by Matt Adler
The saga of Harry Potter has come to a close on the big-screen with the release of "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2." As a wizard, Harry’s primary tool of the trade is magic, and there is magic aplenty in this final film, particularly in the form of items which have been enchanted with magical powers, and are utilized by heroes and villains alike in the war for wizardly supremacy.
After the jump, we’re taking a look at some of these key arcane objects that drive the film’s story, and breaking down for you just what they can do in the right hands… or the wrong ones.
The Cloak Of Invisibility
Harry acquires his Cloak of Invisibility in the very first film, "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone," as a Christmas gift from his mentor Albus Dumbledore, who received it from Harry’s father, but its true importance doesn’t become clear until much later on. The Cloak ostensibly does exactly what the name implies, allowing Harry to vanish into thin air, and sneak around when the situation requires it. But Harry also discovers that the Cloak has protective enchantments which can shield him from harm.
More importantly, Harry eventually learns that the Cloak is one of three objects known as The Deathly Hallows, granted to a trio of wizards long ago by Death himself, and sought by the evil Lord Voldemort to increase his power and make his dominion unchallengeable. The Cloak Of Invisibility can even hide its wearer from Death, making it one of the most powerful artifacts in existence.
The Elder Wand
Another of the Deathly Hallows, the Elder Wand might be considered the granddaddy of all wands. Wands, deceptively simple-looking sticks that every wizard uses to cast spells and do battle with foes, are relatively common in Harry Potter’s world. The Elder Wand trumps them all however, and is considered unbeatable when facing any other wand in direct combat. However, it can only be wielded by one who has defeated its previous owner… and if that owner is armed with the Elder Wand, that’s a pretty tough standard to meet.
Given that, and the allure of power of this magnitude, the Elder Wand has generated a terrible history of treachery and murder, as grasping wizards have sought to eliminate each successive owner of the wand so they can take its power for themselves. The Wand eventually comes to rest in Dumbledore’s grave, where the ghoulish Voldemort claims it as his own.
The Resurrection Stone
The last of the Deathly Hallows, the Resurrection Stone enables its wielder to breach the boundaries of death and communicate with those who have passed over into the afterlife. It can even bring those who have passed on back to our world… but not to true life, as its initial owner, the wizard Cadmus Peverell, discovered to his great dismay. He attempted to use the Stone to bring back his lost fiancée, but soon saw that all he had succeeded in doing was causing his departed love tremendous pain, devastating him and leading to his suicide, enshrining a tragic legacy which warned of the dangers of tampering with Death.
Godric Gryffindor's Sword
An artifact once belonging to the founder of Harry Potter’s own house at Hogwarts, the Sword of Gryffindor is an indestructible blade crafted by goblins, who are known in Harry Potter’s world for their exquisite craftsmanship (and bad dispositions).
Beyond its indestructibility, the sword also possesses the ability to absorb the power of whatever it is unleashed against, thus making it a weapon that actually becomes stronger with use. Harry and his friends come to find this property invaluable; after having used the sword to destroy a monstrous basilisk, they find that the sword has absorbed the basilisk’s own destructive power, and can now be used in their quest to destroy Voldemort’s horcruxes.
A being as selfish and evil as Harry’s archnemesis Lord Voldemort has no greater obsession than extending his own wretched existence for as long as possible. To that end, Voldemort invoked the darkest of magics to create horcruxes, objects which are each imbued with a portion of his soul and made nearly indestructible, through a ritual which demands the heinous act of murder. This process ensures that as long as the objects survive, so too will Voldemort, enabling him to return from seeming destruction time and again.
If Harry is to rid the world of the threat of Voldemort forever, he must discover which objects Voldemort has chosen to serve as vessels for his twisted soul, and destroy them.
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