Podcast Question of the Week – Episode 157

Nice watch, Harry. What did you get, Hermione?

We see in this chapter that Harry receives a watch for his 17th birthday. As Mrs. Weasley explains, this is a traditional gift for wizards who reach adulthood. But what about witches? As we discussed, is there a difference in the gifts that is indicative of wizards being patriarchal, or suggests that they adapted this from (potentially outdated) Muggle customs? Or do witches receive a gift that is just as practical as it is ornamental? When a witch comes of age, just what is the gift that she is given?

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