I’m in a bit of a Harry Potter frenzy at the moment. In fact, I’m listening to the Philosopher’s Stone on audio book right this second. I’ve been listening to the books (try it sometime, it’s the bee’s knees) and watching the movies almost non-stop. It’s taking over my life a bit.
That being said, I’ve started noticing something in the course of watching the movies over and over again. Harry Potter lives in a really inconvenient world. Sure, he can fix his glasses with just the swish of his wand and a mutter of, “Oculus Reparo” but he can’t grab a phone and call up Ron or Hermione. Owls are super neato, but they can’t be that speedy. And if you have ever paid attention during the films you will have seen the labels on things. They’re ridiculous! Every label on everything looks about a hundred years old and is written in a slanty cursive. It definitely adds to the look of the magical world but come on…If you’re looking for something like Bezoar, a proper label can make that job a loooooot easier and more timely.
And don’t even get me started on the lighting. I mean, I love the look of lanterns and torches but think about how inconvenient it would be to have to light a lantern instead of grab a flashlight. And I know you could just use “lumos” but what about all the witches and wizards who are under seventeen? That’s a fair amount of magical folk who just have to go without that little luxury.
Now, I would drop EVERYTHING right now if I was offered a place at Hogwarts (flashlights and label makers be damned) but I thought I’d point out this little magical world flaw.
Are any of you obsessed with Harry Potter? Or some other book series world? Personally, I like almost all of them (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc). Let me know! And let me know if you’ve noticed any of these kinds of details, too. Tell me I’m not the only one that notices weird, non-essential details, people.