The Science of Harry Potter: Hermione’s Time Turner

Hermione Time Turner

One of the most amazing concepts, even if it’s not the most original, in Harry Potter is time traveling with the use of a time turner. In Roger Highfield’s book, The Science of Harry Potter, he delves into the likelihood of this phenomenon with theories on how it can happen in real life.

Use of Wormholes?

One explanation on how Hermione’s time turner works is the possibility of using wormholes. In theory, a wormhole functions by allowing a link between two different places in space or periods in time. While this concept does not disapprove space-time travel, Stephen Hawking (a well-renowned physicist) states that though wormholes may be created, it is likely to destabilize as soon as any particle is inserted into it thus making it the least favorable way of space-time travel.

Travel to the future but not to the past?

It is said that time travel apparatuses can only be used by going to the future. It is not possible to go back in time before the apparatus was created. This does make sense and limits the possibility of paradoxes.

Time Paradox?

We all know the warning that McGonagall told Hermione about the dangers of altering history. Highfield says that it references to the grandfather paradox in which you go back in time, kill your grandfather and ultimately making sure your mother is never born causing you to be nonexistent and unable to go back in time to actually kill your grandfather. Complicated? Well, thankfully, David Deutsch from Oxford University actually states that there is no grandfather paradox. Instead, there are different branches of reality.

Parallel Universes?

This theory, as first proposed by Erwin Schrödinger, was further developed by Hugh Everett III. He declared that the universe is rooted in an infinitely larger space called the multiverse where parallel universes are relentlessly multiplying causing a numerous amount of possibilities. For example, in another reality, I’ll probably be out doing something more fruitful than writing this blog post (like marrying Ezra Miller). You, in turn, will be equally be doing something more productive than reading what I’m writing.

If we accept this theory, then we might say that Hermione doesn’t actually travel back and forth through time. Instead, she creates a different reality and as Deutsch says, “Make things happen there”. This then allows a “time traveler” to alter the past without producing the grandfather paradox.

With this in mind, we don’t actually time travel. We instead “hop universes” like Doctor Who but not really.

Thoughts, anyone?

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Fifty Shades of Never Again!

ImageAfter all the hype and the trending hash tags, I have finally succumbed to reading Fifty Shades of Grey last month. I was contemplating on whether to blog my thoughts about it because they are not very nice thoughts. Alas, I believe my opinion needs to be heard.

The story is sexy and truthfully, I think that was the only reason why I finished the book (being really honest here). It was like a train wreck that I couldn’t stop reading. There’s no denying that as a girl, I gained a huge crush on Christian Grey. He’s sexy, rich and handsome. What more could you want from a story?

A STORY! That’s what!

Take out all the badly written porn (or lemon, as the fanfiction community would call it) and you’ll have nothing. There’s no substance. It’s about one problem. The fact that Christian Grey has a BDSM mania and Anastasia Steele has a “virginal” persona. The character depth is nonexistent. The language used is unimaginative.

Example?

“I should be studying for my final exams, which are next week, yet here I am trying to brush my hair into submission. I must not sleep with it wet. I must not sleep with it wet. Reciting this mantra several times, I attempt, once more, to bring it under control with the brush.” In this paragraph, Ana has indeed recited it twice. There’s no need to point out that she’s reciting it. It’s as if the author doesn’t think that her readers will get the meaning of the repetitive sentences.

“I realize I’m biting my lip, and I hope Kate doesn’t notice. But she seems absorbed in her transcription.”
““I’d like to bite that lip,” he whispers darkly. Oh my. I am completely unaware that I am chewing my bottom lip.”
Ana’s character irritates me to no end. We all know she has a habit of biting her lips. Why mention it a thousand times?

““Miss Steele. What a pleasant surprise.” His gaze is unwavering and intense. Holy crap.
“Half an hour later, Christian Grey walks into our suite. Holy Crap!
““You’ve interviewed me once already, and I can recollect some quite probing questions then.” He smirks at me. Holy shit.
And that cursing goes on and on and on.

I felt as if I was reading a badly written fanfiction and apparently, I was! It was written by E.L. James, a.k.a Snowqueens Icedragon, a die hard TWILIGHT fanatic. It’s a fanfiction that was based on the Twilight saga. All she did was change the names of the characters and publish it. I tolerated Twilight, even read until the third book but I can’t tolerate this one. I cannot believe this surpassed the Harry Potter books sold. WHAT HAS BECOME OF THIS WORLD?

I wish the author explored Christian’s inner demons in a way that is reminiscent of Dorian Gray. Maybe if she did, the story would have slightly improve but she did not. Disappointing.