This Levitating Cup Is As Close To 'Harry Potter' As We'll Get In Real Life
If your first (or fifth) read-through of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this weekend has left you in a state of intense Potter-withdrawal, this levitating cup may be just the thing for you. It’s exactly what it sounds like — a cup that levitates — and it may be the closest thing we Muggles will get to “Wingardium Leviosa” without the help of, you know, actual magic. Just grab a Levitating CUP, a wand, and your Hufflepuff robes, and make-believe to your heart’s content (while also sobbing out all of your Cursed Child-related feels, obviously).
The Levitating CUP consists of two parts — a cup with a magnetic bottom and a magnetic base, over which the cup floats. The levitation effect works through electromagnetic suspension. Created by Joel Paglione, the Levitating CUP is currently on Kickstarter and has earned about two-thirds of its $50,000 goal. (The campaign still has 18 days left to go).
Although the Levitating CUP’s Kickstarter page admits that the cup doesn’t actually do anything to make drinks better (it “doesn’t help to aerate or cool libations”), there’s a lot to be said for the pure novelty of floating glassware. The set comes with a number of different options. Buyers can choose between four cup designs (made of “durable faux glass”): A beer cup, cocktail cup, coffee mug, or dessert dish. You can also get a small plate or pillow (presumably for fancy display purposes). The cup base comes in a wired version that has to be plugged in, and a chargeable wireless version, which lets users move the floating cup from room to room.
One of the coolest aspects of the Levitating CUP is that you can mount the base underneath a table and thus move the cup without the base being visible, like MAGIC:
You can pre-order the Levitating CUP on Kickstarter, starting at $179 for the wired version with a cup, and $199 for the wireless base and cup. That’s not cheap, of course, but, depending how dedicated you are to your Harry Potter cosplay, it may be worth the price.
The Levitating CUP Kickstarter campaign ends on August 19. Cups are expected to start shipping out in October of 2016.
Images: Levitating CUP; Giphy