Public bathrooms are not exactly a picnic, and bathrooms in schools are even worse. But if your school had a particularly disgusting bathroom, just remember this: at least you had toilets.
It turns out toilets were not a luxury afforded to the magically gifted students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a decent portion of its history. In fact, Hogwarts didn’t even always have bathrooms in general.
It turns out toilets are a Muggle method of plumbing, and wasn’t adopted by the wizarding world until the 18th century. Before that time, witches and wizards simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and used magic to vanish the evidence. #NationalTriviaDay
This is something we now – whether we wanted to or not – thanks a tweet from Pottermore, the digital presence of JK Rowling’s wizarding world:
Fans of the Harry Potter books immediately had questions.
Excuse me, professor..I just pooped, can you clean it up for me please…and me as well?
— Erin Trites (@Rin68nyr) January 6, 2019
And people were quick to point out that there were plenty of solutions available before plumbing was invented.
Some people straight up refused to accept it.
— Addisen West (@TheAddisfaction) January 5, 2019
Several people thought this shouldn’t have been tweeted at all:
But mostly people just found it really, really disgusting.
I don't think we needed to know this… pic.twitter.com/vc2Jo39bsB
— Clare (@ClareFiona_) January 5, 2019
It’s probably best we just don’t think about it.