Have you ever wondered where wizards and witches in the world of Harry Potter used the bathroom before modern plumbing? Us neither. Despite our lack of interest in the subject, J.K. Rowling has answered it for us anyway via Pottermore.com. The Pottermore Twitter page tweeted out on January 4th, “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.” For muggles (non-magic people), modern plumbing greatly developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries while the fictional magic school of Hogwarts was supposedly founded in A.D. 990. That’s quite a few years without bathrooms!

Though plumbing has been around for several centuries, apparently magical folks were unaware of it as they would just go wherever they felt like and would vanish the evidence. As certain websites have pointed out, several questions abound, and many have been asked on Twitter. What did young wizards who didn’t know the spell do? Where does it get vanished to? Did wizards know about outhouses? Of course, this is fictional so there are no answers to these questions, but this new information has caused quite a stir. And though the idea of being able to vanish stuff sounds cool, there’s a reason they switched to modern plumbing. It truly is an amazing invention that has forever changed the world for the better. Just think, we too can be wizards! Pushing down the toilet handle basically is our form of a vanishing spell.

That’s where we at Apex come in. If you’ve ever dealt with a backed-up sewer or a broken water line, you know the results can be disastrous. It can make you wish you knew a vanishing spell as waste often ends up in unwanted places. Don’t put up with poor plumbing or broken sewer or water lines. We may not be able to vanish waste ourselves, but we can certainly install, repair, or replace the pipes that do vanish it. So if you’re in need of a sewer repair or water line replacement, contact Apex today!

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