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The question "Why do the Weasleys have to de-gnome the garden at the Burrow?" is focused on why magic isn't used to get rid of garden gnomes. I've begun to wonder why muggles don't deal with gnomes.

Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley De-gnoming the yard at The Burrow.

  • Are garden gnomes only visible to wizards?
  • Are garden gnomes do any harm?
  • If garden gnomes are invisible and harmless, why to degnomify a garden at all?
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According to JKR, gnomes are only found in the homes of wizards. No specific explanation is given as to why this is.

Q. Why are the gnomes bad? What do they do?

JKR: Gnomes eat the roots of your plants, and make little heaps of earth, like moles do. They are also a bit of a giveaway that wizards live in a house.

Scholastic: Interview With J. K. Rowling

As to their other detrimental effects, the Wiki description of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone video game indicates that in large numbers, the gnomes can become emboldened and quite vicious

Rolanda Hooch: "No flying today, Mr Potter. There are gnomes burrowing into the pitch."

Harry Potter: "Why would that stop anyone flying?"

Rolanda Hooch: "Have you tried to land a broomstick with fifteen gnomes snapping at your ankles? I thought not. Run along now."

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    Is there a reason as to why wizards wouldn't want to give away that they live in a house? It's not like a muggle would know to look out for a wizard's house. – Edlothiad Aug 12 '16 at 22:52
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    @Edlothiad - A weird, and highly noticeable magical creature hanging around in your garden? That's not the sort of thing you'd want your muggle neighbours to notice. – Valorum Aug 12 '16 at 22:55
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    I didn't realise they were highly noticeable, that does make sense then. Cheers – Edlothiad Aug 12 '16 at 23:02
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    @Edlothiad - They're a foot high and swear a lot. – Valorum Aug 12 '16 at 23:07
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    @Valorum: So basically, they're Nac Mac Feegle – Irishpanda Sep 14 '16 at 14:10

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