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Professor Tibble

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The next term of Hogwarts is set in the academic year 1974-37. Although it’s not so far back that the world of that time is completely unfamiliar to us today, there are a number of differences. Some of them don’t really matter so much to wizards, but most of you will deal with the muggle world at least occasionally! Here are some things you might want to consider (a post on 1937 will follow in due course):

The Troubles
America has finally pulled out of Vietnam… but Britain had problems of its own.

Starting in 1969, terrorists on both sides of the divided community in Northern Ireland have begun killing those with a different religion, and armed soldiers are patrolling the streets.

A cycle of bloody vengeance rolled across the province. Shops, restaurants, and pubs were bombed; the aim being to murder anyone who might belong to the wrong religion, and whose ancestors might have done something bad 300 years before. In this year, bombing outside of Northern Ireland, on the 'mainland' began to escalate as never before, with a number of attacks, including the bloodiest of them all, killing 21 people in pub bombings in England's second city, Birmingham.

In 1974, a total of 294 people were murdered in terrorist or sectarian attacks, bringing the total death toll to over 1,000.

There is no internet yet, and few of the other things we would associated with modern computers. Basic video games were available in amusement arcades, however, and the first personal computers had just come onto the market. With ¼ k memory, and no hard disc (they hadn't been invented yet) you couldn't really do anything with them, except practice some really basic computer programming.

There were a whole three TV channels to pick from – BBC1, BBC2, and ITV (the latter had advertising). Although all TV is now made in colour, black-and-white sets are still around.

There was also this:

In 1974, there were four national radio stations in Britain. Radio 1 was dedicated to playing pop music, while the other stations covered older music and news. However, radio advertising had recently been legalised, and a number of local commercial stations had been established, mostly in the major cities.

Films released in 1974 include Blazing Saddles, Chinatown, Dark Star, The Four Musketeers, The Gambler, The Godfather Part II, Gone in 60 Seconds (the original version…), The Great Gatsby, The Man with the Golden Gun, Murder on the Orient Express, The Odessa File, The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Towering Inferno, and Young Frankenstein.

Books published in 1974 include: The Dogs of War, Frederick Forsyth; Carrie, Stephen King; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, John Le Carré; Porterhouse Blue, Tom Sharpe; Jaws, Peter Benchley; All the President's Men, Carl Bernstein & Bob Woodward; the original rulebook for Dungeons & Dragons, Gary Gygax & Dave Arneson.

The great success that British music had enjoyed in the Sixties was beginning to fade, but the 1970s were seeing a diversification in music that had never happened before. In the previous decade, some people might prefer the Beatles to the Stones, but most people listened to both. From now on, as new musical genres burst into being, that sort of thing became increasingly uncommon.

There are no CDs yet, of course, but you can listen to music on the radio, or on a record or cassette player.

Songs of 1974 included: 'Waterloo', Abba; 'You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet', Bachman-Turner Overdrive; 'Rebel Rebel', David Bowie; 'Cat's in the Cradle', Harry Chapin; 'I Shot the Sheriff', Eric Clapton; 'Kung Fu Fighting', Carl Douglas; 'Summer Breeze', The Isley Brothers; 'Seasons in the Sun', Terry Jacks; 'Don't Let the Sun go Down on Me', Elton John; 'Sweet Home Alabama', Lynyrd Skynyrd; 'Band on the Run', Paul McCartney & Wings; 'Streets of London', Ralph McTell; 'The Joker', Steve Miller; 'Tiger Feet', Mud; 'Lonely This Christmas', Mud; Tubular Bells, Mike Oldfield; 'Billy, Don't Be a Hero', Paper Lace;  'Killer Queen', Queen; 'The Most beautiful Girl', Charlie Rich; 'It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like it)', The Rolling Stones; 'Sugar Baby Love', The Rubetters; 'Down Down', Status Quo; 'Ricky Don't Lose that Number', Steely Dan; 'Eviva España', Sylvia; 'The Wombling Song', The Wombles; and…

Tibble’s Vote for Best Song of 1974: 'Sweet Home Alabama', Lynyrd Skynyrd

By the mid '70s, fashions, especially among the young, had become quite extravagant, perhaps best illustrated by glam rock bands such as T Rex, Slade, and the Sweet. Men wore wide, flared, trousers, brightly coloured 'kipper' ties and shirts, and jackets with wide lapels. Men's hair was long, often below collar length, and softly layered. Women often wore high-waisted flared trousers or jeans, and wrap dresses were also popular, and often decorated clothes with sequins or glitter. Crop tops were popular with teenagers, and, while the miniskirt was no longer fashionable, hot pants still were. Both sexes wore platform shoes, which, in extreme cases, had soles three or four inches thick.
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Professor Tibble

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A Timeline of the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds
School Year July 1974 - December 1974

August – Quidditch World Cup.

August – Richard Nixon resigns as President of the USA

October – First branch of McDonald's opens in London

October – Following an indecisive result in the general election earlier in the year, Britain holds a second one. Winning a narrow victory, Harold Wilson remains Prime Minister.

November – Bombs explode in two pubs in Birmingham, killing 21 people; it is the worst such attack on the British mainland during the Troubles.

January 1st, 1975 – The world ends. Muggles, as usual, fail to notice.
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- The Doctor, 'Amy's Choice'

Professor Tibble

    (08/03/2012 at 21:06)
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"If we're going to die - let's die looking like a Peruvian folk band."

- Amy Pond, 'Amy's Choice'