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A computer is a Muggle machine designed to interpret and carry out a string of operations inputted by the user, and is used to store receive and send information, as well as for recreation (e.g. Internet, videogames etc.) . The Dursleys owned a computer, which Dudley Dursley often played games on. A photograph at 4 Privet Drive depicted Dudley playing a computer game with his father and on his eleventh birthday in 1991, he received a new computer to replace the old one, as well as sixteen new computer games. It is possible that computers are a Muggle invention that cannot be fully duplicated with magic.
Computers are one of numerous devices that may not work in magical environments such as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry because they are powered by electricity. However, the main reason the wizarding world appears to shun computers and similar muggle devices is cultural. The internet is not particularly interesting to most witches and wizards, given the other means of communication and news production available to them. While some wizards will use computers, most either consider it a curiosity or something to be utilised for research into Muggle Studies.
Behind the scenes
- In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, a computer can be found in the Muggle Studies Classroom at Hogwarts Castle. Hitting it with a spell causes a minifigure head to appear on the screen with a loading bar, followed by the computer crashing into a Blue Screen of Death. This process produces Dudley Dursley's character token.
- According to Harry Potter series author J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter would get beaten up if he went too near to Dudley's keyboard. As such, he never used the Internet.
- Rowling stated in an interview that Mr Weasley would probably "give his left leg for a computer".
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- J. K. Rowling's official site (Mentioned only)
- Pottermore (Indirect mention only via the term Internet)
- Wizarding World (Indirect mention only via the term Internet)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (First appearance)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Magic Awakened (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
- Computer on Wikipedia
- Question 13 on the second W.O.M.B.A.T.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)
- Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Technology" at Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 2, Side Quest "A special Celebration of Hogwarts Teachers"
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- Raincoast Books interview, available on Accio Quote!
- Harry Potter: A Blue Peter Special interview