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"A spell! I haven't been this annoyed since my broom was singed by overzealous anti-aircraft during the Great War!"
Rolanda Hooch is hit by a spell.[src]

The First World War (also known as the Great War or World War I) was a Muggle military conflict that lasted from 1914 to 1918 and involved most of the world's great powers.

During the war, British Minister for Magic Archer Evermonde was responsible for passing emergency legislation forbidding wizards and witches from getting involved, in an attempt to prevent mass breaches of the International Statue of Secrecy.[1] This did not prevent thousands of wizards from discreetly aiding Muggles wherever they could.[1] Minister Evermonde's position drew the public condemnation of Wizengamot member Henry Potter, which caused a minor stir at the time.[2]

Rolanda Hooch's broomstick was singed by an "overzealous" anti-aircraft device sometime during the First World War.[3] She recounted this experience to Harry Potter many decades later in 1991.[3]

The American Muggle Jacob Kowalski was a veteran of the First World War.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • While Rolanda Hooch's line in the GBA video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone refers to the "Great War", there are differences in some of the translations to other languages. In the Brazilian Portuguese translation, Hooch talks about the Second World War ("Segunda Guerra"), as she does in the Danish translation ("2. verdenskrig"). In the German translation, Hooch refers only to "des Krieges" (which literally translates to "of the war") while in the French one, she specifies that it was "la guerre de 1914–1918" ("the war of 1914–1918"). In German, der Zweite Weltkrieg would indicate World War II, while simply der Krieg would not specifically indicate if World War I or II is meant.


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