Today marks the birthday of two very important characters in 21st-century popular culture: Harry Potter and his creator, J.K. Rowling. Whether you consider the Harry Potter series a classic for the ages, a guilty, mind-candy read, or an over-hyped amateur attempt at children’s literature, you can’t argue that the books fail to create a well-realized alternate reality. Rowling crafts a whole universe that is stunningly complex, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some quirks about the magical wizarding world that still don’t entirely make sense to us. We’ve gathered some of the most enduringly baffling Harry Potter mysteries after the jump.
How can wizards co-exist with Christianity?
Christmas transcends the magic/non-magic divide and is celebrated by wizards and Muggles alike. So we’re wondering how the concepts of God, miracles, and Jesus play into the world of magic. When you can turn water into wine, go back in time, and resurrect yourself as a ghost or a talking headmaster portrait, do Jesus and the saints’ miracles seem all that, well miraculous?