'Harry Potter' site reveals what wizards did before bathrooms existed
The Harry Potter universe is forever expanding as the author JK Rowling keeps providing new information to fans. Recently, it was revealed that Dumbledore was gay and Nagini, Voldemort's snake, was a Maledictus (bearer of a blood curse turning them into animals). Now Potter fans have been given information about how wizards used to relieve themselves before bathrooms were invented. Here's how.
Pottermore reveals intimate details of wizarding life
Pottermore, the official website that is part of Rowling's wizarding world, explained over Twitter on National Trivia Day, that Hogwarts did not always have bathrooms. Before the adoption of plumbing methods from Muggles or nonwizards, in the eighteenth century, wizards and witches would simply relieve themselves where they were standing. Then they would proceed to vanish the evidence using magic.
Check out Pottermore's tweet
Hogwarts didn't always have bathrooms. Before adopting Muggle plumbing methods in the eighteenth century, witches and wizards simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence. #NationalTriviaDay— Pottermore (@pottermore) January 4, 2019
Potter fans point out magically inaccurate information
Some fans, after seeing the post, raised a valid question that points at a possible flaw in this information. Since the vanishing spell was only taught in the fifth year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where and how did underclassmen manage to relieve themselves prior to that? It appears that Pottermore does not have an answer for us, about this, yet.
Fans also point out the historical inaccuracy in tweet
Not just a magical flaw, but there seems to be a historical discrepancy in the post as well. People have pointed out that plumbing existed in civilizations of Egypt, India, and Mesopotamia around 5,000 years ago. These places had toilets and drainage way before the eighteenth century. A fan remarked that despite all this, "British wizards however, shit themselves mid-conversation until well into colonialism".
Fans express dislike for the new information
January 5, 2019
'Harry Potter' universe should stop with unnecessary information
Most fans reacted negatively to this information and it might even have been a case of oversharing on part of the Harry Potter universe. Rowling has messed with the universe enough, up to the point of adding another sibling to the Dumbledore family in the latest Fantastic Beasts movie. She should stop now and let us enjoy the magical fiction of our childhood.