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A television is a technological device used to receive and observe images and sound sent from far away.

Muggles use them for entertainment and information acquiring purposes. Most Muggle homes have at least one set, and there is most likely no wizarding world equivalent.[1] Despite this, there was an attempt to create a wizarding television network in the early 1980s, but it was shot down by the British Ministry of Magic. The reasoning behind this was that the broadcast signal of a wizarding television network could have been accidentally picked up by Muggle televisions, causing severe breaches to the Statute of Secrecy. Some wizards felt this did not make sense, as there were multiple wizarding radio channels. So, therefore, a television channel should also be allowed. In response, the ministry proclaimed that Muggles accidentally catching snippets of wizarding radio would dismiss this far easier as their imagination compared to Muggles accidentally tuning in on a wizarding television channel.[2]

In 1991, Harry Potter was allowed to watch television during a visit with Arabella Figg.[3]

Dudley Dursley regularly enjoyed watching television programmes such as The Great Humberto and became distressed if away from the television for too long.[4] He broke his first ever television set by kicking it, following the cancellation of his favourite programme.[4] For the summer holidays, he was given a second television to replace it.

In 1993, the Durselys got a new television for the kitchen as a welcome-home-for-the-summer present for Dudley.[5] Dudley was also rather distracted by the television during the Dursley's dinner with Aunt Marge.

Harry Potter was found by his aunt and uncle, hiding in a large hydrangea bush one evening while listening to the television for news about the mysterious events surrounding Lord Voldemort's return. He was unlucky, however, only hearing things such as news about a Spanish baggage-handlers' strike, an advertisement for Fruit 'n' Bran and fluff news about a water-skiing budgerigar.[6]

A television was owned by the Luchino Caffe.

A television is found in a secret room at Hogwarts showing a rabbit.[7]

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Notes and references

  1. Question 13 on the second W.O.M.B.A.T.
  2. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Technology" at Pottermore
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 2 (Aunt Marge's Big Mistake)
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 1 (Dudley Demented)
  7. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4