You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Magical movie MacGuffins

By Emma Jones Slide 1 of 12

A favourite plot device of filmmakers and storytellers, the MacGuffin is an interchangeable object often used to further the story and motivate our hero's actions

A favourite plot device of filmmakers and storytellers, the MacGuffin is an interchangeable object often used to further the story and motivate our hero's actions. Like in the book-to-film adaptation, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, in which our half-angel, half-human warrior princess Clary Fray embarks on a quest to find the Mortal Cup. One of three divine instruments, this cup is blessed with magical properties that can turn humans into Shadowhunters, or likewise be used as a vessel for margaritas. It's your call really, but with an attractive MacGuffin and a sprinkle of magic, poof!, you've got yourself a plot. Just as some of these enchanted film items prove...
© Rex Features
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon