There Is Such A Thing As An Invisibility Cloak (And Carpet, Apparently)

Every day, I mourn the fact that there will never be another Harry Potter book. Yes, every day I cry over a butterbeer while feeling homesick for Hogwarts.

But who would have guessed that muggles could, in fact, bring back some magic from the wizarding world themselves. Apparently, scientists have already designed a type of invisibility cloak and have made advances by transforming the material into a carpet that can hide bumps and protrusions underneath it. Made from mysterious-sounding “metamaterials,” these creations play with light to create optical illusions. The carpet, which is pictured above, has “a bumpy gold surface layer with the tailored ‘invisibility cloak’ underneath. The cloak, made from laser-sculpted layers of polymer, hides the bump from optical detection.”

The article on MSNBC then goes on to detail a bunch of scientific stuff about nanostructures, micron, blah blah, polymer, blah. Don’t be fooled, people—Potter lives! And so does his magical cloak. They just want you to think magic doesn’t exist. [MSNBC]