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Quick-Quotes Quill
Object information
Made

1994 or earlier

Usage

To record and often exaggerate spoken words for use in journalism

Owners

Rita Skeeter

"Hey....my eyes aren't 'glistening with the ghosts of my past'!"
Harry Potter looking at Rita Skeeter's Quick-Quotes Quill notes.[src]

A Quick-Quotes Quill is a magical quill that writes automatically as the subject speaks. However, the quill does not record verbatim what the subject says. Instead, it takes a subject's words and creates sensational and inaccurate tales that bear little resemblance to actual events. It is capable of writing on its own when dictated to, although what is written is often highly embellished.

Although Rita Skeeter's Quick-Quotes Quill is known to often produce inaccurate notes about the subjects of her interviews, it is apparently also capable of taking fairly accurate notes at times, as this is the quill used during Skeeter's 1996 interview with Harry Potter for the Quibbler, and Harry seemed pleased with the contents of the article upon its publication, unlike many of Skeeter's other articles. However, it is also possible that the Quill took its usual, embellished notes, and that Luna Lovegood had her father, the Quibbler's editor, set the article straight before its publication.

These quills are similar to Self-Writing Quills.

Known users

  • Rita Skeeter uses a long, acid green Quick-Quotes Quill when interviewing people for the Daily Prophet. Whatever its origins may be, Rita Skeeter knows that not everyone approves of its use, as she hurriedly hides it from Albus Dumbledore. To use it, Skeeter sucks on the end and places it upright on parchment. In 1997, Rita Skeeter mentions in her interview concerning Dumbledore's posthumous biography that the Quick-Quotes Quill helped her to write the book so quickly after his death.

Behind the scenes

Rita Quick-Quotes Quill

Rita Skeeter and her Quick-Quotes Quill.

"Attractive blonde Rita Skeeter, forty-three, whose savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations…"
—Quick-Quotes Quill transcription[src]

Appearances

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