"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 were the wizarding equivalent of Muggle binoculars, but with the additional features of being able to magically slow down and replay action.[1]


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.[1]



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.[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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]


"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.

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