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"Anti-Muggle pranksters. We had two last week, one in Wimbledon, one in Elephant and Castle. Muggles are pulling the flush and instead of everything disappearing - well, you can imagine."
Arthur Weasley explaining regurgitating toilets to Harry Potter[src]

A Regurgitating Toilet was a toilet jinxed by wizards to prank unexpecting Muggles. When the flush chain was pulled, they regurgitated their contents rather than flushing them away;[2] Muggle plumbers were very confused by this magical phenomenon. Due to such a prank being too trivial for Aurors to handle, it was up to the Magical Law Enforcement Patrol to catch those involved,[1] though it was left to Arthur Weasley in his job as head of the Misuse of Muggle Artefacts Office to investigate these incidents and perform the appropriate anti-jinx, which was described as "simple enough."[3]

Known occurrences

"'Third regurgitating toilet reported in Bethnal Green, kindly investigate immediately.' This is getting ridiculous..."
— Arthur Weasley, reading an interdepartmental memo[src]

Willy Widdershins was responsible for three regurgitating toilets in Wimbledon, Elephant and Castle, and Bethnal Green over the summer of 1995. One of his toilets backfired, and he was critically injured, after which the Magical Law Enforcement Patrol was able to arrest him. To avoid prosecution by the Wizengamot, Widdershins provided Dolores Umbridge with details on a student gathering in the Hog's Head.[4]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  2. Pottermore - From the Story: Regurgitating Toilet
  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9 (The Woes of Mrs Weasley)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 27 (The Centaur and the Sneak)