Newswise — The new Harry Potter book recently hit the shelves, and flew off them at an unprecedented rate -- not on broomsticks but in the hands of millions and millions of adoring fans young and old. One of the reasons for Harry Potter's popularity is that these stories transport readers into (some say) an alternate existence where Wizards and Witches have learned to tap energy and capabilities denied to "normal" people (muggles).

Harry's world, like ours, can sometimes be mundane, such as having to deal with family problems. Of course magic gives Harry unique abilities to deal with these issues - abilities that you and I might wish for on occasion. For example, the ability to turn annoying relatives into balloons and watch them waft away on a gentle breeze.

This is something you and I can't do (probably a good thing.) But there are many other magical things that Witches and Wizards in Harry's world take for granted that may NOT be so far out of our reach:

The above is from an article written by technology expert Jeff Harrow. The entire article can be found at

About Jeffrey Harrow

Jeff, now Principal at The Harrow Group, was the chief technologist for the Corporate Strategy Groups of both Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation. As the author and editor of the Web-based multimedia technology journal and Webcast originally known as the "Rapidly Changing Face of Computing", Jeff has shared his fascination with the trends of contemporary computing and the technologies that drive them with tens of thousands of people globally for nearly twenty years. His new journal, The Harrow Technology Report, available on the Web at, continues and significantly expands on this tradition.

Jeff is the co-author of a book, "The Disappearance of Telecommunications," and his commentaries on technology have been carried in numerous electronic and traditional media around the globe including Discover Magazine, United Press International, NanoNews-Now, and many others. He has also been interviewed on technology futures for TV programs, such as the History Channel's "Modern Marvels," and is an ongoing judge for Disney's Discover Magazine "Innovation Awards."

Jeff has numerous patents issued and on file in the areas of network management and user interface technology, and he is a commercial pilot. He brings these and other technological interests together to help people "look beyond the comfortable and obvious," so that they don't become road-kill on the Information Highway.

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