Link Tank: Why Rebooting Harry Potter Is A Good Idea

Harry Potter, High Flying Bird, the Pentagon, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

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The American solar industry has rapidly expanded over past eight years.

“The American solar industry has seen rapid growth over the past eight years, a report released Tuesday shows. The Solar Foundation’s annual jobs census shows a slight decline in employment over the past year, but the overall trend points to a much larger industry aided by plummeting prices.”

Read more at Inverse.

Here’s the argument for rebooting the Harry Potter franchise. 

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“As a Potterhead, the Harry Potter movies occupy a very complicated place in my heart. I can watch Prisoner of Azkaban whenever it comes on, and the first two movies do certainly hold a certain amount of nostalgia over me. But my eyes truly glaze over at Half-Blood Prince and Order of the Phoenixbecause they are drier than Merlin’s beard.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Apple and Google are both hosting an Saudi Arabian app that lets men track women.

“Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store both continue to host a Saudi government app, Absher, that allows men in the country to track their female relatives’ movements and restrict their travel. According to the Washington Post, the Saudi Interior Ministry-designed app serves as an e-government and e-services portal, including functions like requesting a passport, birth certificate, vehicle registration, or other documentation.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

J.K. Rowling has expressed regrets about pairing Hermonie and Ron together.

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“In 2011, following the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, many Potterheads found themselves at the end of an era in their lives. Fans were saddened by the fact that the series had come to an end—and even today, eight years later, it’s still a sore subject for many longtime readers. But the pain has been somewhat alleviated thanks to Pottermore, new books such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and even insightful tweets from J.K. Rowling herself.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Sports drama High Flying Bird is the first great Netflix movie of the year.

“At this point, “Steven Soderbergh shoots movie on iPhone” doesn’t have the ring of novelty it once had. Last year, he released Unsane, an often silly psychological thriller in a mental hospital starring Claire Foy, where the 7 Plus’s cinematography reinforces the paranoid claustrophobia of the subject matter. But in High Flying Bird, which just dropped on Netflix, Soderbergh’s iPhone lens serves a different purpose, yielding something brilliant: a movie about the digital age, made with a newfangled tool, but one that seeks to question and obliterate old social structures.”

Read more at Thrillist.

China and Russia are building satellite-destroying lasers, according to the Pentagon.

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“China and Russia are likely building high-powered lasers that can shoot down US satellites, according to a new Pentagon report. Both countries are developing an arsenal of anti-satellite weaponry including missiles, cyber attacks, and “directed energy weapons,” according to the US Defense Intelligence Agency.”

Read more at PCMag.