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Young Tom Riddle used magic, magic that harmed animals and fellow children in the orphanage. Why did the Ministry of Magic NOT send him any warnings and/or punish his behavior since (1) it was underage magic and (2) it was harmful to animals and Muggle children?

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Mary Lou poetic license :-)
Gregory i think cause he wasnt marked as a wizard and didnt have a wand
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