Let’s Talk… The postal system in the Harry Potter Universe

Over the past few years, J.K. Rowling has made statements that are TERF, or against the trans community (especially towards male-to-female). These statements are completely against the thoughts and ideas of the creator of this blog. I have been and always will be an ally for any member of the LGBTQIA+ community. You exist, and you are valid. If you are struggling and need to talk to a counselor, there are many resources available at thetrevorproject.org.

I wrote the original post for this over a year ago. I will be honest, I didn’t know I had this many opinions about it, although I have more now a year later. So sit back and relax, this one gets weird.

Okay, I get it, this is probably a weird title for a post. However, I spent an entire night thinking about how dumb the postal service in HP is, so now I share those thoughts with you.

Okay, so the post service is dependent on owls, right? So in order to send out anything, you have to own an owl. Which maybe that’s not a big deal and maybe they aren’t that expensive, but now you are separating muggles from wizards. No wonder everyone in the Wizarding World looks down on muggles, they have no way to communicate with them. It almost is classist the way that the postal service works. And then do you have to have a mailbox because I’m assuming you still have to pay taxes? And while we are on it, how can they afford land? If everything they own is in galleons, do you have to go to Gringotts to exchange the currency? I feel like we just accepted magic, but at a certain point, magic has to be hidden from muggles, so they have to act normal, meaning they have to pay their bills, go to the DMV (imagine Snape waiting for his number to be called to get his license picture taken), and get sent junk mail. So.. what’s the deal with that man?

Okay, but you have to imagine that you need to train owls and get them to return to you. And we are supposed to believe that owls won’t get lost, just naturally have the mechanisms to deliver mail, even with magic, that is hard to believe. I grew up around dogs, and I still can’t convince my dog to go outside by herself, and ya’ll think that owls can be trained to deliver mail like this? Now, I recognize that there was a time when we used carrier pigeons to carry notes and stuff, but that required a lot of training. Even the USPS driver that brings me my mail every day had to go through training. So the question is, did Hedwig get training? And I don’t remember that being something discussed in the books (which probably for good reason, but let me have my rant in peace).

But even then, how do you send out a group invite? How do you get an owl to send letters to a bunch of different people? Do you have to have a bunch of owls, or can one owl send multiple letters? And how many owls are people expected to own? Is it a way to show how wealthy you are by the number of owls you own? It just seems crazy to me that we totally just ignored all of these questions because we were concerned with Harry’s safety. I HAVE QUESTIONS!

(The rest of these thoughts are ones I had while reading the series)

As cool as owls are, and c’mon, they’re pretty cool, why owls? We as pop culture associate bats with witches and Halloween, so why are we using owls and not bats? Does it have something to do with the fact that bats are technically blind? Why is there no mention of bats in the books? Wouldn’t they have made a really cool pet for the witches and wizards? They have to be better than a toad. IDK man, I don’t think we are talking enough about how bats got the worst end of the stick in the series.

But even with owls, can we talk about how messed up it is that owls deliver mail to the Great Hall? Here’s what I do know about birds, they poop. And they don’t aim, they just go. So are they pooping on the tables? And if so, isn’t that dangerous for the students? You know who won’t poop on your food? A postman. Maybe being a wizard isn’t all it is cracked up to be.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Over the past few years, J.K. Rowling has made statements that are TERF, or against the trans community (especially towards male-to-female). These statements are completely against the thoughts and ideas of the creator of this blog. I have been and always will be an ally for any member of the LGBTQIA+ community. You exist, and you are valid. If you are struggling and need to talk to a counselor, there are many resources available at thetrevorproject.org.

How I Read It: Audiobook/Print

Dates Read: 12/10/21-12/24/21

How I Found It: Childhood/ Pop Culture

Reminder: This review is of a series and not an individual book. While I will write a synopsis for each book, I will do my best to not give away blatant spoilers. With that being said, the end of one book more or less is the start of another, so information from the end of the previous book may play a role in the plot of the next book, thus I have to give away the spoiler. Read the synopsis at your own discretion.

Why hello everyone! To give you guys some context on my relationship with these books, I’m going to start by saying that I was about 1.5 years old when the first book was published. I was 11.5 years old when the final book was published. Actually, I remember going to a release party for Deathly Hallows in my hometown bookstore where I had butterbeer for the first time and within minutes of getting in the car, my friend read the epilogue of the book and spoiled the ending of the book for us. When I was 13, my dad told me that I could not read adult books if I couldn’t read these books. So as a dutiful daughter, I got to the 7th book and gave up almost 200 pages from the end. I have seen all of the movies multiple times (in large part because apparently they are Christmas movies now) and have even seen the Fantastic Beasts movies when they come out in theaters. But the fact that I never finished reading the 7th book has always been a weight on my shoulders, and something that I wanted to remedy. Almost 2 years ago, having started a blog where I give my opinions on books, I planned to read the books. And with all best laid intentions, I picked up the first book and brought it downstairs and never cracked it open.

The next question I am sure that you are wondering is why now? Well, we have officially reached 20 years since the first movie came out, and in order to honor that, the Harry Potter actors have come together for a reunion to talk about their time in the universe. And as I was trying to figure out what my next book was going to be, there was a huge draw to the series for me. After about 2 weeks, I have officially completed something I have wanted to do for a very long time, read the series that was supposed to be a gateway into adult fiction.

Firstly, it is hard to find fault in a series that has played such a big part in popular culture. With that being said, one of the most disappointing parts of this series is the lack of representation. Not only is there is no explicit LGBTQIA+ characters, but there is little representation of non-white characters, as well as terrible treatment of characters who are overweight.

Secondly, if you are someone who has only seen the movies, you are missing a very large part of the series. The most common thing across the board that is missing from the movies is the ghosts. They are introduced, but are not used, especially as we get later into the movies. Peeves, who isn’t introduced in the movies, plays a part in all of the books even into the 7th book.

And thirdly, the first 3 books are an easily digestible, but the fourth book is when the amount of pages almost doubles. It is actually kinda hysterical when you look at the size of the first 3 compared to the sizes of the last 4. If you have a hard time staying engrossed in longer books, the end of the series is a huge deterrent.

As a series, I would rate the overall series as a 4.75 out of 5 stars. There is definitely some part of that score that is purely due to my childhood memories, but I also think that this is a very well written series overall.

If you would like to see my individual posts on the books and other random Harry Potter topics, check out the links below!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!