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J.K. Rowling Addresses Illness And Disability Within The Wizarding World

The final chapters of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire have been released on Pottermore and Rowling tells us a little about why wizards don't catch the common cold.

In what is no doubt a planned release in correlation with J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's birthdays, the final chapters of Goblet of Fire have been revealed on Pottermore.

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Rowling addresses disability and illness within the Wizarding World and how it differentiates from Muggles.

I decided that, broadly speaking, wizards would have the power to correct or override 'mundane' nature, but not 'magical' nature. Therefore, a wizard could catch anything a Muggle might catch, but he could cure all of it; he would also comfortably survive a scorpion sting that might kill a Muggle, whereas he might die if bitten by a Venomous Tentacula. Similarly, bones broken in non-magical accidents such as falls or fist fights can be mended by magic, but the consequences of curses or backfiring magic could be serious, permanent or life-threatening. This is the reason Gilderoy Lockhart, victim of his own mangled Memory Charm, has permanent amnesia, why the poor Longbottoms remain permanently damaged by magical torture, and why Mad-Eye Moody had to resort to a wooden leg and a magical eye when the originals were irreparably damaged in a wizards' battle; Luna Lovegood's mother, Pandora, died when one of her own experimental spells went wrong, and Bill Weasley is irreversibly scarred after meeting with Fenrir Greyback.

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Rowling also goes into Lupin's blood-borne disease and the stigma it brings (referencing HIV). You can read the full excerpt on Pottermore here.