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A computer is a Muggle machine designed to interpret and carry out a string of operations inputted by the user, and is used to store and receive information, as well as for recreation (e.g. Internet, videogames etc.) .[1] The Dursleys owned a computer, which Dudley Dursley often played games on. A photograph at 4 Privet Drive depicted Dudley playing a computer game with his father and on his eleventh birthday in 1991, he received a new computer to replace the old one, as well as sixteen new computer games.[2] It is possible that computers are a Muggle invention that cannot be fully duplicated with magic.[3]

Computers are one of numerous devices that do not work in magical environments such as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry because they are powered by electricity.[4]

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  1. WP favicon Computer on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  3. Question 13 on the second W.O.M.B.A.T.
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)
  5. Raincoast Books interview, available on Accio Quote!
  6. Harry Potter: A Blue Peter Special interview