Given that during that year both the Ministry and Hogwarts were under control of the Death Eaters and pursuing virulently anti-Muggleborn policies, what were the repercussions for the Muggleborns who were at that point too young to attend Hogwarts, but whose names would have already been written by the magic quill in Hogwarts, and hence in the hands of the Death Eaters running the show?

Specifically, what happened to those too young to receive letters or know about magic/Hogwarts in 1997? And what about those who were supposed to be attending first year that year?


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I don't know if JKR has ever mentioned it or not.But here is some info from the canon:

“Attendance is now compulsory for every young witch and wizard,” he replied. “That was announced yesterday. It’s a change, because it was never obligatory before. Of course, nearly every witch and wizard in Britain has been educated at Hogwarts, but their parents had the right to teach them at home or send them abroad if they preferred. This way, Voldemort will have the whole Wizarding population under his eye from a young age. And it’s also another way of weeding out Muggle-borns, because students must be given Blood Status – meaning that they have proven to the Ministry that they are of Wizard descent – before they are allowed to attend.”

Harry felt sickened and angry: at this moment excited eleven-year-olds would be poring over stacks of newly purchased spellbooks, unware that they would never see Hogwarts, perhaps never see their families again either. -The Bribe,The Deathly Hallows

(Emphasis mine)

So we weren't explicitly told what would happen to them.We were just told that Harry felt angry about what was going to happen to these excited young children.

However,we can guess a bit. Note that there is no difference between a grown-up muggleborn and an eleven-year-old muggleborn. The following is an extract from the same chapter:

".... said Lupin. “Nevertheless, unless you can prove that you have at least one close Wizarding relative, you are now deemed to have obtained your magical power illegally and must suffer the punishment.”

These muggleborns were not killed. Therefore there can't be a reason the eleven-year-olds have to be killed as well. So if they were not killed, and the worst that could have happened to them was that they were sentenced to Azkaban, then we can say/guess that in the year ensuing Voldemort's death, they were once again invited to Hogwarts (I don't believe parents would want their children to go to Hogwarts after an year of not seeing them).

Again, this is just speculation.


To the best of my knowledge, this has not been addressed in any of the books or in any published interview or writing by JKR.

That said, I expect the answer is 'nothing'. The Ministry and the Hogwarts Governors had their hands full with consolidating power, stamping out resistance, and otherwise reshaping the wizarding world. They likely had no time or resources to spare 'dealing' with a handful of eleven-year-olds.

I would guess (supported by no canon evidence, only inference) that they were simply ignored. They received neither letters nor visits from Professors, and went about their Muggle education. Most likely, they were invited to Hogwarts the next year (or over the summer holiday), and joined Hogwarts as normal.

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    I lean towards "murdered by Death-Eaters". They don't seem to like muggleborn wizards very much.
    – Valorum
    Feb 21, 2015 at 14:45
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    @Richard: That seems a bit too dark for JKR. Also, I'd expect that widespread murder of children, if it became known, would have caused more resistance to Death Eaters than simply not inviting Muggleborns to magical schools.
    – Jeff
    Feb 21, 2015 at 14:49
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    @Jeff, the darkness might be the reason why JKR did not mention anything in the books.There is actually one line in the seventh book where this topic is mentioned.I can't find the line but it went something like this:"...or of those muggleborns who were excited to use their new wands,not knowing they would never goto Hogwarts."
    – rah4927
    Feb 21, 2015 at 15:56
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    Found the exact sentence:"Harry felt sickened and angry:at this moment excited eleven year olds would be poring over stacks of newly purchased spellbooks,unware that they would never see Hogwarts,perhaps never see their families again either."
    – rah4927
    Feb 21, 2015 at 16:00
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    Wait,Dumbledore wanted Snape to become the Headmaster.He might have played a role in their safety.
    – rah4927
    Feb 21, 2015 at 16:27

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