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First World War
Event information

Europe, Africa and the Middle East (briefly in China and the Pacific Islands)


28 July 191411 November 1918


Muggle military conflitct

"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 to get involved, in an attempt to prevent mass breaches of the International Statue of Secrecy. This did not prevent thousands of wizards from aiding Muggles discreetly and where they could.[1] This posture earned Minister Evermonde the public condemnation of Wizengamot member Henry Potter, which caused a minor stir at the time.[2]

During the Great War, Rolanda Hooch's broomstick was singed by an overzealous anti-aircraft device.[3]

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" ("the war") while in the French one, she specifies that it was "la guerre de 1914–1918" ("the war of 1914–1918").


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