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==History==
 
==History==
 
===Invention===
 
===Invention===
[[File:Stroulger.jpg|200px|thumb|left|[[Edgar Stroulger]] developing the Pocket Sneakoscope.]]
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[[File:Stroulger.jpg|thumb|left|200px|[[Edgar Stroulger]] developing the Pocket Sneakoscope]]
 
The Sneakoscope was invented in the eighteenth century by [[Edgar Stroulger]].
 
The Sneakoscope was invented in the eighteenth century by [[Edgar Stroulger]].
   
 
===1993===
 
===1993===
[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] purchased a "pocket" Sneakoscope in [[Egypt]] in [[1993]] as a thirteenth birthday present for [[Harry Potter]]. Ron's brother [[William Weasley|Bill]] said it was just a piece of rubbish sold for tourists and did not work as it was whistling at their supper table. However, he had not realised that [[Fred and George Weasley|Fred and George]] had put beetles in his soup. It also lit up when Ron was tying Harry's birthday package to [[Errol]]'s leg, as he was not supposed to use the old owl for long journeys. Later that year, Harry's Sneakoscope started whistling on the [[Hogwarts Express]] when [[Peter Pettigrew|Scabbers]] was nearby, as Scabbers was really [[Peter Pettigrew]]. Harry had to keep the Sneakoscope in a pair of [[Vernon Dursley|Uncle Vernon]]'s old socks to keep the whistling quiet.
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[[Ronald Weasley]] (Ron)  purchased a "pocket" Sneakoscope in [[Egypt]] in [[1993]] as a thirteenth birthday present for [[Harry Potter]]. Ron's brother [[William Weasley|Bill]] said it was just a piece of rubbish sold for tourists and did not work as it was whistling at their supper table. However, he had not realised that [[Fred and George Weasley|Fred and George]] had put beetles in his soup. It also lit up when Ron was tying Harry's birthday package to [[Errol]]'s leg, as he was not supposed to use the old owl for long journeys. Later that year, Harry's Sneakoscope started whistling on the [[Hogwarts Express]] when [[Peter Pettigrew|Scabbers]] was nearby, as Scabbers was really [[Peter Pettigrew]] (which might help explain the previous occurences as well). Harry had to keep the Sneakoscope in a pair of [[Vernon Dursley|Uncle Vernon]]'s old [[socks]] to keep the whistling quiet.
   
 
===1994===
 
===1994===
"[[Alastor Moody|Professor Moody]]" had a large Sneakoscope in his office in Harry's fourth year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. He had to disable it because, he claimed, it was extra-sensitive and would whistle at any deceit as far off as a mile — not to mention students lying about their homework. Regardless of the truth of this claim, it would certainly have been activated by "Professor Moody" himself, as he was [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] in disguise.
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"[[Alastor Moody|Professor Moody]]"-Mad Eye Moody- had a large Sneakoscope in his office in Harry's fourth year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]. He had to disable it because, he claimed, it was extra-sensitive and would whistle at any deceit as far off as a mile — not to mention students lying about their homework. Regardless of the truth of this claim, it would certainly have been activated by "Professor Moody" himself, as he was [[Bartemius Crouch Jr.|Barty Crouch Jr.]] in disguise.
   
 
===1995===
 
===1995===
A few Sneakoscopes (along with other detection devices) were present in the [[Room of Requirement]] while [[Dumbledore's Army]] was using it to practise. Sadly they proved of little help to the D.A. since when the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] finally discovered where they were, the authority's actions were ''very'' honest (albeit less than enjoyable for the D.A. members who were actually caught).
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A few Sneakoscopes (along with other detection devices) were present in the [[Room of Requirement]] while [[Dumbledore's Army]] was using it to practise. Sadly, they proved of little help to the D.A. since when [[Professor]] [[Dolores Umbridge]] finally discovered where they were. 
   
 
===1997===
 
===1997===
 
[[Hermione Granger]] gave [[Harry Potter|Harry]] a Sneakoscope as a gift for his seventeenth [[31 July|birthday]] at breakfast, before a [[Harry Potter's seventeenth birthday party|small celebration]] was held in his honour.<ref name="DH7">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 7</ref>
 
[[Hermione Granger]] gave [[Harry Potter|Harry]] a Sneakoscope as a gift for his seventeenth [[31 July|birthday]] at breakfast, before a [[Harry Potter's seventeenth birthday party|small celebration]] was held in his honour.<ref name="DH7">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'', Ch. 7</ref>
   
The contraption later alerted Harry, Ron, and Hermione about the [[Snatchers]] outside of their tent after accidently saying the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord's]] name even though it was [[Taboo]]ed. Unfortunately, it alerted the Snatchers that the trio was in the tent.
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The contraption later alerted Harry, Ron, and Hermione about the [[Snatchers]] outside of their tent after accidently saying the [[Tom Riddle|Dark Lord's]] name even though it was [[Taboo]]ed. Unfortunately, it also alerted the Snatchers that the [[trio]] was in the tent.
   
 
[[File:Sneakoscope_jkrowlingcom.jpg|thumb|right|The Sneakoscope on [[J. K. Rowling's Official Site|jkrowling.com]] ]]
 
[[File:Sneakoscope_jkrowlingcom.jpg|thumb|right|The Sneakoscope on [[J. K. Rowling's Official Site|jkrowling.com]] ]]
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==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*A Sneakoscope can be seen on the flash version of [[J. K. Rowling's Official Site]].
 
*A Sneakoscope can be seen on the flash version of [[J. K. Rowling's Official Site]].
*Sneakoscopes can be purchased at [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]], as a novelty toy.
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*Sneakoscopes can be purchased at [[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter|The Wizarding World of Harry Potter&nbsp;]] and [[Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter|Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter]] as a novelty toy.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]''
 
*''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]''
 
*''[[J. K. Rowling's Official Site]]''
 
*''[[J. K. Rowling's Official Site]]''
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*''[[Pottermore]]''
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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[[Category:Hermione Granger's possessions]]
 
[[Category:Hermione Granger's possessions]]
 
[[Category:Alastor Moody's possessions]]
 
[[Category:Alastor Moody's possessions]]
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Latest revision as of 14:39, April 11, 2014

Sneakoscope
Sneakoscope
Object information
Usage

To keep away enemies

Owners
"It's quite easy once you know how, one simple Freezing Charm on these absurd burglar alarms they use instead of Sneakoscopes and make sure the neighbours don't spot you bringing in the piano."
Horace Slughorn, when asked by Albus Dumbledore how he moves from house to house.[src]

A Sneakoscope is a type of Dark Detector that looks like a glass spinning top. It lights up, spins, and whistles if someone is doing something untrustworthy nearby.

HistoryEdit

InventionEdit

Stroulger

Edgar Stroulger developing the Pocket Sneakoscope

The Sneakoscope was invented in the eighteenth century by Edgar Stroulger.

1993Edit

Ronald Weasley (Ron)  purchased a "pocket" Sneakoscope in Egypt in 1993 as a thirteenth birthday present for Harry Potter. Ron's brother Bill said it was just a piece of rubbish sold for tourists and did not work as it was whistling at their supper table. However, he had not realised that Fred and George had put beetles in his soup. It also lit up when Ron was tying Harry's birthday package to Errol's leg, as he was not supposed to use the old owl for long journeys. Later that year, Harry's Sneakoscope started whistling on the Hogwarts Express when Scabbers was nearby, as Scabbers was really Peter Pettigrew (which might help explain the previous occurences as well). Harry had to keep the Sneakoscope in a pair of Uncle Vernon's old socks to keep the whistling quiet.

1994Edit

"Professor Moody"-Mad Eye Moody- had a large Sneakoscope in his office in Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts. He had to disable it because, he claimed, it was extra-sensitive and would whistle at any deceit as far off as a mile — not to mention students lying about their homework. Regardless of the truth of this claim, it would certainly have been activated by "Professor Moody" himself, as he was Barty Crouch Jr. in disguise.

1995Edit

A few Sneakoscopes (along with other detection devices) were present in the Room of Requirement while Dumbledore's Army was using it to practise. Sadly, they proved of little help to the D.A. since when Professor Dolores Umbridge finally discovered where they were. 

1997Edit

Hermione Granger gave Harry a Sneakoscope as a gift for his seventeenth birthday at breakfast, before a small celebration was held in his honour.[1]

The contraption later alerted Harry, Ron, and Hermione about the Snatchers outside of their tent after accidently saying the Dark Lord's name even though it was Tabooed. Unfortunately, it also alerted the Snatchers that the trio was in the tent.

Sneakoscope jkrowlingcom

The Sneakoscope on jkrowling.com

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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