The Hidden Truth of Magic in Harry Potter
Fact: Hogwarts is a Deathtrap (also, Spoilers)
So you may have noticed Hogwarts makes no sense as a school, right? They let the kids do insanely dangerous things all the time. Running around with dangerous animals, flying about trying to knock each other off broomsticks in the air, fight dragons, wave reality-modifying sticks around in large groups.
Picture teaching at a middle school. Hundreds of angsty teenagers. Now imagine they can not only set things on fire at will, but randomly warp reality when they get too emotional. The chapters where the kids are wandering around the school grounds should involve walking through the thousands of headstones of the students who have died in the school previous.
But maybe we have it all wrong. Over the course of the books, we see kids transformed into animals, cursed, jinxed, petrified, deboned, attacked by everything from pixies to hippogriffs and poltergeists, falling off broomsticks, stealing eggs from dragons, and so on.
And let’s talk Quidditch here. This isn’t just kids zooming around at high speed and lethal heights while balancing on a stick. At any given time, half the balls and four of the fourteen players are there entirely to knock the other players off their brooms.
Add into things like the castle itself being a shifting maze, teachers given minimal oversight to numerous potentially lethal situations, sending the children into a forest full of monsters for punishment, and on, and on, it’s clear the wizards just nuts.
Or are they?
The clues have been right there since the first book. In one of the very first chapters, Hagrid gets straight up indignant at the very idea of Lily and James having died in a car accident. As if the idea of dying due to crashing into something at a tenth the speed of sound while in the middle of a ton or two of steel and aluminum were downright insulting.
Just a couple chapters on, Harry’s talking to Neville, who explains his family thought he was a nonmagical squib until his uncle dropped him out a window and he bounced.
In the second book, there a giant snake roaming around the school with lethal vision, and somehow every single kid who runs into it happens to see it through something (if memory serves, a camera, a ghost, and a mirror) and is so saved from death.
In the third book, Pettigrew explains he faked his death by waiting until Sirius cornered him, and then causing a huge explosion that killed multiple muggles . . . and left Sirius unscathed.
In fact, if you go through the books, there’s one common theme to the death of wizards: It’s always due to something magical in nature. A curse, a potion, an outright magical creature, whatever. Anything less, and even most potentially lethal magics, always fails. Often it manages to be painful, or damaging, to the person, but without fail, the direct intervention of something magical.
In this incredibly dangerous world, wizards don’t just survive, they live twice as long as muggles! Now, magical medicine has something to do with that, since it is seen regularly curing what would be lethal problems in the muggle world, but there’s more to this. Maybe a big part is that magic just protects them from things that kill normal people. No aneurysms, blood clots, or cancer.
The final piece of evidence is avada kedavra, the Killing Curse. It’s explicitly explained that, in order to work, there must not only be a powerful wizard behind it, but a wizard who explicitly, truly, wants your death. Otherwise wizards would all be using spells like summonus cloudofsupersonicrazorus or wandus lightsaberus to do their killing.
Put all this together, and it all points to one thing:
Magic passively protects magical people at all times. If you’re a witch or wizard, a nominally suicidal action is, at worst, slightly inadvisable, because it’s almost impossible to die. The only thing that can kill you (barring really bad luck) is a powerful wizard who really wants you dead managing to hit you with a curse designed especially for that purpose.
Or I could be wrong?What are your thoughts?