A winged catapult

A catapult (called a slingshot in North American English) is a weapon used to launch projectiles which comes in various sizes. It can be a handheld weapon consisting of a Y-shaped stick with an elastic band strung between its two prongs, which was used to fire small projectiles like stones, typically by children.[1]

Goliath, a giant mercenary hired by the Philistines to fight for them in the ancient war they waged with the Israelites, was slain by a young boy armed only with a catapult.[2]

Winged catapults were one of the forbidden objects hidden in the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3]


Notes and references

  1. "Catapult" on Oxford Dictionaries
  2. Famous Wizard Card (Goliath)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 24 (Sectumsempra)
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