While the mainline Harry Potter books are over and done with, more details about the wider magical universe continue to come to light. The latest reveal came from the Pottermore Twitter account, and it has to do with the way that witches and wizards peed and pooped. At one point in history, the magical school Hogwarts didn’t have bathrooms. So what did witches and wizards do when they needed to relieve themselves?
Unsettlingly, they just peed and pooped themselves wherever they were standing, and then used magic to “vanish” the evidence. Hogwarts eventually, and probably for the best, decided to adopt the Muggle way of plumbing to allow for a more traditional bathroom experience. Hopefully “vanishing” the evidence also included wiping, but we don’t know for sure. It’s also unclear if this method of pooping and peeing was contained to Hogwarts, or if the entire magical world did their business in this manner.
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
This is actually not the first reveal of the magically weird way witches and wizards peeped and pooped. A 2015 Pottermore essay about the Chamber of Secrets first confirmed it.
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In other Harry Potter news, what looks like a new open-world Harry Potter game leaked at the end of 2018, but it has yet to be officially announced. A new game we do know is coming is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a Pokemon Go-style AR title from Niantic. Following a delay, it’s due out early this year.
The latest entry in the Harry Potter spinoff film series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, opened in November and has made more than $600 million worldwide.