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How does the Ministry catch Illegal Magic around Muggles when performed by Adults?

Harry's CoS letter from the Improper Use of Magic Office states We would also ask you to remember that any magical activity that risks notice by members of the non-magical community (Muggles) is a ...
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Accelerando, Stross: Why did the Queen care about that law suit?

In Charles Stross' Accelerando, the Queen of the Ring Imperium has successfully created a sovereign "country" that spans the proximity of Jupiter. Her mom sues her (?!), but she isn't a citizen of ...
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Are there exceptions in the International Statute of Secrecy?

I was wondering what a wizard should do when a Muggle is about to be killed (let's say in a car accident) and a present wizard notices this in time to prevent this (for example by levitating the ...
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Did Dumbledore break the law outside of Year 5 or when with Grindelwald?

So obviously he breaks wizarding law in book 5 when Fudge is "interfering" at Hogwarts. He also possibly broke it when he was younger During the times when the Ministry was "normal", are there any ...
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Would a $ bill minted today be considered counterfeit in the past [closed]

Lets say I have a way to buy goods (say gold) from the past (say 30 years ago). I would like to take my new 100$ bill and buy the stuff, and then bring them back to the future (any movie references ...
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Are there any settings with rules for neural interfaces? [closed]

Can't find a single book which puts together a universal set of rules for neural interfaces to protect people (like the three laws of robotics). Are there any that exist?
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Isaac Asimov references Clarke's Third Law?

I read Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) a while ago, just after I finished the Prelude to Foundation (of the same author). Today I have come about the notion that he, in either of the books, made a ...
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How can Superman legally arrest people outside of Metropolis?

I know that Superman has been deputized by the Mayor of Metropolis (I believe it was in Byrne's 'Man of Steel' but feel free to correct that if I'm wrong) but Supes doesn't operate just in Metropolis, ...
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What were the typical punishments for violating different Federation laws?

Earth and other Federation planets were often depicted to be somewhat utopian in nature, however there are cases where domestic crimes have been depicted at various points throughout Star Trek. Were ...
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Why doesn't the Federation have a law for genocide?

In The Survivors, Picard makes the following statement towards Kevin Uxbridge: We are not qualified to be your judges. We have no law to fit your crime. You're free to return to the planet, and to ...
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Why does the Doctor always assume the people he encounters abide by the law?

In several instances he throws some "Shadow Proclamation" paragraph at his adversaries implying they are violating this intergalactic law (for instance, killing all humans doesn't seem to be a good ...
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Are the Unforgivable Curses only unforgivable when used on humans?

As a combination of these two questions, are the unforgivable curses unforgivable in all cases, or only when used against humans (muggles and wizards)? If, as example, a wizard with low regard for ...
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Are the Unforgivable Curses the only things that are Unforgivable?

The question "What makes those three curses unforgivable?" got me wondering if there is anything else that the wizarding world has made unforgivable. For example, are there unforgivable potions? To ...
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What happens to someone who destroys a Star Wars Droid?

Some Star Wars Droids are definitively sentient beings, but it appears that they are not treated as such. The Legal Status section of the Droid article of Wookieepedia (which have no references) said ...
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Was there an explicit catalyst event(s) that served as impetus for the creation of the Prime Directive?

Was there ever a mention of what specifically was the catalyst for the creation of Prime Directive? In other words, was the Directive merely a theoretical "this is the rules we want to live by" ...
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What does it take to become a registered Animagus?

So, I've wondered for some time, if you need a permit to be an Animagus in the Harry Potter universe, how do you learn to do it beforehand? Is there some class, or something? And as there's only 7 ...