- "Some of these wandless can be troublesome. While they do nothing but beg I have no objection, but one of them actually asked me to plead her case in the Ministry last week. 'I'm a witch, sir, I'm a witch, let me prove it to you!'. As if I was going to give her my wand —"
- —Travers mocking Muggle-borns reduced to begging on the street in 1998[src]
Wandless were Muggle-born witches and wizards, as well as half-bloods unable to prove their ancestry, who had become vagrants and homeless after being stripped of their wands, jobs and families by Lord Voldemort's regime at the Ministry of Magic.
These individuals were accused of having stolen magic from "real" wizards and witches by the Muggle-Born Registration Commission. Some were sent to Azkaban Fortress, but others were apparently simply forced to live as vagabonds, huddling in doorways at Diagon Alley. They tended to beg and plead with more prosperous wizards that gave patronage to the street's establishments, though they were thoroughly ignored, and in many cases abused by Death Eaters and their supporters. Some did not take their persecution lying down however, as one attacked Hermione Granger, who at the time was disguised as Bellatrix Lestrange, in a fit of rage.
After Voldemort's defeat on 2 May, 1998, and Minister Shacklebolt's de-corruption of the Ministry, these wizards and witches were presumably able to regain wands and resume the lives and jobs they had before being stripped of their wands.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (First appearance)