What does *bend the rule* mean?

Malfoy certainly did talk about flying a lot. He complained loudly
about first years never getting on the house Quidditch teams . . .

“He’s just the build for a Seeker, too,” said Wood, now walking around
Harry and staring at him. “Light – speedy – we’ll have to get him a
decent broom, Professor – a Nimbus Two Thousand or a Cleansweep Seven,
I’d say.”
I shall speak to Professor Dumbledore and see if
we can’t bend the first-year rule
. Heaven knows, we need a better
team than last year. Flattened in that last match by Slytherin, I
couldn’t look Severus Snape in the face for weeks….”

“Seeker?” he [Ron] said. “But first years never – you must be the
youngest house player in about –“
“- a century, said Harry,
shoveling pie into his mouth.
(Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s

What does bend the rule mean? Does it mean change, adjust, amend?


Bend the rule means to make an exception to the rule. It means that the rule will still be the rule, but it won’t apply to Harry-he can play on the Quidditch team even though he’s a first year, but no other first years will be allowed (the rule will still apply to them). I think this phrase comes from the idea that the rule can be ‘flexible’ and change in certain situations when necessary (and if it is flexible, it can bend).

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