Harry Potter will never die! Fans all over the world know this to be true, as even though it's been four years since the last film came out (seems longer), and a whopping eight years since the final book was released, HP is still very much the talk of the town!
Not only is a new movie set in the Wizarding World - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - coming out in 2016, but the internet has been abuzz with new Harry Potter info coming straight from the source—J.K. Rowling herself!
J.K. has been doing her absolute best keeping the story of Harry Potter alive with new and exciting information! Just this year we've found out that there's an American version of Hogwarts, that Moaning Myrtle has a last name (it's Warren), and that the first member of the Potter family was Linfred of Stinchcombe!
But while J.K.'s reveals about the Wizarding World are awesome and much appreciated, we all knew that there'd come a time where she shared just a bit too much information. That time is now. Well, not now technically. This particular bit of information has been showing up everywhere as of late, even though it's about a year old, and old news to devoted Potterheads! Nevertheless, it's something that's recently come to light, that I REALLY wish would have stayed in the dark...
See, one of the biggest secrets of the WW is the Chamber of Secrets—it's got 'secret' in the name after all. Fans have been wanting to know everything there is to know about this mysterious chamber, including the exact details of how a ladies bathroom came to be its entrance. After all, if I were to build a secret chamber, I wouldn't put the door to it in a PUBLIC bathroom - I'm just saying, Salazar Slytherin, not the best design strategy.
But as it turns out, that bathroom wasn't always there. In an essay on the Chamber of Secrets on her website Pottermore, J.K. explained just why the girls bathroom became the spot for the entrance. But she also managed to reveal a bit of Wizarding World information that I think most of us could have lived without knowing...
"However, when 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), the entrance to the Chamber was threatened, being located on the site of a proposed bathroom."
That's right, wizards didn't have plumbing until they decided to copy muggles. That means that before the eighteenth century, when they needed to go, they just went! Now, I love that J.K. is telling us so much about this fascinating world of wizards and magic, but...this is something I would have been okay with not knowing.
But as gross as this news is, it gets even grosser and even weirder when you consider these three things:
Did They Do It Front Of Others?!
J.K. Rowling clearly states that wizards "relieved themselves wherever they stood", so does that mean that they would just go in front of someone else? I mean, think about it, you're having a nice conversation with your fellow wizard, and all of a sudden, he feels the need to relieve himself RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU! How could you continue the conversation after that?!
Furthermore, since this was apparently such a normal thing for wizards back before the 18th century, were they fine with other wizards relieving themselves in front of them? Was this just a normal, everyday occurrence for them?
I know, this is hard to think about. But bear with me, I've got two more questions that J.K. has to answer, seeing as how she started this mess!
Where Did It Go?!
J.K. also states that when the wizard is done doing...you know...he or she vanishes the evidence - out of sight, out of mind. That's all fine and good, but where exactly does said evidence vanish to?
I understand that this is a world full of magic, but it can't just disappear...right? I mean, it HAS to have gone somewhere, and I'm a bit worried about where that is! Is there just a wizard waste landfill somewhere in the world, where all "evidence" is kept?
Or does it simply get transported to a different location? If that's the case, I feel incredibly sorry for any poor saps who happen to be in that random location! A horrible thought occurred to me that wizard "evidence" could be used as fertilizer, for growing plants. And who do we know that happens to have incredible luck with gardening?
Like I said, terrible, terrible thought...never thinking it again...
Do They Still Teach This At Hogwarts?!
At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy, you're expected to learn a variety of important spells. Seeing as how most 18th century wizards apparently did a certain spell so nonchalantly, the "instant vanishing relief" spell must have been taught at Hogwarts right?
We've seen a lot of the classes that Harry and his friends had to take, like Herbology, Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts (DAtDA for short). But it makes sense that we didn't see every class and spell that Hogwarts has to offer on screen, and it makes even more sense that this special spell didn't make the cut.
Still, just the thought of there being a spell, or even an entire class dedicated to it, that was an optional (or maybe even required!) thing for students to learn about is just...a bit revolting. Would this class have essays, pop quizzes, DEMONSTRATIONS?!
J.K. Rowling, by revealing this sick and weird habit of the Wizarding World, you've opened the door to a ton more questions that I absolutely NEED the answers to! I hope you aren't done sharing yet J.K., you've come this far!
Anyway, this information is now yours to do whatever you like with it—I know I'll be using it to dominate the next Harry Potter trivia night I'm in! I hope you've enjoyed this odd look into the Wizarding World, and remember everyone, if you see any wizard doing this:
It's best to just turn and walk away...
Thanks For Reading!
Source: Cinema Blend