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Pensieve

A close up of the pensieve from the Half Blood Prince

A basin used to store and review memories, used by Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape


Dumbledore and Harry watch Tom Riddle as a child in a memory.

Pensieve

By J.K. Rowling


A shallow basin lay there, with odd carvings around the edge; runes and symbols that Harry did not recognise.


Extract

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

by J.K. Rowling

Dumbledore and Harry stand near the Pensieve in the Half Blood Prince

The invaluable memory


Harry in Dumbledore's memory of the trial of Bartemius Crouch jr. and his fellow Death Eaters

Remembering the Wizengamot trials


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One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one's mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one's leisure.


Albus Dumbledore
Harry looking into the Pensieve from the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Harry looks for answers


Pensieve fact file


Magical properties

Memories can be siphoned into the basin to be recalled at a later date

Purpose

To clear the mind of certain memories; to examine memories at a later date; to show memories to a second party