1992 or earlier
A Crushing Cabinet is a torture device consisting of an iron cabinet in which a person is slowly crushed, as they find the walls, floor and ceiling closing in. The crushing walls are activated by closing the door shut.
Harry Potter hid in a Crushing Cabinet in Borgin and Burkes in 1992 to avoid being seen by Lucius and Draco Malfoy, but at the time he did not realise what the Cabinet was, nor its crushing devices. Had he completely closed the door, he would have been crushed.
Behind the scenes
- This cabinet is named only in the script for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
- Despite it being identified in the film and game that Harry hid in a Crushing Cabinet, the cabinet in which Harry hid in the book is described as being large and black, the same description given in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to the Vanishing Cabinet.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Unnamed)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)