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In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter
Harry Potter
series, a Muggle (/ˈmʌɡəl/) is a person who lacks any sort of magical ability and was not born in a magical family. Muggles can also be described as people who do not have any magical blood inside them. It differs from the term Squib, which refers to a person with one or more magical parents yet without any magical power/ability, and from the term Muggle-born (or the derogatory and offensive term mudblood, which is used to imply the supposed impurity of Muggle blood), which refers to a person with magical abilities but with non-magical parents. The equivalent term used by the in-universe magic community of America is No-Maj, which is short for No Magic.

Contents

1 Usage in Harry Potter

1.1 Notable Muggles

2 Other usages

2.1 Trademark Lawsuit 2.2 In popular culture

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Usage in Harry Potter[edit] The term Muggle is sometimes used in a pejorative manner in the books. Since Muggle refers to a person who is a member of the non-magical community, Muggles are simply ordinary human beings without any magical powers and often with less knowledge about the magical world rather than witches and wizards do. According to Rowling, a quarter of the annual Hogwarts
Hogwarts
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry intake have two non-magical parents;[citation needed] there have also been some children known to have been born to one magical and one non-magical parent. Children of this mixed parentage are called half-bloods (strictly speaking, they are 'Literal Half-bloods'); children with recent Muggle ancestry on the one side or the other are also called half-bloods. The most prominent Muggle-born in the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
series is Hermione Granger, who had two Muggles of unspecified names as parents. A witch or wizard with all magical heritage is called a pure-blood. In the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
books, non-magical people are often portrayed as foolish, sometimes befuddled characters, who are completely ignorant of the Wizarding world that exists in their midst. If, by unfortunate means, non-magical people do happen to observe the working of magic, the Ministry of Magic
Ministry of Magic
sends Obliviators to cast Memory Charms upon them causing them to forget the event. Some Muggles, however, know of the wizarding world. These include Muggle parents of magical children, such as Hermione Granger's parents, the Muggle Prime Minister (and his predecessors), the Dursley family (Harry Potter's non-magical and only living relatives), and the non-magical spouses of some witches and wizards. Rowling has stated she created the word "Muggle" from "mug", an English term for someone who is easily fooled. She added the "-gle" to make it sound less demeaning and more "cuddly".[1] Rowling herself was sued for using the word "muggle" in the Harry Potter books.[2] Notable Muggles[edit]

The Dursleys, Harry's relatives with whom he lives Muggle Prime Minister Frank Bryce, the Riddle family gardener Tom Riddle Senior, Lord Voldemort's father Mr. and Mrs. Granger, Hermione's parents. They are dentists. Tobias Snape, the father of Severus Snape Mr. Roberts, the manager of the campground the Weasleys stayed at for the Quidditch
Quidditch
World Cup Seamus Finnigan's father Dean Thomas's family Colin and Dennis Creevey's family Jacob Kowalski, Newt Scamander's No-Maj friend Mary Lou Barebone, leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society (or the "Second Salemers")

Other usages[edit] The word muggle, or muggles, is now used in various contexts in which its meaning is similar to the sense in which it appears in the Harry Potter book series. Generally speaking, it is used by members of a group to describe those outside the group, comparable to civilian as used by military personnel. Whereas in the books muggle is consistently capitalized, in other uses it is often predominately lowercase.

According to the BBC quiz show QI, in the episode Hocus Pocus, muggle was a 1930s jazz slang word for someone who uses cannabis. "Muggles" is the title of a 1928 recording by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra. A muggle is, according to Abbott Walter Bower, the author of the Scotichronicon, "an Englishman's tail". In Alistair Moffat's book, A History of the Borders from Early Times it is stated that there was a widely held 13th century belief amongst Scots that Englishmen had tails.[3] Ernest Bramah referred to "the artful Muggles" in a detective story published decades before the Potter books ("The Ghost at Massingham Mansions", in The Eyes of Max Carrados, Doran, New York, 1924). Muggle was added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Oxford English Dictionary
in 2003, where it is said to refer to a person who is lacking a skill.[4] Muggle is used in informal English by members of small, specialised groups, usually those that consider their activities to either be analogous to or directly involve magic (such as within hacker culture;[5] and pagans, Neopagans and Wiccans)[6] to refer to those outside the group. In online forums for people with herpes, Muggle is used to describe someone who (presumably) does not have HSV. Muggle (or geomuggle) is used by geocachers to refer to those not involved in or aware of the sport of geocaching. A cache that has been tampered with by non-participants is said to be plundered or muggled.[7] Muggle is similarly used by Hash House Harriers
Hash House Harriers
to refer to members of the public who are not hashers.

Trademark Lawsuit[edit] Nancy Stouffer, author of The Legend of Rah and Muggles (1984) accused Ms. Rowling of a trademark violation, for the use of the term “muggles” as well copyright violations for as some similarities to her book.[8] Rowling and Scholastic, her publisher, sued for declaratory judgment, and won on a summary judgment motion [9], based on a lack of likelihood of confusion. In popular culture[edit]

The NBC
NBC
science fiction drama series Heroes features a dog named Mr. Muggles, who is owned by the Bennet family. The writers of the show have stated that the dog's name is an allusion to the Harry Potter series as, like Harry, Claire Bennet
Claire Bennet
has been adopted by a family who does not have any special abilities.

See also[edit]

Harry Potter
Harry Potter
portal

Book: Harry Potter

Blood purity in Harry Potter

References[edit]

^ "2004: Accio Quote!, the largest archive of J.K. Rowling interviews on the web". accio-quote.org.  ^ http://www.cesnur.org/recens/potter_019.htm ^ Alistair Moffat, The Borders: a history of the Borders from earliest times, 2002, Deerpark Press, ISBN 9780954197902, pp.211-212 ^ "BBC: 'Muggle' goes into Oxford English Dictionary". BBC News. 24 March 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2010.  ^ Jargon File: muggle ^ Faith von Adams, "I Roomed with a Muggle", New Witch Magazine, Issue 5 (Fall 2003) pg. 34 ^ " Geocaching
Geocaching
Glossary". Geocaching.com. Retrieved 20 September 2007.  ^ Burden of Proof 'Harry Potter' Book
Book
Lawsuit: 'Legend of Rah and Muggles' Author Claims Trademark Violations, Burden of Proof, CNN Transcripts, July 5, 2000, https://www.eyrie.org/~robotech/stouffer.htm ^ https://www.eyrie.org/~robotech/stouffer.htm

External links[edit]

Look up muggle or Appendix:Harry Potter/ Muggle in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

BBC: 'Muggle' goes into Oxford English Dictionary Muggle Guide: The Muggle Guide to the Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Wizarding World I Roomed with a Muggle: Tips for Living with Non-Magical People

Muggle on Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Wiki, an external wiki

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The Harry Potter
Harry Potter
series by J. K. Rowling

Novels

The Philosopher's Stone (1997) The Chamber of Secrets (1998) The Prisoner of Azkaban (1999) The Goblet of Fire (2000) The Order of the Phoenix (2003) The Half-Blood Prince (2005) The Deathly Hallows (2007)

Film series

Films

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Music

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Main

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Related works

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Quidditch
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of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists Short Stories from Hogwarts
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of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

Games and toys

Quidditch
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Mystery Wizards Unite

Attractions

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Orlando Japan Hollywood

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Harry Potter
and the Forbidden Journey Hogwarts
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Express

Harry Potter
Harry Potter
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Fandom

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and the Marauders Voldemort: Origins of the Heir My Immortal

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