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Old January 14th, 2008, 10:18 pm
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Re: Little Questions Answered v14

Originally Posted by thewbacca
If a magical roster detected Tom Riddle and put his name down, why didn't it put down Ariana's?
She could have been detected. However, when she did not show up at Hogwarts (or her mother denied the acceptance), no further inquiry would be made. Remember, parents have the option of home schooling their children or sending them away.
Originally Posted by thewbacca
Also, how did the ministry not detect Ariana doing magic in front of muggles, when they did the same thing for Morfin?
The Ministry cannot detect underage magic - just magic:
HBP, A Sluggish Memory, Ch. 17, Pg. 368, American, HB"They can detect magic, but not the perpetrator...."
"So if you're underage and you do magic inside an adult witch or wizard's house, the Ministry won't know?"
"They will certainly be unable to tell who performed the magic. They rely on witch and wizard parents to enforce their offspring's obedience while within their walls."

The reason Morfin was convicted was because he was a known Muggle-hater, he had once before attacked Tom Riddle Sr., and he was the only wizard in the area. Also, Voldemort had implanted a false memory in him to confess to the crime.

Meanwhile, Ariana was only around seven (around the age that a witch/wizard will show signs of magic), and her magic went unnoticed because the Ministry does not protect against underage magic before the child enters school. Also, since she would be around her parents, the Ministry would not know if it was her magic or her parents'.
Originally Posted by unconvinced
Do we know her age when she died?
Ariana died in August of 1899 (Aberforth was almost ready to go back to school). She died when she was fourteen (in the same summer of Kendra's death).


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Last edited by MrSleepyHead; January 14th, 2008 at 10:25 pm.
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