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{{Quote|Mrs. Weasley had braved the telephone in the village post office to order three ordinary Muggle taxis to take them into London.|-''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]''}}
 
   
A '''telephone''' is a [[Muggle]] device used to communicate long distances, and is powered by electricity. [[Wizardkind|Wizards]], such as [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]], underestimate their abilities, feeling the need to shout into the phone to be heard. The [[wizarding world]] equivalent is [[owl post]] and the [[Floo Network]]. [[Arthur Weasley]] frequently referred to the telephone as a "fellytone." On [[1 November]] [[1981]], [[Vernon Dursley]] made "several important phone calls" while at [[Grunnings]] and later nearly dialed his home number after becoming panicked about the strange activity around him, but thought better of it. Later that day, [[Jim McGuffin]] reported on the [[television]] news that viewers had phoned him about downpours of shooting stars, rather than promised rain. In [[1991]], when [[Harry Potter]] observed [[Rubeus Hagrid]] using owl post to send a letter to [[Albus Dumbledore]], he thought that Hagrid sat down as though what he had done was as normal as talking on the telephone. During the summer holidays of [[1992]], Harry talked with Arthur Weasley about how to use a telephone. Arthur said of the process: "''Fascinating! Ingenious'' really, how many ways Muggles have found of getting along without magic."<ref name="CS4">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', Chapter 4 - (''At Flourish and Blotts'')</ref> In [[1993]], Ronald Weasley attempted a telephone call to Harry Potter, but it went poorly because he shouted into the receiver and mentioned [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] after Vernon Dursley took the call. [[Molly Weasley]] "braved" using a telephone in 1994 to get 3 taxis to escort the [[Weasley family]], [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] to [[King's Cross Station]] in [[London]] to board the [[Hogwarts Express]].
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{{Quote|Mrs. Weasley had braved the telephone in the village post office to order three ordinary Muggle taxis to take them into London.|Mrs Weasley uses the telephone|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire}}
   
A telephone booth is used as the visitor's entrance to the [[British Ministry of Magic]]. Dialing 62442 (telephone number code for "[[magic]]") allows one to make a connection, allowing them to state their business, receive a badge, and then transport down into the Ministry.
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A '''telephone''' is a [[Muggle]] device used to communicate long distances using [[electricity]]. [[Wizardkind|Wizards]] are unfamiliar with this piece of technology, believing that they must shout into the receiver to be heard<ref name="PA1">{{POA}} - Chapter 1 (''Owl Post'')</ref>; consequently, they prefer to use [[owl]]s<ref name="PS8">{{PS}} - Chapter 8 (''The Potions Master'')</ref> and the [[Floo Network]]<ref name="GF11">{{GOF}} - Chapter 11 (''Aboard the Hogwarts Express'')</ref>.
   
In [[1996]], the [[Prime Minister|Prime Minister of Muggles]] was waiting for a telephone call from the [[Foreign President|President]] of a [[foreign country]], but it was arranged for that president to forget and call back on another night.
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==History==
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On [[1 November]], [[1981]], [[Vernon Dursley]] made a number of important phone calls while at [[Grunnings]], his [[drill]] company, and later nearly telephoned his wife [[Petunia Dursley|Petunia]] to tell her about the strange activities of his day, but thought better of it<ref name="PS1">{{PS}} - Chapter 1 (''The Boy Who Lived'')</ref>. A number of people watching [[television]] phoned weatherman [[Jim McGuffin]] about downpours of shooting stars rather than the promised rain<ref name="PS1"/>.
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On [[31 July]] of the same year, when [[Harry Potter]] watched [[Rubeus Hagrid]] using [[owl post]] to send a [[letter]] to [[Albus Dumbledore]], he noted that Hagrid sat down as though what he had done was as normal as talking on the telephone<ref name="PS4">{{PS}} - Chapter 4 (''The Keeper of the Keys'')</ref>.
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On [[6 August]], [[1992]], [[Arthur Weasley]] spoke to Harry on how to use the telephone, which Arthur found rather ingenious and interesting<ref name="CS4">{{COS}} - Chapter 4 (''At Flourish and Blotts'')</ref>.
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On [[31 July]], [[1993]], [[Ronald Weasley]] attempted to make a telephone call to [[4 Privet Drive]], Harry having given he and [[Hermione Granger]] the telephone number for the house at the end of the previous school year<ref name="PA1"/>. It went poorly, however, as like most wizards Ron did not know not to shout into the receiver<ref name="PA1"/>. Hermione also decided not to call as it might have gotten Harry into trouble again, which was unfortunate for Harry because he was sure Hermione would have known not to shout, being a [[muggle-born]]<ref name="PA1"/>.
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That same year, [[Sirius Black]] escaped from [[Azkaban]] and a telephone hotline was established for [[Muggle]]s to report sightings of him<ref name="PA2">{{POA}} - Chapter 2 (''Aunt Marge's Big Mistake'')</ref>. One such Muggle reported to the hotline after seeing Black in [[Dufftown]], which was not too far from [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]], but by the time [[police]] arrived he had left<ref name="PA7">{{POA}} - Chapter 7 (''The Boggart in the Wardrobe'')</ref>.
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On [[16 August]]<ref name="Frankdeath">Harry left for the Weasleys' fourteen days (two weeks) before 1 September; this was 17 August. However, Bryce was murdered the day before Harry left - the 16th.</ref>, [[1994]], a man named [[Frank Bryce]], possessing no telephone of his own, resolved to use a [[telephone booth]] to contact police after hearing the plans of [[Tom Riddle|Lord Voldemort]] but was unable due to his subsequent [[Killing Curse|murder]]<ref name="GF1">{{GOF}} - Chapter 1 (''The Riddle House'')</ref>.
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On [[1 September]] of the same year, [[Molly Weasley]] used a telephone to call three [[taxi]]s to escort the [[Weasley family]] as well as [[Harry Potter]] and [[Hermione Granger]] to [[King's Cross Station]] in [[London]] to board the [[Hogwarts Express]], an action considered brave by her family<ref name="GF11"/>.
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A telephone booth is used as the visitor's entrance to the [[British Ministry of Magic]]. Dialing six-two-four-four-two allows one to make a connection, allowing them to state their business, receive a badge, and then transport down into the Ministry<ref name="OP7">{{OOTP}} - Chapter 7 (''The Ministry of Magic'')</ref>.
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In [[1996]], the [[Prime Minister|Prime Minister of England]] was waiting for a telephone call from the [[Foreign President|President]] of a [[foreign country]], but it was [[Memory Charm|arranged]] for that president to forget and call back on another night so that the [[Minister for Magic]] [[Rufus Scrimgeour]] could speak to him<ref name="HBP1">{{HBP}} - Chapter 1 (''The Other Minister'')</ref>.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*On the main page of the [[J. K. Rowling Official Site]] in the upper right corner was a mobile telephone, prior to the site's April 2012 redesign Punching in 62442 on the phone's keypad (the same combination used to access the visitor's entrance of the Ministry of Magic, and telephone code for "[[Magic]]") caused a brief voice clip of [[J. K. Rowling]] answering the phone to play.
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*On the main page of the [[J. K. Rowling Official Site]] in the upper right corner was a mobile telephone, prior to the site's April 2012 redesign, punching in 62442 on the phone's keypad (the same combination used to access the visitor's entrance of the Ministry of Magic, and telephone code for "[[Magic]]") caused a brief voice clip of [[J. K. Rowling]] answering the phone to play.
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*There also exists such a thing as a [[mobile phone]], also called a cell phone, which can be used to record videos in such a manner as a [[cine-camera]]; the police used video evidence from mobile phones as evidence after the fatal collapse of the [[Millenium Bridge]]<ref name="HPLE">''[[Harry Potter Limited Edition]]''</ref>.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st Mention}}
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)]]''
 
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''
 
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)]]'' {{Possible}} {{C|Briefly}}
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game)]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'' {{C|As telephone booth}}
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]'' {{C|As telephone booth}}
*''[[J. K. Rowling Official Site]]'' {{C|As telephone number}}
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*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{Mention}}
 
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
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==See also==
 
* [[Telephone booth]]
 
 
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"Mrs. Weasley had braved the telephone in the village post office to order three ordinary Muggle taxis to take them into London."
—Mrs Weasley uses the telephone[src]

A telephone is a Muggle device used to communicate long distances using electricity. Wizards are unfamiliar with this piece of technology, believing that they must shout into the receiver to be heard[1]; consequently, they prefer to use owls[2] and the Floo Network[3].

HistoryEdit

On 1 November, 1981, Vernon Dursley made a number of important phone calls while at Grunnings, his drill company, and later nearly telephoned his wife Petunia to tell her about the strange activities of his day, but thought better of it[4]. A number of people watching television phoned weatherman Jim McGuffin about downpours of shooting stars rather than the promised rain[4].

On 31 July of the same year, when Harry Potter watched Rubeus Hagrid using owl post to send a letter to Albus Dumbledore, he noted that Hagrid sat down as though what he had done was as normal as talking on the telephone[5].

On 6 August, 1992, Arthur Weasley spoke to Harry on how to use the telephone, which Arthur found rather ingenious and interesting[6].

On 31 July, 1993, Ronald Weasley attempted to make a telephone call to 4 Privet Drive, Harry having given he and Hermione Granger the telephone number for the house at the end of the previous school year[1]. It went poorly, however, as like most wizards Ron did not know not to shout into the receiver[1]. Hermione also decided not to call as it might have gotten Harry into trouble again, which was unfortunate for Harry because he was sure Hermione would have known not to shout, being a muggle-born[1].

That same year, Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban and a telephone hotline was established for Muggles to report sightings of him[7]. One such Muggle reported to the hotline after seeing Black in Dufftown, which was not too far from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but by the time police arrived he had left[8].

On 16 August[9], 1994, a man named Frank Bryce, possessing no telephone of his own, resolved to use a telephone booth to contact police after hearing the plans of Lord Voldemort but was unable due to his subsequent murder[10].

On 1 September of the same year, Molly Weasley used a telephone to call three taxis to escort the Weasley family as well as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger to King's Cross Station in London to board the Hogwarts Express, an action considered brave by her family[3].

A telephone booth is used as the visitor's entrance to the British Ministry of Magic. Dialing six-two-four-four-two allows one to make a connection, allowing them to state their business, receive a badge, and then transport down into the Ministry[11].

In 1996, the Prime Minister of England was waiting for a telephone call from the President of a foreign country, but it was arranged for that president to forget and call back on another night so that the Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour could speak to him[12].

Behind the scenesEdit

  • On the main page of the J. K. Rowling Official Site in the upper right corner was a mobile telephone, prior to the site's April 2012 redesign, punching in 62442 on the phone's keypad (the same combination used to access the visitor's entrance of the Ministry of Magic, and telephone code for "Magic") caused a brief voice clip of J. K. Rowling answering the phone to play.
  • There also exists such a thing as a mobile phone, also called a cell phone, which can be used to record videos in such a manner as a cine-camera; the police used video evidence from mobile phones as evidence after the fatal collapse of the Millenium Bridge[13].

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 1 (Owl Post)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 8 (The Potions Master)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 11 (Aboard the Hogwarts Express)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 4 (The Keeper of the Keys)
  6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter 4 (At Flourish and Blotts)
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 2 (Aunt Marge's Big Mistake)
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 7 (The Boggart in the Wardrobe)
  9. Harry left for the Weasleys' fourteen days (two weeks) before 1 September; this was 17 August. However, Bryce was murdered the day before Harry left - the 16th.
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 1 (The Riddle House)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
  13. Harry Potter Limited Edition

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