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Used extensively for viewing Quidditch matches, they provided the user with a play-by-play breakdown if desired, showing the names of the manoeuvres performed by players caught within their perspective through the Omnioculars. Omnioculars were made from brass and were covered in knobs and dials.
On 25 August, 1994, Harry Potter purchased three sets of Omnioculars at ten Galleons each for himself, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger at the 1994 Quidditch World Cup. Ron had wanted a pair but could not afford them. Harry then joked after he bought them Ron wasn't getting a Christmas present for about ten years. Ron thought he paid Harry with gold soon after, but it turned out to be Leprechaun gold and disappeared. At the Quidditch World Cup, Ron made an old Wizard pick his nose repeatedly using his Omnioculars.
During the final match of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, when Brazilian Beater Rafael Santos hit Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum hard over the head with his bat, referee Herman Junker paused the game for eighteen minutes to examine Omniocular footage in order to determine whether a foul was committed.
"Omnioculars" is derived from the prefix "omni-" meaning all, and "ocular," meaning vision, indicating its ability to let the user see "everything" with its zooming and replaying abilities. It is also a pun on "binoculars," indicating their similarities.
Behind the scenes
- The use given to Omnioculars by the referee in the final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, to determine if a foul had been committed, is reminiscent of the real-world video assistant referee (VAR) used in association football. Incidentally, the VAR system was still in trial in 2014, and was only fully implemented a couple of years later.
- A prop that lights up is available at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game) (GBA version only)
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (Mentioned only)
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite