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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Why did the Weasleys not talk about their accountant cousin?

One of the very first things we learn about the Weasley family is that not all of them are wizards: ‘Are all your family wizards?’ asked Harry, who found Ron just as interesting as Ron found him. ...
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Are there any circumstances when a Muggle doesn't have to be Obliviated after they find out about the existence of magic?

Or does it happen always - when a Muggle finds out something - poof! - memory erased?
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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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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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When are Muggles told their child is a Wizard?

Is it ever mentioned when Muggle parents are informed their child is a wizard or witch? I see three possibilites At birth (but who would know) When the Quill of Acceptance and Book of Admittance ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Did Umbridge hold prejudices towards muggle-borns before the fall of the Ministry?

In Order of the Phoenix, Harry speculates that Dolores Umbridge might be a Death Eater, but Sirius replies that "the world isn't split into good people and Death Eaters". I think this moral complexity ...
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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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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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How does the wizarding world deal with muggles who commit crimes against wizards or witches?

There have been mentions of such crimes, however I do not recollect of any wizarding punishments for muggles who have done such things. There are cases of the other way around though, where wizards/...
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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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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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How was the vanishing glass explained to the Muggles?

In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, when Harry goes to the zoo with the Dursleys and Piers Polkiss, he starts to communicate with the snake. When Piers Polkiss notices that the snake is ...
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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 ...
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Can a Muggle gain ownership of the Elder Wand?

If by some chance a Muggle kills or disarms the current owner of the Elder Wand through non-magical means (as they used to do), would the Elder Wand switch allegiance? What will happen to the Wand? ...
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Why didn't poor Wizards/Witches turn to Muggle World to earn some money? [duplicate]

Why the poor Wizard Families(like Weaseleys) do not turn to the muggle world to earn some easy money and then change the Muggle money back to Wizard one and get better financially. Things like ...
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Do Muggles refer to Magical cities and places by different names?

Do Muggles also live in places such as Godric's Hollows, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley as well as other towns and villages with magical populations? If yes, do they refer to those places using different ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Are there Muggles who got away with finding out about the magical world “unpermitted”?

In the latest Fantastic Beasts trailer, the final scene shows an individual saying, "No humans can do these things you're capable of." While as far as I can tell, ...
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What ruse of danger prevents Muggles from exploring the area where Hogwarts and Hogsmeade stand?

In Goblet of Fire, it says that people cannot see the school; rather, they see only ruins and several warnings of danger. (Chapter 11) What kind of warnings make Muggles too afraid (or indifferent) ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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What did muggle-borns do before Hogwarts?

We learn on Pottermore that muggle-borns are found by a magical quill in Hogwarts. They then receive their letter, which identifies them as a wizard, and they join the magical community. What did they ...
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Did Dumbledore have any Muggle friends?

With all his affection towards Muggles for several decades, one may wonder if he even had any Muggle friends at all. He surely was acquainted with the parents of his Muggle-born students, but I'm ...