I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve been sitting there and have thought to myself “I wish Harry Potter were real”. Go ahead, mock me, but how amazing would it be to live in a world where magic like that existed? Where instead of the regular post, you received mail by Owl; imagine how much more exciting online shopping would get! But the thing that I wish existed the most (besides Sirius Black) is the ability to apparate. Not teleport; apparate.
I’m a really lazy person. I don’t exercise, but it’s OK because I have low blood pressure and after losing a few kgs doing nothing (gotta love that), I’m happy with my weight. I’m not someone who unwinds by going for a run or to a Zumba class; I unwind by reading a book and watching some TV. On rainy days, like the one currently happening outside my window, there is no complaining from me about not being able to go outside. In fact, I HATE leaving the house when it’s raining.
But having said all of this, I love to travel. It’s my mission in life to go to more countries than my Dad. He’s been to over 30 at the moment and I’m steady on 15 (17 if you include the Vatican City as a separate country. Or Indonesia, even though I never left the airport). But one of the things I don’t like about travelling is the amount of time spent getting places, whether by plane, train or bus. It irritates me.
It’s not that I have a fear of flying, but the flights are just so long when you go anywhere outside of Australia and New Zealand. Too much time spent sitting in a confined space without being able to stretch my legs is horrible. I need to wear pressure socks on planes otherwise I’m in pain for the next few days after a flight.
BUT if I had the ability to apparate, none of this would be a problem! Monique being able to apparate = one happy traveller.
Of course, I realise that if everyone could apparate, many people would be out of a job, but I’ve thought this through. There would still be “airports” and “train stations” and there would still be a fee (albeit a smaller one), you would just have to apparate to the stations and still go through screening and such at airports so you aren’t smuggling in anything illegal. Amazing plan, right? That way travel time would be non existent, but there would be the proper security so that everything was safe.
It would also make commuting to work a dream. You’d still have to go to the train station, but you wouldn’t have to get there ridiculously early in the morning or spend an hour plus sitting on a train. Think of how much more time you would have? It would also be better for employers as you’d have much more productive employees if they didn’t have to spend so much time commuting.
For those thinking “but wouldn’t that just promote laziness”, I’ve thought of “conditional apparation” for everyone who isn’t me (it’s my fantasy, so naturally, I get even more special powers), apparation where you can only apparate in lieu of transports like planes, trains, buses and cars where you’d be sitting down doing nothing. You wouldn’t be able to apparate from your room to the kitchen just because you couldn’t be bothered to walk. I’ve got this whole thing figured out.
Oh if only.
What superpower do you wish you had? Do you think that the ability to apparate would make life easier?
Monique Fischle has written 99 posts.
22 year old communications assistant with a love of books, movies, music, ASOS and all things celebrity! I blog over at ‘the musings of monique’ and tweet quite frequently @moniquefischle.
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