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 Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (First appearance)
- J. K. Rowling's official site (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ Computer on Wikipedia
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
- ↑ 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 Pottermore
- ↑ Raincoast Books interview, available on Accio Quote!
- ↑ Harry Potter: A Blue Peter Special interview