MuggleNet Academia #50: Harry Potter and the Genetics of Wizarding

Duke’s Eric Spana and super guest Priyanka Nadar join Keith and John for a discussion of the only science, precluding metaphysics, of great relevance in the Wizarding World: Genetics!

Purebloods, Squibs, and the real reason that witches and wizards have not learned how to manipulate chromosomes or the larger gene pool with a wave of the wand — Join us for a fun and fascinating conversation of what Rowling gets right and wrong in her fictional depiction of genetically determined yet transcendentally magical heroes and heroines.

What are the chances that Aunt Petunia’s recessive magical gene could become active in Dudley? Have a listen and find out!

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