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A magic lantern is a enchanted lantern that presumably provides light via magical power rather than by fuel or electricity. Prior to the discovery of the Wand-Lighting Charm, these sorts of lanterns, as well as inferior types of light-creation spells, were used by wizards to provide light. Even in more modern times, magic lanterns still saw use. Miranda Goshawk recommended in the Book of Spells that wizards that do not feel confident in their spell-casting abilities invest in one, as a poorly performed Wand-Lighting Charm can damage the wand. They also see use in situations where wizards providing light would be impractical, such as when the Weasley family used a set of floating golden lanterns to illuminate William Weasley's wedding.