With the Harry Potter series all about the Wizarding World, facts about nonmagical folk are understandably hard to come by. Author J.K. Rowling, however, has revealed a number of Muggle facts through certain details in the books, or shared additional information after the series' conclusion.
It's interesting to know just how much Muggles are actually connected to wizarding history, and more than a few details will likely take you by surprise.
The Statute Of Secrecy Ended Muggle And Wizard RelationsPhoto: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures
By the time the Harry Potter series begins, only 300 years have passed since wizards and Muggles were unaware of one another. In 1692, the International Statute of Secrecy was created as a result of the Salem Witch Trials in th US and the persecution of magical people around the world. According to the statute, the Wizarding World is separated from the Muggle world, with nonmagic people unaware of the existence of magical folk.
The law led to the creation of the Ministry of Magic in Britain, and the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA).270Magical detail?
All Muggle-Borns Have Wizarding AncestryPhoto: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. Pictures
There are no genuine Muggle-borns in existence, as these people are also descended from wizards. Although Muggle-borns believe nobody in their family has magical powers, they can indeed find a wizard somewhere in their past.
Muggle-borns will have a witch or wizard somewhere on their family tree, in some cases many, many generations back. The gene resurfaces in some unexpected places.304Magical detail?
Dudley And Harry Remained In Touch As A FamilyPhoto: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 / Warner Bros. Pictures
After leaving Privet Drive for good, Harry never sees Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon again. He does follow through on his reconciliation with Dudley, however. As adults, the cousins remain in touch and have a functioning relationship as a family.
Harry even takes his family to visit Dudley and his children.305Magical detail?
Azkaban Was Originally A Lair For A Dark Wizard To Torment MugglesPhoto: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures
The history behind Azkaban prison is the stuff of nightmares. Azkaban's background features a wizard named Ekrizdis who was such a hater of Muggles that he decided to eliminate any he could find.
He created a lair for himself deep in the North Sea that was enchanted so Muggles couldn't plot it. Ekrizdis then lured wary sailors to this lair, where he proceeded to mercilessly torment them for his own pleasure.
This harrowing treatment continued as long as Ekrizdis was alive, and he eliminated an unknown number of Muggles. Wizards didn't find Azkaban until after Ekrizdis's demise, and by then Dementors had become attached to the misery surrounding the island and refused to leave it.307Magical detail?