You’d be hard pressed to find a franchise with a more engaged fan base than Harry Potter, and its devotees have demonstrated their dedication time and time again by gobbling up any morsel of content remotely related to Rowling’s wizarding world. They have also, on occasion, recreated bits of it themselves.
One of the most impressive examples of this phenomenon was recently posted by a Reddit user named tbornottb3, who, according to Mashable, managed to make a replica of the Weasley family’s clock — a fully functioning replica.
For the uninitiated, the film version of the clock hung in the living room at The Burrow, and featured nine hands, one for each resident of the household. Instead of keeping track of time, however, these hands pointed to one of nine locations (garden, school, home, dentist, prison, lost, quidditch, travelling, and mortal peril) and revealed where each character was at any particular time.
Though the real life version of the clock (above) doesn’t employ the sort of magic Potter fans are used to, there’s a fair bit of technological wizardry involved, as the timepiece is synced to the family’s smart phones, thereby keeping tabs on their locations, just like its silver-screen counterpart. It also employs LED lights in place of hands, and has a slightly different list of locations (holiday, on the way, forest, home, work, and mortal peril).
tbornottb3 detailed the process through a series of pictures and explanations, so if you’re interested in taking a crack at building your own, the road map is all laid out for you. That said, on a scale of “easy as pie” to “rocket science,” this is probably closer to the latter.
For now, the only way to get your hands on one of these bad boys is to build it, but for those looking for an easier way to get their Potter fix, you can catch the Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in theaters starting November 18, 2016.