Questions tagged [muggles]

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

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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can a Muggle get through to Platform 9 & 3/4?

Suppose someone from "Harry's world" married a Muggle, and they want to escort their child. Can the Muggle parent get through to the Hogwarts platform?
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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? ...
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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 ...
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How do Muggle Wars affect the magical world?

This came up to me while I was reading the question about Magical being using firearms in battle to raise their power (which I think I have a good answer for, but it's too long to fit in this question....
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Do wizards need Muggles?

I was just thinking, if some Dark wizard succeeded in a Mugglepocalypse - what then? Are they just some extinct species of animal at that point or do Muggles have some value wizards would lose?
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Can Muggles give birth to a magic sensitive child similar to a Squib?

In Harry Potter, Squibs are generally known as people who cannot perform magic, and all the examples from the books appear to be descended from wizards. In reality, we see various levels of magical ...
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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, ...
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Do "wizard-born" individuals exist (legally speaking) in the Muggle world?

If a Witch or a Wizard is Muggle-born they most certainly exist in a legal sense as Muggle citizens (i.e. they have birth records, school records, national insurance number, IDs and so on). It is ...
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How do muggles communicate with their magical children when they're at Hogwarts?

How do muggles with children at Hogwarts (for example, Hermione's parents) communicate with their children while they're at school? The students are able to send owls but does that mean the parents ...
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Can Muggles ride broomsticks?

It doesn't seem like riding a broom requires a wand, though IIRC they do have to say "Up!" to ...animate (right word?) the broom. Does this qualify as magic that only wizards can do? If so, could a ...
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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. ...
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What prevents the Wizarding world from knowing about everyday muggle type things?

Mr. Weasley studies muggles, yet struggles to understand their non-magical items. Hagrid is ignorant regarding soccer. When the need arises they are quick to adjust muggle memories when the muggles ...
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Can a Muggle use magical objects (potion, Time-Turner, etc)?

Say that a wizard were to foolishly give a Muggle a potion, Time-Turner, broomstick, or some other magical object. Would the Muggle be able to use it (or drink it, in the case of a potion)? To be ...
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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 ...
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Can Polyjuice potion remove magic?

It's clear throughout the Potter books that someone who takes Polyjuice potion assumes another person's physical characteristics, while keeping their own mental characteristics. Suppose a wizard took ...
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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,...
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Muggle Borns and Social Workers [duplicate]

Given the scrutiny that parents find themselves under from social workers, teachers, councils and any other busybody who stick their noses in, How is it possible that Muggle Borns such as Hermione can ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?)
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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 ...
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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?
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Can magic be used to transform a muggle into a witch/wizard? (HP universe)

Could a very accomplished witch/wizard cast any number of spells or charms to give a muggle some amount of magical powers? Could it be even theoretically possible?
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In Harry Potter, do witches and wizards use toilet paper, tampons, toothpaste, etc?

So, I have been thinking of things people have to do regularly that (presumably) witches and wizards will also deal with. Do they use toilet paper after going to the toilet? There are bathrooms but I ...
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Could a muggle see a thestral?

As we learn in the books: “The only people who can see thestrals,” [Luna] said, “are people who have seen death.” — Order of the Phoenix, chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake) Muggles see, and are ...
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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 ...
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Is Hagrid anti-muggle?

Hagrid shows up to collect Harry, but becomes angry, belligerent, insistent, threatening, and violent as soon as the Dursleys showed reluctance to allow Harry to go. Is Hagrid giving into anti-...
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How does social syncretism work when a wizard or witch marries a Muggle? [duplicate]

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 ...
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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. ...
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In Harry Potter, What would the Muggle autopsy of a Killing Curse victim reveal?

What would the Muggle autopsy of a Killing Curse victim reveal? Wouldn't it sound unusual to Muggles that a person died because of absolutely nothing?
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Would Voldemort (or Thicknesse) have bothered with Obliviating Muggles?

As is evident from this answer, the Ministry was used to Obliviating Muggles that witnessed magic as a matter of course. Obliviators even had their own "headquarters" as part of the Department of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is love magical for Muggles as well?

In the Harry Potter universe, love is a very potent, mysterious force and the power source of some "old magic". The most prominent use in the series is the protection that made Harry himself survive ...
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Can this HPMOR hypothesis be true in Harry Potter canon?

In Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, a significant plot point revolves around Harry's discovery of the genetic nature of magic though some very bad science. I am curious what canon ...
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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),...
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Is the term "muggle" pejorative?

I am curious as to what the origin of the term "muggle" is, and whether there is any reason why non-magic folk should not be offended by it. In other words, if there is a reasonable origin that ...
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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 ...
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How common is it to have a Muggle-born in Muggle families in Harry Potter?

How common is this and how quickly would the magical ancestry show in a Muggle family?
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Book or Rowling quote that there are **no** contemporary wizards without muggle ancestors?

I saw this question: Which pure-blood supremacists were actually half-bloods? and I was gonna be a smart-alec and answer 'all of them' as there are no actual pure-bloods anymore. However I couldn't ...
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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?
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If a muggle and a wizard marry, are their children automatically wizards? [duplicate]

Is there any chance that a muggle marrying a witch or wizard will have a muggle child? Is it 50/50, or will all descendants of wizards automatically be magical?
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How is the Wizarding World separated from the Muggle World? [closed]

Are there any unofficial border lines separating the two worlds? This is excluding the Leaky Cauldron pub or platform 9 3/4 of course. In the wizarding world they are living in the same locations as ...