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- Molly Weasley: "Arthur, is that you?"
- Arthur Weasley: "Yes. But I would say that even if I were a Death Eater, dear. Ask the question!"
- Molly Weasley: "Oh, honestly…"
- Arthur Weasley: "Molly!"
- Molly Weasley: "All right, all right… What is your dearest ambition?"
- Arthur Weasley: "To find out how aeroplanes stay up."
- — Molly and Arthur Weasley check each other's identities during the Second Wizarding War.[src]
An aeroplane was a large Muggle winged aircraft which was propelled forward by thrust from a jet engine or propeller. It was used by Muggles to transport people and cargo through the air over long distances, or to otherwise inaccessible locations.
Students playing Quidditch at Mahoutokoro School of Magic on the Japanese island of Minami Iwo Jima had to take care to avoid planes from the Japan Self-Defense Force airbase on the nearby island of Iwo Jima.
On 8 June, 2014, the USA defeated Liechtenstein in the quarter-finals of the 427th Quidditch World Cup. The Americans enthusiastically celebrated this victory, given their country's historical poor performance in international Quidditch (the game of Quodpot was more popular in the US), sending many red, white and blue sparks into the air. This required the ICWQC to perform thousands of Memory Charms on Muggles living around the edge of the Patagonian Desert where the Quidditch World Cup was being held that year and flying overhead on aeroplanes.
Behind the scenes
- According to the second W.O.M.B.A.T. on J. K. Rowling's Official Site, the aeroplane may be the only Muggle invention whose effects cannot be duplicated fully by magic. Other possibilities are telephones, computers, and televisions.
- In the U.S. editions of the Harry Potter titles, the term "airplane" is used.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance) (Model)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Model)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- J. K. Rowling's Official Site (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Mahoutokoro"
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 2 - (The Vanishing Glass)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 - (The Letters from No One)
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PC version
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 5 (Excess of Phlegm)
- ↑ Pottermore - New from J.K. Rowling: "RETURN OF HANS THE AUGUREY" (Daily Prophet, 9 June 2014)