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'''''The Philosophy of the Mundane: Why the Muggles Prefer Not to Know''''' is a book written by [[Professor]] [[Mordicus Egg]]. Published in [[1960s|1963]], the book examines the [[Muggle]] tendency to be able to ignore magical happenings, even with the most flimsy of excuses.
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'''''The Philosophy of the Mundane: Why the Muggles Prefer Not to Know''''' is a book written by [[Professor]] [[Mordicus Egg]]. Published in [[1960s|1963]], the book examines the [[Muggle]] tendency to ignore [[magic]]al happenings, even with the most flimsy of excuses. It is sold at [[Flourish and Blotts]].
   
Among the subjects covered within the book is the reasoning behind why Muggles will accept they have misheard when accidentally tuning into a [[Wizardkind|wizarding]] [[Wireless|radio]] station easier than accepting they have hallucinated seeing a wizarding [[television]] programme.<ref>''[[Pottermore]]''</ref> It is also pointed out in this work that Muggles in love generally do not betray their husbands or wives, and Muggles who fall out of love are jeered at by their own community when they assert that their estranged partner is a witch or wizard — those are reasons why [[Muggle]]/[[wizardkind|wizard]] marriages have not led to widespread discovery of the hidden magical community.<ref name="pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book2/chapter7/moment1/pure-blood New from J.K. Rowling: Pure-Blood]</ref>
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== Contents ==
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Among the subjects covered within the book is the reasoning behind why Muggles will find it easier to accept they have misheard something when accidentally tuning into a [[Wizardkind|wizarding]] [[Wireless|radio]] station than accept they have hallucinated seeing a wizarding [[television]] programme.<ref>''[[Pottermore]]''</ref>
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It is also pointed out in this work that Muggles in love with [[wizardkind|wizards]] generally do not betray their husbands or wives, and Muggles who fall out of love are jeered at by their own community when they assert that their estranged partner is a witch or wizard. The work states that those are reasons why [[Muggle]]/[[wizardkind|wizard]] marriages have not led to widespread discovery of the hidden magical community.<ref name="pottermore">''[[Pottermore]]'' - [http://www.pottermore.com/en/book2/chapter7/moment1/pure-blood New from J.K. Rowling: Pure-Blood]</ref>
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*The three faces on the book's cover are a variant on the [[Wikipedia:Three wise monkeys|three wise monkeys]] done with [[human]] (presumably Muggle) faces in place of monkeys. As the original three monkeys represent seeing, hearing, and speaking no evil respectively, it can be assumed the faces are meant to symbolize how Muggles neither see, hear of, nor speak of the [[wizarding world]].
 
*The three faces on the book's cover are a variant on the [[Wikipedia:Three wise monkeys|three wise monkeys]] done with [[human]] (presumably Muggle) faces in place of monkeys. As the original three monkeys represent seeing, hearing, and speaking no evil respectively, it can be assumed the faces are meant to symbolize how Muggles neither see, hear of, nor speak of the [[wizarding world]].
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[[File:PhilosophyOfTheMundane.png|right|thumb|The book as seen in the film (with [[Jodie Pritchard]] listed as author)]]
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*In the [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|film adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', the prop used to represent this book in the [[Flourish and Blotts]] sequence erroneously presented the author as [[Jodie Pritchard]].<ref name="HPLE">''[[Harry Potter Limited Edition]]'' - ''A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films'' (see [[:File:PhilosophyOfTheMundane.png|this image]])</ref> However Jodie could merely have been publishing that version of the book.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''
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*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]'' {{1st mention}}
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*''[[Pottermore]]''
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==

Latest revision as of 15:05, December 13, 2014

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The Philosophy of the Mundane: Why the Muggles Prefer Not to Know
Publication information
Author

Professor Mordicus Egg

Released

1963

Publisher

Dust & Mildewe

"Theories on why Muggles don't notice magic."
—Description[src]

The Philosophy of the Mundane: Why the Muggles Prefer Not to Know is a book written by Professor Mordicus Egg. Published in 1963, the book examines the Muggle tendency to ignore magical happenings, even with the most flimsy of excuses. It is sold at Flourish and Blotts.

Contents Edit

Among the subjects covered within the book is the reasoning behind why Muggles will find it easier to accept they have misheard something when accidentally tuning into a wizarding radio station than accept they have hallucinated seeing a wizarding television programme.[1]

It is also pointed out in this work that Muggles in love with wizards generally do not betray their husbands or wives, and Muggles who fall out of love are jeered at by their own community when they assert that their estranged partner is a witch or wizard. The work states that those are reasons why Muggle/wizard marriages have not led to widespread discovery of the hidden magical community.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The three faces on the book's cover are a variant on the three wise monkeys done with human (presumably Muggle) faces in place of monkeys. As the original three monkeys represent seeing, hearing, and speaking no evil respectively, it can be assumed the faces are meant to symbolize how Muggles neither see, hear of, nor speak of the wizarding world.
PhilosophyOfTheMundane

The book as seen in the film (with Jodie Pritchard listed as author)

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Pottermore
  2. Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: Pure-Blood
  3. Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films (see this image)


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