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16 Ways The 'Harry Potter' Universe Is More Messed Up Than It Seems

List RulesVote up the ways in which the 'HP' universe is even more intense than it already appears.

There's no doubt the Harry Potter universe suffers from a lack of logic, such as keeping the entrance to the Hogwarts Express in broad daylight and punishing students for being out of bed by sending them to the Forbidden Forest. Still, there's enough magical explanation for all these things that fans accept the dangers the characters have to face. However, there are plenty of things that seem horrifying when provided the proper context.

Discussion topics that are unaddressed in the Wizarding World will make the Muggle world seem tame by comparison. After checking these out, you'll realize being a witch or wizard doesn't sound promising in the slightest, and you'll probably be glad you're safely away from the messed-up magical world.

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    The Ministry Can Throw People Into Jail Without Trials

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Sirius Black is wrongfully accused by Peter Pettigrew of revealing James and Lily Potter's location to Voldemort, and Pettigrew fakes his demise to make it appear as if Sirius has felled him. Sirius is sentenced to Azkaban without a trial - he isn't given a lawyer, nor do authorities even investigate the scene of the wrongdoing. Instead, they pin the blame entirely on an innocent man, who is pardoned 15 years later only after his demise. 

    In the Wizarding World, for Sirius at least, there doesn't seem to be any concept of due process or considering someone innocent until proven guilty, suggesting a wizard can be sent to the Dementors based on an accusation.

    Messed up?
  • 2

    The Ministry Actively Committed Crimes Against Humanity By Tormenting Azkaban Inmates

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The very mention of Azkaban sends shivers up every character's spine in the Harry Potter series. That's because they know the Ministry seals convicted prisoners into a place where they're tormented every single second.

    With the Dementors around all the time and feeding on their misery, nearly every inmate goes insane in Azkaban through prolonged exposure. Worse still is that all of this is commonly known, with the Ministry essentially feeding humans to creatures of horrifying proportions. 

    Before Kingsley Shacklebolt reforms Azkaban in 1998 by removing all the Dementors, no one thinks to question the ethics of sending a human being to a place that is basically hell on Earth. Overall, it makes the Ministry out to be cold and ruthless to subject people to this treatment. 

    At least the Muggle world (in most countries) has laws preventing such transgressions against humanity in prison.

    Messed up?
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    Wizards Didn't Use Toilets Until The 18th Century

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    It's been confirmed that the concept of plumbing was accepted by wizards only by the 18th century, before which they would do their business wherever they were standing, then make the droppings vanish through magic.

    This opens up the gruesome fact that magical folk had no care for privacy, either. Because there were no toilets, people who gathered together in places like offices and schools would openly evacuate their bowels while everybody watched. 

    Messed up?
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    Animal Cruelty Is Rampant

    Photo: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Some wizards have little respect for animals, treating them as disposable creatures rather than living beings. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Draco Malfoy provokes the Hippogriff Buckbeak to go after him, yet it is Buckbeak who is sentenced to have his head chopped off while Malfoy has a laugh about it.

    Gringotts bank keeps a dragon under the building to guard the vaults, but the creature is constantly physically maltreated, to the point where it is terrified by the sound of clankers because it expects to be harmed upon hearing them. 

    At one point, Severus Snape intends to poison Neville Longbottom's pet toad in front of the whole class simply because Neville doesn't prepare the right potion. After Hermione discreetly helps Neville fix his mistake, Snape is angered that the toad doesn't perish and punishes Hermione instead.

    In school, 11-year-olds are taught in Transfiguration class to test their spells on their pets and turn them into inanimate objects.

    Overall, some wizards don't seem to see anything wrong with doling out pain and even death to animals.

    Messed up?