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So let's say you are a muggle-born wizard/witch, but your parents are of the Dursley persuation and won't allow you to attend a school of magic. Or you don't want to turn your world upside down and join the secret community of magic users.

Is the magical community going to allow an untrained person to exist in the Muggle world with a faint ability to cause magical maladies to just go about their lives?

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When some random stranger buys you a "drink", make sure you do not touch it. –  Xantec Aug 15 '12 at 14:14
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From what we saw happen with Harry, I am not sure that your parents can prevent you from attending a school of magic. –  NominSim Aug 15 '12 at 14:25
    
Personally, at the age of 11, what kid would think 'Nah, Magic isn't cool... I want another Playstation!' –  AlasdairCM Aug 15 '12 at 15:51
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@AlasdairCM ... Dudley Dursley? –  NominSim Aug 15 '12 at 17:22
    
@NominSim I think Harry was a special case. I doubt Hogwarts, or any other school, would go so out of their way to get a regular magical child to attend, especially if it was against their parents (rather than guardians) wishes. –  Anthony Grist Aug 15 '12 at 17:35

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As I noted in the answer to jurisdiction question, this issue should not be as contradictory as the question implies.

The Wizarding community would presumably inform the refusing wizard about consequences of violating the Statute of Secrecy and other laws about magic and Muggles.

Then, since at that age the wizard presumable can control their magic (not skillfully, but the won't make people blow up by accident), so they will be under a (explained to them beforehand) punishment should they violate the laws.

To be more precise, a " faint ability to cause magical maladies" wizard will do one of the following:

  • NOT cause " faint ability to cause magical maladies" because he won't use magic

  • OR, "cause magical maladies", and be arrested and/or punished as per Wizarding laws, and accident reversal squad or St Mungos will try and fix what they broke.

Simple as that.

A muggle equivalent would be driving a car. You can have a completely untrained driver behind the wheel. But if they cause an accident, they get punished, and an extra for driving without a license.

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