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Awesome Literary gift ideas

We dream of being able to incorporate reality-defying, magical items into our boring old lives. You know, spice things up. That’s precisely what these book props do in the following stories, whether it be a pivotal element of said adventure or just a handy tool for our heroes. So sit back, relax, and get ready to envy some fictional characters.

Doctor Who: TARDIS Type Forty Instruction Manual

A device that governs all of time and space and renders it but mere child’s play in the hands of the user, Dr. Who’s TARDIS is a force to be reckoned with. Standing for Time And Relative Dimension In Space, the TARDIS lets the good doctor go where and when he pleases. Don’t let its appearance fool you. This police box is actually quite spacious on the inside (in fact, infinitely so) and has become ubiquitous as an icon for this popular series. TARDIS even shows up in the Oxford dictionary, and you can even order yourself an authentic instruction manual! Go figure.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The wardrobe, the wardrobe, looked like any run-of-the-mill household furniture, but in reality, it was a portal to another world. In other words, every kid’s dream. How many of us have dived into one at home when we were younger and pretended we had gone somewhere else? (oh, just me…?) Well, anyway, the concept of getting transported to another realm by just stepping inside a closet is thrilling enough. This item was made from the wood of a magical tree and served as a gateway to the mystical land of Narnia.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Following the trend of magical items looking like things any Average Joe would have lying around, Captain Jack Sparrow’s compass fits right in. Any unsuspecting man would look at the thing and say it was broken, but our good Captain knows that what it really points to isn’t north, but the wielder’s deepest desire. A nifty gadget to have while you’re sailing the seven seas if you ask me (or, just the Caribbean Sea…?). Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a novelization of the latest film in the franchise released in 2017, so go on and give it a gander.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

The power over time can be a dangerous thing, which is part of what makes Harry Potter’s Time Turner so much fun. In the third book, we get to see this trinket in action for a noble cause, though the job had to be executed spot-on, or there would have been dire consequences. Now why the higher-ups would have left it to a thirteen-year-old girl to take a few extra classes instead of, say, I don’t know, going back in time and stopping the birth of you-know-who, is beyond me. But let’s not let those plot holes stop us from appreciating this very cool magical item.

Our heroes can’t do it all on their own, even with the help of their trusty comrades. A little bit of reality-bending to aid them on their plight is welcome in my book, and these kinds of items are sure fun to think about how we’d use them if they were real. After all, good old fashioned imagination is what reading is all about.


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