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Old October 10th, 2007, 11:00 pm
lflores  Male.gif lflores is offline
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Re: Underage magic - is the MOM really on top of it?

Originally Posted by IntricateLogic View Post
I disagree that it was a weak law. In places such as Diagon Alley, the only reason why underaged witches and wizards shouldn't do magic is if they are pre-Hogwarts (which would be an unavoidable loss of control unless they got hold of a wand), since there aren't muggles in Diagon Alley. The law is actually quite smart. It could be tracked to people who lived with/around muggles, or people with/around muggles at the time. The law is really used to help enforce the Statute of Secrecy.
This is how I always saw the law to work. To help enforce the Statue of Secrecy and also to make sure younger wizards don't pick on muggles. This would explain why Harry got in trouble for Dobby (Aunt Marge is hurt/affected), why he got in trouble for the Patronus in OotP (Dudley is hurt/affected), and why he didn't for the Lumos charms or other such charms done at 4 Privet. Tonks, Dumbledore, and the Weasley's have all done magic at that adress.

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