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"I was the only one who saw her for what she was -- a freak! But for my mother and father, oh no, it was Lily this and Lily that, they were proud of having a witch in the family!"
-- Petunia Evans (PS4)


Muggle-born is the term used to describe a wizard or witch born of two Muggle parents.

(Sometimes spelled Muggleborn with no hyphen)

  • Colin and Dennis Creevey (CS6, GF12)
  • Lily Evans (PS4, CS17, HBP4, DH33, Pm)
  • Justin Finch-Fletchley (CS6)
  • Hermione Granger (PS12, CS7)
  • Ted Tonks (OP3,OP6)
  • Kendra Dumbledore (DH8)
  • Dirk Cresswell (HBP4, DH13)
  • Mary Cattermole (DH13)
  • Myrtle Warren (CS12)
  • Alderton (DH13)
  • Nobby Leach - First Muggle-born Minister for Magic (Pm)
  • Donaghan Tremlett (FW)
  • Tertius (BoS)

Many witches and wizards are Muggle-born. A foul, nasty name for Muggle-born is Mudblood (lit. "dirty blood"), but that's not a term used in polite company (CS7).

When Voldemort took control of the Ministry through his "puppet" Minister Pius Thicknesse, the Muggle-born Registration Commission was set up (DH13). It was headed by the cruel and prejudiced ex-High Inquisitor of Hogwarts, Dolores Umbridge. Along with a Death Eater named Yaxley, Umbridge held hearings for Muggle-born witches and wizards, insinuating that they somehow "stole" their magical ability because their parents were Muggles (DH13). Harry, Ron, and Hermione managed to disrupt a hearing and rescue many Muggleborns being held at the Ministry.


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