If you could have Hermione’s Time-Turner from Harry Potter for 24 hours, what would you do with it?


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Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will win a Mobile Pixel Duex duo monitor, which has been sponsored by searchingc.com, one of Asia’s leading online shopping platforms.

Votes close at midnight on Sunday.

The contestants

Contestant 1

I would stay in a room for a while, then go back to the time that I had just entered the room. That way, I would be in the same place as my past self, and I could have a conversation with myself! That would be cool, but we might just end up saying the same things at the same time since we share the same mind. Or I might get to learn more about myself from myself.

After we finished our chat, we could both go to school, but walk around different places and greet everyone we see. My friends and teachers would be very confused as they would keep seeing me everywhere they turned. My past self and I would have to make sure we didn’t bump into each other, though, or else we’d be caught.

Contestant 2

Typical Time-Turners can only allow you to travel back a maximum of five hours. Many would try to use the device to right a wrong or talk to their past selves, but I would simply use the Time-Turner to get some extra sleep.

Being a secondary school student in Hong Kong is difficult and stressful. With exams and assignments to worry about, it becomes more and more difficult to sleep at night. What if I haven’t studied enough for my exams? What if my group mates are angry at me for not doing enough work?

The Time-Turner would allow me to buy some time to have a good night’s sleep without pressure, without responsibility, and without stress.

Contestant 3

If I had the Time-Turner for a day, I would probably go back in time to early March this year, if possible. I would go back to that time to stop the government from proposing the extradition bill law and warn them of what will happen if they don’t listen to me.

The protests are getting more and more serious, and has greatly affected Hong Kong’s business tourism, and daily transport. If I were able to stop the proposal of the bill, there would be no extradition bill protests, and Hong Kong would remain peaceful.

I really hope Hong Kong can return to the way it was soon, otherwise it might never be the same.

Contestant 4

There’s always the risk of running into yourself if you go back to a time in your lifetime. That is why I would choose a point in time before I was born. I would like to use the Time-Turner to spend a day with my grandfather, who passed away when I was quite young. I only have memories of him when he was sick, and I would like to see him as a strong, healthy man.

After he died, everyone told me how much we would get along. I know they said this to make me feel good, but I couldn’t help but feel a little regretful that I wasn’t able to spend much time with him. I want to meet my grandfather on a cruise ship
(a pastime of his, I was told) and hopefully start a conversation with him. He would not know we were related, but I’m sure we could become good friends, even if we only had one day together.

Contestant 5

I would go back to 2014, around the end of the Umbrella Revolution. At that time, protesters would have started to lose motivation to continue protesting after the police used 87 rounds of tear gas on them. Compared to the current protests, the government would’ve been more open to listening to the Hong Kong people. If I could tell the 2014 protesters about what the government is doing now, I think they would work harder to make the government listen to them, and may even prevent the government from proposing the extradition bill in the future.

I would probably abuse the Time-Turner several times more by going back to when I first received the necklace. That way, I could use the Time-Turner as much as I please.

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