Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Remembrall

Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic
Type Magical device
Features Turns red when you've forgotten something
First Appearance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Overview edit

A Remembrall is a glass sphere filled with white smoke. If you hold the ball in your hand, the smoke will turn red to indicate you have forgotten something. The name is apparently a portmanteau of "remember", "all", and "ball".

Extended Description edit

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Neville is sent a Remembrall by his grandmother in his second week at Hogwarts, and it immediately turns red when he holds it, to tell him that he has forgotten something. However, it cannot tell him what he has forgotten.

Analysis edit

As written, the Remembrall, while neat, is not particularly useful; everyone has always forgotten something, so the Remembrall would always indicate that something had been forgotten. Perhaps the shade of red would indicate how important the forgotten item is?

The main purpose of the Remembrall is to give Draco Malfoy something that he can steal, to show off his character, and to make it necessary for Harry to fly to recover it. Forcing Harry onto a broom, in a situation where he can show off his natural talent unfettered by organized lessons, is necessary to allow us to share Harry's joy at finding something he is good at in the Wizarding world.

After the byplay on the brooms, Neville's Remembrall plays no further significant part on the story, and no others are mentioned.

Questions edit

Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

  1. How could a Remembrall be made more useful?

Greater Picture edit

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