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

A Quick-Quotes Quill was a magical quill that wrote automatically as the subject spoke. However, the quill did not record verbatim what the subject said, but rather took a subject's words and created sensational and inaccurate tales that bore little resemblance to actual events.

These quills are similar to Self-Writing Quills.

Known uses

Quick Quotes Quill

Rita Skeeter's Quick-Quotes Quill taking notes

Rita Skeeter uses a long, acid green Quick-Quotes Quill when interviewing people for the Daily Prophet.[1][2][3][4] To use it, Skeeter sucks on the end and places it upright on parchment. Whatever its origins may be, Rita Skeeter knows that not everyone approves of its use, as she hurriedly hides it from Albus Dumbledore. 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.[5] She also used it to report on the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final.[6]

Behind the scenes

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


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 2 (In Memoriam)
  6. 2014 Quidditch World Cup final (Archived from Pottermore)