Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [muggles]

In Harry Potter, Muggles are persons without magical ability born outside of the magical community.Always use in conjunction with the [harry-potter] tag and any relevant tags.

45
votes
6answers
14k views

How blind are wizards to Muggle technology?

After reading a few other questions where people were talking about how dangerous knowledge of Muggle weaponry would be on the world of wizardry. It made me think: how could they not know about it? ...
12
votes
2answers
3k views

Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

I was reading through this question Can a Muggle do anything with a wand? and Valorum’s answer said this: JKR addressed this point in an interview in 2006; "I been asked what would happen if a ...
4
votes
3answers
324 views

Are Muggle-borns allowed to purposely cast spells using their wands before they go to Hogwarts?

Are Muggle-borns allowed to purposely cast spells using their wands before they go to Hogwarts? If a Muggle-born had gotten their things from Diagon Alley but it is still before September first, then ...
22
votes
2answers
4k views

What is the blood status of a person born to a half-blood and pure-blood? [duplicate]

I see that people born to parents who are both magical are pure-bloods, if either of the parental sides is muggle they are half-bloods, and if both the parents are muggles, the child is muggle-born. ...
24
votes
3answers
5k views

What if the parents of a Muggle-born witch or wizard refuse to let them attend Hogwarts?

In the Harry Potter universe, young wizards and witches are sometimes born to Muggle parents. In this case, someone from the wizarding world visits them to offer the child their place at Hogwarts. ...
13
votes
2answers
972 views

Magic in front of Muggles

Obviously I know that doing magic in front of Muggles is against the wizard laws. But let’s say you have a wizard who is married to a Muggle. The Muggle is aware that magic exists due to having a ...
13
votes
5answers
4k views

Can a Muggle inadvertently create a horcrux-like object?

I think that we have it well-established (regardless of whether or not one sees this as flawed logic) that Harry is not a Horcrux. A Horcrux has to be made intentionally, and the recipient is cursed ...
34
votes
2answers
6k views

What “muggle rights” did Dumbledore promote?

In "The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore" Rita Skeeter mentions that Albus Dumbledore promoted Muggle rights: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, chapter 18: Astonished and appalled though his ...
8
votes
4answers
6k views

How did Voldemort terrorize the Muggle World?

I was reading PearsonArtPhoto's answer to the question "What would Voldemort have done had he won?" PearsonArtPhoto says Voldemort was able to "Occasionally terrorize the Muggle world" after he had ...
-2
votes
6answers
5k views

Why couldn't Voldemort trace Harry's residence and kill him?

As we all know that Voldemort had one of his Horcruxes in as Harry himself, but sighting that he would be defeated at the hands of Harry, why didn't he - the Dark Lord - take a look into the future to ...
9
votes
3answers
368 views

Can Muggles learn Parseltongue?

While discussing this question, the conclusion was that apart from using Parseltongue to open the gate to the Chamber of Secrets, Harry didn't really use any magic and he might as well have been a ...
3
votes
0answers
56 views

Are wizards able to avoid Muggle detection after the invention of media cloud storage? [duplicate]

We understand from the books that there are multiple parts of the Ministry of Magic and its counterparts devoted to deceiving Muggles, including concocting explanations for Muggle head of states in ...
1
vote
3answers
488 views

Are pure-bloods actually a distinct species from Muggles?

From this question I note that pure-bloods are not actually really pure blooded according to the following quote: “So-called pure-blood families maintain their alleged purity by disowning, ...
6
votes
1answer
592 views

Did the Muggles see the magical things happening in The Crimes of Grindelwald?

Did the Muggles see all the magical things that were happening? The Zouwu comes barrelling through the town and wrecks cars, then gets sucked down a suitcase. Grindelwald’s big black capes swoop in ...
2
votes
1answer
158 views

How does the Hogwarts management identify if there are Muggle born wizards? [duplicate]

When the Hogwarts management knows that there are children with magical abilities, they are either sent a letter or special messengers are sent. In the case of Muggle parents, special messengers ...
26
votes
2answers
4k views

How do muggles and wizards differ physiologically?

In "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", the main character (Newton Scamander) meets a muggle (Jacob Kowalski) who is bitten by a Murtlap. Then Newt says: How do muggles and wizards differ? If ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Harry Potter: Why are there no “intelligent” Muggles?

In the Harry Potter series, the only Muggles we see anything more than a glimpse of are the Dursleys, who of course are a bunch of idiots. But there must be plenty of Muggles who are aware of the ...
-8
votes
3answers
433 views

Why didn't Dumbledore or Ministry of Magic ask for Muggle help to search for the Chamber of Secrets?

There are lots of Muggle technologies in existence which can find and map hidden structures precisely. e.g. ERT (Electrical Resistivity Tomography), BOTDR (Brillouin Optical Time Domain Reflectometry),...
0
votes
2answers
495 views

Would Crucio give Muggles seizures?

I mean specifically Muggles untouched by any protective spells or magic taints, just a pure Muggle untouched by wizardry or witchery. I know it affects wizards and witches in a horrible way, but for ...
3
votes
1answer
340 views

What’s the difference between magical and Muggle ancestry in Harry Potter?

Is there an in-canon explanation of the true difference between people of magical ancestry vs Muggles? I found this question: Where did the "Magic Blood" of the Harry Potter Universe ...
3
votes
2answers
601 views

How much do Muggle parents like Hermione’s actually know about Hogwarts?

This is left vague in the books, but I can’t imagine parents sending their children off to a school they know nothing about. Do you think they’re well-informed, or told just a bare minimum, or are ...
12
votes
3answers
840 views

Can supremacist Purebloods (like the Malfoys) be seen wearing Muggle clothes in the books?

First of all I only mean books, not the movies please. To begin with, here is related question - it doesn't reflect Draco's case though. I do not ask what he wears under his robes, I ask if he can be ...
1
vote
2answers
404 views

If a Muggle is to turn into a werewolf, would they be able to learn magic?

I'm pretty sure that werewolves are magical creatures and, by extension, have magic in them. So, if a Muggle was to get bitten by a werewolf and survive to become a werewolf, would they be able to ...
16
votes
3answers
915 views

Did any Muggles actively fight against Voldemort?

This question got me thinking Did any Muggle (full blown "pure blood" Muggle with no magic; not Squib nor any wizard with majority Muggle relatives) actively fight against Voldemort? Many of the ...
-5
votes
1answer
848 views

Are there non-magical people born into magical families? [duplicate]

Is there any case in the Harry Potter-verse of someone magic born but having no magic skills? I haven't read enough to know why muggleborns can have magic powers but if it works one way then maybe the ...
9
votes
2answers
886 views

Are parents of Muggle-borns subject to the Statute of Secrecy?

A lot is made of the Statue of Secrecy in the books. However, what about the Muggle parents of witches or wizards? Do they have to sign like an official secrets act? Hundreds of non-wizards knowing ...
18
votes
6answers
11k views

Why can't muggles see magical creatures?

My friend at work proposed a question to me a few minutes ago: If the witches and wizards cloaked themselves from Muggles with their spells and it's said that only witches and wizards can cast spells,...
5
votes
2answers
436 views

How involved are Muggles who are allowed to know about magic in the wizarding world?

To clarify, this is different from the question How involved are Muggle parents in the school lives of their magical kids? I am not talking about coming to Hogwarts. I am thinking outside the school. ...
1
vote
3answers
678 views

Do Squibs have to be pure-blood?

If a Muggle was born of a wizard/witch and a Muggle, is that person a Squib, or is that reserved to people born from pure-blood families? (Related: Is a Squib a Muggle?)
36
votes
9answers
7k views

Are there non-squib wizards/witches who work 100% in muggle world?

This Q/A ( Does Hogwarts teach non magical classes? ) made me realize that I can't seem to remember a single HP wizard/witch who had a Muggle job with a Muggle company, aside from Kingsley's bodyguard ...
21
votes
4answers
2k views

Are wizards able to tell magical people from non-magical?

Like, if they met someone for the first time, would they be able to tell whether the person is a wizard/witch or a Muggle?
6
votes
2answers
309 views

How does the wireless Wizarding Network work?

We know that electrical devices don't work in magical environments like Hogwarts or Hogsmeade, so how are wizards using such Muggle technology in areas usually saturated with magic? Do we know ...
7
votes
1answer
359 views

How does social syncretism work when a wizard or witch marries a Muggle?

In the Harry Potter universe, we see huge differences between wizarding culture and Muggle culture. The differences are so huge that one culture is almost alien to the other. We also see marriages ...
5
votes
1answer
713 views

Is there an equivalent slur to “Mudblood” for referring to Muggles?

Given the intense level of anti-Muggle prejudice in wizard supremacist movements (e.g. those of Voldemort and Grindelwald), it seems like there would be an equivalent slur to "Mudblood" to refer to ...
108
votes
17answers
22k views

Why aren't Muggles extinct?

One of the basic premises of the Potterverse is that Muggles are much, much more common than wizards. This is what in part necessitates the need for the Wizarding world to hide itself away because, ...
18
votes
3answers
5k views

Do Muggles, squibs or Inferi have souls just like wizards?

In the Harry Potter universe, do these beings have souls in the same sense as wizards: Muggles Squibs Inferi Quotes from books or canonical sources such as Pottermore are preferred. Inspired by ...
2
votes
1answer
298 views

Do Muggles have to know a pathway/portal exists at Platform 9 3/4?

Do Muggles have to know a pathway/portal exists at Platform 9 3/4 to pass through it or can they just go through accidentally?
35
votes
6answers
6k views

Why do acts of “accidental” magic only seem to happen around Muggles?

There are several times in the books (and movies) where it is either mentioned or depicted that magical people, in moments of stress, are capable of accidentally causing magic to happen. The biggest ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

How would MACUSA prevent wizards from marrying muggles?

I'm interested in this quote from the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt: I do know a few things, actually. I know you have rather backwards laws about relations with non-magic ...
8
votes
2answers
319 views

Did any witches/wizards (non-Squibs) ever choose to live as Muggles?

This excellent question ponders whether Muggle-borns who demonstrate magical ability can choose to opt out of the wizarding world and live as Muggles. It got me thinking: are there any instances of ...
15
votes
3answers
605 views

How long do you have to wait before the Ministry of Magic will let you disclose you're a witch or wizard without consequence?

In the Harry Potter universe, if you're dating a Muggle, how long do you have to wait before the Ministry of Magic will let you disclose you're a witch or wizard without consequence? Follow up, ...
64
votes
11answers
15k views

Who gets Muggle-born students onto Platform 9 3/4?

Who gets Muggle-born students onto Platform 93/4? Their parents can't pass through the magical wall (I suppose). Harry only gets onto the platform by good fortune in his first year after bumping into ...
14
votes
2answers
3k views

Are there abilities Muggles possess that wizards do not?

Are there abilities Muggles possess that wizards do not? Or are wizards unambiguously human-plus? To be clear: I mean this outside of established Muggle/wizard societies, infrastructure and ...
19
votes
7answers
6k views

What is the in-universe term for Muggles in other countries?

Muggles, as we know, are the people who have no magical ability and are born in a non-magical family. Non-magical people are called Muggles in the British magical community and 'No-maj' in the ...
13
votes
2answers
1k views

Can Muggles see ghosts? If so, what measures are taken to prevent that?

In relation to a question: Are there muggle ghosts in the Wizarding World?, it says that only wizards may become ghosts. But, can a Muggle see a (wizard) ghost? Ghosts may roam the places they used ...
29
votes
5answers
14k views

Is a Squib a Muggle?

‘And what on earth’s a Squib?’ said Harry. To his surprise, Ron stifled a snigger. ‘Well – it’s not funny really – but as it’s Filch ...’ he said. ‘A Squib is someone who was born into a wizarding ...
2
votes
1answer
645 views

Can we consider Squib-born wizards as Mudbloods?

Dark wizards call muggle-born wizards as mudbloods because they promote racism. Voldemort and his allies repulsed of Muggles, giving them enough hatred for them to throw. However, what do Voldemort ...
38
votes
2answers
3k views

Why is the wizard world so clueless about Muggles if so many of them are related to Muggles?

It seems that the vast majority of wizards were either half-bloods or Muggle-borns. Ron says that Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn’t married Muggles we'd've died out. ...
5
votes
1answer
567 views

Would Harry Potter Wizards use the Internet?

The Internet has a lot to offer that you cannot send by owls, like sub-second latency of messages. Same things for computers and technology in general. Since Harry Potter seems to take place in the ...
29
votes
4answers
15k views

Can a Muggle do anything with a wand?

From the answers to this question, we know that one doesn't have to be a wizard to own a wand. Also, in other works, the ability to do magic is often tied to a magical object, such as a wand. In the ...