With any fantasy cultural product you are going to get a fanbase with an overly compulsive interest in the realm with which they have become enamored. However it has to be asked just how immersive in said universe those fans need to be.
The J.K. Rowling publishing affiliated website “Pottermore” decided that for National Trivia Day it would participate, with some previously unknown details from the Potter canon. When it comes to unimportant and obscure facts, we can safely say the site over-delivered.
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
There are certain dungeons that need not be illuminated. We guess now that few fans will be rushing out to re-read “Harry Potter And The Chamber-Pot-Of-Secrets”!
Many of the Muggles were unimpressed.
Vanish this tweet.
— 2019 sucks (@AnthonyBialy) January 5, 2019
Nothing fun about shitting on the floor, sorry.
— Alice, definitely not a Werewolf (@Ally_Nuttall) January 5, 2019
I could have gone my entire fandom life without knowing about wizard shit.
Someone needs to redirect JK and change the password to Pottermore yesterday. Let this universe just BE for fuck’s sake.
— heidi richardson evans (@mystrangebones) January 5, 2019
thanks for that mental image Pottermore… i believe we've just discovered exactly why wizards invented the Obliviate spell…
— Ian B (@Methos2523) January 5, 2019
The Hogwarts alumni were less than impressed with this particular history lesson.
— Obi Wan Jacobi (@jacobprice2) January 5, 2019
— p (@supxllo) January 5, 2019
— 📚Lydia the Librarian📚 (@thesubliminator) January 5, 2019
— LadyTeapots (@LadyTeapots) January 5, 2019
— sam (@ssamamfha) January 5, 2019
— Stilsteißbeinbruch (@NilshendrikEck) January 5, 2019
And of course, the hardcore devotees had to take things seriously — and take it to the extreme.
Okay but Dumbledore, arguably one of the most powerful wizards of all time, once related he desperately needed a bathroom at Hogwarts, and that's when he found the Room of Req. So we're supposed to believe wizards CAN do this fancy trick buuut just run around desperate sometimes?
— It's a-me, Mollyo! (@mylaellison) January 5, 2019
Besides, where does it vanish to? Wasn't there a passage in Deathly Hallows where Hermione was talking about the laws of transfiguration, saying you cannot make things out of nothing, and you cannot actually banish something into nonexistence? I mean, it has to go somewhere.
— rhianna. (@rhiannakathlyne) January 5, 2019
No plumbing until the mid-18th century.
Hogwarts was founded in 990 AD.
WIZARDS SAW NOTHING WRONG WITH PUBLICLY SHITTING THEMSELVES FOR OVER SEVEN HUNDRED YEARS.
— J. N. H. (@chaoswolf1982) January 5, 2019
Ok, wait, did they have to repurpose classrooms as bathrooms? Where did students go to wash their hands? What was the entrance to the chamber of secrets before? How did Salazar Slytherin expect the Basilisk to sneak around through the corridors unnoticed?
— Anish (@FITBGame) January 5, 2019
Seriously, you are overthinking this – and that arrives by thinking about it at all.
In general a most simple spell of flight from this “trivia” is called for.
— Ada Croft (@adabethcroft) January 5, 2019