Well, well, well, we are in trouble

Logic Level 1

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley need to get to Paddington station as quickly as possible since the Hogwarts Express leaves from platform \(9 \frac{3}{4}\) in 19 minutes. If they were to both run, they would get to the station in only 25 minutes.

However, by a stroke of luck, one of them has a broom, which, alas, can only carry one person at a time. The broom can fly twice as fast as one of the boys can run. But this is an old, cheap broom: it cannot fly by itself. Either Harry or Ron must sit on the broom, and the other must run.

Can they catch the train?

Details and Assumptions:

  • They are only in their second year, so they can't Apparate.

  • Keep to the constraints of the problem. The broom can't be snapped in half.

  • Bonus points for spotting a Harry Potter mistake in the question.


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