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"I am curious - based upon the knowledge that one's present, and even one's past, may reveal traces of what is to come, what do you see in your own future?"
— Professor Mudiwa Onai[src]

One's life path was the intended flow of one's life, from their birth to their natural death. Wizardkind meddling with the magic of time could potentially alter the life paths of those they interacted with, causing drastic changes in the original flow of history.[1] Wizards using Time-Turners without caution had accidentally killed their past or future selves by mistake.[2]

Known alterations of people's life paths[]

"Fate is what one makes of it. It may determine a path, but not one's choice in how to travel it."
— Professor Aesop Sharp[src]
Person Year Notes
Eloise Mintumble 1899 When Eloise Mintumble travelled back from 1899 to 1402 for five days, she caused "great disturbance" in the life paths of all those she met. Among the consequences of these changes was the un-birthing of twenty-five people descended from those she met.[1]
Hermione Granger 1994 In 1994, Hermione Granger, accompanied by Harry Potter, used her Time-Turner to travel back three hours. In this time, she changed the life paths of Harry, herself, Sirius Black, and Buckbeak. Sirius, Harry and Hermione were saved from receiving the Dementor's Kiss by a swarm of rogue Dementors on the shores of the Black Lake, Sirius was further saved from his imprisonment in Filius Flitwick's office and allowed to escape, and Buckbeak was saved from his execution by Walden Macnair.[2]
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