How to use tech to become a wizard like Harry Potter
Badass gamekeeper Hagrid and godfather of dreams Sirius Black know how to travel, and we’ve been dabbling in the possibility of flying motorbikes in the muggle world. In 2017, a Russian startup unveiled their concept Scorpion-3, a fully-rideable hoverbike. As if that weren’t enough, Dubai police have hovercrafts. Now, to use this technology on a hog with a sidecar.
While we’re still playing muggle quidditch on the shitty ground, perhaps one day we’ll get to a flying version of the sport. One suggestion? Personal jetpacks, which are well into production around the globe. Los Angeles-based JetPack Aviation led by Australian entrepreneur David Mayman has apparently made the only personal vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle to receive FAA approval for a public flight. New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft, has long been making Optionally Piloted Hovering Air Vehicles (OPHAV), which can be flown with an onboard pilot or not.
The jetpacks have only been used for stunt work or rescue missions so far, and not for public use yet. But if there’s a way to attach a mountable broom-like object to the aircraft, then you’ll practically be zooming around on a Firebolt. Attach them to seven vehicles? You’ve got a quidditch side.
Mr. Weasley’s Ford Anglia had a mind of its own when manipulated by the Whomping Willow, but it’s usually a pretty reliable flying car for the gang. Pottermore refers to cars as the “one major exception to the general magical aversion to muggle technology,” along with motorbikes and trains. Even the Ministry of Magic uses cars.
Luckily, muggles are seriously playing with the reality of flying cars. Larry Page’s flying taxis are planned to take off in New Zealand by 2021. Slovakian startup AeroMobil has a new flying taxi concept that goes from car to electric plane. An Australian startup called Alauda is building electric, low-altitude aircraft to race. German company Volocopter, which is manufacturing Dubai’s future flying-taxis, just had a successful first test flight. And Airbus’ drone taxi successfully completed its first 53-second test flight in February.
Once we nail this one, muggles will be unstoppable faux wizards. Apparating is just a wizard form of teleportation, with more freedom. How close are we? Well, in 2017, Chinese scientists teleported a photon particle from the Earth to a satellite orbiting 870 miles away. We’re a while off from teleporting organic matter, but imagine, once we get there you’ll be able to jump into a dark portal, pressed very hard from all directions, finding it hard to breathe, as if iron bands were tightening around your chest and your eyeballs were being forced back into your head, and then pop! You’re at work, boom. Just don’t get splinched.