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"It's lucky it's dark. I haven't blushed so much since Madam Pomfrey told me she liked my new earmuffs."
Albus Dumbledore to Minerva McGonagall[src]

Earmuffs are headgear designed to protect the ears and shut out sound.[1]


A pair of brown-coloured earmuffs

They are essential equipment in handling mandrakes as their screams are fatal to humans. Second year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry use earmuffs when learning to re-pot young mandrakes, as although the cries are not yet lethal, they can still render a person unconscious.[1]

During the 1989–1990 school year, Bill Weasley during one of his sixth year Defence Against the Dark Arts tutoring lessons, wore protective earmuffs along with his classmates to prevent them hearing the deadly scream of a Banshee they were studying in this classroom.[4]

In 1981, while delivering Harry Potter to the Dursleys, Dumbledore mentioned to Minerva McGonagall that he owned a pair of earmuffs.[2]

In the 1992–1993 school year, the second years fought to not get stuck with the pink and fluffy earmuffs, in a scenario in which, for once, Neville Longbottom's luck was not all bad, and the Professor herself took the undesired items.[1]

On 2 May 1998, during the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry Potter passed Professor Sprout and a group of students all wearing earmuffs as they prepared to launch mandrakes at Death Eaters.[5]

Behind the scenes

  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, entering an earmuff wardrobe will give you earmuffs so that you can pick up and carry Mandrakes, allowing their voices to shatter glass objects. These earmuffs come in three different colour varieties, green, pink and grey, with grey ones seem to resemble earpieces typically worn by spies. Earpieces are also available in the form of spears.[6]
  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the earmuffs used during the Mandrake lesson did not seem to block out human speaking, as Professor Sprout and Seamus Finnigan spoke about Neville Longbottom fainting while both were wearing the earmuffs.[7]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 6 (Gilderoy Lockhart)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PS1 version
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 24 (Return to the Forest) - Defence Against the Dark Arts Lesson "Banshees"
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
  6. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) - Chapter 10 (Mandrakes and Ron's Howler)