Hogwarts and Bathrooms

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Leira Galene, Jan 4, 2019.

  1. Narysse a'Jahar

    Narysse a'Jahar Aes Sedai

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    Right through the 19th century even the Muggles did it like that.......................

    It's really very recently in human history that the West has developed a sense of body privacy that resembles our own modern ideas. In fact, if I had to hazard a guess I would say the Second Great Awakening period of religious reform and upheaval in the mid 19th century did a LOT to advance that idea. At that point you're getting a higher percentage of the population that is literate and can read the Abrahamic writings for themselves, and that was a big push in the sense of why the Second Great Awakening started happening in the first place.

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  2. Alenya Al'Roran

    Alenya Al'Roran Aes Sedai Director of Marketing Social Marketing Manager

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    I know, right?! I would be wondering what I got myself into.
     
  3. Ephrem Elpidius

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    Doesn't Hogwarts have school based spells, like the security ones Dumbledore put in place - affected all the stone itself - so they would know if an intruder was about, it seems feasible to me that waste could all be vanished or transported with a mass spell for anyone located inside the said building?

    Hmm, don't know, would need more details, but I think this was just a fun comment for Pottermore /shrug
     
  4. Aduiavas Ida

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    Lenore and Narysse, I agree with that, but I still think they would make sure not to shit their pants...
     
  5. Tazren Talamar

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    Yeah, the "wherever they stood" part is what feels a bit much ...

    I would be interested in knowing what caused this change, though. The idea of managing waste must've been possible for a long time, so what caused the installation of toilets? Why the muggle variant, and not something magical? What caused this sudden need to relieve yourself in private instead of in front of everyone in the middle of the corridors? Doesn't feel like it ought to have been to mimic muggles, and they're not exactly a very religious society.

    I like the idea that it was a muggle-born from some place that actually had plumbing that looked upon Hogwarts with horror, and swore they'd become Minister of Magic and change things. Then they did, and went on to be known as "The Toilet Minister".
     
  6. Elania al'Manir

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    It's possible that as the wizarding bloodlines became more diluted, a larger number of muggle-borns with wizarding ancestry started arriving at Hogwarts. (Total conjecture, don't know if that actually happened in canon.) Maybe they switched to bathrooms to accommodate them and make them feel more at home.
     
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    Wizards being accommodating to Muggle-borns? Highly unlikely :\
     
  8. Elania al'Manir

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    I think the headmaster would have the power to make that decision, so although the wizarding world in general is prejudiced against muggle-borns, it would only take one progressive headmaster to make that kind of change.