Although Harry Potter and the Wizarding world weren’t on my radar until just a few years ago, I have fallen in love with every aspect of these amazing books and films since I was introduced to them.
UPDATE: This article previously used the term “totem” to describe animal archetypes that may hold meaning for someone. Using this term is culturally appropriative (as this is a term rooted in Indigenous spiritual practice) in the context it was previously used, especially shared by the author here (who is white). This article has been updated to reflect this change.
There’s something so special and magical about the world that JK Rowling has created that it just lifts my spirit with each read. July 31st is Harry Potter’s birthday (and JK Rowling’s birthday too!) and as the date was approaching (and as I re-read some of the books), I began noticing the scattered references to healing crystals throughout this epic story.
In a meeting with Love & Light’s community manager, Lauren Gandharva (who joins me on the accompanying podcast for this blog post), I mentioned that I was thinking about writing a blog post about these wizarding crystals and she suggested that we do a special release on this date.
Lauren and I met to have a lengthy discussion about the healing crystals in the books and films, the best crystals for each Hogwarts house, and a few extra crystals to help tap into the energy of the non-muggle universe. The following post summarizes what we discuss in this 90+ minute podcast discussion, but if you’re a Harry Potter fan, the podcast episode is well worth a listen for more detail and in-depth conversation (we promise it will fulfill your innermost need for nerding out about all things wizarding!).
Crystals Featured in the Harry Potter Book Series:
Although this crystal wasn’t called out specifically by name, Neville Longbottom purchased a pointed purple crystal as a protective amulet to protect himself against the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets. There aren’t too many pointed purple crystals to begin with, so it was quite easy to narrow this down to just Amethyst, but when you add in Amethyst’s known protective qualities (especially in psychic or spiritual matters), it’s a pretty safe bet that it was the stone being referenced.
Crystal balls, traditionally made of Quartz crystal, are referenced many times throughout the book series as they’re frequently used in Sybill Trelawney’s divination classes. They’re introduced to third-year students, and although embraced by some students like Lavender Brown, their use is widely ridiculed by most others (including Harry, Ron, and Hermione). For the non-believers, they never got much past the stage of seeing white swirls or fog. Professor Trelawney explains that a seer’s success with the crystal ball as a divinatory tool depends upon their ability to “[quiet] the conscious mind and external eyes” and depend upon “the Inner Eye and superconscious.” Love & Light’s resident divination expert, Lauren Gandharva, agrees wholeheartedly with this explanation of crystallomancy.
In the film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, at least 2 of the kitten plates in Dolores Umbridge’s office feature a cat with a crystal ball.
In the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, after finding success with their joke shop, Fred and George Weasley give their mother, Molly Weasley, a very fancy Christmas gift – a blue witch’s hat glittering with what looked like tiny starlike diamonds.
Diamonds were also seen in the tiara worn by Fleur Delacour during her wedding to Bill Weasley. The tiara belonged to Molly Weasley’s Aunt Muriel and also featured Moonstones. It was a goblin-made item that glittered and twinkled in the light.
JK Rowling stated on her Twitter account that Yellow Diamonds filled the house points hourglass for Hufflepuff house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The author explains that this is because Hufflepuffs themselves are Diamonds (which is great to hear since HP’s never seem to get recognized for being so lovely!).
Emeralds filled the house points hourglass for Hufflepuff house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This may be because their green color is so in alignment with serpent energy OR it could have something to do with the history and lore of some Emeralds being so dark (even considered evil or cursed at times).
Salazar Slytherin’s Locket was made of heavy gold and featured a serpentine “S” made from glittering green stone inlay on its front. Given the fact that Emeralds filled the Slytherin house hourglass at Hogwarts, it’s a good bet that the stones in this locke were also Emeralds. This locket, of course, was later acquired by Tom Riddle and turned into a Horcrux – just another association between Emeralds and evil or curses.
Moonstones can be seen in the tiara worn by Fleur Delacour during her wedding to Bill Weasley. The tiara belonged to Molly Weasley’s Aunt Muriel and also featured Diamonds. It was a goblin-made item that glittered and twinkled in the light. We suspect the wearing of such a powerful piece on her wedding night may have relation to Moonstone’s notorious fertility-enhancing qualities.
Moonstone is a common ingredient in potions in the wizarding world. The Draught of Peace, which is used for relieving anxiety, is said to be made from powdered Moonstones. Although drinking powdered minerals isn’t commonly done in modern-day (and we definitely do NOT recommend it), it was a common practice in many cultures throughout history. Moonstone is often used for calling in peace and calm energy by modern crystal healers, so this is a great fit!
Because this stone comes up as an ingredient so often in potion-making in the Harry Potter series, there’s even a part of the story where Professor Severus Snape assigns 12” of parchment as homework to his potions class all about the properties of Moonstone and its usage in potion-making.
Opals have a history & reputation for bringing bad luck and curses, perhaps this is one of the reasons JK Rowling chose it as the stone for the cursed necklace given to Katie Bell by Draco Malfoy in an attempt to assassinate Albus Dumbledore.
Harry find a crystal bottle filled with blood while cleaning up one of the rooms at 12 Grimmauld Place. It was said that this bottle featured a large opal set into the stopper.
In the book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we learn that the amazing Madame Maxime was known to wear Opals. Learn why this is interesting by listening to the podcast!
Pearls are referenced a few times throughout the series, most frequently in relation to love. Pearl dust is used in the creation of all love potions. Perhaps this has to do with their connection to the love goddesses Venus and Aphrodite?
The necklace that Hermione Granger wore to the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour featured Pearls alone with some red gems on a gold chain. Perhaps these red gems were Rubies to go along with Hermione’s Gryffindor house stone?
The most notable mention of Rubies in the Harry Potter series is in the sword of Godric Gryffindor. This sword was a goblin-made object of great magic, crafted from pure silver and egg-sized Rubies. Red stones, the color of blood, were often worn by soldiers in battle to represent courage and bravery, two traits seen strongly in Gryffindors. It makes sense that Rubies would be embedded in the sword since they’re also the stone that fills the house points hourglass for Gryffindor house at Hogwarts School.
The charlatan character in the tale of Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump asked to be paid for services with Rubies, claiming they’d be made into curative charms.
During Harry’s very first visit to Gringotts bank, before even arriving at Hogwarts School, he watched a goblin weigh a pile of Rubies as big as glowing coals and saw another goblin counting several thousand Rubies. It’s obvious that these rare gems are treasured just as much in the wizarding world as they are by muggles.
Sapphires, stones traditionally associated with wisdom, filled the house points hourglass for Ravenclaw house at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Rowena Ravenclaw’s Diadem featured a large, oval-shaped Sapphire. It was said that wearing the Diadem would enhance the wearer’s wisdom. Perhaps this was due to the Sapphire’s energy being worn so near the Third Eye and Crown Chakras?
Crystal Recommendations for each Hogwarts House:
- Kind, loyal, dependable
- Pays attention to detail
- Great team player
- Loves to work on self-development & self-work
- Spends lots of time making decisions- carefully weighs all the options
- Comes up with creative solutions
- Solar Plexus chakra
- Root chakra
- Bumblebee Jasper: fun, unexpectedly energetic, light-hearted, creative
- Unakite: nourishing, nurturing, the comfort food of crystals
- Natural Citrine: so easy to work with in so many ways, versatile, uplifting, dependable
- Intellectual & clever but also highly intuitive
- You can’t get anything past a Ravenclaw
- Strong connection to the crown chakra- makes good card readers, diviners, psychics, mediums, and intuitive healers
- Able to channel messages from the divine and from messengers such as angels, ascended masters, and spirit guides
- Sometimes aloof because they are spending too much time in the upper chakras
- Strong correlation to wisdom & the goddess traditions of wisdom
- Crown chakra
- Throat chakra
- Tanzanite: the ultimate stone of intuition, just place it on the third eye and it will open things right up
- Selenite: aids in the ability to draw messages down through the crown chakra and into the third eye & throat chakras, helps in decision making, can be used as a runway or link to connect with other dimensions more easily
- Charoite: Another really great stone for intuition. Also helps you focus enough to receive messages and then apply those messages to the tasks at hand
- Brave & courageous
- Great entrepreneurs of sacred businesses
- Very highly creative, but with the ability to commit to & follow through on creative projects
- Incredibly passionate about their life’s work
- Make great hands-on healers
- Heart chakra
- Micro-chakras of the hands
- Red Jasper: very grounding but with a great deal of strength, reminds you to follow your heart while still being realistic
- Rutilated Quartz: brings clarity with a flash of inspiration, like a bolt of lightning. Gives guidance & direction when you need to focus, and helps you prioritize
- Pyrite: keeps your energy up enough to follow through on all the visions to have for your projects. Helps you pay attention to and appreciate the abundance that comes to you through all your hard work
- Drawn to the darker shadow sides of magic & healing
- Very fluid in their identities, able to easily shed old paradigms that no longer serve them
- Doesn’t spend much time on self-development, just fully trusts their own intuition and goes with what they feel drawn to do
- Highly sensual and completely in touch with their sacred sexuality
- Great at sacred practices that incorporate movement & connecting to other realms
- Ambitious & intuitive
- Sacral chakra
- Third Eye chakra
- Clear Apophyllite: Helps remind you that you’re already crystal clear in your self-love & self-confidence, removes obstacles to reaching ambitious goals
- Black Obsidian: Helps cut out any stagnant energies that aren’t serving your highest good. Helps create a portal between worlds to connect with energies or spirits of other dimensions
- Serpentine: Highly grounding but also enhances the raw, primal energy of one’s sexuality & sensuality. Great for encouraging movement & flow in the Kundalini
Additional Crystals to Connect You to the Wizarding World:
- Mugglestone: Named for muggles? We’re not sure, but it sure is pretty!
- Dragonstone: A stone that carries the fiery energy of the Dragon as an archetype
- Merlinite: Named for the greatest of the muggle-known Wizards, Merlin
- Mystic Merlinite: Named for the greatest of the muggle-known Wizards, Merlin (plus…it’s MYSTICAL!)
- Selenite “Unicorn Horns”: About as close as a muggle can get to the real thing!
Are you interested in becoming a Certified Crystal Healer? Find out more about the CCH and Advanced Crystal Practitioner Program HERE!