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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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