Owl post

Owl Post

Vernon: "What does she mean, 'the normal way'?""
Harry: "Normal for us, you know, owl post. That's what's normal for wizards."
Vernon: "How many times do I have to tell you not to mention that unnaturalness under my roof?"
— Harry Potter irritates his uncle by mentioning owl post inside 4 Privet Drive

Owl post is a wizarding system of sending messages or items using owls as the carriers. Besides the Owl Post Office, individuals and organisations with their own owls use them as their mail bearers — owls are employed by wizards in such numbers that is estimated that virtually all of them are either the property of the Postal Service or individual wizards.[1] Harry Potter's owl, Hedwig, was used as his primary means of communicating with his friends and his godfather, Sirius Black. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry had a number of owls that anyone at the school could use. They, along with students' personal owls, were kept in the Owlery.


Fred Weasley and George Weasley conducted much of their business for Weasley's Wizard Wheezes via an owl order service.

In 1995, the British Ministry of Magic enacted several laws regarding censorship of owl post.

It is also noted that owls can address 'real owners' under pen-names, as Hedwig did this as he wrote 'Padfoot' or 'Snuffles' and Hedwig successfully delivered these to Sirius Black. Though Harry might have said who to send it to, thus owls might be capable understanding of human speech.

Use of owls

Post owls are quite intelligent, and can usually find their mail's recipient with little to no direction.

Other birds can be used for delivering messages. Sirius Black, while in hiding, sent unspecified tropical birds as message carriers while communicating with Harry Potter, leading Harry to speculate that Sirius was hiding in a warmer environment than England. However, the preponderant bird used for messaging was the owl. Muggles have their own form of post and therefore do not use owls, nor were they generally aware that owls or other birds could be used for correspondence.

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