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Read an article on Harry Potter.  In which the author asked why the wizarding world didn't have TV.

Duh. Because the images would go walking around and vanishing and maybe even talking to you instead of saying their lines.

though, actually, the mobile pictures of the wizarding world might be fun but they aren't very useful for the basic purposes of pictures. Suppose you actually wanted a photograph of your family to show people. It would be awkward if one child's image was shy and ran off. And for historical purposes, you want an illustration that doesn't stop depicting what you want.

Sculpture can be stationary. why not flat images? How much magic does it take to do what Muggles can do with mere chemistry?


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Nov. 15th, 2015 09:47 am (UTC)
I assumed that they can, they just don't want to. After all, the class can be instructed to make a drawing of a Bowtruckle, and it's not described as trying to escape from the page it's drawn on.

I re-read Order of the Phoenix recently, and was struck by how broken the plot would be by smartphones. The whole thing hangs on communications difficulties that I wonder if the smartphone generation will start to find a little baffling.
Nov. 15th, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
The thing is, Harry can tell that the photos in Sirius's room were Muggle because they did not move. I find it improbable that they always did not want except for those drawings -- especially since it therefore probably took some magic (as opposed to being an ambient effect).
Nov. 17th, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
The sad and solemn secret of Elfland, of which Hogwarts is an outpost, is that the fay-folk lack one great and awful power given to us Muggles by our Creator: the power of ‘Thou Shalt Not’. So it is for us to say, ‘I make a photographic image of thee, and thou shalt not walk out of it.’ When we tell a thing to stay put, it stays, backed by the colossal power of Nature and Nature’s God. It is because the fairies have not this power that all fairy-gold turns back to dust.
Nov. 17th, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)
Oh! now it makes perfect sense!
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