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"You can replay action ... slow everything down ... and they flash up a play-by-play breakdown if you need it. Bargain - ten Galleons each."
Saleswizard to Harry, Ron and Hermione at the Quidditch World Cup[src]

Omnioculars are the wizarding equivalent of Muggle binoculars, but with the additional features of being able to magically slow down and replay action.

Description

Used extensively for viewing Quidditch matches, they provide 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 are made from brass and are covered in knobs and dials.[1]

History

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In the 21st century, members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force also used them to review their latest battles in order to understand and address weaknesses in their defences.[2]

Known owners

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 couldn't afford them. Harry then joked after he bought them Ron wasn't getting a Christmas present for about ten years.[1] 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.[3]

Etymology

"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

  • A prop that lights up is available at Harrods Harry Potter shop and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • A set of omnioculars are in the making. They will film in 3D, pause, rewind and play footage slowly, just like the Omnioculars in the fictional novels. Sony has, however, reported that the Omnioculars will cost up to $6,000.[citation needed]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 7 (Bagman and Crouch)
  2. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (see video)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 (The Quidditch World Cup)
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