Re: The Trace
- From: Thommadura <tommadura@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 15:37:25 -0400
I'm confused by the Trace - again!
Harry got into trouble for Dobby doing some house-elf magic and dropping the cake in CoS, presumably because the MoM couldn't distinguish between Harry doing a spell and someone - or in this case, some creature - else doing magic in his vicinity.
And I apologise if this has been asked before, but I'm stressed at work so have a memory like a sieve at the moment lol - so how come when Harry was being rescued and taken to the OotP's HQ, Moody could pass a disillusionment spell on him at 4 Privet Drive, especially as the reason Harry was in trouble in the first place was that he was being disciplined for under-age use of magic, especially when his escorts seemed worried about using other magic (my interpretation admittedly) such as side-along apparating, or a portkey (which would have had to have been registered with the MoM)? There seems to be a bit of a contradiction there...
(Also, in OotP, Sirius mentions keeping Buckbeak in his late mother's bedroom - which I suspect is why I thought hippogriffs were smaller than in the film: I can't imagine getting, still less keeping, a full-sized horse with large wings in/into a bedroom, even in a grand mansion, and definitely not in a typical Georgian house in London!)
THe problem with the trace has to do with who can be traced.
Obviously - in the case of the Dementors - Harry actually performed underage majic.
However - it the case of the Aunt - it appears that the MOM cannot trace Elves. So - when the magic was detected at the Dursleys - the only "wizard" there was Harry - who was blamed for it.
Since Adult wizards are allowed to do magic - there must be something that does not register at the MOM when they do.
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