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"I sometimes find, and I am sure you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.... At these times... I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one's mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one's leisure." — Albus Dumbledore

If you're looking for a really neat and creative gift for the Harry Potter fan in your life, Reddit wizard DuffManSzALotAThings has come up with something simple but utterly brilliant: make 'em a pensieve.

Obviously, without full-blown Hogwartian technology, a little ingenuity was required, but the effect is still magical enough to fill your heart with bluebell flames. It's a bowl filled with memories: little message-in-a-bottle scrolls with pictures or messages about moments the couple have shared together.

The magical pensieve of memories / Imgur
The magical pensieve of memories / Imgur

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Wait, there's more. Dude glued magnets onto the tip of the wand and onto the end of every little tiny bottle, so his beloved can swirl the wand in the pensieve and pick out a memory, just like in the Harry Potter movies.

Pick a memory, any memory / Imgur
Pick a memory, any memory / Imgur

The dude was kind enough reveal his secrets: Here's what you'll need to make a pensieve of your own. Aparecium!

  • Small, cork-topped bottles around 5x2cm
  • A Harry Potter style wand
  • A bunch of small magnets
  • Super glue
  • Pretty paper and pieces of wire or string (for mini scrolls)
  • A really nice bowl

Oh, you'll also need someone special to give it to — or you could just keep it for yourself, you self-centered Slytherin.


Would you spend the time to make a pensieve for someone special to you?

Why not prod more emotions from your vulnerable heart with some of the most moving moments from the Harry Potter films:


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