Hypothetical.

There is a massive catastrophe that wipes out much of the human race. 10,000 years in the future humans are abundant again in the world and have achieved the level of technology we have today. One major difference. There is no religion just science and reason.

By some odd chance archeologists will find the 7 Harry Potter books in every dig of every residence. And only the 7 harry potter books. All other books were destroyed.

What will they think of our world?

Discuss.

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Comment by Matthew F. on July 27, 2009 at 6:25am
I was expecting more creativity from this community. Perhaps I should have left out the part about the future humans having just science. Had the same discussion with folks offline that was pretty fun.
Comment by Joey on July 25, 2009 at 9:08pm
At least they didn't find a bible? ;)

With only science and reason, I'm not sure it could remain buried for that amount of time. Half our planet hate science with a passion and we still dig up every stick we can find.

It's written in such a way they'd obviously think it was a work of fiction. The scary part is they might think it was a work of fiction that had large amounts of social commentary written into it. (If it does, it's unintentional and rare.)

It's doubtful they'd think we believed in magic and fairies, since they'd have no real frame of reference for that. Unlike us, they wouldn't have had the "benefit" of growing up in a world where so many people couldn't grasp the difference between real and make believe.

So they'd either rapidly realize it's fiction, think us all insane, or both. Both really isn't far from the truth, but it isn't Harry Potter's fault.
Comment by Matthew F. on July 25, 2009 at 4:49pm
Let me dumb it down for you. How will they know it is fantasy?

10,000 years in the future archeologists will find the 7 Harry Potter books in every dig of every residence. What will they think?

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