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Griphook: "The right to carry a wand has long been contested between wizards and goblins."
Ron Weasley: "Well, goblins can do magic without wands."
Griphook: "That is immaterial! Wizards refuse to share the secrets of wandlore with other magical beings, they deny us the possibility of extending our powers!"
— An exchange between Griphook and Ronald Weasley.[src]

Goblins are known to be able to employ their own brand of wandless magic.[1] This magic had the potential of being channelled through a wand, as Hodrod the Horny-Handed infamously demonstrated during the Chipping Clodbury riot in 1999,[2] but goblin possession of wands has been outlawed by the Ministry of Magic since the inception of the Wand Ban (Clause Three of the Code of Wand Use), passed in 1631.

Goblins resent this fact bitterly as, in Griphook's words, this is the wizards' way of denying them the chance of extending their powers through the study of wandlore.[1] This was, in fact, one of the facts that provoked one of the bloody Goblin Rebellions in the 17th and 18th centuries.[3]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter 24 (The Wandmaker)
  2. Daily Prophet Newsletters
  3. This piece of information comes from the third W.O.M.B.A.T. featured in J. K. Rowling's Official Site. Question 2 (Part One - Magical History) is "Which of the following did NOT provoke one of the bloody goblin rebellions of the 17th and 18th centuries? Choose ONE.", and one of the possible answers is "The Ministry of Magic Decree of 1631, preventing all magical beings other than wizards carrying a wand". As one of the other answers is known for certain to be false ("The imprisonment of the notoriously violent Hodrod the Horny-Handed, who had attempted to kill three wizards " — the Daily Prophet Newsletters reveal that Hodrod the Horny-Handed was indeed imprisoned for attempting to kill three wizards, but this happened in 1999, during the Chipping Clodbury riot), then all of the other answers must be true, including the one about the 1631 decree.

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