Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Point Me

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Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic
Point Me
Type Spell
Features points North
First Appearance Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Overview[edit]

Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

The Point Me charm, or Four-Point-Spell, makes a wand turn so that it points north.

Extended Description[edit]

This spell was used by Harry in the Third Task maze in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Knowing that he had to travel roughly north-west from the entrance of the maze to reach the center, he was able to use this charm at several points in the maze to correctly select a direction to travel in.

Analysis[edit]

Basically, this spell is a magical equivalent of a Muggle compass. it is, however, slightly more useful as a wizard will have his wand with him all the time; there is no need to carry a compass in addition to the wand.

Questions[edit]

Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

  1. What would the disadvantage be, to a wizard, of carrying a compass? Is there some reason, apart from the small effort needed to carry an additional item, that a magnetic compass would not work?

Greater Picture[edit]

Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.