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A gun is a Muggle weapon that fires projectiles, such as a pistol, rifle, or cannon. Wizards describe guns as "a kind of metal wand that Muggles use to kill each other".[1]


In 1876, Rancorous Carpe attempted to trap Peeves and have him removed from Hogwarts Castle via an elaborate trap, of which include a blunderbuss and a miniature cannon.[2]

At some point in or prior to 1991, Dudley Dursley swapped a pet parrot for a real, live air rifle.[3]

In 1991, Vernon Dursley bought a rifle to protect his family during their stay at the Hut-on-the-Rock, but when the half-giant Rubeus Hagrid visited them on the island unexpectedly, he easily destroyed the rifle by bending it into a knot.[3]

When Sirius Black pulled out his wand in an attempt to kill Peter Pettigrew for his treason, the Muggle witnesses thought he brought out a gun.[1] Later, after his escape from Azkaban, Muggle news reports stated that he was carrying a gun.[1] Arthur Weasley also had a report on firearms, assigned to him by the Auror Office during the hunt for Black, that was a month overdue; Kingsley Shacklebolt apparently misread the word as "fireleg".[4]

Behind the scenes

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Vernon comes downstairs with a double-barrelled shotgun, rather than a rifle. Hagrid bends the barrels of the shotgun upwards, causing Vernon to discharge it into the ceiling.
  • Despite modern wizard-kind not familiar with firearms, back in the past they did, with Rancorous even making use of a blunderbuss.[2]


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