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Celebrate 20 Years of Prisoner of Azkaban with New LEGO Sets
Posted by Megs

It has been 20 years (!!!) since Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban was first published. Now Potter fans can relive magical moments like riding the Knight Bus, saving Buckbeack and mastering the Patronus Charm!

There are endless magical possibilities of imaginative play for children and fans of Harry Potter to discover with the latest LEGO Harry Potter sets! All three sets are for ages 7 and up.

75945 Expecto Patronum – £19.99 (UK) & $19.99 (US)

Fans can be transported to the magical world of wizards, witches and Dementors and mythical creatures. Young wizards will love recreating the Great Lake Forbidden Forest scene, firing the Expecto Patronum spell at the Dementors and summoning Harry’s Patronus charm! 

This set includes 4 LEGO Minifigures including Harry Potter, 2 Dementors and Sirius Black

75957 The Knight Bus™ – £34.99 (UK) & $39.99 (US)

All aboard and have the ride of your life from the most iconic moment of the movie! Catch the purple triple-decker bus, zooming around London for hours of fun. The 3-level LEGO® bus features an opening hinged side panel and a removable roof to maximize play potential. Features include the cheeky Shrunken Head and Harry’s chest, containing his wand!

The set includes 3 LEGO Minifigures and measures over 16cm in height.

75947 – Hagrid’s Hut: Buckbeak’s Rescue – £49.99 (UK) & $59.99 (US)

The magical adventures never has to end as children can explore the detailed interior of Hagrid’s hut, hide behind the pumpkin patch and rescue Buckbeak™ the Hippogriff from the Executioner’s axe.

This set includes 6 LEGO Minifigures including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermoine Granger and Buckbeak

Filed Under: Other Potter Related, Products
Mini Boden Announces Harry Potter Clothing Line Collaboration
Posted by Megs
Mini Boden Announces Harry Potter Clothing Line Collaboration

UK-based clothing company, Boden, has announced an exclusive Harry Potter inspired collection for Mini Boden, launching on Monday 5th August 2019. Mini Boden invites customers to follow the magic by registering their interest online to be the first to know when the collection drops on Monday 5thAugust 2019.

81 magical pieces will be available in the collection for children and babies. The company ships all over the world so even if you aren’t in the UK you can grab a piece from the collection for your children – or any young Potter fans in your life!

The range has been designed entirely in-house by the highly skilled Mini Boden design team in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Each piece of the collection is unique and features all of the thoughtful design details that customers have come to expect from the Mini Boden brand including bespoke prints, truly unique embroidery, colour-change sequins, fluttering applique and 3D detailing on tops, capes, trousers and dresses.

The eighty-one piece collection will run from newborn through to age 16,so that all children can wear the magic. Look out for ‘House Bretons’, rugby shirts and a ‘Hegwig Cardigan’. A second collection will launch on 7th October 2019.



Filed Under: Other Potter Related, Products
20 Years Of Prisoner Of Azkaban Celebrations Begin with Fan Photo Mosaic + Art Auction
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury are preparing to celebrate 20 years since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released. As we posted last month, on July 8th – the anniversary – there will be an online auction with artwork by 26 artists featuring Patronuse.

Bloomsbury have been working with BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity, to challenge the artists to create original, postcard-sized, masterpieces of Patronuses. The postcards include original renditions of key character’s patronus as well as a menagerie of other creatures.

The auction will run for 10 days and an exhibition of the postcards will be displayed at Waterstones Piccadilly for the week. Bids are open globally. Stay tuned on our Twitter and Facebook  for a direct link to the auctions when they begin!


Additionally, Bloomsbury wants fans to get involved in the celebration! In partnership with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Bloomsbury wants Harry Potter fans around the world to post their happiest memories to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ExpectoPatronum20. The images will be printed as tiles to create a huge mosaic of Harry Potter casting his stag patronus (as drawn by Jim Kay).

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We LOVE seeing your photos of the happy memories you would summon to conjure your Patronus (using #ExpectoPatronum20)! Our staff have been sharing them too: pictured here is the moment our Australian social media manager, @tobias_madden, was proposed to at @universal_studios_japan ?? ? ? Remember to post your photos (publicly) representing what you would think of to conjure your Patronus for a chance to be featured in our Patronus mosaic at @wbtourlondon on 8th July. Hashtag #ExpectoPatronum20 By posting a photo in this way, you agree to Bloomsbury using the photo for the purpose of creating a mosaic, which will be displayed at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London on 8 July 2019 and afterwards online on our social media channels. Please see http://bit.ly/expectopatronum20 for all the rules and requirements you agree to if you post a photo, and the permissions you grant to Bloomsbury if we decide to use your photo.

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All you need do is post a photo that encompasses your best Harry Potter happy memory. It could be when you first bought the book, got married, had your first child, or even when you first dressed up as their favourite character. Simply post a photo (publicly) on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ExpectoPatronum20, and your image might just be printed as one of the tiles in the huge mosaic. That mosaic will be displayed at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London on the big anniversary day!

Please see http://bit.ly/expectopatronum20 for all the rules and requirements you agree to if you post a photo, and the permissions you grant to Bloomsbury if they decide to use your photo.



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Recap of Opening Celebration for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Posted by Megs

Last night, Harry Potter film stars Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps brought a little magic to Universal Orlando Resort for the opening celebration of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, debuting to guests on June 13. 

The beloved Harry Potter film stars reunited and led special guests in a spellbinding moment to celebrate the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  There was also a special message from Hagrid himself, Robbie Coltrane! Photos from the Opening Celebration may be seen over in our gallery!

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens to the public tomorrow, June 13th! The following day, June 14th, guests will be able to sign up for a “Virtual Line” via their smartphones to help alleviate crowding at the ride. You will get a time to come back and get in the actual line for the ride. More details on how to make the most of your visit are at the Universal Orlando Blog!

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando Resort to Livestream Opening Celebration for New Coaster
Posted by Megs

On Tuesday, June 11, Universal Orlando Resort will have a special live stream of the opening celebration for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opening to guests on June 13. 

The live stream will give viewers a front row seat to an exciting, magical moment that will celebrate the world’s first “story coaster,” and feature special appearances from beloved Harry Potter film stars. 

The live stream will begin at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, on Universal Orlando’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.

Filed Under: Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Patronus Art Auction For BookTrust Kicks Off 20 Years Of Prisoner Of Azkaban Celebrations
Posted by Megs

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Bloomsbury has announced an art auction featuring Patronuses to raise money for BookTrust. BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity; each year they reach 3.4 million children across the UK with books, resources and support to help develop a love of reading, because they know that reading can transform lives.

8th July 2019 marks 20 years since the first publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in the UK – the spellbinding third book in the phenomenally successful Harry Potter series that introduced readers to the notion of casting their Patronus – a protective spell that manifests as a silvery animal guardian.
 
Bloomsbury – the home of Harry Potter books in the UK– has joined forces with BookTrust, the UK’s largest reading charity, to mark 20 years of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with a thrilling event that celebrates the Patronus Charm in all of its magical forms. A stellar line-up of over 20 top UK children’s book illustrators, Bloomsbury Harry Potter book artists (Jim Kay, Jonny Duddle, Levi Pinfold, Emily Gravett and Chris Riddell), and the amazing design minds behind MinaLima are creating ORIGINAL postcard-sized illustration of Patronus creatures.
 
Diana Gerald, BookTrust CEO commented, “We are thrilled to be part of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’s 20th anniversary and we know that these exclusive, one-of-a-kind illustrations will be in high demand. It’s lovely to think that a novel which has inspired children around the globe, along with some of the world’s most talented illustrators will help BookTrust to support families and get books into the hands of children across the UK.”
 
Prospective purchasers will be able to bid for the pieces online at BookTrust’s eBay for Charity page which will be live at 6pm BST on Monday 8th July and the postcards will be displayed during that week at Waterstones Piccadilly. With a wealth of talent from the world of children’s books these unique interpretations of the animal form of the Patronus are guaranteed to be a must-have for fans of all ages. Keep an eye out at www.booktrust.org.uk for more information.

Meanwhile, Bloomsbury is working closely with The Week Junior magazine to challenge children in schools throughout the UK to create their own ‘Patronus on a Postcard’ and win some amazing Harry Potter prizes. The competition runs from 7th – 27th June. Judges include Harry Potter illustrator Levi Pinfold and The Week Junior’s editor-in-chief Anna Bassi.

The following artists are participating by creating original artwork for the auction:

  • Dapo Adeola
  • Steve Antony
  • Rob Biddulph
  • Jonny Duddle
  • Jim Field
  • Emily Gravett
  • Mini Grey
  • Sophy Henn
  • Yasmeen Ismail
  • Jim Kay
  • Neal Layton
  • Steven Lenton
  • James Mayhew
  • Sarah McIntyre
  • Miraphora Mina
  • Eduardo Lima
  • Tom Percival
  • Liz Pichon
  • Levi Pinfold
  • Catherine Raynor
  • Chris Riddell
  • Nadia Shireen
  • Alex T Smith
  • Rachel Suzanne
  • Joe Todd-Stanton
  • Ken Wilson-Max
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