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10 real-life ways muggles can experience Harry Potter

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 19, 2010, 12:40 p.m.
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Prowl for owls

One of the most magical aspects of Harry's world is the owl post. Owls soar into the Great Hall every morning depositing packages and Daily Prophet subscriptions, and the Hogsmeade post office is home to many breeds — from tawny owls to teeny tiny owls (local deliveries only). Then there's Harry's owl, the faithful snowy white Hedwig. Who wouldn't want a beautiful pet bird that delivers birthday cakes and magically knows everyone's address?

That's the line of thought for many Potter fans who have bought pet owls only to learn that they're actually wild animals that require a great deal of care. In their quest to live a bit of the fantasy, they end up neglecting or abandoning their new pets, and India's disappearing owls have made international headlines.

The best way spend some time with these majestic creatures is to do a little bird watching or even attract them to your yard and help them set up a home. With just a little work, you'll soon have owls swooping through your yard just like they do on the grounds of Hogwarts.