If your school had particularly disgusting bathrooms, think yourself lucky – at least you had toilets.
That was not a luxury afforded to the young students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a decent portion of its history.
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— Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) January 4, 2019
Thanks to a tweet from Pottermore, the digital presence of JK Rowling’s wizarding world, we now know – whether we want to or not – that before Muggle plumbing was adopted “witches and wizards simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence”.
Fans of the Harry Potter books immediately had questions.
Vanishing is taught in year 4 so what did they do with younger students/childs? 🤔— Felice 💙🦍 (@RiceChii) January 4, 2019
Omg that no underage magic. Being 16 like âmom, I pooped again come clean me upâ I just CANT.— Supernova Girl â¨ (@xstar_girl) January 4, 2019
Did they aguamenti their butts after?— Mimi || Roulette 2/26💖💖💖 (@MimiChama) January 4, 2019
Also if vanished objects go into nonbeing which is, to say, everything...
And people were quick to point out that there were plenty of solutions available before plumbing was invented.
I'm not sure which makes me angrier: that no Wizard had thought up a basic outhouse before the eighteenth century, or that I am currently thinking about wizard defecation habits in the pre-Victorian era.— An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtÃ an leithreas? (@thomdunn) January 4, 2019
Houses without plumbing had chamberpots.— Matt Barbounty hunting is a complicated profession (@BarbotRobot) January 4, 2019
Some people straight up refused to accept it.
I refuse to accept this as canon. Medieval castles had toilets. It was a hole in the wall with a piece of wood over it with a hole cut in it. The waste would fall down into a room that a servant would shovel out. I 100% believe Hogwarts had bathrooms and this is what they had.— Mya Writes Things💙 (@MyaWritesThings) January 4, 2019
But mostly people just found it really, really disgusting.
should jk rowling just stop talking— SHORT KING (@Dancantsin) January 5, 2019
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Probably best just to try not to think about it.