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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.[1]



Harry hiding in the cabinet.

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.[2] Had he completely closed the door, he would have been crushed.

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

  1. Chamber of Secrets script on IMSDb, available via Internet Archive
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)

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