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"You won't mind, Harry, if I use a Quick-Quotes Quill? It leaves me free to talk to you normally..."
— Rita introducing her special quill[src]

A Quick-Quotes Quill was a magical quill that wrote automatically as the subject spoke. However, the quill did not record verbatim what the subject said, but rather took a subject's words and created sensational and inaccurate tales that bore little resemblance to actual events.[1]

These quills were similar to Self-Writing Quills.

Known uses

"Attractive blonde Rita Skeeter, forty-three, whose savage quill has punctured many inflated reputations..."
— Quick-Quotes Quill transcription[src]

Rita Skeeter's Quick-Quotes Quill taking notes

Rita Skeeter used a long, acid green Quick-Quotes Quill when interviewing people for the Daily Prophet.[1][2][3][4] To use it, Skeeter sucked on the end and then placed it upright on parchment.

One notable use of the Quick-Quotes Quill was when Skeeter interviewed Harry Potter after he had been chosen to compete in the 1994–1995 Triwizard Tournament. During the interview, the quill depicted Harry as a victim of tragedy despite him stating that he did not remember his parents. Whatever its origins may have been, Skeeter knew that not everyone approved of its use, as she hurriedly hid it from Albus Dumbledore. [1]

In 1997, Skeeter mentioned in her interview concerning Dumbledore's posthumous biography that the Quick-Quotes Quill helped her to write the book so quickly after his death.[5] She also used it to report on the 2014 Quidditch World Cup final.[6]

Some time after, there was a wizard who was murmuring to one of these quills.[7]

Behind the scenes


Skeeter’s Quick-Quotes Quill as seen in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 2 (In Memoriam)
  6. 2014 Quidditch World Cup final (Archived from Pottermore)
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 13 (The Muggle-Born Registration Commission)