The Harry Potter story is coming to an end – all seven books in the series have been published and in six months the final chapter will be released in the cinema. Leila Sattary ponders the distinction between magic and advanced science and offers explanations for some of the supernatural occurrences in Harry’s world while trying not to destroy the ‘magic’.
How do we define the magic? Could it be that magic is based on a superior knowledge of science and nature? Throughout history, many pioneering scientific ideas have taken years to be accepted by the scientific community, and scientists have even been accused of sorcery. Are these ground-breaking innovations effectively magic? Does magic thrive at the frontiers of science, and eventually, when it becomes mainstream, transform into science rather than magic?
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