Burning Questions About the Harry Potter Universe

Ardent, long-time Harry Potter fans may often ponder how many things prevalent in the Muggle world might fit into the Wizarding World, if they should fit in there at all.  J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe is so timeless and magical that we would never change a thing (except maybe Grawp — I’ve yet to meet someone who thoroughly enjoyed that storyline), but that doesn’t mean that we’re not afraid to ask the tough questions.

Movies/TV

To all those who say that the Wizarding World has no need for cinema or television, we ask: Why do they have radio, music, and books?  Movies seem like the next logical step.  Just because we never see Harry, Ron, and Hermione take a trip to watch the newest release in Hogsmeade on a weekend that didn’t involve fighting against Dark Wizards doesn’t mean movies don’t exist.Professor’s Quarters:  We never really see where the professors and other staff members live and sleep at Hogwarts.  We see their offices, sure, and see them in their night robes sometimes, but we still have to wonder.  Is it like a camp?  Are there bunk beds involved?  Did Snape call the top bunk? (I’d like to think so.)Feminine Hygiene:  Please, please, please tell me there is a spell for regulating and lightening periods.  I hope they have a stock room for feminine products.  This puts a whole new meaning to the phrase “Chamber of Secrets.”

On a related note…

Birth control

Something tells me this doesn’t really exist in the Wizarding World (one word: Weasleys).

Other Wizarding Schools

We know Hogwarts is in Scotland, we know Durmstrang is somewhere in some eastern-or-northern-European-general-area, and that Beauxbatons is based out of France.  Are there American wizarding schools?  And if so, how do we petition for admission?  Is it bad that we actually kind of don’t like the idea of wizards with American accents?

Unforgivable Curses

Because these are so easy to conjure why do children theoretically have the ability to use them?  Anybody with a wand has the ability to perform these three curses, with their easy-enough incantations.  Curious.  (Did this just turn into a Second Amendment debate?  Nope!  Still talkin’ ’bout wizards.)

Muggle Interactions

Many of those in the Wizarding World are either Muggle-born, married to a Muggle, or “half-breeds.”  How do wizards go about meeting Muggles?  It doesn’t seem like many wizards spend a lot of time in the non-Wizarding World.  Can you imagine how much play you’d get if you cast a couple of charms in a bar to impress a special lady or gentleman?  Wingardium Leviosa, indeed.

With all the wizarding battles, searches for Horcruxes, competing in magical wizarding tournaments, finding true love, forging life-long friendships, and discovering inner strength, we guess one could say that J.K. Rowling didn’t really have the time to offer any insight to these petty questions.  But we won’t hold it against her.  This is really just our way of coping with the end of an era.


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  1. Pselbor

    RE: Unforgivable Curses: Though easy to use, they all have consequences. Looking back in the books and movies, everyone who used “Avada Kedavra” died, including professor Lupin who just used it on a bug. Ron used the Imperius spell and his brother died. Harry also used Imperius as well as Cruciatus and, well, many people around him died. He partially uttered the Killing Curse and he died, but came back.

    Yes, there are male Harry Potter fans.

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