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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

We don't need to argue about reproductive fitness to explain this. Here in the real world, the fertility rate falls off as the standard of living increases. Until quite recently, the magical ...
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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?

Parents of Muggle-borns are allowed to retain their memories, and we see Hermione's parents in Diagon Alley. "So you don't think I'm a match for Lucius Malfoy?" said Mr. Weasley indignantly, but ...
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Do wizards need Muggles?

It seems likely that wizards could handle total Muggle extinction. While the total extinction of Muggles may cause wizards some problems, it seems likely that they'll be able to handle any problems it ...
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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?

As we learn from Chapter 1. The Other Minister in the Half Blood Prince, the muggle prime minister of the day is told of the ministry, and magic, with nothing to suggest they're oblivated when they ...
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What "muggle rights" did Dumbledore promote?

Dumbledore believed Muggles deserved to be considered. When Dumbledore mentions the disappearance of Frank Bryce, a Muggle, he also says that he regrets that the Ministry doesn’t consider Frank’s ...
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Is Hagrid anti-muggle?

I don't think Hagrid is anti Muggle, he's only belligerent there because of the Dursleys (that is, their behaviour, not them being Muggles). Let's remember that: he just tracked them because they ...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

It's very possible that a lot of "muggles" just didn't know they were wizards. The book that admits students to Hogwarts needs concrete evidence of a child using magic before it will write them down ...
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Have Muggles ever credibly harmed or threatened to harm Wizards & Witches?

Yes, Muggles have harmed wizards. In his footnote for “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot” in “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, Albus Dumbledore stated that Muggles were indeed able to kill some wizards in ...
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When are Muggles told their child is a Wizard?

When the student receives their letter of admission into Hogwarts, we see the first time both the student and the family find out their child is magical. Colin drew a great shuddering breath of ...
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Are there Muggles who got away with finding out about the magical world "unpermitted"?

Absolutely In 1932, a Welsh Green Dragon terrorized sunbathers on a beach near Ilfracombe. A wizard family on vacation modified the memories of the nearby Muggles, but it appears that some were not ...
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Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

No, you've misunderstood the quote. JKR isn't saying that the result would be violent because violence is what lies inside a Muggle (though it does sound like something the Malfoys might come up with)...
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Can Polyjuice potion remove magic?

Transforming oneself into a muggle (using Polyjuice Potion) doesn't remove magic. Harry pretends to be a red-haired Muggle boy at Fleur and Bill's wedding. Harry was rather uncomfortable. The ...
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Do Muggles, squibs or Inferi have souls just like wizards?

Muggles and Squibs can be assumed to have souls. For evidence, let's consider Lupin's description of what happens to those who lose their souls to the Dementors: 'You can exist without your soul, you ...
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When are Muggles told their child is a Wizard?

When they receive their Hogwarts acceptance letter Hermione seemed surprised to get a letter from Hogwarts, which suggests that her parents probably were too: "Nobody in my family's magic at all,...
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What is the blood status of a person born to a half-blood and pure-blood?

Children of Pure-bloods and Half-bloods are Half-bloods JKR has stated on her old website that this was the case, however was quick to establish that this would only be of importance to those who ...
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What if the parents of a Muggle-born witch or wizard refuse to let them attend Hogwarts?

Muggle parents aren't allowed to refuse Although JKR previously stated that attendance at Hogwarts isn't mandatory, the best example I can think is Harry Potter's (muggle) legal guardians refusing to ...
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What are the children of two Muggle-borns called?

No specific name is ever mentioned. There doesn’t seem to be any specific name that the pure-bloods use for the children of Mudbloods. When Yaxley, a Death Eater, refers to them, he calls them “brats ...
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Would a completely good Muggle be able to use a wand?

No, Muggles can’t use wands. Muggles can’t use wands, whatever their moral alignment or personal feelings towards violence. As Dumbledore explains in his notes on “Babbitty Rabbitty and the Cackling ...
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How do muggles and wizards differ physiologically?

In the world of Harry Potter, magic manifests itself in physical beings. This is the subtle difference that Scamander is referring to. Wizards for example are susceptible to magical ailments such as ...
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Are there non-squib wizards/witches who work 100% in muggle world?

Isobel McGonagall, mother of Minerva McGonagall The Pottermore section on Minerva McGonagall talks at length about her mother, Isobel. After she eloped with a muggle, Isobel kept her magical heritage ...
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Can a Muggle get through to Platform 9 & 3/4?

Sure, absolutely. Here's Lily's parents on platform nine and three-quarters. And the scene refomed. Harry looked around: he was on platform nine and three-quarters, and Snape stood beside him, ...
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Do wizards need Muggles?

For one, wizards might go extinct if they did that. There aren't enough wizards for them to survive without Muggles: “Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn’t married Muggles we'...
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What is the in-universe term for Muggles in other countries?

As far as the information from the HP books (and movies), Fantastic Beasts first movie, and as you mentioned in your question, the non-wizarding world people are addressed as: MUGGLES by the British ...
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Why is the wizard world so clueless about Muggles if so many of them are related to Muggles?

The Muggle world changes faster than the Wizarding World and older wizards have a hard time keeping in touch In spite of these clear instructions, clothing misdemeanours have been one of the most ...
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Did Umbridge hold prejudices towards muggle-borns before the fall of the Ministry?

Absolutely Though she wasn't quite as open about it as the Death Eaters were, she definitely had some...strong opinions on the matter. There's a rather long bit of writing on Pottermore about Umbridge,...
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Magic in front of Muggles

Yes, it seems like it would be allowed. Muggles who marry wizards are allowed to know about the wizarding world. Seamus’s mother told his father after they married. “I’m half and half,’ said Seamus. ‘...
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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?

Apparently, marriage is a circumstance. As Seamus Finnigan points out in the first movie, it was a "bit of a nasty shock" for his Muggle father when he found out his wife was a witch.
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Would Voldemort (or Thicknesse) have bothered with Obliviating Muggles?

Is it likely that Voldemort or Thicknesse changed Ministry of Magic policy on Obliviating Muggles? For the time being? I would guess not, based on the following reasoning: Voldemort isn't very ...
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Why aren't Muggles extinct?

Disclaimer, I am not that familiar with Harry Potter nor a evolutionary biologist, but I would suspect that characters reproduce via sex like real humans, so a out-of-verse explanation would be a in-...
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Harry Potter: Why are there no "intelligent" Muggles?

Rationalization A lot of people believe that everything can and must be rationally explained, or at least that there is a very limited set of "weird" things on Earth without a rational explanation(e....
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