- Lamps. Nothing but trouble. Ask Aladdin.
- Rings. Likewise. Ask Aladdin and Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins.
- Pumpkins. Best kept for soup. Did the fairy godmother ever manage to ensure there was no pumpkin "whiff" when her spell transformed one into a coach for Cinderella? Could Cinderella ever look at pumpkins in the same light again given what happened?
- Flying carpets. Personally I prefer my rugs to stay on the floor. The thought of relying on what is a very thin bit of material, relatively speaking, to keep me airborne makes me shudder. I have enough trouble with mats, rugs etc riding up in my hall. Admittedly this may colour my view here.
- Maps. You can guarantee that, at best, magical maps will definitely lead you into danger, mayhem, adventure etc. I prefer to get mine from the Ordnance Survey. Those will only lead me where I want to get to!
- Books. Not just spell books but any book can be enchanted. Ask Harry Potter, who would almost certainly never trust any apparently blank journal again. Mind it could be argued all books are magical objects in themselves anyway given they can take you into any universe, past or present, any time, into the heads of a colossial cast of characters and so on. Still I think I prefer what I can pick up at my book shop or download for the Kindle.
It isn't just magical beings the visitor needs to be wary of when on tour in a magical world. There are everyday household objects which should be treated with a huge amount of caution given the track record in using these things, almost always for evil purposes. So my list of objects to be wary of includes:-
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.