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Howler

A close up of a Howler

A red envelope containing a shrieking, angry message that's impossible to ignore


Harry darted forwards to pick up the letter but Aunt Petunia beat him to it. ‘You can open it if you like,’ said Harry, ‘but I’ll hear...


Extract

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

By J.K. Rowling

The Howler screams at Ron over breakfast.

Mrs Weasley is not impressed


The Ford Anglia flying over the clouds

Technology

By J.K. Rowling


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‘I’ve been putting out fires all week. People keep sending Howlers and of course, if you don’t open a Howler straight away, it explodes.’


Percy Weasley
A Howler screams at Ron over breakfast

A mortifying experience


Pottermore illustration Errol

Errol's crash landing


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... YOU WAIT TILL I GET HOLD OF YOU, I DON’T SUPPOSE YOU STOPPED TO THINK WHAT YOUR FATHER AND I WENT THROUGH WHEN WE SAW IT HAD GONE ...


Molly Weasley

Howler fact file


Magical properties

Delivers the sender’s message at a magically magnified volume, a hundred times louder than their normal voice. Also heats up rapidly and explodes if not opened fast enough, burning completely once the message has been delivered

Purpose

To direct abuse, a complaint or a criticism to the recipient