“Harry felt Dumbledore’s arm twist away from him and re-doubled his grip: the next thing he knew everything went black; he was pressed very hard from all directions; he could not breathe, there were iron bands tightening around his chest; his eyeballs were being forced back into his head; his ear-drums were being pushed deeper into his skull”-
-Harry Potter’s first experience with Apparition.
Apparition is a magical method of transportation and is basically the magical action of travelling by having the user focus on a desired location in their mind, then disappear from their current location and instantly reappear at the desired location.In short, it is a form of teleportation. Disapparition,on the contrary, means disappearing from a place.
There have been several instances of apparation, i.e., teleportation in the harry potter series.For example,Voldemort performed a combination of this method and unsupported flight in the films as he and Harry were falling off a cliff in The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, resulting in Harry being inside the smoke pillar with Voldemort.
In the film version of Order of the Phoenix, Voldemort could teleport in a large whirlwind, which caused the sand on the ground left by Dumbledore’s glass to sand spell to fly and circle around inside the whirlwind.
Fred and George Weasley, near the beginning of the Order of the Phoenix film, show Apparition as it is shown in the books, by merely appearing out of thin air with a loud noise, usually startling the people around them.
In the Goblet of Fire film, Arthur Weasleyand other members of the Ministry of Magic Apparate quickly after the disturbance caused by the Death Eaters at the Quidditch World Cup match.
Students start learning this magic in the 6th year though no one but only the headmaster of Hogwarts can Apparate and Disapparate from Hogwarts.Even House-Elves can Apparate to certain forbidden places.In the magical community, Apparition is valid only after the age of 16.
Now, lets come back from the magical world of Harry Potter to the reality.We discussed so much about teleportation, is it even possible for us Muggles?
Teleportation or Tele-transportation is the theoretical transfer of matter or energy from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them.
Researchers at TU Delft’s Kavli Institute of Nano science have successfully teleported data from one place to another. The Netherlands-based team claims to have teleported data by particle entanglement across a distance of 10 feet without the data having ever traveled through the intervening space.
Now its good for the data,atleast this could be used in some way or the other to tremendously increase our internet data speeds.But what about particles, or for that matter Humans.Fortunately for us, Laws of Physics do not prevent the teleportation of large objects.
If we believe we are nothing more than a collection of atoms strung together in a particular way, then in principle it should be possible to teleport ourselves from one place to another.
Another example of teleportaion is that of entangled particles.Information between 2 electrons or entangled particles, when one of them changes its spin, irrespective of distance between them, is also transferred through teleportation, i.e., at an infinite speed.
Scientists were recently successfull in teleporting photon particles over a small distance.This is known as Quantum Teleportation.
Teleportation is also very much possible by Wormholes.Wormholes are said to exist inside the atoms, very minute Wormholes, though its yet to be confirmed.
It is said that inside our brain, in our Pineal Gland, there is a sort of a Wormhole.If we can concentrate enough, we can use it to teleport our conscience, i.e, the brain waves, to different parts of the Universe.
Wormholes are very much possible theoritically, physicists say its only a matter of time we create one or observe it in our Universe.Even the famed ‘Black Holes’ are considered to be a type of Wormholes, connecting different parallel Universes.
Though particle teleportation is still not done, efforts are underway to make it possible within a decade.Maybe then we could try going for something like Apparition in the Potter series.
Teleportation, no doubt, is going to become a reality some day, its just the question of when and how.