i’m going to marry this cat
Some of the fashions among the Durmstrang-educated wizards of Eastern Europe are similar to those of Britain (perhaps because they’re the two European branches of wizardry who have most strongly resisted any assimilation of Muggle culture), but even the British wizards cannot quite manage the panache of the charmed facial hair of Eastern European wizards.
Some American wizards have been known to try, however.
Early Victorian Silver Gilt Mounted Blue Glass Gilt Enriched Scent Bottle
This ornate potions flask, intended to resemble a perfume to be carried in a handbag, actually once contained the deadly and volatile Moonseed Poison. Moonseed Poison was commonly carried in disguised vessels such as this by spies of the Grindelwald Resistance, and in case of being caught, the witch or wizard could down the poision, die quickly, and instigate the chemical reaction between the poison and stomach acid causing the body—and the evidence—to be quickly engulfed in flames.
Hanging on the walls and hidden in the corners of our homes are the photographs and works of those who came before us. These seemingly mundane and irrelevant objects are the indexical records of family and human history. Accumulating in layers and decaying through time, these remnants of our physical world provide tangible reference points for how we understand one another and ultimately ourselves. Books, furniture, clothing, and even silverware can influence the dynamics and relationships between the past and future generations.
This necklace of magical portraits was confiscated during the closing of Borgin and Burkes. It’s not entirely certain what the purpose was—the current staff seemed not to know and there were no records of the item in the shop files—but the Auror Office reports that whatever it is, it’s significantly Dark. The Department of Mysteries has petitioned to remove it to the Thought Chamber for further study, as they believe someone or something may be inhabiting one or more of the portraits.
VALINOR: Watching Sauron walk away and refuse to repent in front of Manwë was one of the most vexing moments of Eönwë’s entire existence. Sauron was fearless and brazen in the face of Men or Elves, yet in front of the King of the Valar he could not deign to confess his sins? Eönwë could not understand.
The Angel of the Darker Drink by Katrine Bingham / Cumbres Borrascosas (1847) -Emily Brontë
Apparatus Araneae - 3D assemblage of found objects
The final version of my steampunk teapot :)
Oh! I just realised that the legs are parts from a typewriter!
Like his descendant Arthur, Quintus Weasley was fascinated by Muggles, and did not entirely understand exactly how Muggles did things. His attempt to rebuild a Muggle teapot was fascinating to him, but no Muggleborn who ever saw it had the heart to tell him quite how eccentric it would have been considered in the Muggle world.
They were a motley collection; a mixture of the weak seeking protection, the ambitious seeking some shared glory, and the thuggish gravitating toward a leader who could show them more refined forms of cruelty.
Collection of Death Eater masks.
Nadya Skrytyaglaz is the first known Seer to be a Moira-daughter since the death of Nasrin Evazi. Moira-daughters—female Seers who See and prophesy using weaving—have become increasingly rare as few of the already pitiful number of Seers have ever used a loom before, much less used one to create a complex woven depiction of the future.
Skrytyaglaz here wears the headdress of ivory and Chimera jawbone that was made by the original Moira-daughters of Greece.
(photo submission and caption inspiration from essayofthoughts!)
Jacquelyn Jablonski | Chanel | Autumn/Winter 2011
Heavy-duty cloaks spelled against heat and wear and tear camouflages a magizoologist searching for eggs of Antipodean Opaleye dragons amongst the ash of Mount Ruapehu’s volcanic eruption in 2007. Since the Opaleye, which lives only in New Zealand, is dwindling in number, magizoologists often search for eggs laid during volcanic activity so that they can monitor the nests and ensure survival for the baby dragons.
(for the Anon who requested some NZ, Australia or Pacific Island material—this is the best I could do at short notice, but since the Opaleye is a canonical New Zealand dragon, I thought it worked out!)
Like pomanders, vinaigrettes could be used as a vessel to hold strong smelling substances to be sniffed should the user be passing through a particularly smelly area. At a time when miasma theories of disease – the idea that disease was carried by foul air – were dominant, carrying a vinaigrette was considered a protective measure. Vapours from a vinegar-soaked sponge in the bottom were inhaled through the small holes in the top of the ‘acorn’. If a person felt faint they could also sniff their vinaigrette and the sharp vinegar smell might shock their body into action. The other side of the vinaigrette shows a face and could act as a memento mori – a reminder of death. The skull was probably hung from a piece of cord or necklace and carried at all times.
I need to learn how to make these. Like, as soon as possible.
Walburga Black was determined to put on a strong front at all times, so she always carried an inhalable Revival Potion in a little skull-shaped vessel beneath her robes.
hilmer + sparrow + gelareh