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- "I've never seen a worse Keeper... but then he was born in a bin."
- —Draco Malfoy, needling Harry Potter about Ron Weasley's Keeper performance[src]
A bin is receptacle for the disposal of trash.
In 1994, Alastor Moody owned a number of dustbins which he kept outside his home. Bartemius Crouch Jr. used magic to make them fire rubbish everywhere as a cover for his kidnapping of Moody to disguise himself as Moody using Polyjuice Potion.
In 1995, Draco Malfoy composed a song titled "Weasley is Our King" as an attempt to undermine the morale of Gryffindor Quidditch team Keeper Ronald Weasley and that of the team itself. The song included the line "Weasley was born in a bin," considered highly offensive, as it suggested he was nothing but garbage. Later that same year, Augusta Longbottom told her grandson Neville to place a gum wrapper given to him by his mother in the bin.
In 1997, as Hermione Granger considered what books to bring along on the mission to find Voldemort's Horcruxes, she tossed her copy of Defensive Magical Theory into the bin without a second glance.
Bin Juice is named after this object.
In "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot", one of the classic stories from The Tales of Beedle the Bard, the wizard who inherited his father's titular pot initially decided to use it as a bin, but the pot did not allow him rest until he used it for its original purpose of helping his Muggle neighbours, as did his father.
Behind the scenes
- In addition to a rubbish bin appearing on the J. K. Rowling Official Site prior to its April 2012 redesign, the site featured a Rubbish Bin section where rumours about her and the Harry Potter series were addressed.
- In the United States, the term "bin" is usually used in regards to trash only in relation to recycling, i.e. "recycle bin." Despite this, the term was retained for the U.S. editions of most Harry Potter titles, though the U.S. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone refers to a "trash can."
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- J. K. Rowling Official Site
- Daily Prophet Newsletters