Some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and, as such, spoilers will be present.
- "Quills are useful for writing."
- —Description [src]
A quill is a writing instrument made from a feather whose tip has been cut into a pointed shape. It is the standard writing instrument in the Wizarding world, as opposed to pens and pencils in the Muggle world. They usually have to be dipped into ink.
In 1992. Gilderoy Lockhart owned a large Peacock feather quill. In 1992, Hermione Granger bought Harry Potter an eagle-feather quill for Christmas. Harry used an eagle-feather quill to do his homework during the summer on 1993. In 1994, Harry Potter used his eagle feather quill to write a letter to Sirius Black. He used this same quill to write to Ron saying he could attend the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. In 1995, while at the Ministry of Magic for his hearing, he noticed an Auror dictating a report to his quill.
Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop sells pheasant-feather quills. Hermione bought a black-and-gold one during the first Hogsmeade visit of the 1995–1996 school year. Albus Dumbledore had a "handsome scarlet quill" on the desk in his office; since it matched the colour of Fawkes' body feathers, it might have been a phoenix-feather quill.
Types of quillsThere is a great variety of quills, some plain and simple, some (like Fwooper quills), more fancy-looking, others enhanced with magical properties.
Numerous types of feathers are used including Pheasant, Eagle, Peacock (Gilderoy Lockhart's favourite), and perhaps Phoenix. Augurey feathers, however, are no good for this purpose as they repel ink.
- Used at Hogwarts during written exams. They are charmed with an Anti-Cheating spell, making it impossible to cheat.
- This quill does not use ink, but uses the writer's own blood to mark the paper. Harry had to use this quill to write lines in 1995 while serving detentions with Professor Umbridge. His hand is now permanently scarred with I must not tell lies from writing with this quill. Lee Jordan also was forced to use this quill for joking about a rule Professor Umbridge imposed.
- Detects the birth of each wizard or witch, then writes his or her name down in a large parchment book at Hogwarts. The Deputy Head checks the book every year, and then sends owls to these children as they approach their eleventh birthdays to invite them to attend Hogwarts.
- Great for reporters, this quill writes what the speaker dictates - often exaggerating the story. Rita Skeeter has an acid green one.
- These quills are sold at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, these quills probably ink themselves without needing to be manually dipped in an inkwell.
- A confection that looks like a writing quill, so that it can be nibbled on discreetly during classes. This treat is sold at Honeydukes Sweetshop.
- Corrects the user's spelling, sold at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. Ron Weasley had one, but its charm wore off leaving his homework terribly misspelt (example: his name was written as Roonil Wazlib.)
- Presumably similar to the above and a banned device in examinations.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (play)
Notes and references
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1 (Owl Post)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 2 (The Scar)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 3 (The Invitation)
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Augurey
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 16 (Through the Trapdoor)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
- ↑ Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Quill of Acceptance and The Book of Admittance" at Pottermore
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6 (Draco's Detour)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 21 (The Unknowable Room)