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There Are No Muggles. We Are All Wizards Now.


via Techpinions:

I read the first three Harry Potter novels to my son. It’s a fond memory strengthened by the fact the books were quite good. In each, the young Harry Potter straddles two very distinct worlds, the magical world of wizards and the familiar world of non-magical folk, Muggles. Us. Except, this is not true, not anymore.

There are no Muggles. We are all wizards.

I realized this while texting my son baseball playoff updates — as I was flying across the country, 30,000 feet above the ground.

Think of it. Nearly 2 billion of us carry wands. We call them smartphones. These semi-magical devices enable us to connect with nearly anyone at any time from any place. We can instantly access the world’s knowledge. Always in hand, always at the ready, we use these “wands” for work, for play, to protect us, to make our lives better.

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What Happens To Your Brain When You’re Lost In A Book?

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Entitled “The Neuroscience of Harry Potter,” this Fast Company story investigates what happens to your brain when you’re truly lost in a book:

Let’s do a casual experiment. Here’s a brief passage from the first book in some obscure fiction series called Harry Potter:

A bush on the edge of the clearing quivered. … Then, out of the shadows, a hooded figure came crawling across the ground like some stalking beast. Harry, Malfoy, and Fang stood transfixed. The cloaked figure reached the unicorn, lowered its head over the wound in the animal’s side, and began to drink its blood.

And here’s another passage from the final book of the series:

He got up off the floor, stretched and moved across to his desk. Hedwig made no movement as he began to flick through the newspapers, throwing them on to the rubbish pile one by one; the owl was asleep, or else faking; she was angry with Harry about the limited amount of time she was allowed out of her cage at the moment.

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The Return of Harry Potter (At The 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals)

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J.K. Rowling just can’t leave her iconic character Harry Potter alone: She’s posted a new story about Harry on her Pottermore site, a report on the (not quite so) young magician’s appearance at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals. NBC’s Today is running an exclusive excerpt in the form of a report from the (fictional) Daily Prophet:

Dumbledore’s Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final

By the Daily Prophet’s Gossip Correspondent, Rita Skeeter

There are celebrities – and then there are celebrities. We’ve seen many a famous face from the wizarding world grace the stands here in the Patagonian Desert – Ministers and Presidents, Celestina Warbeck, controversial American wizarding band The Bent-Winged Snitches – all have caused flurries of excitement, with crowd members scrambling for autographs and even casting Bridging Charms to reach the VIP boxes over the heads of the crowd.

But when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen.

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Man Sues Stripper ‘Girlfriend’ For Return Of Harry Potter DVDs

“You can step outside your little world/You can talk to a pretty girl/She’s everything you dream about

But don’t fall in love/’Cause if you do you find out/She don’t love you/(She’s one in a million girls)/One in a million girl/
(Why would I lie?)/Now, why would I lie? “


Robert Wallace, 32, says he broke up with exotic dancer Nomi Mims on May 3, and then waited a week for her to give him back the things he lent her—$2,000, a laptop, and the aforementioned DVDs—before taking legal action.

Mims says she “really likes him as a friend,” and the items and cash were gifts, not loans.

“I don’t believe in loans because I don’t want to pay anybody back,” she told FOX 26. “I’ve given him gifts too. You know, how do I get my booty and boobs back?”

“No refunds in the strip club,” she added. “I’ve even had people come up in there asking, ‘Oh, can I get a dance,’ and they’ll pay me back next week.

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The Ultimate Harry Potter Fan Maze

potter mazeHarry Potter mania in the UK is threatened only by the great phone hacking scandal. Check out the maze created by a farmer in the north of England, via the Yorkshire Post:

A Yorkshire farmer has created the world’s largest spot the difference competition as a tribute to Harry Potter.

Tom Pearcy has carefully cut out two portraits of the boy wizard in his crop of maize plants at his field near York. With some subtle differences between the two images it creates the world’s largest spot the difference competition. At over 50m in diameter each head is also believed to be the largest image of Daniel Radcliffe ever created.

The images have been painstakingly carved out of over one million living maize plants. The 10km of pathways form an intricate maze for visitors to explore. The York Maze is the largest maize maze in Europe and one of the largest in the world.

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Invisibility Cloak Could Be Coming Soon With The Use Of ‘Metamaterial’

cloak_1466279cWith the invention of the iPad and driverless cars, technology has begun mimicking the images of old “futuristic” sci-fi films. Now our future may hold some inventions influenced by “magical” films, such as the Harry Potter series. BBC News reports:

Scientists in the UK have demonstrated a flexible film that represents a big step toward the “invisibility cloak” made famous by Harry Potter.

The film contains tiny structures that together form a “metamaterial”, which can, among other tricks, manipulate light to render objects invisible. Flexible metamaterials have been made before, but only work for light of a colour far beyond that which we see.

Physicists have hailed the approach a “huge step forward”. The bendy approach for visible light is reported in the New Journal of Physics.

Metamaterials work by interrupting and channelling the flow of light at a fundamental level; in a sense they can be seen as bouncing light waves around in a prescribed fashion to achieve a particular result.

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Did Harry Potter Really Say “I Love Weed”?

Did Daniel Radcliffe, the actor best known for playing Harry Potter on the silver screen, really say “I love weed” at a party in London? The British media are all over the story, as reported in the Telegraph:

Draco Malfoy has leapt into the drugs storm surrounding Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe defending his on-screen arch-enemy.

Actor Tom Felton, who plays the evil wizard in the movies spoke out about the rumours that co-star Radcliffe used cannabis.

Radcliffe was allegedly pictured inhaling from a rolled up cigarette at a party earlier this month.

A fellow reveller at the gathering said that he overheard the 20-year-old actor declare “I love weed” at a private house party in North London.

But Felton came to the defence of his wizard friend when he appeared at an NEC exhibition in Birmingham.

“Obviously Daniel and Emma Watson are under more pressure to keep a squeaky-clean image.

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J. K. Rowling Snubbed by Bush White House for Promoting Witchcraft

Think Progress reports:
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civil award, and is given to individuals who have contributed to: 1) the security or national interests of the United States, 2) world peace, or 3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. In his new book, Speechless: Tales of a White House Survivor, former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer reveals how politicized the revered Presidential Medal of Freedom became during the Bush administration. Latimer writes that administration officials objected to giving author J.K. Rowling the Presidential Medal of Freedom because her writing “encouraged witchcraft” (p. 201): This was the same sort of narrow thinking that led people in the White House to actually object to giving the author J.K. Rowling a presidential medal because the Harry Potter books encouraged withcraft.
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