Mortality is the state of being mortal, or susceptible to death; it is the opposite of immortality.[1] Almost all known beasts and beings, both magical and non-magical alike, are subject to mortality. Spirits, however, are not, as they have either already died or were never truly alive.


Phoenixes are the only living creatures known to be naturally immortal, as they are immediately reborn from their ashes after dying.[2] Other methods may be used to grant immortality, such as Horcruxes[3] and the Elixir of Life,[4] although such sources may be withheld or destroyed, rendering their user mortal once again.

Some beings, such as Boggarts Poltergeists, are considered amortal, meaning they cannot die as they were never truly alive to begin with.

Although it is commonly believed that mastering all three of the Deathly Hallows would make their owner immortal, Albus Dumbledore stated that the true Master of Death accepts their own mortality.[5]

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