Why are the Weasleys poor? Why would any wizard be? Anything they need, except scarce magical objects, can be obtained by ordering a house elf to do it, or casting a spell, or, in a pinch, making objects like dinner, or a house, assemble themselves. Yet the Weasleys are poor not just by wizard standards, but by ours: they lack things like new clothes and textbooks that should be easily obtainable with a few magic words. Why?A magical world where everyone had everything they wanted and were always at their ease would be either a very dull place or an absolute hell.
Jul 21, 2007
Mr. Weasley is a civil servant
Who has a a stay-at-home wife and a large family, all of whom are attending a very pricey private school. Anyway, the Weasleys aren't poor; they're shabbily genteel. Meagan McArdle finds fault with the economics of Harry Potter.