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What does it mean? Why is it never explained?

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not necessarily a duplicate question, but an answer is here: scifi.stackexchange.com/a/8245 –  DForck42 Dec 29 '11 at 19:30
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When asked, JK Rowling responded saying: It's been there as long as the Ministry itself

The Veil is the barrier between the land of the living and the land of the dead. One cannot travel freely between the two worlds, as it is a one-way trip. Inexperienced wizards know nothing about it, but the much more experienced wizards may have heard about it, and the Unspeakables who work in the Department of Mysteries have likely studied it closely.Siruius Black falling through the veil

Source: Wikia

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