Statute of Secrecy

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The International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy—also known as International Code of Wizarding Secrecy and the International Confederation of Wizards' Statute of Secrecy—is the most important law in the wizarding world.

Created in 1689 and altered and expanded repeatedly over the following years, a time marked by violent witch hunts and persecution, it decreed that that all wizards, magical items, magical places and magical creatures were to be hidden from Muggles (FBi, QA6, DH16).

As such, every action in the wizarding world is influenced by this law—and all magical folk strive to ensure that it is always met.

Harry Potter was accused by the Wizengamot of breaking this law without a reasonable excuse. He had performed the Patronus charm in front of Dudley Dursley to escape from Dementors in Little Whinging, saving Dudley from losing his soul (OP1).

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