The birth rate question got me thinking...

One reason birth rates have dropped in "the real world" is because of the Industrial Revolution. We simply didn't need as many children around for labor any more. And thanks to modern medicine, the children we had lived longer and didn't need replacing as often.

We know through the books and stuff on Pottermore that magic has developed over time (can't cite specific examples, sorry). But do we know if there has ever been a "Magical Revolution" akin to the Industrial Revolution?

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    i would offer the creation of hogworts as a similar event at least for the british wizards. all wizards in the UK then for the next 1000 years are offered a standardized education, which can foster increased knowledge from the whole country, instead of individual wizards learning new ways to do things, but never telling anyone. – Himarm Oct 6 '16 at 12:57
  • But what proportion of wizards attend wizarding school? I have a feeling there was a question on that. – Matt Gutting Oct 6 '16 at 14:26
  • Since I'm not getting any answers, should I broaden my answer to include "or Magical Renaissance"? Or would that be "too broad"? @MattGutting, I think you're right about there being a question about that. – miltonaut Oct 8 '16 at 0:01
  • I suspect the first magical revolution was when first wand was created. But have no proof for that. – janisz Feb 12 '17 at 1:43
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    Calling it a "magical Renaissance" would at least make the question clearer. When I saw the question "Was there ever a magical revolution in the Harry Potter universe?" I actually thought it meant some sort of war. I figured maybe it was about if wizards ever tried to revolt against Muggles or the Statute of Secrecy requiring them to hide, or if Muggles tried to revolt against (or kill off) wizards. I was picturing like the French Revolution or the American Revolution, not the Industrial Revolution. The way you phrased it is perfectly logical, but I could see how it might confuse people. – Bellatrix Apr 6 '17 at 13:03

That's not exactly correct. Real-world population trends have (generally) 4 stages. Credit to Kurzgesagt

Stage 1: Death

 Lot of babies are born, but poor medicine/sanitation/nutrition kills many

Stage 2: Population Growth

 Lot of babies are born, and advancements save a majority of them

Stage 3: Slowdown

 Less babies die, so families have less babies

Stage 4: Stability

 Birth and Death Rates Stabilize

The Industrial Revolution didn't start Stage 2 and then push it through Stages 3 and 4. Instead, it was medical advances like germ theory and nutritional advances such as pasteurization that kick-started the process from stage 1 to 2 and then onward.

In the Magical World, there would need to be a powerful change in the study and treatment of magical diseases and magical food creation. Maybe it was the creation of the Essence of Dittany, advances in Herbology, theory of healing potions/spells or the discovery of the exception of Food for Gamp's Law on Elemental Transfiguration.

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