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Fantastical Orlando giveaway – Enter now to win!

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Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort opens today, and admit it, you're CRUSHED that you can't be there! What if said you could be there? What would you need? An airline ticket, a rental car, hotel, and a Time-Turner. Well, you're in luck because thanks to our friends at Stayful.com, you can enter to win three out of four of those items! Read More »

Pottermore Moments Revisited: A new look at Pottermore

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Recently, I spent some time in London. One of my favorite things was having the opportunity to go to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter. Before my friends and I went, however, I, as the resident "Potter" fanatic, insisted that everyone be Sorted through the official Pottermore Sorting. For the first time in a long time, I actually visited Pottermore. I, like a lot of die-hard "Potter" fans, have become a bit disenchanted with the site over time. After a round of new chapters, there was nothing for me to go back for; I had all the new information. As I watched some of my friends explore the site for the first time, struggle with spell casting, and sit through class waiting for potions to mature, the idea popped into my head: What if I went back and explored Pottermore again? And further, what if I went back through it the way it was designed, as a companion to the books? Read More »

FLASH GIVEAWAY: Win a “The Cripple of Inishmaan” playbill or script autographed by Daniel Radcliffe!

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Daniel Radcliffe's current project, "The Cripple of Inishmaan", is nearing the end of its strict fourteen-week engagement at the Cort Theatre in New York City. To celebrate, we have a once-in-a-lifetime giveaway for two lucky fans! Read More »

Diagon Alley Roundup – Part 4: Shake, rattle, and roll

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We were privy to two performances, a set of songs by the lovely Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees and a performance of "The Tale of the Three Brothers," as seen in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1". Both take place in the heart of Carkitt Market, which makes up a majority of Horizont Alley. Read More »

Diagon Alley Roundup – Part 3: The visitor’s experience

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ICYMI, MuggleNet was one of the lucky fan sites to host a sweepstakes that awarded one entrant four tickets to attend the VIP/media preview of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Our lucky winner was Letha, a wife and mother of two from Wyoming. This is her account of their whirlwind trip to Universal Orlando Resort. Read More »

Diagon Alley Roundup – Part 2: There’s a rumbly in my tumbly

Diagon Alley Roundup, Part 2: There's a rumbly in my tumbly

Over the last year I've eaten a few times at the Hog's Head in Hogsmeade. The food is good yet traditional, and I would say that holds true for the fare at the Leaky Cauldron. I love that Universal is providing visitors with two mostly completely different menus, new drinks, new desserts, the works. It makes both restaurants an absolute MUST for visitors. Just save room for the Butterbeer soft serve. Read More »

Win a signed, limited edition “Harry Potter” print from Gallery Nucleus!

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You've read the books. You've seen ALL the covers: original, reissue, limited edition, international, and anniversary. Now, you can win a limited edition print signed by Kazu Kibuishi from our friends at Gallery Nucleus! Read More »

Diagon Alley Roundup – Part 1: Magic is in the air

Diagon Alley Roundup, Part 1: Magic is in the air

This last week, MuggleNet was down in Orlando, Florida, at Universal Orlando Resort for a VIP/media preview of the all-new Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley expansion. No doubt you've seen the trailers, the photos, the interviews, and the endless pictures of people standing on benches trying to get a glimpse - and all of that stuff is great. But what you can't see is the absolute best part of the park - the inherent magic. Read More »

“Alohomora!” Episode 88: “Hats, Houses, and Hem Hems” – now available!

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MuggleNet's global book club, "Alohomora!", continues its reread of the "Harry Potter" series by discussing Chapter 11 of "Order of the Phoenix": "The Sorting Hat's New Song." Join hosts Noah, Kat, and Eric and fan-favorite guest host Micah Tannenbaum as they meet the latest and well, not the greatest, Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. Read More »

The walls come down! New Universal Orlando Resort Diagon Alley pictures

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It's nearly time! The walls at London, which hide the magical Diagon Alley, have come down overnight. Muggles still aren't able to walk through the area, but thanks to our friends at "Attractions Magazine", we have a plethora of gorgeous pictures to share with you. ENJOY! Read More »

“Alohomora!” Episode 87: “The Squirting Scenario” – now available!

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MuggleNet's global book club, "Alohomora!", continues its reread of the "Harry Potter" series by discussing Chapter 10 of "Order of the Phoenix": "Luna Lovegood." Join hosts Kat, Michael, and Laura and fan host Nindy as they discuss the fandom's favorite Ravenclaw and the unfortunate situation involving Cho Chang. Read More »

Alfie Enoch – Collectormania, May 2014

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MuggleNet interviews Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas) at Collectormania - Milton Keyes. Read More »

Anna Shaffer – Collectormania, May 2014

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MuggleNet interviews Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane) at Collectormania - Milton Keys. Read More »

Good luck in the Muggle world, Laura Reilly!

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It's that sad time again, folks. Another member of the MuggleNet family is heading out into the big, scary Muggle world! Read More »

Harry Melling, Writing, & ‘Peddling’

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Interview with Harry Melling on Writing and 'Peddling'. Read More »

‘Alohomora!’ Episode 80: ‘Textual Healing’ – now available!

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"Textual Healing" is something that's good for me, Whenever blue tear drops are falling, And my emotional stability is leaving me, There is something I can do, I can get on the telephone and call you up baby, and Honey I know you'll be there to relieve me... Episode 80 of Alohomora! is now available! It's a doozy, folks... Read More »

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood anticipated opening date announced!

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The anticipated opening day for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood has been announced! Read More »

Movie Review: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” DVD/Blu-ray combo pack

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The second installation of The Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug, premiered in theaters on December 13, 2013 and has since made over $258 million dollars at the box office. It's an impressive film, the one I prefer of the two, actually. There is said to be hours upon hours of special feature footage out there from the entire process - but you won't find any of it on the April 8th release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack. Read More »

EXCLUSIVE: Rupert Grint talks shooting “Enemy of Man” and horseback riding!

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The promotion train that is "Enemy of Man", starring Rupert Grint, is non-stop as of late! Today, we present to you an exclusive video featuring Rupert - the second from the film's Kickstarter campaign. Read More »

MuggleNet’s TeeFury shirt giveaway!

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To help launch MuggleNet 3.0, we have teamed up with T-shirt powerhouse TeeFury for a MASSIVE giveaway! Enter to win one of TEN Harry Potter T-shirts in one of the designs below. Winner's choice! Read More »