidditch Through the Ages]]''
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*''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)|The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
*''[[Pottermore]]''
 
*''[[Pottermore]]''
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*''[[Wonderbook: Book of Potions]]''
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==

Latest revision as of 19:56, December 15, 2014

Cauldron
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Used to brew potions

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A cauldron is a vessel similar to a bucket or kettle and is used to brew and hold potions and also may be used to carry supplies. Cauldrons are heated over an open fire and can be hung over a fire from an iron handle.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

Cauldrons were initially used by Muggles and wizards alike, merely as large cooking pots that could be suspended over fires. Over time, however, as people began to use stoves, saucepans became more convenient for cooking, and the cauldron was relegated to potion-making: it is essencial that potions are brewed over a naked flame.[1]

Modern developmentsEdit

While cauldrons remain classic potion-making utensils, there have been attempts to revolutionise the cauldron, like the invention of the Self-Stirring Cauldron by Gaspard Shingleton,[2] or the Collapsible Cauldron.[3] Humphrey Belcher once theorised "the time was ripe for a cheese cauldron" (Albus Dumbledore would later comment he had been "woefully wrong" in this belief).[4]

The fire crab, which resembles a tortoise with a jewelled shell that shoots fire out its back end, is prized for its shell for use as a cauldron. This practise of poaching has lead to protected colonies in its native habitat of Fiji island.[5]

All cauldrons are enchanted to make them lighter to carry, since they are mostly made out of heavy metals and alloys,[1] which makes them a preferred means of carrying school supplies, such as books, in.[6]

Cauldron thicknessEdit

"We're trying to standardise cauldron thickness. Some of these foreign imports are just a shade too thin — leakages have been increasing at a rate of almost three percent a year"
Percy Weasley's explanation.[src]

In general, cauldrons must stand up to great wear and usage. As one of his first assignments with the Ministry of Magic, Percy Weasley worked with the Department of International Magical Cooperation lobbying for a standard for cauldron thickness. Apparently, there was an issue with sub-standard imported cauldrons having defective, thin bottoms.[7] Perhaps this is the cause for Neville Longbottom's knack for melting cauldrons during Potions class. First years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry used pewter standard size 2 cauldrons, as mentioned on the list that accompanied their Hogwarts acceptance letter.[3]

Types of cauldronEdit

Here is a list of known types of cauldrons, including those created as a joke:

Cauldrons in wizarding cultureEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

Melted cauldron

A melted cauldron on Pottermore.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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