New Harry Potter Trailer

My son used to be sooooo into Harry Potter and I’m sure he’ll go to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when it shows in the UK, in fact when I mentioned this post he was only too keen to see the trailer. Of course, sadly, long gone are the days when all go to the cinema together as a family, so I’m going to have to content my self with a cinematic surprise for Saturday, at least until it makes it to DVD (just in time for Christmas). So here’s the Harry Potter teaser, trailer, trail, what you will, complete with young Voldemort (played by Ralph Fiennes nephew, no less, thanks Zath)

So, what you may ask, is the science connection with today’s post? Well, there is none. It’s Saturday, it should be a day of fun. Of course, if you want to a connection between science, technology and magic, then you only have to turn to the inimitable Arthur C Clarke book of quotes:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

This quote was turned on its head by science fiction author and astrophysicist Gregory Benford:

Any technology that is distinguishable from magic is not sufficiently advanced

And, to quote Robert Persig from one of my favourite books (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), in which the word technology might be switched for magic to bring us full circle in today’s Harry Potter theme:

There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology – the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn’t any good

And, with that in mind why not check out Harry Potter and the Terrorist Threat

4 thoughts on “New Harry Potter Trailer”

  1. Good to see you here Zath, I’ve been following your newsfeed for quite a while now and your post just triggered an idea for Sciencebase, which I hope to expand over coming weeks. So thank you!

  2. Thanks very much David, I’m glad you found my post inspiring and entertaining – hope you like the rest of the site too!

    I’m big fan of science and obviously science-fiction also, so I always love to see that quote mentioned (Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic) – I believe it was also touched in shows such as Babylon 5.

  3. Bravo for non-science entries on science blogs! I love the quote about technology and magic. I am writing a book on the parallels between sorcery and science (know any good agents who might be interested?) and it seems the two are inextricably linked and always have been.
    Thanks for the trailer—my boys will also be anxious to see the film, but probably not with me :(

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