Things I wonder about: Harry Potter edition
Why do some illnesses only affect witches and wizards? Dragon Pox, for one. How is it that only magical folk get it? Is there some mutation in the DNA that allows for magic that also makes you susceptible to new diseases? Have wizards looked into this connection? Are there magical illness vaccines? Is there a Wizarding CDC? How did these diseases originate? Is St. Mungo’s the only hospital in the whole of wizarding England? Do you have to go to Wizarding Medical School? Are there Wizarding scientists who study the links between illness and magical ability? Can Squibs get wizarding illnesses? How do they discover cures? Do they just experiment with spells and potions or are there laboratories where the organisms are studied? How do the organisms spread and proliferate? What characteristics do they have? Are they harmless to muggles, or invisible entirely? How do these illnesses survive when most of the world’s population is non-magical? Are they gram-negative or positive? Are they even vector-borne diseases or just spells and hexes that somehow took on a life of their own???
Do wizards get colds? The flu? Are magical children vaccinated? Are wizards and witches even susceptible to the same diseases muggles can contract? Does the wizarding gene negate some diseases but cause a susceptibility to others? Do wizards have to take their children to the hospital? Do the healers at St. Mungos know how to medically treat life-threatening diarrheal diseases in infants, or do they just cure it with a spell/potion? Is there anyone educating young wizards and witches about STDs? Do they even need to? How do basic health systems work in the wizarding community?????
How do muggle-borns with ‘visible” disabilities function at/after Hogwarts? Do they get magical cures? If so, what do they tell their friends and family back home? How do you explain suddenly not needing a wheelchair after years of paralysis? Do they refuse the cure because their disabled friends back home won’t have access to the same cure and they morally object to lying to them about their “treatment?” Are wizards and witches just immune to birth defects and visible disabilities? What about deaf or blind witches/wizards? Do they exist? Are they just automatically cured whenever parents realize their child is blind or deaf? Are there wheelchair ramps at Hogwarts? Do physically disabled muggleborns use magical interventions at school and then go back to muggle treatments at home? HOW DOES THIS WORK???????????