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"When my sister was six years old, she was attacked, set upon, by three Muggle boys... It destroyed her, what they did... And my father went after the bastards that did it, and attacked them. And they locked him up in Azkaban for it."
— The violent Mould-on-the-Wold teenagers[src]

Three Muggle boys lived in the town of Mould-on-the-Wold during the 19th century.[1]


They bore witness to Ariana Dumbledore, a young witch who lived with her family nearby, performing underage magic, which they were jealous of. When she was unable to teach them how to do the magic or explain how she did it, they became scared and brutally physically attacked her, after which point she was mentally traumatised, resulting in a lack of ability to control her magic.[1]

Ariana's father, Percival, went after the boys and attacked them, possibly through use of the Cruciatus Curse, which resulted in the Ministry of Magic sending him to Azkaban. Percival would not satisfactorily explain why he had done it, knowing that his daughter would be taken to St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries for the rest of her life as a hazard to the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.[1]

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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror)