A red yo-yo stolen by Tom Riddle as a child

A yo-yo was a toy consisting of two discs connected by a central rod, around which a length of string was wound, similar to a spool.[1] To play with a yo-yo, the user held the free end of the string, then tossed the toy out or allowed gravity to pull it down.[1] This created spin which could be used to make the yo-yo rewind into one's hand.[1]

Tom Riddle stole a red yo-yo from another child at Wool's Orphanage in the 1930s.[2][3] He hid it in his wardrobe along with a collection of other stolen items.[2][3]

The Screaming Yo-yo was a type of magical yo-yo that presumably shrieked when a person played with it.[4] Argus Filch added Screaming Yo-yos to the list of items forbidden at Hogwarts at the start of the 1994–1995 school year.[4]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Yo-yo" on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13 (The Secret Riddle)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film) (see this image)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament)