Magic always leaves traces

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Are you pulling something from the depths?

Immediately a thick coppery green chain appeared out of thin air, extending from the depths of the water into Dumbledore’s clenched hand. Dumbledore tapped the chain, which began to slide through his fist like a snake, coiling itself on the ground with a clinking sound that echoed noisily off the rocky walls, pulling something from the depths of the black water. Harry gasped as the ghostly prow of a tiny boat broke the surface, glowing green as the chain, and floated, with barely a ripple, toward the place on the bank where Harry and Dumbledore stood.

“How did you know that was there?” Harry asked in astonishment.

Magic always leaves traces,” said Dumbledore, as the boat hit the bank with a gentle bump, “sometimes very distinctive traces. I taught Tom Riddle. I know his style.”

by J. K. Rowling (31 July 1965 – )
from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (16 July 2005) Chapter 26

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3 Responses to “Magic always leaves traces”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    *With a smile* I do believe J K Rowling is right… Magic does leave traces…

  2. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    Here’s to magic…

  3. Wizards Wands Says:

    The Hogwarts school motto is Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus which happens to be Latin for “Never Tickle a Sleeping Dragon.”