Since opening Geek World South Africa, our most popular item has definitely been Hermione’s time-turner necklace from the Harry Potter books and films. We simply can’t keep them in stock – as soon as we get some in they sell out.
Originally introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban, the time turner allows Hermione to attend multiple classes simultaneously, and also allows them to change history at the end of the story.
It is also used as a major plot device in the recently released Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, where Harry’s son tries to alter family history, causing major problems when he does.
Time travel has always been a favourite narrative device in science fiction, from the classic 1895 HG Wells story The Time Machine to TV series such as Quantum Leap and films including Back to the Future, the Butterfly Effect and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
We might not actually be able to send our customers back in time, but some of our stock definitely brings back memories.
We have comic books from the 1980s and ’90s from before Hollywood got its hands on your favourite superheroes.
We have some great second-hand books in stock linked to classic TV and film series including Star Trek (both original series and The Next Generation), The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Star Trek fans can also get their hands on Star Fleet emblem badges and cufflinks and a bobble-head Admiral Kirk.
We’re also finding that the classic Star Wars characters such as Yoda and Darth Vader are far more popular with our customers than Disney’s new range of characters. (Current stock includes Darth Vader key rings, plushies of various characters and Storm Trooper bracelets).
And if you are a fan of retro gaming we have a very cute set of Pacman and ghosts pillows looking for a good home.
But if you consider retro stuff to be “so last season”, don’t worry – we’ve got tons of stock linked to modern series and films too!
What would you change if you could travel in time. Using Quantum Leap’s principle of only being able to travel within your own lifetime, give us your coolest or funniest suggestion of something you’d change. (Please no sad/morbid answers!)
The person who submits the funniest answer will receive a hamper of goodies from Geek World SA.
The winner will be announced at our Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them night shopping evening on November 25.