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Parchment is a thin material made from calfskin, sheepskin or goatskin, often split, often used for writing material.[1]

Usage

In the wizarding world, parchments take the role of normal paper, and most wizards and witches use them as writing material, along with quills and ink.[2] Rubeus Hagrid's moleskin overcoat contained parchment, along with various other items.[3] Dolores Umbridge used pink-coloured parchments.[4][5][6] Hermione Granger enchanted a piece of parchment bearing the signatures of Dumbledore's Army with a jinx that would punish anyone within the organisation who dared to betray their secrecy.[7] Students wishing to enter the Triwizard Tournament placed pieces of parchment with their names into the Goblet of Fire.[8] Harry Potter purchased some new parchment before the beginning of his fourth year in Diagon Alley along with other supplies in the summer of 1994.[9]

Behind the scenes

  • Despite the books making clear that parchment is used in place of paper in the wizarding world, paper shows up in places in the films. For example, Rita Skeeter's writing pad is made of parchment in the books, while it is a normal legal pad in the films. This is presumably for technical or financial reasons, parchment not being so readily available to the prop department.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. WP favicon.PNG Parchment on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12 (Professor Umbridge)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 29 (Careers Advice)
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)
  8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 16 (The Goblet of Fire)
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10 (Mayhem at the Ministry)
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