A train journey from Manchester to London in 1990 saw the birth of an idea whose realisation resulted in the bestselling series of books of all time. While J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series could technically be called children’s books, they have conquered the hearts of people of all ages from all around the world. The books tell the story of Harry and his two best friends, Ron and Hermione, and all their adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Set in a truly magical world, with wands, and spells, and potions, with talking paintings, and ghosts, and magical creatures, and, of course, with an evil wizard who wants to take over the world, these books have it all: they teach us about the power of love, the significance of friendship, the merit of bravery, and the value of sacrifice. It is no surprise at all that the Harry Potter books are so loved by most everyone.
But as with all the things that are immensely popular, people like to go through them with a fine comb in search for apparent mistakes and loose ends. This funny comic, courtesy of CollegeHumor, debates the advantages of using mobile phones instead of the traditional owl postal service.
It needs to be pointed out that the use of phones is not banned in Hogwarts. It’s just that technology doesn’t work where there’s magic, and the wizards are forced to resort to alternatives. Which is why they need owls to carry their messages. But wizards do find ways to use muggle technology to their benefit. They have wizard radio, and wizard rock bands, and for a brief period there was a wizard television network as well. So potentially, they could work on adapting mobile phones for use in the magical environment.