Harry Potter and the Judge's Chamber

Posted By Navid Alband || 19-Nov-2010

Watch the Clip Here.

As the new Harry Potter movie comes out this week, analyzing a past Harry Potter movie seems fitting. This clip, taken from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, shows many potential crimes. We will assume they were all committed in Texas in the normal "muggle" realm.

Uncle Vernon or Harry may be guilty of the crime of cruelty to animals. Under V.T.C.A., Health & Safety Code § 821.021, "cruelly treated" includes [animals that are] tortured, seriously overworked, unreasonably abandoned, unreasonably deprived of necessary food, care, or shelter, cruelly confined, or caused to fight with another animal." Hedwig being confined to his cage for long periods may constitute cruelty. However, because Harry is in a form of confinement himself Uncle Vernon would most likely be the perpetrator here.

One has committed the offense of criminal trespass when he enters or remains on or in property of another without consent and he had notice that the entry was forbidden under Texas Penal Code § 30.05. Dobby could certainly be charged with this crime as a house with a fence and closed doors is notice enough that you are not allowed to be on that property without permission.

Under 18 U.S.C.A. § 1701 it is a federal crime to obstruct the delivery of mail. Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs the passage of mail, or any carrier or conveyance carrying the mail, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. Dobby is certainly guilty of this crime as he has been withholding all of Harry's letters.

Must people would say that dumping a cake onto a person's head is offensive conduct. Therefore, it may be assault. A person has committed assault when they intentionally or knowingly cause physical contact with another when the person should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative. This would be a Class C misdemeanor. V.T.C.A., Pen. Code § 22.01. Harry could be charged with this offense as it seems that he was the one committing the crime. His defense is that he was attempting to stop the imminent assault that Dobby was committing. Dobby could certainly be charged and found guilty of this crime.

Dobby may even be stalking Harry Potter. A person commits the offense of stalking when if the person, on more than one occasion and pursuant to the same scheme or course of conduct that is directed specifically at another person, knowingly engages in conducts that the actor reasonably knows the other person will regard as threatening to his person or his property. V.T.C.A., Pen. Code § 42.072. As Dobby has consistently taken Harry's property and seems to be willing to do anything to keep Harry from school, this would be a reasonable charge against Dobby. The defense in this situation would be that Dobby was attempting to keep Harry from imminent bodily injury.

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