Okay, lets say theoretically HArry had a Desert Eagle handgun each year, and even had it magically upgraded to not jam or break and the proffesors never confisccated it(I added this part to thwart troll answers) Given that any human within 500 feet wouldnt hear a gunshot before a bullet would hit them or have the ability to react quickly enough to dodge one if they saw him shoot at them, on top of the fact they wouldnt expect him to use an unforgiveable curse and so they definitely wouldnt expect HArry Potter to be packing heat wouldnt he have been able to resolve the problems/antagonist in most books much faster, easier, and would have even been able to avoid being captured a couple of the times he was captured in the book? If he used a silencer with a his invisibillity cloak couldnt he have assassinated people like Bellatrix Lestrange and other death eaters without being caught?by them or the ministry of magic? Technically couldnt Dumbledore have even done this before Harry even started school? Seems like it would have saved a lot of innocent lives, potential danger, time, etc.

Heres the information about how fast a bullet travels and human reaction time etc.

The average bullet travels at 2,500 feet per second (around 1,700 mph). If you reacted to the sound of the gun going off and required 0.20 seconds (twice that of the fastest Olympic sprinters) to react, then you would need to be at least 500 feet away to successfully dodge a bullet. The problem is that sound travels at 768 miles per hour (1,126 feet per second)—about half the speed of the bullet. In this case, the bullet would hit you before you even heard the gun fire off. http://www.mythbusterstheexhibition.com/science-content/dodge-a-bullet/

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    if voldemort had had a concealed weapon the entire UK would be dead.
    – KutuluMike
    Dec 13, 2016 at 12:08
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    "Because Magic" Dec 13, 2016 at 14:41
  • Desert Eagle would have to be magically charmed to not jam ^_^ Also, have you seen one IRL? Concealing that brick is pretty difficult. Also, I'm not sure how well a tiny 11 yo would deal with the weight/recoil.
    – Maxim
    Apr 27, 2017 at 19:22
  • I burst out laughing at the first sentence
    – Some Guy
    Jan 29 at 1:57

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Simple answer: Handguns are (quite rightly) illegal to own in the UK. Harry Potter is a UK story and therefore the issue of handguns would never come up.

As one of comments says, Harry Potter is all about avoiding violence and death which is the complete opposite of what guns stand for.


What you are saying is what all the books tried to teach us to avoid. Violence is bad and good guys don't use that kind of power. Why a normal gun then? A Gatling gun is awesome and badass and at the same time more destructive. You can write this and the title will be Harry Potter and the Cowboy Hat, but it will be happening in another universe.

I can go on about Muggle technology and what's the difference then between Harry and Voldemort, but I'll stop here. A submarine in air is not good at all.

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