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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.[1]

Bin Juice is named after this object.

After receiving a letter from Lily Evans about the birth of Harry, Petunia Dursley tossed in the bin without a second glance.

Behind the scenes

  • In addition to a rubbish bin appearing 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 the Harry Potter titles.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 6 (The Ghoul in Pyjamas)

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