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What in Harry Potter did you think was magic but later found out was just British?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Sorrows, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. Sorrows

    Sorrows Queen of the Flamingos Moderator DLP Gold Supporter

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    So this question popped up on Reddit today and it made me kind of curious. Harry Potter was a world-wide phenomenon and most of those initial kids who read the books were young enough that you might not of heard of some parts of another culture and just figured it was a made-up magic thing.

    Of course as a British person I don't actually have anything to add. Though I only found out recently that Butterbeer was an actual Tudor drink.
     
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    aAlouda Seventh Year

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    The incompetent and corrupt Government, I was too naive then to understand that they were clearly based on how real Governments are like.
     
  3. Archinist

    Archinist Hαn Sαlsæd First

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    Treacle tarts
     
  4. Ankan

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    School houses

    Prefects

    Head boy/girl

    School uniform
     
  5. FitzDizzyspells

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    I was waaaaaay too old before I realized that "Keeper" was not just a Quidditch position.

    I can just barely muster enough interest in the teams that play in the (American) cities I live in, so I'm not exactly watching a ton of soccer.

    "Keeper" sounded exactly like the other positions that JKR had made up — Seeker, Beater, Chaser — so imagine my surprise the first time I heard a goalie referred to as a "Keeper." I was probably, like, 20 years old when I realized this, lol.
     
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    Majube Unspeakable

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    Prefects, I didn't realise they were a real life thing until I went to high school where mine had them. They only organised school events though.
     
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    Faun Third Year

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    Mostly food stuff. From the names I couldn't tell if those dishes were real or made up.
     
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    Silirt Headmaster DLP Supporter

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    There were a couple different accents in the movies(one was West Country) that I had no idea existed in real life. The books were worse about it, though. When I was a child, my father read the books to my brother and me, and we couldn't understand Hagrid's voice. He insisted that it was written exactly as he was pronouncing it, and I had to look at the page myself. Eventually we just decided it was giant talk, though after a few years of watching people from the British Isles with accents that made Antonio Banderas sound like an audiobook, I realized people actually talked like that.
     
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    Shepard's Pie. I had no idea that savory pies were actually a thing back when I first read the books. I thought it was as made up as pumpkin juice.
     
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    Sadly, pumpkin juice is a thing.
     
  11. Genghiz Khan

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    Like, as a regular drink? Get out.
     
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    Paradise Paraplegic Dice DLP Supporter

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    Yeah it's real. Also for me its school kids going to pubs on weekends. Always just associated pub and bar as the same thing. Turns out they are different.
     
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    Taure Magical Core Enthusiast ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    Well... though meat pies are very much a thing, shepherd's pie isn't actually one of them. It's a layer of mince with a layer of mashed potato on top - kinda like lasagne, only with potato instead of pasta. There's no pastry involved.

    Or hockey, apparently :p
     
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    To be fair, the fellow in hockey is a goaltender or goalie. I've never read, heard or seen anyone call them a keeper. And I consume a lot of hockey.
     
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    In practice in your own life, or in theory?

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    I’m loving some of the things that I did not realise were not well-understood things, like Hagrids Yerkshur accent. And the corollaries - Americans don’t have Christmas crackers?

    In an equivalent American based series, I’m curious how many things I still have totally misunderstood or misimagined.
     
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  17. BTT

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    The money. I thought sickles, Knuts and Galleons were wacky until I realized that that was how British money used to work until fairly recently.
     
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    Americans do not have Christmas crackers, no. I had totally believed those were a magical thing, like chocolate frogs or whatever, up until I actually visited the UK for Christmas a few years later.
     
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    ...well. I just learned Christmas crackers are real.
     
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    I learned about Christmas Crackers a couple years ago. Someone shipped me a whole box of them, but yeah, before that it was the thing I assumed was magical.

    I always assumed the Pumpkin juice in canon was different to what I've had in real life.
     
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