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.