[Film Inquiry] Transfiguration in Harry Potter & Chemistry

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Transfiguration in Harry Potter One of the coolest fields of magic in Harry Potter is that of transfiguration: turning one thing into another. Professor McGonagall quite epically demonstrates transfiguration magic in her class at Hogwarts by turning…

[Film Inquiry] Extendable Ears in Harry Potter

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Fred and George Weasley’s Extendable Ears The Extendable Ears are a clever eavesdropping gizmo invented by the Weasley twins. In the books, they are described as long flesh-colored strings: you stick one end in your ear, and…

[Film Inquiry] Teleportation in Science Fiction and Real Life

This article is part of the Fantasy Science & Coffee column on Film Inquiry [Link to original article] Fans of science fiction are no stranger to the word ‘teleportation’. Each story may have its own style of teleportation, but the premise remains the same: instantaneous movement between far off points in space. Let’s take a…

Soundscape: The Leaky Cauldron

You’re at the Leaky Cauldron, reading the Daily Prophet and sipping some butterbeer. It’s fairly crowded because it is a popular pub. Once in a while you can hear patrons entering the pub, walking around, and performing simple spells. The track is embedded with pink noise. Listen: https://soundcloud.com/ambient-soundscapes/the-leaky-cauldron-soundscape Buy: https://ambientsoundscapes.bandcamp.com/track/the-leaky-cauldron-soundscape Benefits of pink noise according to SimplyNoise:…