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‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 & 2′ Ultimate Editions are now available!

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The Harry Potter Shop has the Ultimate Editions for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 & 2 now available right here. This Ultimate Edition collection is filled with more than six hours of special features and collectibles including a photo booklet featuring 48-pages of rare photos of the cast and crew, concept sketches and behind-the-scenes insight. The collection also includes four limited edition character cards, a lenticular card, and more! If you are like many fans who have been collecting the Ultimate Editions for the exclusive documentary included with each one, now is your time to complete the set. You can order the collection now for only $43.99 by heading to this link right here. Read More »

Waterfall seen in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ to undergo repairs

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Recognize this waterfall? That’s because it appears in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire film while Harry battles the Hungarian Horntail during the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. The Steall Falls, near Fort Williams in the UK, is so popular with walkers that it now needs repairs to its surface due to erosion. On average, 40,000 people a year climb the 393 ft. path up the falls. According to an article on deadline, the repair funds come from The John Muir Trust as well as donations from the public, which shows just how important the trail is to people. Footpath officer of the trust, Chris Goodman, said, “The path is justifiably popular – the trail is suitable for young families on a day out and elderly people who may find it too difficult to reach high summit.” Repairs will involve a helicopter because it will be the easiest way to drop necessary materials down on the path. This need and methods used for repair will mean closure for the path and road through Glen Nevis when work needs to be completed on the aerial section. Goodman also stated, “The trail retains that feel of wildness that people ... Read More »

Wonderbook: ‘Book of Spells’ available today in the U.S.

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Wonderbook: Book of Spells, featuring new and original writing from J.K. Rowling, is available today in the US and on Friday, November 16 in the UK, as well as in other territories throughout the week. Book of Spells comes to life as you read, allowing you to cast spells with your PlayStation Move Motion Controller, which becomes your own magic wand. In the world of Harry Potter, Miranda Goshawk’s Book of Spells is 200 years old, and is traditionally kept in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. Book of Spells is the first product to result from Sony’s partnership with Pottermore™, a unique online experience from J.K. Rowling built around the Harry Potter books. Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the first title for Wonderbook, the latest addition to the PlayStation experience. Features: Discover the magic. Wonderbook takes augmented reality to spectacular new places with an intuitive and easy to use book. Tilting, rotating, or simply turning the pages bring stories to life all around you like never before. Learn the art of spell-casting. Chapter by chapter, you will be able to read about and practice 20 spells, picking up valuable experiences and lessons along the way – as well ... Read More »

Scientists offer “perfect” concealment in latest attempt at recreating Harry’s invisibility cloak

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A true cloak of invisibility, as seen in the Harry Potter series, may soon come to fruition as scientists discover ways to “bend” light around objects. The team of electrical engineers from Duke University, who created the first ‘cloaking’ device in 2006, have been working on ways to iron out the problems of the earlier cloak (check out our previous article right here). Previous distortions meant that when look at the device people were aware of its presence, much the same way you are aware of the glass when looking out of a window. Now the team believe they have created ‘true’ invisibility by using materials that are capable of bending electromagnetic waves, such as light, around the object. This means that when looking at the current version of the cloak, a “diamond-shaped fibreglass and copper sheet’” people will only be able to see the light behind the concealed object, effectively making it invisible. The Duke University scientists are now researching ways in which they can apply these principles to a three dimensional device. What do you think of this new research? What other magical Potter object would you like to be made a reality? Read More »

Awesome ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Doctor Who’, and ‘Sherlock Holmes’ T-shirt for sale this week

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Check out the new t-shirt available this week only from GimmickTee’s.com as it mixes some of our favorites together: Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and Sherlock Holmes. You can see a larger image of the shirt right here. The T-shirt is titled “Men Of Scarves” and is available for purchase this week only. It is $15 with FREE shipping within the United States, and they also ship internationally. So head on over to GimmickTees now and order your shirt. Read More »

J.K. Rowling short-listed for ‘UK Author of the Year’

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According to the National Book Awards website, the Specsavers National Book Awards will be held in the UK next month as writers from all different genres go head-to-head in a variety of categories, and J.K. Rowling has been nominated for UK Author of the Year for The Casual Vacancy. Below are the listed authors for UK Author of the Year Sponsored by Waterstones: Capital by John Lanchester (Faber and Faber) Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (Faber and Faber) Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel (4th Estate) The Casual Vacany by J. K. Rowling (Little, Brown) NW by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton) Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson (Vintage) TV host Lorraine Kelly will host a star-studded awards ceremony at London’s glamorous Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Tuesday, December 4. Highlights from the awards will be shown in Lorraine’s ITV1 show on Wednesday, December 5. Good Luck Jo! Read More »

Caution: Don’t pick a fight with Robbie Coltrane

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Although he may be smaller in stature than his Harry Potter persona, Rubeus Hagrid, Robbie Coltrane is by no means short on personality. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Coltrane spoke quite candidly regarding his feelings towards his secondary school experience, his journey leading up to realizing he wanted to be an actor, and the complete image overhaul he underwent during and post-Potter. He also chatted about his recent project playing Mr. Jaggers in a film adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is under the direction of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell. While reminiscing upon his days at secondary school, Coltrane makes it very clear that he was not to be messed with, saying “I didn’t accept the hierarchy, basically” and “It’s essentially survival of the fittest and I was one of the fittest, so I have no complaints.” He later addressed how he finds his new exemplar position to his younger Potter fans, saying “Kids come up to you and they go: ‘Would you like to sign my book?’ with those big doe-eyes. And it’s a serious responsibility.” This film version of Great Expectations was adapted by David Nicholls ... Read More »

‘Harry Potter Collector’s Series’ DVD set to be released Nov. 21

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Last month, the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection, a 31-disc DVD set, was released in major marketing nations such as the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. On November 21 of this year, 13 nations that do not sell the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection will have a box-set of their own available. This complete DVD collector’s set will include 24 disks – all eight Harry Potter films and all eight segments of the Creating the World of Harry Potter documentary. This collector’s set will not be available in nations where the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection has been released. The Harry Potter Complete Collector’s set will be available in these nations: Czech Republic, China, Hungary, Korea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the Gulf States which include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman. Anybody plan on purchasing this neat-looking set? Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the tip! Read More »

J.K. Rowling included in 18th edition of ‘Barlett’s Familiar Quotations’

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A quotation from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has been included in the 18th edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, which hit stores November 9. The quotation chosen for inclusion: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Did you just visualize Ben Schoen saying this on MuggleCast? The first edition of Bartlett’s was published in 1855, and is renowned for collecting famous and culturally significant quotations, so it’s quite an honor for Rowling to be included in the most recent edition! Jon Stewart, Maurice Sendak, and Bruce Springsteen are also among those who have new quotations appearing in this edition of Bartlett’s.  Check out the whole list here. What’s your favorite J.K. or HP quote? Let us know in the comments below. Read More »

Warner Bros. Consumer Products introduces a new ‘Harry Potter Wish List’

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Warner Bros. Consumer Products is proud to announce the new and improved Harry Potter Wish List, which can be found right here. The Harry Potter Wish List is the unique online destination for the latest Harry Potter brand and product information, where fans can create Collections and Wish Lists of their favorite Harry Potter products. Many of the great new features on the Harry Potter Wish List include: Wish Lists of favorite products for users to create and share with friends and family via email, Facebook and Twitter Collections of officially licensed Harry Potter products for users to save on digital shelves that ‘magically’ expand A revolving character carousel for each of the films in the beloved series Film information including trailers, images, and character links A shop which links to the new www.harrypottershop.com Up-to-date brand and product information, including updates on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Harry Potter: The Exhibition Future promotions and sweepstakes for Harry Potter fans of all ages! Be sure to check out all of the new and exciting features offered for this Holiday season. Read More »

‘Potter’ producer David Heyman takes on a ‘furry’ project

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Based on the beloved book series by Michael Bond, Paddington Bear has been revealed as one of Harry Potter producer David Heyman’s latest projects. The books, which made their debut in 1958, tell the story of Paddington, who is raised by his aunt Lucy. Lucy, after being inspired by an English explorer, teaches Paddington “to cook marmalade and listen to the World Service.” After being smuggled on a boat into England, Paddington begins his search for the explorer who motivated his aunt. You can read the full synopsis from HeyUGuys. The film, directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh), will be CG-animated and feature Frances de la Tour, who portrayed Madame Maxime in the Harry Potter films, among the cast. Paddington will be released in UK and US theaters on November 26, 2014. After being one of leaders of the Potter films, we can be sure to expect great things from Heyman’s future projects. Do you think Paddington has promise? Let us know in the comments section below. Read More »

The Hogwarts Holiday Sale is going on now at The Harry Potter Shop

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The Harry Potter Shop has an incredible deal going on right now for plenty of Harry Potter collectibles and accessories. For instance: 5 Unique Collectibles are on sale including Hermione’s Beaded Handbag and Xenophilius Lovegood’s Deathly Hallows Necklace 25% off all Harry Potter t-shirts 20% off Hogwarts Personalized Acceptance Letters Prop Replicas, iPhone cases, DVD’s and so much more! Hurry, as this sale ends on November 16, 2012. All orders over $50 include FREE shipping. Read More »

WB Shop final days of ‘Fall Back Into Savings Sale’ – Start your holiday shopping now!

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Saving an hour means saving a lot at WBShop.com! Check out the incredible pre-Black Friday discounts on movies, TV, shirts, hoodies, action figures, and much more! Right now you can save on the following: Take 25% a huge selection of shirts and hoodies from WBShop.com! Expires 11/15. Save up to 50% on select Harry Potter and Green Lantern figures from WBShop.com! And so much more! Additionally, when you enter the code “WBAFF5” at checkout, you will receive an extra $5.00 off when you purchase $50.00 worth of collectibles or more! Read More »

MuggleNet Fan Fiction’s Audiofictions: Episode 163 “Goats” is now available!

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The magic lives beyond the books as MuggleNet Audiofictions brings fan-written tales of Harry Potter‘s world to life, reading aloud your favorite stories from MuggleNet Fan Fiction. Come on into the Hog’s Head and grab a Firewhiskey, because this week’s episode is for mature audiences. Equinox Chick shares a winner of the MuggleNet Fan Fiction’s recent Quicksilver Quill Awards, while Chadadada17 tells of Aberforth’s life in Dumbledore’s shadow. This week’s episode features: Maps by the opaleye, read by Equinox Chick A Brotherly Tale by Sly Severus, read by Chadadada17 There’s still an opportunity for you to be a part of Audiofictions before the year’s end, as we continue our celebration of the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone’ by sharing your memories! Click here to learn how you can participate! Subscribe to Audiofictions on iTunes where you can leave your reviews and feedback, as well as explore our archive of over 150 episodes. You can also download the latest episode at Libsyn. Visit The Black Lake Section of the MuggleNet Fan Fiction Beta Boards to nominate your favorite fan fictions for the MerMuggles to read. And, finally, don’t forget to stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter. Read More »

MISTI-Con Hotel 80% Booked – Make Your Reservations NOW!

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The Margate Hotel, the home of MISTI-Con, has 80% of its rooms booked for the convention! MISTI-Con has an overflow hotel, but to have the best convention experience staying at the Margate is a must. The Margate is a private resort that features an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, and gym facilities, in addition to a private lake front beach with many rooms facing the water. MISTI-Con has exclusive use of this resort and its entire interior is going to be transformed for the convention. A Harry Potter fan convention, MISTI-Con is a once-in-a-lifetime fan experience. Designed to be the most immersive and engaging fan convention, MISTI-Con will adopt an entire resort space, specifically The Margate Resort in Laconia, New Hampshire, from May 9-13, 2013. The resort will feature full-scale vignettes inspired by the look and feel of the films, transforming the Margate and immersing guests in the magic of the Wizarding World’s Ministry. MISTI-Con will also include a spectacular opening ceremonies performance event, a night-club style wizard rock show, a 24-hour common room, and will be capped off by The Ministry Masquerade, a regal evening gala taking place in the resort’s outdoor events tent. To register and learn more ... Read More »

Tickets are now on sale for Snow Ball 2012 Wizard Rock Charity Concert

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The inaugural Snow Ball took place in December 2009, and it was the first ever fan organized event held in Edinburgh – the city that J.K. Rowling calls home and where the Harry Potter books were brought to life. Since then it has become Europe’s premiere Wizard Rock event featuring bands from Scotland, England, Ireland, Germany, and, of course, headline acts from the US. As well as this, the Snow Ball Charity Fund has helped support Cancer Research UK and the Harry Potter Alliance by raising a whopping £984.67 (or approximately $1560) during our previous two shows. This year we have teamed up with the Edinburgh University Harry Potter Society and Alohomora 2013 to bring you an even bigger and better event. Our new home in Edinburgh University’s Teviot House holds over 400 people and, for the first time ever, it will be an all ages show. Featuring the original Wizard Rock band from America: HARRY AND THE POTTERS and from the other side of the Atlantic: ROMILDA VANE AND THE CHOCOLATE CAULDRONS SIRIUSLY HAZZA P RIDDLE™ Purchase your tickets right now by heading over to the Snow Ball 2012 Website. You can also follow all of the updates from ... Read More »

Oliver Phelps and Jessie Cave attend WB Studio Tour special ‘Potter’ films screening

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Yesterday, Harry Potter film stars Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) and Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) attended a special screening of the Harry Potter films in the Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter to celebrate all eight Potter films being available on Sky’s set-top box. Sky Movies HD hosted the event as the award-winning service allows fans to choose their own film from the series to stream on their iPad. The films are offered across the PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, YouView, Xbox, and selected Android smartphones for those customers who subscribe to Sky Movies. Additionally, Daniel Radcliffe: Being Harry Potter will premiere on today exclusively on Sky Movies Showcase HD. If you are not a member, head on over to the Sky Movies website for all of the information and sign up today. Read More »

MuggleNet SnitchCenter brings all of the latest in the world of Muggle Quidditch

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We have plenty of Muggle Quidditch news updates, including the latest in Regional Tournaments, World Rankings, and more in this week’s MuggleNet SnitchCenter update. Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship: Villanova University clinched the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship of 2012 with a nail-biting win over University of Maryland this past weekend, November 3-4, in Roanoke, VA. Check out all of the scores and photos (photos taken by Deanna Edmunds) from the event. Midwest Regional Championship coming this weekend: Twenty-five of the best teams in the IQA’s Midwest US region will be descending on Mason, OH this weekend, November 10-11, to compete in the first Midwest qualifying tournament, the IQA Midwest Regional Championship. The event will take place at Heritage Oak Park in Warren County. It is free and open to the public, and co-hosted and generously supported by the Warren County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. World Cup V Banners for Sale: Quidditch players and fans can now pick up a piece of Quidditch history. Three banners from the fifth World Cup are now available for online auction, from now until November 18. The large, vinyl banners (up to 8 ft long) are suitable for indoor and outdoor hanging, printed in full-color on one side, ... Read More »

Alan Rickman makes appearance at Apple Store London to promote ‘Gambit’

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If you are a true fan of Alan Rickman, and let’s face, we ALL are, then this next film to be released will be one that you do not want to miss! Gambit stars the brilliance of Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, and Cameron Diaz and opens in the UK on November 21. Directed by Michael Hoffman, Gambit is about private art curator Harry Deane (Firth) who devises a scheme with the help of Texas rodeo queen (Diaz) to con England’s richest man into purchasing a fake Monet painting. This film is filled with comedic elements without being described as a comedy. There is a modest amount of nudity in the film including a completely nude Alan Rickman – who portrayed Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films. He is completely unabashed by nudity saying, “You just have to get on with it, there’s no choice, OK, right, here we go!” How many of you just read that with Snape’s voice in your head? We will have a full report from the Apple Store coming soon. Is this a film that you will be watching? Let us know in the comments below. Read More »

‘Potter’ actress Miriam Margolyes to perform ‘Dickens’ Women’ in Chicago next month

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If you are in the Chicago area in the week prior to Christmas you will definitely want to head over to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Upstairs stage to watch Miriam Margolyes – the British actress who portrayed Professor Pomona Sprout in the Harry Potter films – as she is performing her one-woman show titled Dickens’ Women from December 18-22. As the Chicago Sun-Times reports, Margolyes will be bringing to life 23 of Charles Dickens female characters, ranging from “doe-eyed young heroines to browbeating old harridans.” These characters will include favorites like Mrs. Micawber (David Copperfield), Miss Havisham (Great Expectations), and Mrs. Gamp (Martin Chuzzlewit). Tickets for the show can be obtained by calling the Chicago Shakespeare Theater box office at (312) 595-5600 or by visiting www.chicagoshakes.com. Ticket prices are $50-60. Will you be attending this unique show? Read More »