When we think of wondrous gadgets and gizmos that can make the impossible seem a breeze, typically, we don’t step beyond the realm of science-fiction. But not every tool that’s marvelous and efficient need come to us from the future. They may be found elsewhere in literature.
Alethiometer. A small, gold-colored, compass-like truth-telling device from “His Dark Materials,” a trilogy by Philip Pullman.
Marauder’s Map. A map from the “Harry Potter” series, which reveals every classroom, every hallway, and every secret passage inside the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Not only does it show its chambers, but also the real-time location of every person within its grounds, including those concealed by invisibility cloaks.
Magic Carpets. Carpets that fly across long distances in “One Thousand and One Nights.”
Necronomicon. A fictional grimoire—a textbook for magic—from the horror stories by H. P. Lovecraft.
Silver Shoes. They appear in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” and lead Dorothy home.
Babel Fish. A small, yellow fish from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” which when plugged into the ear, can translate any language in the galaxy.
One Ring. It appears in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels. Its possession makes one invincible.