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{{Quote|Wizards represent all that the true '[[Muggle]]' most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!|[[J. K. Rowling]]}}
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{{Quote|Wizards represent all that the true '[[Muggle]]' most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!|[[J. K. Rowling]]'s overview of Wizardkind}}
   
'''Wizardkind''' are [[human]]s born with the ability to use [[magic]]. An individual male human with magical ability, is known as a '''wizard''' (plural: '''wizards'''), and an individual female human with magical ability is known as a '''witch''' (plural: '''witches'''), though "wizard" is sometimes used as a gender-neutral singular noun like "man".
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'''Wizardkind''' are [[human|humans]] that are born with the ability to perform [[magic]].
   
Magical ability is an [[magic gene|inherited trait]] usually passed from parent to child. While [[pure-blood]]s are born of two wizarding parents and [[half-blood]]s are often born of one wizard and one muggle or muggle-born parent, [[Muggle-born]] wizards and witches are born with their magical abilities because they are distantly descended from a [[Squib]] who often marries into a [[Muggle]] family. From this point on, that branch of the wizarding family often loses all traces of its wizarding legacy, which resurfaces many generations later in a Muggle-born descendant.
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An individual male human with magical ability is known as a '''wizard''' (plural: '''wizards'''), and an individual female human with magical ability is known as a '''witch''' (plural: '''witches'''), though "wizard" is sometimes used as a gender-neutral singular noun like "man".
   
Wizard life expectancy in [[Great Britain|Britain]] reached 137¾ years in the mid-[[1990s]],<ref>''[[The Making of Harry Potter]]'' - see [[:File:DailyProphetMakingOfHP1.jpg|this image]].</ref> although [[Unidentified 755-year-old wizard|the oldest wizard in record]] reached the age of 755 in late [[1991]].<ref name="PSf">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]'' - see [[:File:DPpropPSback.jpg|this image]].</ref>
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== Performing Magic ==
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In childhood, wizards and witches may exhibit [[Underage magic|random bursts of magic]], called accidental magic, which are honed and controlled as they progress in maturity.
   
In childhood, wizards and witches may exhibit [[Underage magic|random bursts of magic]], called accidental magic, which are honed and controlled as they progress in maturity. To perform controlled magic, almost all wizards/witches need to use a [[wand]], although the skill of [[Wandless spell|wandless magic]] may be mastered in later life. A few highly advanced wizards can do controlled magical acts [[Wandless spell|without a wand]], such as [[Albus Dumbledore]], who demonstrated the ability at the close of [[Harry Potter|Harry Potter's]] first year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], and [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], who once demonstrated this ability during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]] in 1997.
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To perform controlled magic, almost all wizards/witches need to use a [[wand]], although the skill of [[Wandless spell|wandless magic]] may be mastered in later life. A few highly advanced wizards can do controlled magical acts [[Wandless spell|without a wand]], such as [[Albus Dumbledore]], who demonstrated the ability at the close of [[Harry Potter|Harry Potter's]] first year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], and [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]], who once demonstrated this ability during the [[Battle of the Seven Potters]] in 1997.
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== Heredity ==
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{{Quote|Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn’t married Muggles we’d’ve died out.|Ron Weasley discussing [[blood purity]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
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[[File:Trio pic.PNG|left|thumb|230x230px|The trio (left to right): [[Ron Weasley]]: pure-blood; [[Harry Potter]]: half-blood; [[Hermione Granger]]: Muggle-born ]]
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Magical ability is an [[magic gene|inherited trait]] usually passed from parent to child. [[pure-blood|Pure-bloods]] are born of two wizarding parents and [[half-blood|half-bloods ]]are often born of one wizard and one Muggle or Muggle-born parent. [[Muggle-born]] wizards and witches are born with their magical abilities because they are distantly descended from a [[Squib]] who often marries into a [[Muggle]] family. From this point on, that branch of the wizarding family often loses all traces of its wizarding legacy, which resurfaces many generations later in a Muggle-born descendant.
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=== Life span ===
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Wizard life expectancy in [[Great Britain|Britain]] reached 137¾ years in the mid-[[1990s]], according to the [[Ministry of Divine Health]],<ref>''[[The Making of Harry Potter]]'' - see [[:File:DailyProphetMakingOfHP1.jpg|this image]].</ref> although [[Barry Wee Willie Winkle|the oldest wizard on record]] reached the age of 755 in late [[1991]];<ref name="PSf">''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]'' - see [[:File:DPpropPSback.jpg|this image]].</ref> wizards have a much longer life expectancy than [[Muggles]].<ref>[http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/2000/1000-scholastic-chat.htm J. K. Rowling interview with Scholastic]</ref>
   
 
==Sub-species==
 
==Sub-species==
{{Quote|I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a [[Wand|stick]].|[[Filius Flitwick]] sets [[Seamus Finnigan]] lines.|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}Some wizards exhibit special inborn (or acquired) attributes which mark them as unique amongst their kind. They are listed as follows:
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{{Quote|I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a [[Wand|stick]].|[[Filius Flitwick]] sets [[Seamus Finnigan]] lines|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
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Some wizards exhibit special inborn (or acquired) attributes which mark them as unique amongst their kind. They are listed as follows:
   
 
===Seers===
 
===Seers===
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[[File:1Безымянный.JPG|thumb|left|140px|[[Sybill Trelawney]] is a Seer and Professor of [[Divination]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]]]]
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[[File:Trelawney21.jpg|thumb|right|175px|[[Sybill Trelawney]] is a Seer and Professor of [[Divination]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].]]
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Some wizards are born with abilities beyond those of the average wizard. [[Seer]]s, for example, have the skill of insight into future events. They may garner this insight through visions and dreams or through scrying physical objects like tea dregs, tarot cards, and crystal balls.
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Some wizards are born with abilities beyond those of the average wizard. Seers, for example, have the skill of insight into future events. They may garner this insight through visions and dreams or through scrying physical objects like tea dregs, tarot cards, and crystal balls. Some seers include Sybill Trelawney and her ancestor Cassandra.
   
 
===Animagi===
 
===Animagi===
 
{{Main|Animagus}}
 
{{Main|Animagus}}
[[File:McGonagall_Animagus.gif|frame|left|[[Minerva McGonagall]], a registered Animagus with the form of a cat.]]
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While some wizards have the ability to turn into animals, it is not an inherent power, but rather a trained technique. This type of wizard is called an [[Animagus]] (plural '''Animagi'''). [[Babbitty|Babbitty Rabbitty]] was said to be an Animagus with the ability to transform into a rabbit. [[Sirius Black]] was an Animagus who could turn into a black dog named [[Sirius Black|Padfoot]]. [[Minerva McGonagall|Professor McGonagall]] is an Animagus who can turn into a cat. [[Rita Skeeter]] is an Animagus who can turn into a beetle and used this for gathering information for her articles. [[James Potter I|James Potter]] was an Animagus who could turn into a stag. [[Peter Pettigrew]] was an Animagus who could turn into a rat. He masqueraded as "Scabbers," [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley's]] rat, in order to convince the wizarding world that he had been killed by Sirius Black. The Animagi had to register themselves at the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], because human Transfiguration can go horribly wrong. The first recorded Animagus was [[Falco Aesalon]].
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[[File:1mcgonagall.gif|frame|[[Minerva McGonagall]], a registered Animagus with the form of a cat]]
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While some wizards have the ability to turn into animals, it is not an inherent power, but rather a trained technique. This type of wizard is called an Animagus (plural '''Animagi'''). [[Babbitty|Babbitty Rabbitty]] was said to be an Animagus with the ability to transform into a rabbit. Professor McGonagall is an Animagus who can turn into a cat. The first recorded Animagus was [[Falco Aesalon]], who could turn into a falcon.
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The Animagi have to register themselves at the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]], because human Transfiguration can go horribly wrong. However, there are some unregistered Animagi. Examples are [[James Potter I|James Potter]], who turned into a Stag; [[Sirius Black]], who turned into a large black Dog; [[Peter Pettigrew]], who turned into a Rat; and [[Rita Skeeter]], who could turn into a Beetle to gather information for her articles. In the case of the first three, they turned into Animagi to assist [[Remus Lupin]] to transform into a [[Werewolf|werewolf]] in a place where there are no humans. Peter also turned into a rat to convince people that Sirius killed him, while masquerading as "Scabbers", [[Percy Weasley]]'s and [[Ronald Weasley]]'s former pet.
   
 
===Metamorphmagi===
 
===Metamorphmagi===
 
{{Main|Metamorphmagus}}
 
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[[File:Nymphadora Tonks Metamorphmagus 2.gif|thumb|right|200px|[[Nymphadora Tonks]] is a Metamorphmagus, and can change her appearance at will.]]
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Other wizards may have the ability to change only their physical appearance rather than their bodily form. This type of wizard is termed a [[Metamorphmagus]]. Such a wizard can change the shape of their noses, hair colour, and other physical attributes. [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]] were known Metamorphmagi.
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[[File:Tonks morph.gif|frame|left|[[Nymphadora Tonks]] changing her appearance at will]]
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Other wizards may have the ability to change only their physical appearance rather than their bodily form. This type of wizard is termed a Metamorphmagus. Such a wizard can change the shape of their noses, hair colour, and other physical attributes. Nymphadora Tonks and [[Ted Lupin|Teddy Lupin]] were known Metamorphmagi.
   
 
===Communicating with animals===
 
===Communicating with animals===
[[File:Harry-Snake-PSF.jpg|thumb|left|162px|Harry unknowingly speaking parseltongue to a snake at London Zoo.]]
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{{Main|Communicating with animals}}
Some wizards and witches have the ability to talk to animals. For instance, a [[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]] can speak to snakes. This ability is extremely rare. [[Salazar Slytherin]] was an infamous Parselmouth, and [[House of Gaunt|his descendants]], such as Lord Voldemort, inherited this trait. [[Harry Potter]] also acquired this ability when part of Voldemort's soul bonded with him the night he tried to kill Harry. When the piece of Voldemort's soul inside him was destroyed, Harry lost this ability. Other wizards, like [[Rubeus Hagrid]] for example, have an innate ability to communicate and bond with all kinds of animals. Animagi have also demonstrated being able to subtly influence animals while assuming their animal forms.
 
   
[[File:Mrs_Figg_Trial_1.jpg|thumb|200px|left|[[Arabella Figg]], a squib.]]
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[[File:Harry-Snake-PSF.png|thumb|250x250px|Harry unknowingly speaking parseltongue to a snake at London Zoo]]
   
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Some wizards and witches have the ability to talk to animals. For instance, a [[Parseltongue|Parselmouth]] can speak to snakes. This ability is extremely rare. [[Salazar Slytherin]] was an infamous Parselmouth, and [[House of Gaunt|his descendants]], such as Lord Voldemort, inherited this trait. [[Harry Potter]] also acquired this ability when part of Voldemort's soul bonded with him the night he tried to kill Harry. When the piece of Voldemort's soul inside him was destroyed, Harry lost this ability. Other wizards, like [[Rubeus Hagrid]] for example, have an innate ability to communicate and bond with all kinds of animals. Animagi have also demonstrated being able to subtly influence animals while assuming their animal forms.
 
===Squibs===
 
===Squibs===
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[[File:Filchcloseup.jpg|thumb|left|140px|Argus Filch, a squib]]{{Main|Squib}}
Individuals born to at least one magical parent who cannot perform magic at all past age 11 are called [[Squib]]s. Squibs are much less common than [[Muggle-born]]s.
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Squibs or '''wizard-borns '''are individuals born to at least one magical parent who cannot perform magic at all past age 11. Squibs are, in essence, 'wizard-born Muggles.' They are much less common than [[Muggle-born|Muggle-borns]] and are in fact, very rare. Squibs are looked upon with a degree of disdain by some witches and wizards, epically [[pure-blood|pure-bloods]].
   
 
===Late-bloomers===
 
===Late-bloomers===
There exist some individuals that continue to exhibit a lack of magical power past age 11 and yet spontaneously - in desperate circumstances - manage to perform magic later on in life. However, this is rare in the Harry Potter universe, possibly more so than squibs.<ref name="late-bloomers">http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/0399-barnesandnoble.html#magic</ref>
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There exist some individuals that continue to exhibit a lack of magical power past age 11 and yet spontaneously in desperate circumstances manage to perform magic later on in life. However, this is rare, possibly more so than squibs.<ref name="late-bloomers">http://www.accio-quote.org/articles/1999/0399-barnesandnoble.html#magic</ref>
   
 
===Legilimens===
 
===Legilimens===
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[[File:Tumblr_mv0xoiWzPj1qeijvdo1_250.gif|thumb|Lord Voldemort using Legilemency on Harry Potter|235px]]
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Legilimens are people who can perform [[Legilimency]]. These people can tune into other people's minds, but have difficulty reading the minds of those people who can perform [[Occlumency]]. The act of Legilimens is referred to as mind reading in the [[Muggle]] world.
 
Legilimens are people who can perform [[Legilimency]]. These people can tune into other people's minds, but have difficulty reading the minds of those people who can perform [[Occlumency]]. The act of Legilimens is referred to as mind reading in the [[Muggle]] world.
   
 
===Occlumens===
 
===Occlumens===
[[File:Snape OOP trailer.png|thumb|right|200px|[[Severus Snape]] is both an accomplished Legilimens and Occlumens.]]
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Some wizards have the ability to protect their minds from others who can perform [[Legilimency]]. This ability is called [[Occlumency]]. [[Severus Snape]] tried teaching Occlumency to [[Harry Potter]] during Harry's [[fifth year]] in [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
Some wizards have the ability to protect their minds from others who can perform [[Legilimency]]. This ability is called [[Occlumency]]. [[Severus Snape]] tried teaching [[Occlumency]] to [[Harry Potter]] during Harry's [[fifth year]] in [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]].
 
   
 
==Social habits==
 
==Social habits==
[[File:Wands_of_Hogwarts'_students_and_staff_04.JPG|thumb|left|Wizards and witches raising their wands]]
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As decreed by the [[International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy]], wizards maintain a society entirely separate from [[Muggle]] society, with their own culture and traditions. Wizards populate areas all over the globe. At the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]], over 100,000 wizards were in attendance. At [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], there are several hundred students in residence at any given time. It is unknown exactly how many witches and wizards are in the entire world, but chances are they are not counted in the seven billion population count of Muggles.
 
   
Wizards may live together in communities such as [[Godric's Hollow]] or [[Hogsmeade]]. Other wizards live in solitary locations such as [[Spinner's End]] or [[12 Grimmauld Place]]. Most wizards maintain little if no contact with [[Muggle]] society and find [[Muggle]]s strange and unpleasant. They are somewhat ignorant to the muggle world but in a different manner than muggles as of the Wizarding World. While Muggles are completely unaware of wizards, wizards appear to be ignorant of certain aspects of the muggle world, such as electricity and some modern technology. While certain aspects of muggle society are evident in the wizarding one, wizards seem to be a number of decades if not centuries behind muggles in other areas. In addition, wizards are sometimes just as progressive, if not more, on certain issues than their Muggle counterparts, such as women's rights.
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[[File:Wands_of_Hogwarts'_students_and_staff_04.JPG|thumb|left|252x252px|Wizards and witches raising their wands in a salute]]
   
Some wizards do not like to talk about their [[Muggle]] relatives, or even deny their existence altogether. Other wizards, such as [[Tom Riddle|Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort]] have even killed some of their Muggle relatives altogether. Other wizards, like [[Arthur Weasley]], find [[Muggle]]s to be highly intriguing. [[Hermione Granger]], a [[Muggle-born]] witch, took up [[Muggle Studies]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] because she felt it would be fascinating to think about [[Muggle]]s from a wizarding perspective.
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As decreed by the [[International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy]], wizards maintain a society entirely separate from [[Muggle]] society, with their own culture and traditions. Wizards populate areas all over the globe. At the [[1994]] [[Quidditch World Cup]], over 100,000 wizards were in attendance. At [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], there are several hundred students in residence at any given time.
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It is not clear how many witches and wizards are in the entire world, but some hints are given. It is stated that there are ten times more Muggles than wizards in the world. If the global Muggle population was about 5 billion in the 1990s, it would mean that the wizard population was 500 million. However, it is also said that the British wizard population is about 3,000, one third being Hogwarts students. This would indicate a very low birth rate (although wizarding families are big, they live more than their Muggle counterparts) and mean that other countries are much more populous than Britain or that there is somewhere in the world where a very large concentration of wizards occur (one much larger than Britain's).
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[[File:Hogsmeade High St.jpg|thumb|244x244px|Hogsmeade village]]
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Wizards may live together in communities such as [[Godric's Hollow]] or [[Hogsmeade]]. Other wizards live in solitary locations such as [[Spinner's End]] or [[12 Grimmauld Place]]. Most wizards maintain little if no contact with Muggle society and find Muggles strange and unpleasant. They are somewhat ignorant to the Muggle world but in a different manner than Muggles as of the Wizarding World. While Muggles are completely unaware of wizards, wizards appear to be ignorant of certain aspects of the Muggle world, such as electricity and some modern technology. While certain aspects of Muggle society are evident in the wizarding one, wizards seem to be a number of decades if not centuries behind Muggles in other areas. In addition, wizards are sometimes just as progressive, if not more, on certain issues than their Muggle counterparts, such as women's rights.
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Some wizards do not like to talk about their Muggle relatives, or even deny their existence altogether. Other wizards, such as [[Tom Riddle|Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort]] have even killed some of their Muggle relatives altogether. Other wizards, like [[Arthur Weasley]] find Muggles to be highly intriguing. [[Hermione Granger]] a [[Muggle-born]] witch, took up [[Muggle Studies]] at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] because she felt it would be fascinating to think about Muggles from a wizarding perspective.
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==Behind the scenes==
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*The origins of wizardkind are unknown. Whether, in ancient times, some humans randomly discovered they had magic, or there was some sort of ritual or potion or pact, their origins remain a mystery. However, if it was the first, then some Muggle-borns may not be the descendants of Squibs and Muggles, but new purebloods.
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*Despite their science and living conditions being almost Medieval, wizards are, ironically, probably healthier than Muggles, due to their lack of drugs, hazardous substances, waste, and computers.
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*In [[Bible|The Bible's]] extended texts, the Apocrypha, angels taught Adam magic along with other supernatural knowledge. Whether this has any links with the origins of wizardkind is unknown.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]''
 
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*''[[LEGO Creator: Harry Potter]]''
 
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*''[[LEGO Creator: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''
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*''[[Harry Potter for Kinect]]''
 
*''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]''
 
*''[[The Wizarding World of Harry Potter]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Motorbike Escape]]''
 
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Wizardspic
Wizardkind
Species information
Sentience

Sentient

Related to
Alternative names
Mortality

Mortal

Distinction(s)
  • Typically wear long robes
  • Carry a wand
  • Don't use electricity
Affiliation
Ministry of Magic Classification

Beings

Status

Extant

"Wizards represent all that the true 'Muggle' most fears: They are plainly outcasts and comfortable with being so. Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!"
J. K. Rowling's overview of Wizardkind

Wizardkind are humans that are born with the ability to perform magic.

An individual male human with magical ability is known as a wizard (plural: wizards), and an individual female human with magical ability is known as a witch (plural: witches), though "wizard" is sometimes used as a gender-neutral singular noun like "man".

Performing Magic Edit

In childhood, wizards and witches may exhibit random bursts of magic, called accidental magic, which are honed and controlled as they progress in maturity.

To perform controlled magic, almost all wizards/witches need to use a wand, although the skill of wandless magic may be mastered in later life. A few highly advanced wizards can do controlled magical acts without a wand, such as Albus Dumbledore, who demonstrated the ability at the close of Harry Potter's first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and Lord Voldemort, who once demonstrated this ability during the Battle of the Seven Potters in 1997.

Heredity Edit

"Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn’t married Muggles we’d’ve died out."
—Ron Weasley discussing blood purity[src]
Trio pic

The trio (left to right): Ron Weasley: pure-blood; Harry Potter: half-blood; Hermione Granger: Muggle-born

Magical ability is an inherited trait usually passed from parent to child. Pure-bloods are born of two wizarding parents and half-bloods are often born of one wizard and one Muggle or Muggle-born parent. Muggle-born wizards and witches are born with their magical abilities because they are distantly descended from a Squib who often marries into a Muggle family. From this point on, that branch of the wizarding family often loses all traces of its wizarding legacy, which resurfaces many generations later in a Muggle-born descendant.

Life span Edit

Wizard life expectancy in Britain reached 137¾ years in the mid-1990s, according to the Ministry of Divine Health,[1] although the oldest wizard on record reached the age of 755 in late 1991;[2] wizards have a much longer life expectancy than Muggles.[3]

Sub-speciesEdit

"I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a stick."
Filius Flitwick sets Seamus Finnigan lines[src]

Some wizards exhibit special inborn (or acquired) attributes which mark them as unique amongst their kind. They are listed as follows:

SeersEdit

1Безымянный

Sybill Trelawney is a Seer and Professor of Divination at Hogwarts

Main article: Seer

Some wizards are born with abilities beyond those of the average wizard. Seers, for example, have the skill of insight into future events. They may garner this insight through visions and dreams or through scrying physical objects like tea dregs, tarot cards, and crystal balls. Some seers include Sybill Trelawney and her ancestor Cassandra.

AnimagiEdit

Main article: Animagus
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Minerva McGonagall, a registered Animagus with the form of a cat

While some wizards have the ability to turn into animals, it is not an inherent power, but rather a trained technique. This type of wizard is called an Animagus (plural Animagi). Babbitty Rabbitty was said to be an Animagus with the ability to transform into a rabbit. Professor McGonagall is an Animagus who can turn into a cat. The first recorded Animagus was Falco Aesalon, who could turn into a falcon.

The Animagi have to register themselves at the Ministry of Magic, because human Transfiguration can go horribly wrong. However, there are some unregistered Animagi. Examples are James Potter, who turned into a Stag; Sirius Black, who turned into a large black Dog; Peter Pettigrew, who turned into a Rat; and Rita Skeeter, who could turn into a Beetle to gather information for her articles. In the case of the first three, they turned into Animagi to assist Remus Lupin to transform into a werewolf in a place where there are no humans. Peter also turned into a rat to convince people that Sirius killed him, while masquerading as "Scabbers", Percy Weasley's and Ronald Weasley's former pet.

MetamorphmagiEdit

Main article: Metamorphmagus
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Nymphadora Tonks changing her appearance at will

Other wizards may have the ability to change only their physical appearance rather than their bodily form. This type of wizard is termed a Metamorphmagus. Such a wizard can change the shape of their noses, hair colour, and other physical attributes. Nymphadora Tonks and Teddy Lupin were known Metamorphmagi.

Communicating with animalsEdit

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Harry unknowingly speaking parseltongue to a snake at London Zoo

Some wizards and witches have the ability to talk to animals. For instance, a Parselmouth can speak to snakes. This ability is extremely rare. Salazar Slytherin was an infamous Parselmouth, and his descendants, such as Lord Voldemort, inherited this trait. Harry Potter also acquired this ability when part of Voldemort's soul bonded with him the night he tried to kill Harry. When the piece of Voldemort's soul inside him was destroyed, Harry lost this ability. Other wizards, like Rubeus Hagrid for example, have an innate ability to communicate and bond with all kinds of animals. Animagi have also demonstrated being able to subtly influence animals while assuming their animal forms.

SquibsEdit

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Argus Filch, a squib

Main article: Squib

Squibs or wizard-borns are individuals born to at least one magical parent who cannot perform magic at all past age 11. Squibs are, in essence, 'wizard-born Muggles.' They are much less common than Muggle-borns and are in fact, very rare. Squibs are looked upon with a degree of disdain by some witches and wizards, epically pure-bloods.

Late-bloomersEdit

There exist some individuals that continue to exhibit a lack of magical power past age 11 and yet spontaneously — in desperate circumstances — manage to perform magic later on in life. However, this is rare, possibly more so than squibs.[4]

LegilimensEdit

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Lord Voldemort using Legilemency on Harry Potter

Legilimens are people who can perform Legilimency. These people can tune into other people's minds, but have difficulty reading the minds of those people who can perform Occlumency. The act of Legilimens is referred to as mind reading in the Muggle world.

OcclumensEdit

Some wizards have the ability to protect their minds from others who can perform Legilimency. This ability is called Occlumency. Severus Snape tried teaching Occlumency to Harry Potter during Harry's fifth year in Hogwarts.

Social habitsEdit

Main article: Wizarding world
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Wizards and witches raising their wands in a salute

As decreed by the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, wizards maintain a society entirely separate from Muggle society, with their own culture and traditions. Wizards populate areas all over the globe. At the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, over 100,000 wizards were in attendance. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there are several hundred students in residence at any given time.

It is not clear how many witches and wizards are in the entire world, but some hints are given. It is stated that there are ten times more Muggles than wizards in the world. If the global Muggle population was about 5 billion in the 1990s, it would mean that the wizard population was 500 million. However, it is also said that the British wizard population is about 3,000, one third being Hogwarts students. This would indicate a very low birth rate (although wizarding families are big, they live more than their Muggle counterparts) and mean that other countries are much more populous than Britain or that there is somewhere in the world where a very large concentration of wizards occur (one much larger than Britain's).

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Hogsmeade village

Wizards may live together in communities such as Godric's Hollow or Hogsmeade. Other wizards live in solitary locations such as Spinner's End or 12 Grimmauld Place. Most wizards maintain little if no contact with Muggle society and find Muggles strange and unpleasant. They are somewhat ignorant to the Muggle world but in a different manner than Muggles as of the Wizarding World. While Muggles are completely unaware of wizards, wizards appear to be ignorant of certain aspects of the Muggle world, such as electricity and some modern technology. While certain aspects of Muggle society are evident in the wizarding one, wizards seem to be a number of decades if not centuries behind Muggles in other areas. In addition, wizards are sometimes just as progressive, if not more, on certain issues than their Muggle counterparts, such as women's rights.

Some wizards do not like to talk about their Muggle relatives, or even deny their existence altogether. Other wizards, such as Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort have even killed some of their Muggle relatives altogether. Other wizards, like Arthur Weasley find Muggles to be highly intriguing. Hermione Granger a Muggle-born witch, took up Muggle Studies at Hogwarts because she felt it would be fascinating to think about Muggles from a wizarding perspective.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The origins of wizardkind are unknown. Whether, in ancient times, some humans randomly discovered they had magic, or there was some sort of ritual or potion or pact, their origins remain a mystery. However, if it was the first, then some Muggle-borns may not be the descendants of Squibs and Muggles, but new purebloods.
  • Despite their science and living conditions being almost Medieval, wizards are, ironically, probably healthier than Muggles, due to their lack of drugs, hazardous substances, waste, and computers.
  • In The Bible's extended texts, the Apocrypha, angels taught Adam magic along with other supernatural knowledge. Whether this has any links with the origins of wizardkind is unknown.

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