ByAndrea Marie Cini, writer at
Pretty much a fan of all but if you come at me with horror I have a salt shaker and an iron rod and I'm not afraid to use them :D
Andrea Marie Cini

Even after almost 20 years since the first published work of , the universe created continues to expand and grow and fans have a list of questions that is constantly growing longer and longer. From deep and serious questions to questions that would get us babbling like a blundering band of baboons, there are very few things we haven't asked. Although the Harry Potter series is officially over with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Rowling is still trying to answer our questions through Twitter and her ever-growing site, . However, one recent addition to Pottermore in particular has answered a question no one was asking:

How Do Wizarding Folk Take A Dump?

[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Let's set the situation before we address the query in question. In this recent addition to wizarding lore, it was said that it is a very rare event for wizards to copy muggles in their technological advances. This is evident in their use of quills and torches instead of more "advanced" technology. One of the rare instances that brought the two worlds in advancing unison was when the Muggles created indoor plumbing.

As you can imagine, this would have caused some trouble in keeping the Chamber of Secrets, well, secret. Before such an invention, the Chamber was accessed through a secret trapdoor and a series of magical tunnels. With the wizarding world modernizing their plumbing, precautions had to be made by the heir of so that the basilisk's lair remains unknown from the rest of . It was this topic that brought about the issue of how wizards used to relieve themselves before the invention of a toilet.

The Cover Up

If this thought ever crossed anyone's mind, I think most of us just assumed they did it the old fashioned way — chamber pots, outhouses or (at least) a bush. It seems wizards and witches, however, were a bit lazier in the process. JK Rowling, in her usual humor, says via Pottermore:

...Hitherto they (wizards) simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence...

Yes, you read right. The whole process was a simple cover up. Now I've heard of using magic for trivial things, but to use it to vanish one's excrements seems like utter laziness to me. When she says vanish, does she mean physically vanish or just make invisible?

[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]

This little detail has caused more questions than we'd ever imagined. If such "evidence" (as Rowling put it) was physically vanished, where did it all go? Was there some magical dimension or place filled with magical droppings? What did children too young to perform magic do? What about squibs that can't perform any form of magic? Did they have to find people to help them? So many questions we did not have to perviously ask, but that's the wizarding world for you. It sure keeps us on our toes.

[Credit: Warner Bros.]
[Credit: Warner Bros.]

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