"Feeling oddly as though his legs had turned to lead, Harry got into line behind a boy with sandy hair, with Ron behind him, and they walked out of the chamber, back across the hall, and through a pair of double doors into the Great Hall."

Lead (chemical symbol Pb) is a chemical element; a soft, malleable heavy metal. Lead has a bluish-white colour after being freshly cut, but it soon tarnishes to a dull greyish colour when exposed to air.[1] Lead is a highly poisonous metal, and whether swallowed or inhaled it will negatively affect almost every organ and system in the human body; thus its use has been widely phased out due to its well-known strong toxicity. 

Just prior to his sorting on 1 September, 1991, Harry Potter's legs felt like lead because of the nerves, just as he was stepping into the Great Hall for the first time. After the ceremony and the feast, Harry's legs were noted to have felt as if they were made of lead once again, although this was only because he was very tired and full of food.[2] On the day of the Gryffindor v. Slytherin Quidditch match in 1992, the sky was noted to resemble the colour of lead.[3] After being knocked unconscious by Dementors in 1994, Harry Potter woke up in the Hospital Wing, his limbs feeling as heavy as lead.[4] As Harry Potter was waiting for Sirius Black's reply owl in the summer of 1994, he felt a leaden feeling in his stomach, as he gazed at the owl-free sky at The Burrow.[5] When Harry asked Cho Chang to the Yule Ball in late 1994, but was turned down, he felt as though his insides had been filled with lead.[6] Shortly after the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, Harry helped Rubeus Hagrid extinguish the fire that blazed in his cabin, his arm feeling like lead.[7]

The earliest Bludgers were made of lead. It was discovered, however, that lead was too soft a metal to make a good Bludger, as it was easily dented by Beater's bats, affecting the Bludger's ability to fly straight. As such, future Bludgers were made of iron.[8]


Notes and references

  1. "Lead" at Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 21 (Hermione's Secret)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10 (Mayhem at the Ministry)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 22 (The Unexpected Task)
  7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 28 (Flight of the Prince)
  8. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 6 (Changes in Quidditch since the Fourteenth Century)
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