A late-bloomer was a wizard or witch whose magical ability did not manifest until adulthood. This was a very rare occurrence,[1] as most experts in the wizarding world agreed that magical ability, if present, would be revealed by age seven.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • J. K. Rowling revealed in a March 1999 webchat that she planned to include a character who "does manage in desperate circumstances to do magic quite late in life" in the series.[1] However, in 2007, she revealed that she had changed her mind about including this character (who was supposed to find their way to Hogwarts despite never performing magic previously) by the time she had finished writing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.[3] It is not entirely clear if this makes the existence of late-bloomers non-canon, though.
  • It has been speculated that Petunia Dursley was the character intended to show magical powers late in life. Rowling, however, has confirmed that Petunia is definitely a Muggle.[4]

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