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08 February 2011 @ 11:58 pm
Hmmmmm ...  
Quick question inspired by occasional peculiar comments over the years ...

Poll #1678773 You mean that canon may not include Tunnock's tea cakes?

When you think about the canonical world of Harry Potter, you ...

read it as though it takes place in our real world, just with added magic.
53(42.7%)
read it as though it takes place in a world like ours, but with multiple differences.
21(16.9%)
read it as though it takes place in a world with only superficial similarities to our own.
7(5.6%)
read it as though it takes place in a world very much like ours, but with wholly different popular culture.
4(3.2%)
read it as though it takes place in a world like ours, but with wholly different political culture.
5(4.0%)
read it as though it takes place in a crazy alternate universe where people queue and eat spotted dick.
2(1.6%)
I was going to tick the box immediately above this as a joke, but I really think it's set in a pretty real version of our world.
32(25.8%)
 
 
 
grey_hunter on February 9th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
For the wizards depicted in the books, the Muggle world is like this whole other country, and the few who dare venture out of their own little pond seem to be in a constant culture shock. So, yes, I have no trouble imagining that JKR wrote about our world from the POV of a secluded subculture that has no idea or doesn't really care what happens in the world of the non-magical people because they cannot identify with them.