Student Trey Bagley who is a senior at Duke University was able to use his knowledge as a Computer Science major to actually create a real-life, digital version of the magical clock from the Weasley’s house in Harry Potter.
The Weasley’s clock, which was located at the Burrow, was there to keep track of where each member of the family was at all times.
The Harry Potter movies were always special to Trey and his family. He says “Now we’re all starting to go out separate ways, which seemed all the more reason to create something that tied us back home.”
Duke University has an Innovation Co-Lab and held an open class to learn about programming something called the Particle Photon, which is a microcontroller that connects to WiFi.
“They taught us how to send it messages that would make it change the color and brightness of a single LED, which got me thinking about what else I could control with this little chip,” Bagley said.
Once he had his sisters’ permission, he was able to program all of their cell phones with GPS and connect them to a broken antique clock.
After working on the project during his exam week, Bagley was able to finish the clock in time for Christmas at home with his family.
“I helped everyone set up rules on their phones,” Bagley explained. “And now the clock is an always-changing conversation piece on the wall at home.”
Bagley encourages other people to create their own work and take on put their own unique spin on this concept. As he has publicly posted the code that the clock runs on so anyone can use it. He says he shared it to show “that it’s not even that complicated!”
We here at BellTime have fallen completely in love with this real-life magical clock and we’ll take 10 please!