Monday, July 18, 2011

Mixed Bag Mondays - Found While Searching Wizard

We went to see the final (?) installment of the Harry Potter legacy yesterday - and while I am in no way a fanatic, it was a great movie. Don't want to make this into a spoiler, so I won't say more than that for those of you who are still planning on seeing the final chapter, but I thought it might be fun to do a search for "wizard" on Etsy and see what magically appeared. Sorry to everyone who is expecting to see some goodies from Griffendor or slithering Slytherin swank, no trademark infringement for this blogger. Nonetheless, there are some magically fine wizardly wares to be found. Here are a few of my favs along with a few interesting facts!

According to folklore, witches and warlocks didn't travel by broom (also known as a besom) until the late 16th or early 17th century. Until then, they were illustrated on flying shovels, tree branches, pitchforks, and demon-animals.

from BroomChick

Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian legend, was said to have a silver wand crafted from the blood of a unicorn that he saved from a dragon.

Some people believe that there is a difference between a wizard and a sorcerer in that a wizard *uses* magic, whereas a sorcerer *creates* magic.

Modern medicine uses many of the same principles of developing potions, elixirs, and powders that wizards have been using for millenia. Those *magical* plants and herbs are rarely blended with pestle and mortar now though, and come in tasteless little pill form.

The tall, pointy hat worn by wizards, witches, and warlocks is credited to a wide variety of origins including hats worn by Greek mythology's Artemis, the hats of medieval court jesters, and even the hats worn by medieval Jews, who were accused of holding Sabbats similar to that of the witches. I guess we'll never know for sure!

A wizard has many tools at his disposal for many different uses, not the least of which are his tools for divination and scrying. One of the most convenient of these is the pendulum, which can be carried with him, ready for use wherever his path leads him.
(This listing has more information on how a pendulum is used!)

J.K. Rowling has brought the world of wizardry and magic into our lives in a way that only she could, through her tales about Harry Potter and his many companions in the world of Hogwarts, and our "sensibility" may tell many of us that magic only exists in our imagination, "But remember. Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it isn't real." ( Katherine Howe)

I hope you all have a magical week!


1 comment:

Miss Val's Creations said...

Wonderful wizard finds! I love how J.K. Rowling has helped get children into reading. The world of wizardry and magic is so creative! ~Val

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