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- "Boys & girls are not permitted to be within 6 inches of each other."
- —The Decree.[src]
The Educational Decree Number Twenty-Six was one of the Educational Decrees created by Dolores Umbridge, then-Hogwarts High Inquisitor. This Educational Decree forbade male students to get closer than six inches of female students, and vice-versa. Umbridge rather strictly enforced this decree on at least one occasion, using a non-verbal spell of some form to force two students of opposite gender apart.
This Decree was perhaps seen by Umbridge to have been too lenient, and she passed the stricter Educational Decree Number Thirty-One, which specified the minimum distance between boys and girls to be eight inches.
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- As the numbering for this Educational Decree is not consistent with the numbering established in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it cannot be considered canonical.