Can Fluffy the three-headed dog be explained by advances in molecular biology? Could the discovery of cosmic “gravity-shielding effects” unlock the secret to the Nimbus 2000 broomstick’s ability to fly? Is the griffin really none other than the dinosaur Protoceratops? Roger Highfield, author of the critically acclaimed The Physics of Christmas, explores the fascinating links between magic and science to reveal that much of what strikes us as supremely strange in the Potter books can actually be explained by the conjurings of the scientific mind. This is the perfect guide for parents who want to teach their children science through their favorite adventures as well as for the millions of adult fans of the series intrigued by its marvels and mysteries.
Introduction: The Science of Magic
1. Broomsticks, Time Travel and Splinching
2. How to Play Quidditch without Leaving the Ground
3. The Invisibility Cloak, Sorting Hat, and Other Spellbinding Apparel 4. The Mathematics of Evil
5. Owls, Snails and Skrewts
7. Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor beans
8. Stars, Mystic Chickens and Superstitious Pigeons
9. The Greatest Wizard
10. There be Dragons. Really.
11. The Potions Master
12. The Origins of Witchcraft
13. The Quest for the Philosopher’s Stone
14. Belief, Superstition and Magic
15. The Magic of Science
Glossary of Muggle Science, Potter Magic, Oddments snd Tweaks