Exploring the Muggle World
"A Fair Deal for Wizards Who Deal Fair with Muggles."
-- Cornelius Fudge's campaign slogan
Muggles, as non-magical folk are called by wizards, are "not as stupid
as we think," or so a report recently published in the
Daily Prophet proclaimed
Many witches and wizards find this concept hard to accept;
Muggles are for the most part oblivious to the entire society
of magical people which exists alongside their own.
Part of the reason for this is that Muggles simply don't believe
that magic exists, which means they find non-magical reasons for the things
that happen to them . Another part of the reason is
that the Ministry
of Magic works very hard to keep the Muggles in the dark. When a Muggle
sees a dragon,
for example, the Ministry sends operatives called
Obliviators to use
Memory Charms to make the
Muggle forget all about it. The Ministry hides some wizarding places with
charms; this is why Muggles don't see
Hogwarts for what it is. Many
witches and wizards look upon Muggles kindly, but some see Muggles as nothing
but a nuisance. The Ministry enforces a Muggle Protection Act to ensure that
all of the wizarding world stays securely hidden
from Muggle eyes. To most witches and wizards, Muggle society is essentially
unknown. When they try to act like Muggles, the results can be humorous
indeed. Hogwarts offers a class
called Muggle Studies
where students learn about the ways that Muggles live and how
they survive without magic.
Learn more about Muggles:
1 - "Why would anyone bother making door keys shrink?" said George.
"Just Muggle-baiting," sighed
"Sell them a key that keeps shrinking to nothing so they can never
find it when they need it...Of course, it's very hard to convict anyone
because no Muggle would admit their key keeps shrinking--they'll insist
they just keep losing it. Bless them, they'll go to any lengths to ignore
magic, even if it's staring them in the face...But the things our lot have
taken to enchanting, you wouldn't believe--"