Ever wonder how wizards took care of their business in the Harry Potter world? Neither did we…but J.K. Rowling told us anyway!
Anyone who’s watched the Harry Potter movies probably assumed that wizards expelled themselves the same way us muggles do. I mean, we all remember Moaning Myrtle creeping the local bathroom – as ghosts do.
Rowling lives for posting (and hiding) randomly irrelevant Harry Potter facts on her fan site, Pottermore. So while describing the entrance to the Chamber of Secrets, she decided to slip this little detail in:
“Hogwarts’ plumbing became more elaborate in the eighteenth century (this was a rare instance of wizards copying Muggles, because hitherto they simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence).”
So I’m supposed to believe that wizards just relieved themselves wherever they stood and made the evidence disappear?? This brings up a few questions…
- Did they turn themselves invisible while doing their “business”?
- Where did they vanish the evidence to?
- Could other wizards tell when they did this?
- Was it socially acceptable in the wizarding world or were there rules like ‘Shirt and shoes to enter, please do your business outside’ in public places?