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Science is a pursuit of knowledge, encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment in order to form of testable explanations and predictions about how it operates. Given their lack of magical aptitude, and general comfort at finding convenience at that which they do comprehend, Muggles are naturally inclined to science as wizards are to magic, although magic is experimented with in a scientific (or at least nearly scientific) manner.

On 2 September, 1991, Professor Severus Snape described Potion-making as a subtle science and an exact art to his first year Potions class.[1]

Herbology, transfiguration, magizoology, potions and others are all examples of magical sciences.

Behind the scenes

  • Magic within the Harry Potter universe is certainly treated like a science (or at least a pseudo-science). Wizards and witches conduct all sorts of experiments with their magic, and all magic schools teach a systematic approach to magic, similar to Muggle sciences. However, by both their definitions (at least in Harry Potter), magic is not a science.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
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