In response to Bluebookbelle’s Bookish Photo A Day Challenge – February 2015 #AWORphotoaday
Book-related objects – there are so many! However it would have to be something from the amazing imagination of JK Rowling.
So I’ll go for the Golden Snitch.
This tiny winged golden ball first appeared in
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The Golden Snitch, often called simply the Snitch, is the third and smallest ball used in Quidditch. It is a walnut-sized gold-coloured sphere with silver wings. It flies around the Quidditch field at high speeds, sometimes pausing and hovering in place. The Seeker’s goal is to catch the Snitch before the other team’s seeker, which is worth one-hundred and fifty points. The game can only end when the Snitch has been caught, or by mutual agreement of the two teams’ Captains; the latter is very rare, however, as one team would have to lose.
The genius of Rowling is that she made the snitch very significant for Harry in the Deathly Hallows.
The Snitches have flesh memories and remember the touch of the first person who handled them in case of a disputed capture. Everyone, including the maker, has to wear gloves when handling the snitch until releasing one for each game. Because of this a new snitch must be used for each game. In Harry’s very first match, which was against Slytherin he caught the Snitch in his mouth.
Dumbledore, upon his death, left Harry the first Golden Snitch he had caught. Dumbledore put enchanted writing on the snitch that could only be read when Harry touched it to his mouth. It read, “I open at the close”. Dumbledore had also enchanted the Snitch to hold the Resurrection Stone inside of it, and it would only open for Harry once he accepted the fact that he needed to sacrifice himself in order to defeat Lord Voldermort.