The Harry Potter movie installment, Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, hits theaters, teenage hormones are running at an all-time high at Hogwarts. The sixth book in J. K. Rowling’s insanely popular series took us to a major turning point in Potter and Co.’s love lives as Harry’s relationship with Ginny develops and Hermione and Ron realize their antagonism was really amore. In honor of the Potter nerd in all of us, we re-imagined eight magical objects from the Harry Potter world in the context of how they could benefit our not-always-magical love lives.
Imagine how fun role-playing could be with a vial of this elixir in your hands. Though it takes a month to make and tastes absolutely horrific, Polyjuice potion turns the imbiber into anyone they want for an hour—as long as you can obtain that person’s hair for the potion, of course. Though the potion has mostly been used for spying and nefarious dealings in the books, we believe it could be put to good use during foreplay. Though, would it count as cheating?
Never forget a birthday or anniversary again with this smoke-filled orb that turns red when the user has forgotten something. Unfortunately, the Remeberall does not specify exactly what you have forgotten—that part is up to you, as Neville Longbottom discovered when given one in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Room of Requirement
In the fifth book, Harry Potter and company set up their secretive defense class in this enchanted room that could conjure up anything of necessity. Though our favorite underage wizard used the room to train Dumbledore’s Army, we wonder how many hot-n-heavy couples stumbled in there over the years, looking for a place to get cozy. What sort of equipment did the room provide then, we wonder.
Long-distance relationships would be an obsolete idea if this enchanted dust truly existed. As long as your significant other had a fireplace, one could simply sprinkle Floo powder in the nearest fireplace, shout out the address, jump in and be whisked away to your lover’s arms. Talk about putting one’s feet to the fire for love.
Did you just have a fight with your significant other and wish it had never happened? Ever say something you didn’t mean and wish you could take it back the next second? Yeah, us too. The Time Turner gives you the ability to make that very problem disappear. The device, which looks like an hourglass with a gold chain, gives the wearer the ability to travel back in time and change events that have already occurred. Extensive use of the Time Turner in a relationship could also serve as a red flag—if you’re constantly saying or doing regrettable things, you might want to reevaluate.
The Pensieve may look like a simple stone bowl filled with a silvery liquid to the average muggle (or person sans magical abilities), but in reality contains people’s memories, leaving their minds free for other things. Furthermore, once put into the pensieve, anyone has the ability to go into the memory again and relive the moment exactly as it happened.
The Pensieve would be a gold-mine for relationships. For one, any memories you’d rather forget about your past lovers can instantly be removed and placed into the Pensieve. Plus, this contraption could be used to win arguments time and again with your spouse, provided your memories are correct of course. He doesn’t believe he promised to make dinner tonight? Suggest he take a trip down memory lane to prove your point. For those nostalgic users, the Pensieve can be used to relive your wedding day, anniversary, or even that really amazing romp you had last month, moment by moment.
Your leftover pad thai from dinner last night is missing, and your husband claims to have “no idea” what happened to it. Enter the Sneakoscope, which lights up, spins and whistles whenever anyone is doing something dishonest. Unfortunately, the Sneakoscope doesn’t reveal what’s being lied about, so you’ll have to assume it’s about the food and not something else—like how he really feels about your mother’s upcoming month-long visit.
Veritaserum is a very powerful potion that, once taken, leaves the person unable to say anything but the truth. Feared by those involved in the Dark Arts and anyone trying to hide something (and who isn’t holding a little white lie or two), this potion should not be used rashly—you might find out more than you were vying for. We recommend using this to finally answer the “does this make me look fat?” question. Veritaserum will prove he really does think you look great and you can finally stop hating on your hips.
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