Think you guessed which wizard spy gadgets are available for muggle use? Read on for the right answers!
1. The Invisibility Cloak Fact
On September 25th, University of Rochester physics professor John Howell and graduate student Joseph Choi announced a real-life, affordable invisibility “cloak.” However, the muggle version of Harry’s famous cloak is not quite wearable since it’s made out of a series of lenses. Read more here!
Researchers at Duke University have made a wearable cloak that only has a few minor flaws. Check out this demonstration video!
2. Hermione’s DA Coins FACT
People have used coins to pass covert messages for years! The International Spy Museum has an American nickel on display with a hollow core in which to hide a message and the Polish spy Colonel Kuklinski communicated by a Discus, a small electronic device that sent out a burst of encrypted information to a Warsaw station.
3. Sneakoscope FICTION
Unfortunately, even with all of our spy technology, there is no one device that can alert its owner to dishonesty or “sneakiness” nearby!
4. Veritaserum FACT – Sort of
Although declassified documents have revealed that the CIA used chemicals to convince people to reveal the “truth.” However, it’s not clear whether truth serums always convince people to reveal their secrets. Anything “discovered” using muggle veritaserum must be validated by other sources.
5. Owl post FACT
Muggles have not necessarily used owls to send their most important notes, but they have used pigeons! The Pigeon Post was an essential communication method throughout World Wars I and II. JK Rowling was spot on with her owl post!