Maybe there wasn't a muggle that did magic after all. I don't remember it.
amy, there aren't that many wizards in general. think about it. in harry's year in gryffindor, the males are harry, ron, dean, seamus, neville, and let's assume just a few more, say ten total for the sake of argument. suppose there are also ten female gryffindors in his year. so twenty per year. multiply that by seven for how many years there are and there should be about 140 per house. and then multiply that by four for the four houses and you come out to about 560 hogwarts students at any given time.
~600 out of the millions of inhabitants in the uk is a very small fraction. so i think the struggle would be fairly isolated, and not that many people involved. i don't think there were a lot of wizards sitting on their asses twiddling their thumbs not doing anything.
The wizards have their own little shadow villages, and there are wizards in other countries as well. Why didn't the other countries get involved? Did Voldemort only want to rule over English wizards and witches? I was thinking there was a small number of wizards--I guess I didn't word that right. It just seems like there are so many more Muggles than wizards.
edit: now I remember what was confusing me. It was that damn movie. In the 5th movie, when they go into the Ministry of Magic, it looks like there are hundreds or perhaps thousands of wizards and witches walking around inside that building. I'm not sure why they had so many people in there--unless the Ministry of Magic is magicked alongside some Muggle place, and those other people are mostly Muggles.
other areas were involved, yes, but he was centering his attack on britain first.
it's like how grindelwald focused exclusively on eastern europe and not so much the uk. i think they all have a target area from where they will spread out once the resistance there is dead. it's just imperialism wizarding style.
Clarification from earlier: you were saying that there are ~600 wizards at Hogwarts at a time, yes? Not in all of Britain.
Really small, especially since some of the wizards and witches are completely muggle-born or half-blood. So the number of wizarding parents of all those kids at Hogwarts is probably just a little more than the number of kids. I think I read somewhere that a fourth of them are muggle-born.
Reading now. Be back in a little while to discuss.
I was always hoping that they'd mention what was going on in America, or that some American equivalent to the Order would come on over to do something... What happened in 1998 that might have distracted our wizards from the return of Voldemort? Must have been the Monica Lewinsky stuff. She was probably a witch.
Are you guys forgetting that not every kid that's a wizard or witch HAS to go to school?
Did anyone notice Harry's birthday? I think it was something like July 31st 1981. I was a bit amazed that all the Harry-Potter-at-Hogwarts was supposed to be happening in the 1990's.
edited: added 3 to 31st. My fucking 3 key doesn't work well.
Oh yeah I noticed that too. Kind of threw me a bit, although I think she had dated the books in Sorcerer's Stone, if I remember properly.