Varied Representations of Time Machines in Media

For centuries (and possibly longer) humans have written about, fantasized about, and even studied time travel. Time travel appears in many different types of media like books, movies, tv shows, games, and more. There have been many methods used throughout history for characters to time travel ranging from small devices like wrist bands to full size cars. Let’s take a look at a few of the most well-known ones.

Back to the Future – DeLorean

DeLorean time machine car from the Back to the Future series

This is arguably the most iconic time machine device. Created by Doc, the time machine uses the famed “flux capacitor” to travel the car forward and backward in time. As a result of the movies, the DeLorean car has become a prized item among collectors who are looking to recreate the film’s car.

Hot Tub Time Machine – Hot tub

In Hot Tub Time Machine, four guys are discussing the woes of life when they spill an energy drink on the controls of the hot tub that cause it to teleport them back in time to 1986. While not that great of a movie (in my opinion), it portrays a unique take on the “time machine” by using another everyday device to travel through time.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Time Turner

In the third installment of Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Hermoine and Harry are forced to travel back in time a few hours. Hermoine gets a Time Turner – a device that looks like a normal necklace used to travel in time. For many movies, books, etc., time travel capabilities is unknown expect to the few that use it. However, since Harry lives in a world filled with magic, the existence of such a device would not surprise many readers/watchers.

The Time Machine – a Time Machine (great name, I know)

In H.G. Well’s story The Time Machine, a British inventor creates a machine to travel through time. A device like this is what most people would picture when thinking about a time machine. It is a complicated device with many moving parts, levers, and gears, but seems to be based on simple mechanical concepts.

It is interesting to see all the different interpretations of time travelling machines throughout many different genres and mediums. Some devices are everyday things that have been altered to travel through time, and others are entirely new inventions design just for time travel. I’m excited to see what other time travel interpretations directors and writers can create in the future.

Thomas Adams

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