"A kind of metal wand that Muggles use to kill each other"
Wizarding description of a gun from the Daily Prophet[src]

A gun, also known as a firearm, is a type of metallic weapon commonly crafted and used by Muggles. Used by a variety of organisations including military and police agencies, and individuals in applications such as hunting and self-defense, guns fire projectiles using explosive force. They can come in a variety of configurations, including but not limited to: pistols, rifles, shotguns and cannons.

Like most Muggle technology, wizards are generally oblivious to guns. Wizarding newspaper the Daily Prophet equated guns to a "kind of metal wand." Kingsley Shacklebolt once misread the term "firearm" as "fireleg."[1]


In the 18th Century, soon after Dorcus Twelvetrees revealed the secret adresses of Ilvermorny and the MACUSA Headquarters to a scourer descendant; Bartholomew Barebone and a band of gun wielding friends plotted to kill all wizards and witches living in the area. Bartholomew planted himself outside of a building and opened fire when a group of people he assumed to be MACUSA employees exited. However, the people were in fact No-Majs unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. None of them were killed. Bartholomew was arrested by No-Maj authorities and imprisoned for his crime.

In 1876, Rancorous Carpe attempted to trap Peeves and have him removed from Hogwarts Castle via an elaborate trap, of which include a blunderbuss and a miniature cannon.[2]


In 1926, No-Maj officers of the New York Police Department, were armed with pump-action shotguns, revolvers, and sub-machine guns.[3]

At some point in or prior to 1991, Dudley Dursley swapped a pet parrot for a real, live air rifle.[4]

In 1991, Vernon Dursley bought a rifle to protect his family during their stay at the Hut-on-the-Rock, but when the half-giant Rubeus Hagrid visited them on the island unexpectedly, he easily destroyed the rifle by bending it into a knot.[4]

When Sirius Black pulled out his wand in an attempt to kill Peter Pettigrew for his treason, the Muggle witnesses thought he brought out a gun.[1] Later, after his escape from Azkaban, Muggle news reports stated that he was carrying a gun.[1] Arthur Weasley also had a report on firearms, assigned to him by the Auror Office during the hunt for Black, that was a month overdue; Kingsley Shacklebolt apparently misread the word as "fireleg".[5]

Behind the scenes

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Vernon comes downstairs with a double-barrelled shotgun, rather than a rifle. Hagrid bends the barrels of the shotgun upwards, causing Vernon to discharge it into the ceiling.
  • Despite modern wizard-kind not being familiar with firearms, back in the past they did, with Rancorous even making use of a blunderbuss.[2]
  • British firearms act does not allow gun ownership for personal protection since 1938. Therefore, it is possible that Vernon Dursley purchased his rifle illegaly in desperation of being "pursued" by wizards.


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