I know that this kind of question seems to stupid, but in the wizarding world, there is no such thing as 'computers' or 'printers'.

Honestly, after reading every books of Harry Potter, there is no interesting fact of how they publish newspapers same with the books. Of course, newspapers won't come to readers as handwritten, it'll be unpleasant. And same with the books?

How do they manage those kind of things, unless they use Muggle stuff?


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Wizards use magically-operated printing presses.

Luna was not there: the thing that was making such a racket was a wooden object covered in magically turning cogs and wheels. It looked like the bizarre offspring of a workbench and a set of old shelves, but after a moment Harry deduced that it was an old-fashioned printing press due to the fact that it was churning out Quibblers.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter Twenty: Xenophilius Lovegood

It's not entirely clear from the text if they're using offset printing (the kind that prints from a negative) or movable type (the kind where you use letter blocks) but it seems likely that it's the former given the presence of rollers. In the film you can clearly see that it's a roller-printer.

On top of that, pictures in muggle newspapers don't typically move so there's probably something magical in the ink used.

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The Ministry uses magic to assemble pamphlets from what appear to be pre-printed sheets of paper

Harry paused to watch them, for the effect was quite mesmerising. They were all waving and twiddling their wands in unison, and squares of coloured paper were flying in every direction like little pink kites. After a few seconds, Harry realised that there was a rhythm to the proceedings, that the papers all formed the same pattern, and after a few more seconds he realised that what he was watching was the creation of pamphlets, that the paper squares were pages, which when assembled, folded and magicked into place, fell into neat stacks beside each witch or wizard.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Chapter Thirteen: The Muggle-Born Registration Commission

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    Perhaps you could expand your answer by addressing the pamphlet-producers outside Umbridge’s office, in the chapter The Muggle-born Registration Commission, too?
    – chirlu
    Dec 17, 2016 at 13:05
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    BTW, the chapter you are quoting from is titled Xenophilius Lovegood in my edition (Bloomsbury, first edition, 2007; hardcover). What edition do you have?
    – chirlu
    Dec 17, 2016 at 13:10
  • @chirlu - It's the title for the article on pottermore that contains the quote; pottermore.com/book-extract-long/a-visit-to-the-lovegoods
    – Valorum
    Dec 17, 2016 at 13:14

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