Unanswerable Question Of The Day

Why didn’t Harry Potter use magic to fix his eyesight?

I got into bed the other night with a pot of tea, a book, and my glasses, ready to settle in for a couple of hours of indulgence. The book was printed with a smaller font than the average bear, so rather than squinting, up I got and toddled off to the study to rummage for a stronger pair of glasses.

Once I was all snug again I looked at the page without my glasses and saw nothing but a blur.

I’m so used to looking through glasses these days that it was a bit of a shock. I’m sure it was only a few years ago when my eyesight was perfect.

I reflected, with a sort of enigmatic melancholy, on the passage of time and how I would if I could, and without a moment’s hesitation use magic to fix my eyesight.

And so I wondered … why didn’t Harry Potter use magic to fix his eyesight?

Not having immediate access to JK Rowling, I put the thought away, poured myself a cup of tea (after I put my glasses on) and got on with my book.

Turns out the question is answerable via the ‘magic’ of the interwebz, a reddit thread, and ‘beatskin’ who posted this six years ago …

When a fan asked J.K. Rowling why Harry Potter wears glasses, Rowling answered: “Because I had glasses all though my childhood and I was sick and tired of the person in the books who wore the glasses was always the brainy one and it really irritated me and I wanted to read about a hero wearing glasses. It also has a symbolic function, Harry is the eyes onto the books in the sense that is always Harry’s point of view, so there was also that, you know, facet of him wearing glasses”.

There you have it.

My glasses all have wire or black plastic rims. I would rock a pair like these!


18 comments on “Unanswerable Question Of The Day

  1. Easy. No LASIK in those days. Magic is nothing compared to science. Mwahahahaha!

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  2. jenanita01 says:

    The tipping point for me, was when I had to wear my glasses to cook!

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  3. Great question! One of the challenges with writing magic that can do just about anything, is why didn’t it do….? But I like Rowling’s answer too: “Because I wanted it that way!”

    I’m a full-time, black-rimmed glasses-wearer too. Although sometimes they’re so smudged that I can see better without them. 😀

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  4. bone&silver says:

    Losing my 20/20 vision has been one of the hardest things to adjust to as I age… I remember stubbornly holding out, REFUSING to get them, even though I could only read for 15 mins before feeling like I was squinting so much… once I got my reading glasses, I went back to reading all day sometimes: HEAVEN! But now I’m noticing it is easier to cook when I have them on… and to clean the bathroom too *sighs

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  5. A.S. Akkalon says:

    What an excellent answer. I’m glad you got to the bottom of it. Given how many kids are teased about it at school, why not more heroes who wear glasses?

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    • Widdershins says:

      It was one of his more endearing traits. He didn’t even think of repairing his glasses for himself. Mr Weasley did it in the books and Hermoine did it in the movie. Just goes to show we all have our blind spots where our talents are concerned. 😀

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  6. Love Rowling even more! My glasses have gotten bad that I have to take them off to read the small print, bringing the material about a pen’s length from my nose. Thick books need to rest on my chest somehow. I know, I know, it’s not my glasses, but my eyes that are shot. So said the Husband.

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  7. There are probably Ministry of Magic rules against this sort of thing, you see in the film most people don’t go around changing their appearance 🙂

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