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Adalbert Waffling

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"Tamper with the deepest mysteries ― the source of life, the essence of self ― only if prepared for consequences of the most extreme and dangerous kind."
—Waffling's first Fundamental Law of Magic.[src]

Adalbert Waffling (d. 1981) was a British wizard who was a magical theoretician, credited to have written "all about magic". Waffling is somewhat seen as the "father of magical theory", as it is a popular claim that every modern witch or wizard has learned from his writings. Waffling was the one who formulated the Fundamental Laws of Magic and wrote Magical Theory, a most popular textbook still being used today in the teaching of young wizards at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


Early life

Adalbert Waffling was born some time in the nineteenth century. By the 1890s he was already a most notable theoretician.[1] Waffling might have attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in his youth, like so many other wizards before him.

Adalbert Waffling USA Card

Waffling studying Magic.

Later life

By the 1890s, Waffling was already one of most notable wizards of the date,[1] so it is more than likely he published some of his writings before this point. Around this time Albus Dumbledore, the "most brilliant student ever seen [at Hogwarts]", was in regular correspondence with Waffling in order to exchange ideas about magic.[1]

Waffling died in 1981.

Behind the scenes


Magical Theory, Waffling's most popular textbook.


Adal is Old High German for "noble" or "aristocratic"; berta, "bright". To waffle means unable to make a firm decision.


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 2 (In Memoriam)

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