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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:24 am    Post subject: Music in the Wizarding World Reply with quote

So, you've come to Hogwarts, and you think you'll be taking your shiny new iPod. Well, sadly, thats not going to work. First of all, unmodified Muggle technologies don't work in high-magic environments. Secondly, the Ministry of Magic prevents the alteration of Muggle technologies under the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Act.

So, basically, you're stuck with the technologies that have leaked into, or been created by, the Wizarding World.

1. Wizard Radio. Wizard Radio is indistinguishable from Muggle radio, on the surface, but it only picks up Wizard stations. You an hear the latest hits in the Wizarding World with one of these, or the pop music of preceding generations, on the oldies stations.

2. Turntable. The Gramophone was adopted by enough Pureblood families that they were able to pressure the Ministry into adopting it, in much the way that the camera was passed on. Thus, you can listen to records.

3. WizardOne Player This is the Wizarding equivalent of an MP3 player, but it does not play MP3s, or any other Muggle recognisable electronic format. It is, after all, not electronic. The WP1 format is supported only by magical music-playing devices, and new Wizarding music is almost always released in this format. To get Muggle music in WP1, it must be imported form outside the UK, since altering the format of Muggle music inside the UK is a Wizarding crime.
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