Product designer Ben Markowitz was futzing around with his iPhone last Friday and decided to program Siri to obey Harry Potter spells. Then, being the good neighbor he is, he shared it with all of us on Twitter.
Check out Markowitz’s awesome trick to activate your iPhone’s flashlight using a spell from the Wizarding World:
BRB, making Harry Potter spells into Siri Shortcuts. pic.twitter.com/ceK3bBuyEh— Ben Markowitz (@bpmarkowitz) July 6, 2018
We think it’s safe to say people were feeling it:
Well, this blew up.— Ben Markowitz (@bpmarkowitz) July 6, 2018
Genius, I love it— Federico Viticci (@viticci) July 6, 2018
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic— 0×4a6f4672 (@jofr) July 6, 2018
~ Arthur C. Clarke
Now I want one of those automated door locks so I can Alohomora all the doors.— Chris Cabanillas (@zeepzerp) July 6, 2018
Though this Twitter user wasn’t so sure:
No, this is Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12. It actually starts the phone flashlight 🙂— Francesco Kirchhoff (@FrancescoK) July 7, 2018
Ok now I’ve to install iOS 12 just for this.— akash (@atomicnumber39) July 7, 2018
And one person pointed out that the spell “Lumos Maxima” is not in the books:
Yeah, I was going to do just Lumos and Nox. But when I saw the ability to set the intensity I had to throw Lumos Maxima in there.— Ben Markowitz (@bpmarkowitz) July 6, 2018
But this commenter on Quora says it does make an appearance:
Harry uses it in at least one of the movie adaptations:
Apparently, Ben Markowitz wasn’t the only one with this idea.
Check out this person’s tweet to see the hack in action:
I’ve been doing this with Siri and HomeKit for a couple of years—it never gets old! pic.twitter.com/JCt2aDF46J— Ben (@bhoptee) July 6, 2018
Here is another! pic.twitter.com/QhKzi4ak6G— Nate Bird (@natesbird) July 6, 2018
That's just Portuguese dude— julio (@juliopw) July 7, 2018
All of this proves that fans of the book series and movie franchise aren’t slowing down with their love of all things wizarding anytime soon.
In fact, last April Fool’s Day, a fake movie poster made its rounds on the internet, igniting everyone’s appetite for a movie adaptation of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The award-winning, two-part play is based on a short story by Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling, and John Tiffany and has been running in London’s West End since 2016 and opened on Broadway in April.
Alas, fans will have to make do with the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, slated to hit theaters this coming November.