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{{quote|Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn’t married Muggles we’d’ve died out.|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] discussing [[blood purity]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
 
{{quote|Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn’t married Muggles we’d’ve died out.|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] discussing [[blood purity]]|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets}}
   
'''Half-blood''' is the term commonly given to [[wizards|wizards and witches]] who have both [[magic]al] and [[Muggle]] heritage. As [[pure-blood]]s claim to have no Muggle ancestry whatsoever, those who have and acknowledge their Muggle as well as their wizarding heritage would be considered half-bloods. By the [[1990s]], half-bloods were the most common type of magical person, as the wizarding population would become extinct without inter-marriage with Muggles and [[Muggle-born]]s<ref name="CS">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>.
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'''Half-blood''' is the term commonly given to [[wizards|wizards and witches]] who have both [[magical]] and [[Muggle]] heritage. As [[pure-blood]]s claim to have no Muggle ancestry whatsoever, those who have and acknowledge their Muggle as well as their wizarding heritage would be considered half-bloods. By the [[1990s]], half-bloods were the most common type of magical person, as the wizarding population would become extinct without inter-marriage with Muggles and [[Muggle-born]]s<ref name="CS">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]''</ref>.
   
 
Due to the dominance of the magic gene, children born to at least one magical parent will always be magical themselves, meaning that a non-magical child born to a [[Muggle]] and a wizard is a [[Squib]], not a [[Muggle]]<ref>"[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=19 Squibs]" at [http://www.jkrowling.com J.K. Rowling's Official Site]</ref>.
 
Due to the dominance of the magic gene, children born to at least one magical parent will always be magical themselves, meaning that a non-magical child born to a [[Muggle]] and a wizard is a [[Squib]], not a [[Muggle]]<ref>"[http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/extrastuff_view.cfm?id=19 Squibs]" at [http://www.jkrowling.com J.K. Rowling's Official Site]</ref>.
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When the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] fell under Voldemort's control in [[1997]], [[Muggle-borns]] were openly persecuted and [[pure-blood]]s were favored. Half-bloods were still accepted at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], but were not treated as well as the [[pure-blood]] students.<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
 
When the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] fell under Voldemort's control in [[1997]], [[Muggle-borns]] were openly persecuted and [[pure-blood]]s were favored. Half-bloods were still accepted at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], but were not treated as well as the [[pure-blood]] students.<ref name="DH">''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''</ref>
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Half-blood Harry Potter is the son of a pure-blood wizard and a Muggle-born witch.

"Most wizards these days are half-blood anyway. If we hadn’t married Muggles we’d’ve died out."
Ron Weasley discussing blood purity[src]

Half-blood is the term commonly given to wizards and witches who have both magical and Muggle heritage. As pure-bloods claim to have no Muggle ancestry whatsoever, those who have and acknowledge their Muggle as well as their wizarding heritage would be considered half-bloods. By the 1990s, half-bloods were the most common type of magical person, as the wizarding population would become extinct without inter-marriage with Muggles and Muggle-borns[1].

Due to the dominance of the magic gene, children born to at least one magical parent will always be magical themselves, meaning that a non-magical child born to a Muggle and a wizard is a Squib, not a Muggle[2].


Attitude Towards Half-Bloods

Voldemort&amp;Co

Lord Voldemort and his followers.

"You dare speak his name? YOU FILTHY HALF-BLOOD!"
Bellatrix Lestrange to Harry Potter after he uses the name Voldemort[src]

Those who believe in the importance of blood purity consider half-bloods inferior for their Muggle heritage, though not as bad as Muggle-borns. They often use the term "half-blood" in a derogatory manner, similar to the epithet "Mudblood"; Bellatrix Lestrange and the portrait of Walburga Black did so on multiple occasions.[3]

Some half-bloods express prejudice towards those with Muggle heritage, despite having some themselves, and cling to what wizarding heritage they have. Notably, Lord Voldemort hated Muggles and Muggle-borns, despite having a Muggle father.[1] Severus Snape may be another example; his self-entitled nickname was "Half-Blood Prince" because his mother, Eileen Prince, was a pure-blood witch and his father, Tobias Snape, was a Muggle. However, Remus Lupin reported that he never used the nickname openly. This, as well as Snape's membership in the Death Eaters, suggests he may have been ashamed of his Muggle heritage, at least in his early life.[4] In fact, these people, along with some other Death Eaters, pretend to be pure-bloods, hiding their Muggle heritage from anyone else.

When the Ministry of Magic fell under Voldemort's control in 1997, Muggle-borns were openly persecuted and pure-bloods were favored. Half-bloods were still accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but were not treated as well as the pure-blood students.[5]


Known Half-Bloods

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Severus Snape

Pure- or Half-Blood Parent & Muggle Parent

Nymphadora Tonks

Nymphadora Tonks

Pure- or Half-Blood Parent & Muggle-Born Parent

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Seamus Finnigan

Half-Blood Parent & Half-Blood Parent

Two Magical Parents, Known Muggle Ancestry

Unknown Combination of Parental Status

Behind the scenes

See Also

Notes and references

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