A VCR, short for videocassette recorder, is a Muggle device that records programming aired on a television in a cassette format and can also play back such tapes, as well as ones released commercially. Dudley Dursley received one of these for his birthday on 29 June, 1991, along with a video camera, which could be used to record movies to play back on such a device. The VCR was one of the items he attempted to pack into his sports bag along with his television and computer prior to the Dursley family's journey to the Railview Hotel and later the Hut-on-the-Rock.
Behind the scenes
- VCRs were in common use in 1991 and at the time of publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone but have since largely been supplanted by devices capable of recording in the DVD format and digital video recorder devices. Some recent readers may be entirely unfamiliar with VCR devices, though they remain in abundant supply secondhand, generally at bargain prices.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)