Rowling's fecal bombshell raises a number of questions. For one, what about underage wizards who weren't allowed to use magic outside of school? Did their parents have to clean up after them? Well, as we all know, the "Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery" didn't come into effect until 1875, well after the Wizarding World embraced plumbing.
Perhaps more existentially perplexing is the issue of where all the poop went. When asked where vanished objects disappear to, Professor McGonagall answered that they go "Into nonbeing, which is to say, everything" -- possibly inferring that millennia's worth of wizard s**t has been absorbed into the Universe itself. Which is either beautiful, gross, or both. At the very least, you have to imagine that the majestic halls of Hogwarts smell a lot less fresh than we would have liked to imagine. Though the most dire consequence of all this may fall on the janitorial staff of Universal Studios, whose patrons now have canonical justification for making a public mess after one too many butterbeers.
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