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{{dialogue a-b-a|Griphook|The right to carry a wand has long been contested between wizards and goblins.|Ron Weasley|Well, goblins can do magic without wands.|That is immaterial! Wizards refuse to share the secrets of [[wandlore]] with other magical beings, they deny us the possibility of extending our powers!|[[Griphook]] the [[Goblin]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
 
{{dialogue a-b-a|Griphook|The right to carry a wand has long been contested between wizards and goblins.|Ron Weasley|Well, goblins can do magic without wands.|That is immaterial! Wizards refuse to share the secrets of [[wandlore]] with other magical beings, they deny us the possibility of extending our powers!|[[Griphook]] the [[Goblin]]|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows}}
   
The '''Wand Ban''' is the [[Code of Wand Use]]'s Clause Three (passed by the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in [[1630s|1631]]). This clause forbids Non-Human Magical Beings such as house-elves or giants to carry a [[wand]]. This clause of the Code of Wand Use was probably written as a consequence of the [[Goblin Rebellion of 1612]], a bloody and vicious revolution that occurred in [[Hogsmeade|Hogsmeade Village]]. This law was one of the causes that contributed to the later [[Goblin Rebellions]] of the eighteenth century, given the anger expressed by some goblins, such as [[Griphook]],<ref> [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]] </ref> about wizards denying goblins the right to use [[wand]]s.
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The '''Wand Ban''' is Clause Three of the [[Code of Wand Use]] (passed by the [[Wizards' Council]]<ref name="PMministers">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book5/chapter7/moment1/ministers-for-magic New from J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic"] says that the Ministry was formally established in 1707, having been preceded by the Wizards' Council.</ref> in [[1630s|1631]]<ref name="WOMBAT">[[J. K. Rowling Official Site]] - Third [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]]</ref>). This clause forbids Non-Human Magical Beings such as house-elves or giants to carry a [[wand]]; according to [[Amos Diggory]], it is worded "''No non-human creature is permitted to carry or use a wand''".<ref name="GF9">''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' - Chapter 9 (''The Dark Mark'')</ref> This clause of the Code of Wand Use was probably written as a consequence of the [[Goblin Rebellion of 1612]], a bloody and vicious revolution that occurred in [[Hogsmeade|Hogsmeade Village]]. This law was one of the causes that contributed to the later [[Goblin Rebellions]] of the eighteenth century, given the anger expressed by some goblins, such as [[Griphook]],<ref> [[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]] </ref> about wizards denying goblins the right to use [[wand]]s.
   
There is apparently a favourable distinction between Non-Human Magical Beings and Part-Human Magical Beings when definining one's right to carry a wand. For example, [[Hagrid]] is a half-giant, and while a pure [[giant]] would not be permitted to carry a wand under Clause Three, he has a [[Wizardkind|wizard]] father and is therefore Part-Human and permitted to carry a wand. The same principle then applies to [[Filius Flitwick]], who is a wizard with [[goblin]] ancestry. [[Vampires]], [[hags]], and other magical hominids are not permitted to carry wands because they are classified as non-Magical Part-Humans. [[Werewolves]], on the other hand, are recognised as humans afflicted with lycanthropy and are permitted to carry wands, though in their transformed state they lose the ability to practise magic as a normal witch or wizard.
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There is apparently a favourable distinction between Non-Human Magical Beings and Part-Human Magical Beings when defining one's right to carry a wand. For example, [[Hagrid]] is a half-giant, and while a pure [[giant]] would not be permitted to carry a wand under Clause Three, he has a [[Wizardkind|wizard]] father and is therefore Part-Human and permitted to carry a wand. The same principle then applies to [[Filius Flitwick]], who is a wizard with [[goblin]] ancestry. [[Vampires]], [[hags]], and other magical hominids are not permitted to carry wands because they are classified as non-Magical Part-Humans. [[Werewolves]], on the other hand, are recognised as humans afflicted with lycanthropy and are permitted to carry wands, though in their transformed state they lose the ability to practise [[magic]] as a normal witch or wizard.
   
This clause was most likely abolished after the second war.
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==Behind the scenes==
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*The Third [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]] at [[J. K. Rowling Official Site]] refers to the Wand Ban as having been passed by Ministry of Magic.<ref name="WOMBAT"/> ''[[Pottermore]]'', however, later established that the Ministry of Magic was only formally established in [[1700s|1707]], 76 years after the Code of Wand Use was passed. This seems to imply that the term "Ministry of Magic" is loosely applied to also refer to the [[Wizards' Council]], that preceded the Ministry.
   
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==Appearances==
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{C|Indirect mention}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' {{C|Indirect mention}}
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*''[[J. K. Rowling Official Site]]'' {{1st ID}}
   
 
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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!"
Griphook the Goblin[src]

The Wand Ban is Clause Three of the Code of Wand Use (passed by the Wizards' Council[1] in 1631[2]). This clause forbids Non-Human Magical Beings such as house-elves or giants to carry a wand; according to Amos Diggory, it is worded "No non-human creature is permitted to carry or use a wand".[3] This clause of the Code of Wand Use was probably written as a consequence of the Goblin Rebellion of 1612, a bloody and vicious revolution that occurred in Hogsmeade Village. This law was one of the causes that contributed to the later Goblin Rebellions of the eighteenth century, given the anger expressed by some goblins, such as Griphook,[4] about wizards denying goblins the right to use wands.

There is apparently a favourable distinction between Non-Human Magical Beings and Part-Human Magical Beings when defining one's right to carry a wand. For example, Hagrid is a half-giant, and while a pure giant would not be permitted to carry a wand under Clause Three, he has a wizard father and is therefore Part-Human and permitted to carry a wand. The same principle then applies to Filius Flitwick, who is a wizard with goblin ancestry. Vampires, hags, and other magical hominids are not permitted to carry wands because they are classified as non-Magical Part-Humans. Werewolves, on the other hand, are recognised as humans afflicted with lycanthropy and are permitted to carry wands, though in their transformed state they lose the ability to practise magic as a normal witch or wizard.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Third W.O.M.B.A.T. at J. K. Rowling Official Site refers to the Wand Ban as having been passed by Ministry of Magic.[2] Pottermore, however, later established that the Ministry of Magic was only formally established in 1707, 76 years after the Code of Wand Use was passed. This seems to imply that the term "Ministry of Magic" is loosely applied to also refer to the Wizards' Council, that preceded the Ministry.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" says that the Ministry was formally established in 1707, having been preceded by the Wizards' Council.
  2. 2.0 2.1 J. K. Rowling Official Site - Third W.O.M.B.A.T.
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 9 (The Dark Mark)
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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