Harry Potter reflecting apps-centered society?


On a scale from 1 to 10, how confused is Ron?

It strikes me that Harry Potter is remarkably similar to our apps-centered world of technology. In the 7th book/movie, Hermione conjures up a spell that turns her bag/purse into a voluminous contraption that can hold just about anything without resulting in added size or weight. The boys, Harry and Ron, are impressed with this, and it’s obvious that they’d never thought of such a thing.

In our world of technology, Hermione would be considered an “early adopter” or possibly even an “innovator,” who finds out about spells, incantations, and enchantments earlier than most and essentially influences others to use them. What if we thought of our smartphones and other gadgets, complete with their never-ending world of apps, as the wizard or witch’s magic wand? Certainly we’ll never learn about all the spells, and may never really want to. But, we can know about some, and in exploring their uses, their pros and cons for ourselves, we will simplify our lives with the use of magic – something not created or even fully understood by us.

But, we also have to be aware of the side effects of dependence on “magic.” Magic is costly ($$$ per app), addictive (think of the Windows Phone Commercials, watch below), and will almost always result in controlling its user when it is not respected.

So, are you Hermione, whose use of magic is the result of her own exhaustive research? Are like Ron, who, although rather inept at performing magic, still pushes forward despite his shortcomings, even if such effort results in nothing but frustration? Or are you more like Harry, whose natural talent and distracted personality leave him somewhere in the middle knowing how to use some of the existing magic most applicable to his situation very well?

You know what comes next: I hope you’re not a Voldemort, punch-drunk on magic and the power it brings him.