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"I'm on holiday in France at the moment and I didn't know how I was going to send [your present] to you — what if they'd opened it at Customs? — but then Hedwig turned up!"
—Hermione Granger voices her concerns about sending Harry his birthday present[src]
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Newton Scamander going through U.S. customs in 1926

Customs was a government agency responsible for collecting tariffs and for regulating the flow of goods in and out of a country.[1]

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In 1926, upon arriving in the United States for the first time, Newt Scamander's suitcase was opened at the customs.[2] He activated the suitcase's "Muggle Worthy" switch to ensure that the Muggle customs agent did not see the wizarding items and magical creatures hidden inside of it.[2]

When Hermione Granger ordered a Broomstick Servicing Kit for Harry Potter's thirteenth birthday while on holiday in France in 1993, she ruled out sending it to him via Muggle post, since the parcel might be opened at Customs.[3] However, Harry sent Hermione a letter with his owl Hedwig around the same time, and thus she was able to attach Harry's birthday present to the bird before she flew away.[3]

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