Potterology (WIZARD SCIENCE) with Dr. Rebecca Lai


Accio: ALL YOUR DREAMS COMING TRUE. Whether you've never read the Harry Potter series -- or you have dogeared copies on your nightstand -- there's something for everyone in this 2-part episode dissecting the science of the spells in J.K. Rowling's books. Electrochemist and professor Dr. Rebecca Lai is a devoted fan who teaches a university course called "A Muggle’s Guide to Harry Potter’s Chemistry." Alie travels to her lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to chat about disappearing ink, gold nanoparticles, ancient alchemy, spells that burn your enemy's eyes, others that protect you from the elements, how writing a novel is like a scientific experiment and how to keep going in the face of stumbling blocks. 

**Bonus: I managed not to swear, so you can listen with the kiddos in your life. 

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Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

Theme song by Nick Thorburn

Some links you may enjoy:

Dr. Rebecca Lai’s info 

The Lai Lab 

Use of Thiolated Oligonucleotides as Anti-fouling Diluents in Electrochemical Peptide-based Sensors

Potterology on Instagram: a Potter Memefest

All the Potter spells

How disappearing ink works

$90,000 Harry Potter book

How much is your old Harry Potter book worth?

Muggle Tattoos: a thing

Including this Muggle neck tatt

Colloidal gold

Nanoparticle size and color of colloidal gold

Philosopher vs. sorcerer

Medevil Robots and Talking Heads

Big Al aka Albertus Magnus

Arthur Levine changed it from Philosopher to Sorcerer

Taputti, OG chemist

Ultrahydrophobic water droplets

Hydrophobic shirts and spilled barbecue sauce

This Nobel Prize page has a typo aka perfection doesn’t exist

JK Rowling’s writing advice

Jelly Belly science

Who has what wands?

Alie Ward