Answers: Real Life Wizard Spy Gadgets!

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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!

Fact or Fiction? Spy Gadgets in Harry Potter

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Some of JK Rowling’s ingenious magic objects and spells have real-life counterparts. Can you guess which of these Harry Potter spy gadgets are also available for muggle use?

1. The Invisibility Cloak

Harry would have a much harder time sneaking around if someone *ahem* Dumbledore hadn’t decided that he should have his father’s magical cloak. But how likely is it that a muggle could become invisible just by changing his or her clothes?

2. Hermione’s DA Coins

The members of the DA know when to come practice their defense against the dark arts spells thanks to Hermione’s coins, which turn warm in members’ pockets when she wants their attention.

3. Sneakoscope

If Harry had paid more attention to this gift from Ron, he may have figured out sooner that Ron’s pet was not what he seemed… Ok, who are we kidding? No one saw that one coming!

4. Veritaserum

A tool of the oh-so-evil Umbridge and respectable Dumbledore alike, this truth serum sure comes in handy when you want someone to spill their guts!

5. Owl post

Harry gets a lot of information from the outside world through his owl, Hedwig. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a winged friend to send notes to people?