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Ten ICD-10 Codes That Influenced Harry Potter

In honor of Alan Rickman’s passing, we thought it appropriate to celebrate his talented turn as Hogwarts Potions Master Severus Snape. Here are 10 ICD-10 diagnoses that influenced the magical world of Harry Potter.

1. In The Order of the Phoenix, Dudley Dursley punches Harry in the side of the head and small white lights pop in front of Harry’s eyes.

H43.39, Other vitreous opacities


2. In The Chamber of Secrets, Dobby bewitches a Bludger to attack Harry, and it ends up breaking his arm.

T84.01, Broken internal joint prosthesis


3. In The Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry receives a scar on his forehead in the shape of a lightning bolt as a result of a failed murder attempt by Lord Voldemort.

L90.5, Scar conditions and fibrosis of skin


4. In The Half Blood Prince, Harry locks the poltergeist Peeves’ tongue to the top of his mouth.

Q38.3, tongue, congenital (to gum or roof of mouth)

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5. In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione punches Draco Malfoy in the face.

S07.0XXS, Crushing injury of face, sequela


6. In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Ron Weasley gets whacked by the Whomping Willow.

S83.3, Sprain of other specified parts of knee


7. In The Goblet of Fire, Harry, Ron and Hermione encounter scrofungulus (a contagious infection caused by magical bug) on a visit to the Magical Bugs Section of St Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.

M01.X4, Direct infection of hand in infectious and parasitic diseases

magical maladies

8. In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Peter Pettigrew loses a finger in the shrieking shack.

S68.1, Traumatic metacarpophalangeal amputation of other and unspecified finger


9. In The Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry catches the snitch in his mouth while playing Quidditch and nearly chokes.

R09.89, Choking sensation


10. In The Sorcerer’s Stone, Snape’s leg is bitten by Hagrid’s three headed dog, Fluffy.

W54.0XXA, Bitten by dog, initial encounter


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