March 27, 2013 |
Harry Potter fans rejoice: Researchers have devised an ultra-thin invisibility cloak that can mask three-dimensional objects -- if you're observing that object in microwave light, that is. With butterbeer and Bertie Bott's every flavor beans on the market, perhaps it was only a matter of time before invisibility cloaks edged from Hogwarts fantasy toward engineered reality. Previous research has focused on metamaterials -- man-made materials engineered into tiny repeating patterns that can bend light waves around an object, rather than letting it bounce and scatter from the surface and into our eyes, allowing us to see it. But a new study, published in the New Journal of Physics, describes a method called "mantle cloaking," which uses a less bulky, more conformable "metascreen" fashioned with 66-micrometer-thick copper strips and 100-micrometer polycarbonate film in a fishnet design.
March 31, 2012 |
Hard-core Harry Potter fans who devoured the books, camped out for the movies and trekked through the theme park now have a new way to relive the boy wizard's adventures. PHOTOS: Making of Harry Potter studio tour Debuting Saturday, the Making of Harry Potter behind-the-scenes tour at theWarner Bros.studios in England will let wizards, mudbloods and muggles pull back the curtain on the movie-making secrets of the most successful film series of all time. Located 20 miles outside of London, the three-hour self-guided tour will take visitors past sets, props, costumes, models and special effects exhibits from the eight "Harry Potter" movies.
July 4, 2010 |
Reporting from Orlando, Fla. — Imagine if Peter Jackson had been able to chat with J.R.R. Tolkien while directing "The Lord of the Rings" films, or if Walt Disney had been able to run the plans for his new Captain Nemo ride by Jules Verne. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened two weeks ago at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure, will no doubt prove to be many things to many people — a haven for die-hard Potter fans, a starting point for the uninitiated, a template for park and ride designers — but it is also a monument to speed.
May 3, 2009 |
Daniel Radcliffe has spent half his life in the role of boy wizard Harry Potter, so it's difficult to imagine any surprises presenting themselves on the set of the sixth film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which arrives in theaters July 15. "You would think that, but truly every film is different, and this time around the refreshing aspect was the adolescent romantic core of this film, which should be absolutely charming and very funny," Radcliffe said during a break from shooting.
September 9, 2007 |
Private school is having a fashion moment. Buttoned blazers, knee socks, crested sweaters, university-striped scarves, rep ties -- all those stodgy restrictions of self-expression are looking like high style this fall. From the Balenciaga runway to the pages of theJ. Crew catalog, designers are turning the preppy uniform into something actually cool and wearable. Why do we feel so ready for it, after a summer of free-flowing style? Maybe it's the Harry Potter effect. Call it "Hogwarts Chic."
January 14, 2007 |
DAVID YATES has made a name for himself as a director of politically charged British stories such as the BBC miniseries "State of Play" and the HBO movie "The Girl in the Cafe." So it seems a bit incongruous that the British filmmaker was asked to direct the fifth installment in the blockbuster "Harry Potter" franchise, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," which opens July 13. "It was interesting to get the call," says Yates, who had never read any of J.K. Rowling's novels.