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A Sneakoscope is a type of Dark Detector that looks like a glass spinning top. It lights up, spins, and whistles if someone is doing something untrustworthy nearby.
Ronald Weasley purchased a "pocket" Sneakoscope in Egypt in 1993 as the thirteenth birthday present for Harry Potter. Ron's brother Bill said it was just a piece of rubbish sold for tourists and did not work as it was whistling at their supper table. However, he had not realised that Fred and George had put beetles in his soup. It also lit up when Ron was tying Harry's birthday package to Errol's leg, as he was not supposed to use the old owl for long journeys. Later that year, Harry's Sneakoscope started whistling on the Hogwarts Express when Scabbers was nearby, as Scabbers was really Peter Pettigrew in his Animagus rat disguise, which might help explain the previous occurrences as well. Harry had to keep the Sneakoscope in a pair of Uncle Vernon's old socks to keep the whistling quiet.
"Professor Moody" (disguised as Mad Eye Moody) had a large Sneakoscope in his office in Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts. He had to disable it because, he claimed, it was extra-sensitive and would whistle at any deceit as far off as a mile, not to mention students lying about their homework. Regardless of the truth of this claim, it would certainly have not been activated by "Professor Moody" himself, as he was Barty Crouch Jnr in disguise.
A few Sneakoscopes (along with other detection devices) were present in the Room of Requirement while Dumbledore's Army was using it to practise. Sadly, they proved of little help to the D.A. when Professor Dolores Umbridge finally discovered where they were.
On 31 July, 1997, Hermione Granger gave Harry a Sneakoscope as a gift for his seventeenth birthday at breakfast, before a small celebration was held in his honour. The contraption later alerted Harry, Ron, and Hermione about the Snatchers outside of their tent after accidentally saying the Dark Lord's name even though it was Tabooed. Unfortunately, it also alerted the Snatchers that the trio were in the tent.
Behind the scenes
- A Sneakoscope can be seen on the flash version of J. K. Rowling's official site.
- Sneakoscopes can be purchased at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Making of Harry Potter as a novelty toy.
- Bosnian: Cinkoskop
- Catalan: Dolentoscopi
- Czech: Lotroskop ("Thief/Swindlerscope")
- Danish: Luskometer (at luske means "to sneak")
- Dutch: Gluiposcoop (a gluiperd is a sneaky person)
- Estonian: nuhiskoop
- Faroese: Sníkikagi
- Finnish: Ilmiskooppi
- French: Scrutoscope
- German: Spickoskop (spicken "to cheat at an exam")
- Hebrew: מלשינוסקופ
- Hungarian: Gyanúszkóp ("suspicion scope")
- Icelandic: læðupokamælir
- Italian: spioscopio (literal, spyscope)
- Japanese: かくれん防止器 (kakuren-bōshi-ki) (lit. "anti-hiding device"; also may be a pun on kakurenbo "hide-and-seek")
- Norwegian: snikoskop
- Polish: Fałszoskop (fałsz "lie" or "false")
- Portuguese: Bisbilhoscópio
- Russian: Вредноскоп (Nastyscope)
- Serbian: Шуњоскоп (Šunjoskop)
- Slovak: Špiónoskop
- Spanish: Chivatoscopio (Falsoscopio in the South American version)
- Turkish: Sinsioskop
- Ukrainian: Стервоскоп (Stervoskop) ("Scumbagoscope")
- Vietnamese: Kính mách lẻo ("sneaky mirror")
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (Mentioned on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Mentioned on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Appears in deleted scene(s))
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Mentioned on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- J. K. Rowling's official site
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1 (Owl Post)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23 (The Yule Ball)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18 (Dumbledore's Army)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 7 (The Will of Albus Dumbledore)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 22 (The Deathly Hallows)