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- "Boys and girls are not permitted to be within 8 inches of each other."
- —The Decree.[src]
The Educational Decree Number Thirty-One was one of the Educational Decrees created by Dolores Umbridge, then-Hogwarts High Inquisitor. This Educational Decree forbade male students to get closer than eight inches of female students, and vice-versa. Umbridge rather strictly enforced this decree on at least one occasion, using a non-verbal spell of some form, likely the Banishing Charm, to force two students of opposite gender apart.
This seems to have trumped the Educational Decree Number Twenty-Six, which specified the minimum distance between boys and girls to be six inches.
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- As the numbering for this Educational Decree is not consistent with the numbering established in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it cannot be considered canonical.