"The optimum writing tool for any witch or wizard"

A quill is a writing instrument made from a feather whose tip has been cut into a pointed shape. It is the standard writing instrument in the Wizarding world, as opposed to pens and pencils in the Muggle world. They usually have to be dipped into ink.


In 1992. Gilderoy Lockhart owned a large Peacock feather quill.[1] In 1992, Hermione Granger bought Harry Potter an eagle-feather quill for Christmas.[2] Harry used an eagle-feather quill to do his homework during the summer on 1993.[3] In 1994, Harry Potter used his eagle feather quill to write a letter to Sirius Black.[4] He used this same quill to write to Ron saying he could attend the 1994 Quidditch World Cup.[5] In 1995, while at the Ministry of Magic for his hearing, he noticed an Auror dictating a report to his quill.

Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop sells pheasant-feather quills. Hermione bought a black-and-gold one during the first Hogsmeade visit of the 1995–1996 school year. Albus Dumbledore had a "handsome scarlet quill" on the desk in his office; since it matched the colour of Fawkes' body feathers, it might have been a phoenix-feather quill.

Types of quills

a peacock quill

There is a great variety of quills, some plain and simple, some (like Fwooper quills), more fancy-looking, others enhanced with magical properties.

Numerous types of feathers are used including Pheasant, Eagle, Peacock (Gilderoy Lockhart's favourite), and perhaps Phoenix. Augurey feathers, however, are no good for this purpose as they repel ink.[6]

Anti-Cheating Quills

Auto-Answer Quills

  • They are banned during written exams at Hogwarts School.[8] They probably write their own answers.

Dolores Umbridge's Black Quill

The Black Quill

  • This quill does not use ink, but uses the writer's own blood to mark the paper. Harry had to use this quill to write lines in 1995 while serving detentions with Professor Umbridge.[9] His hand is now permanently scarred with I must not tell lies from writing with this quill. Lee Jordan also was forced to use this quill for joking about a rule Professor Umbridge imposed.[10]

Magical Quill

  • Detects the birth of each wizard or witch, then writes his or her name down in a large parchment book at Hogwarts. The Deputy Head checks the book every year, and then sends owls to these children as they approach their eleventh birthdays to invite them to attend Hogwarts.[11]

Quick-Quotes Quill

  • Great for reporters, this quill writes what the speaker dictates - often exaggerating the story. Rita Skeeter has an acid green one.[12]

Self-Inking Quills

  • These quills are sold at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, these quills probably ink themselves without needing to be manually dipped in an inkwell.[13]

Sugar Quills

  • A confection that looks like a writing quill, so that it can be nibbled on discreetly during classes. This treat is sold at Honeydukes Sweetshop.[14]

Smart-Answer Quills

Spell-Checking Quills

Self-Spelling Quills

  • Presumably similar to the above and a banned device in examinations.[citation needed]


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A quill and ink as seen in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

A quill and letter as seen in Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells

Notes and references

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