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Robbie Coltrane and David Bradley Doodle for Charity
Posted by Megs

Actors Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) and David Bradley (Filch) have sketched original drawings for a charity eBay auction. The auction will begin on eBay on National Doodle Day – September 17th.

Since National Doodle Day began in 2004, doodlers far and wide have raised over £180,000 for Epilepsy Action, all to improve the lives of people with epilepsy.

Each year Epilepsy Action supports over 2 million people through a range of services,
including the Epilepsy Action Helpline freephone 0808 800 5050, branch network, events
and website.

  • £18 – pays for a helpline adviser to reassure someone coming to terms with a diagnosis
  • £48 – can help give a new local support group the resources to be there for more people
  • £100 – means 47 children can learn about epilepsy and stay safer
  • £450 – can give a specialist volunteer the skills and resources to train staff in schools, care homes and workplaces
Filed Under: David Bradley, Robbie Coltrane
Tom Felton Attending “Hogwarts Global Fan Celebration” Livestream
Posted by Megs

For the 20th Anniversary of the Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stone film, Tom Felton will feature in next week’s Back to Hogwarts Global Fan Celebration. The event kicks off 2 months of celebrations to mark the milestone anniversary with more to be announced as part of 20 Years of Movie Magic.

Witches, wizards and muggles across the world should head to the Wizarding World YouTube channel at 10.30am BST on Wednesday 1 September for the livestream. There will also be breaking news from the Wizarding World.

Full details here:

November marks twenty years since The Boy Who Lived made his on-screen debut in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The film smashed box office records for highest-opening weekend ever and is today regarded as an iconic moment in movie history.

Two decades later, Harry Potter has become a pop culture phenomenon and the film has since inspired millions of people across the world to fall in love with the magic of the wizarding world. Today, the official Harry Potter Fan Club has over 37 million members and continues to welcome generations of new fans every day.

In honour of this special anniversary, between September and December the Wizarding World invites the fan community to celebrate 20 Years of Movie Magic from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, beginning with a live digital event to mark Back to Hogwarts Day on 1st September. Over 1.1 million global fans tuned in last year, and 2021’s departure is set to be even more spectacular.

Back to Hogwarts Global Fan Celebration | 20 Years of Harry Potter Movie Magic” is presented by the Harry Potter Fan Club and will be hosted by celebrity DJ and self-proclaimed superfan Yinka Bokinni, with a special guest appearance from Tom Felton. Yinka will guide fans through an interactive celebration of 20 years of fandom and share breaking news and features that Harry Potter fans will not want to miss.

Tune in to Wizarding World YouTube from 10.30am (BST) on 1st September to watch live or on-demand. Don’t forget to follow the excitement on social media with #20YearsofMovieMagic.

Fans will also be able to discover how it might feel to start their own journeys to Hogwarts by trying out the newPlatform Nine and Three-Quarters Instagram filter, available on Wizarding World’s Instagram channel from 1stSeptember. In the words of Molly Weasley, “Best do it with a bit of a run if you’re nervous”!

Providing fans of all ages with a host of ways to engage with the celebrations, new exclusive content  focused on 20 Magical Moments from the first film will be released every Wizarding Wednesday including games, quizzes and secrets from the crew who brought it to life. Today, the first moment in the series goes live as Mina Lima, the graphic design duo behind Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, present a behind-the-scenes video offering fascinating insights into how the iconic Hogwarts Letter was created, go to the 20th Anniversary Hub on WizardingWorld.com and check it out.

The Wizarding World offers something for every fan to enjoy, from getting lost in J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potternovels, reliving the timeless film magic, through to exploring immersive retail experiences and discovering unique live entertainment which brings the magic to life.

There is so much in store, including more details to come on the hotly anticipated ‘Harry Potter’ Quiz Show and a chance to find out which famous faces share your Hogwarts house…fans are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled for more announcements and join the official Harry Potter Fan Club to be the first to get the latest news.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Films, Official Harry Potter Fan Club, Other Potter Related, Tom Felton
Giveaway: The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting by Evanna Lynch
Posted by Megs

Evanna Lynch is launching her memoir titled The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Tragedy and The Glory of Growing Up; A Memoir this autumn and we’re giving you the chance to be one of THE first people to read it! Evanna is best known for playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series and for her beauty box – Kinder Beauty. The book will be released on October 14th in the UK and October 19th in the US. Today we’re giving UK fans the chance to win an early copy of the book as well as a few other goodies!

The raw and compelling new memoir from actress and activist Evanna Lynch about the messiness of adulthood, growing up in the spotlight, and her battle between perfection and creativity.

Evanna Lynch has long been viewed as a role model for people recovering from anorexia and the story of her casting as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films has reached almost mythic proportions. Yet even after recovery, there remains a conflict at the very core of her being: a bitter struggle between the pursuit of perfection, and the desire to fully and fearlessly embrace her creativity.

In her memoir, Evanna confronts all the complexities and contradictions within herself and reveals how she overcame a life-threatening eating disorder, began to conquer her self-hate and confronted her fear of leaving the neatness and safety of girlhood for the unpredictable journey of being a woman.

This is a story of the tragedy and the glory of growing up, of mourning girlhood and stepping into the unknown, and how that act of courage is the most creatively liberating thing a woman can do.

We will be giving away five copies of the book along with a gorgeous butterfly inspired goodie pack! In order to enter you will need to quote retweet one of our giveaway announcements on Twitter (here or here) with the hashtag #ButterflyHunting or share the image of the book cover at the top of this post on your (public) Twitter. You can also tag us “@MM_Official” if you’d like to help us keep track of entries! The giveaway is open to residents of UK only and will end on September 1st.

Filed Under: Evanna Lynch, Giveaway
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons Collectors’ Edition Releasing this September
Posted by Megs

It has been 20 years since the first Harry Potter LEGO was launched and to celebrate LEGO has announced the Harry Potter Hogwarts Icons Collectors Edition set. The set retails for $249.99 and will be available for purchase at the LEGO store on September 2nd.

The detailed new set follows the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends, capturing some of the most iconic characters and moments in one, single stunning model. The set also includes several famous artifacts found in the Wizarding World over the last two decades.

Sitting proudly at the centre of the set is Harry’s loyal owl, Hedwig™, clutching the infamous Hogwarts letter. Fans will also find Harry’s wand and glasses, a chocolate frog, a potions tray including five potion bottles and ingredients, as well as Tom Riddle’s diary, the Golden Snitch and a school scarf which is customisable to match any Hogwarts House.

The combination lends itself to a striking display of 3010 pieces, measuring over 44cm high, 50cm wide and 33cm deep, and is completed with a bespoke stand and celebratory tile to mark the 20th anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter.

In addition, the set also comes with a trio of exclusive anniversary golden LEGO minifigures, including Albus Dumbledore™, Minerva McGonagall™ and Rubeus Hagrid™, as seen together in the first scene of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Some quick facts on the set:

  • Iconic objects/artifacts from Harry Potter universe including, Hedwig the Owl, the golden snitch, a wand, Harry Potter glasses, potion books, a chocolate frog and a wizard card
  • Five potion bottles, containing well known potions, like Polyjuice, Gillyweed, Felix Felicis, Powdered Root of Asphodel and Wormwood Infusion
  • A small tray on top of the books that can store the potion bottles, hiding the technic support for the owl
  • A customizable acceptance letter from Hogwarts
  • 3 exclusive gold minifigures (Albus Dumbledore, Professor McGonagle, and Hagrid)
  • A display stand to place the golden minifigures, including an exclusive decorated tile celebrating the 20 Years of LEGO® Harry Potter

Filed Under: LEGO Harry Potter, Products
Warner Bros. Studio Tour The Making of Harry Potter Set to Reopen in May
Posted by Megs

After multiple closures the past year and a half, the most recent being in December, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter will be reopening it’s doors for visitors! Fans wishing to visit can start booking their tickets today and visit from May 17th through December 2021.

Visitors to the Studio Tour can enjoy the limited feature “A Celebration of Slytherin,” fly a broomstick over London, and still grab a refreshing glass of Butterbeer during their visit. An addition has also been made to the Slytherin feature – a 25ft section of the Slytherin Common Room was built during the closure.

The Studio Tour has also undergone a specialised clean to ensure that every set, costume and enchanting prop is spic and span, ready to astound fans.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is set to reopen to visitors on Monday 17th May for the first time since its closure in December 2020. Due to popular demand, visitors are welcomed back to the Celebration of Slytherin feature which first ran last year. For those who missed it, visitors will enter through the Great Hall doors to be greeted by a sea of green as the Slytherin house banners are suspended from the enchanted ceiling, in reference to the final scenes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. A number of original costumes belonging to Slytherin’s most esteemed witches and wizards are also on display including those of Draco Malfoy and Lord Voldemort.

Geoff Spooner, SVP and General Manager at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London said ‘’we are extremely excited to be welcoming visitors back to the Studio Tour next week. The measures we have in place ensure visitors will have both a safe and magical experience as they walk in the footsteps of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter films to life.’’

The Studio Tour will reopen with a range of safety measures in place including reduced capacity, regular enhanced cleaning and requiring all visitors to wear a face mask or covering, unless seated in a café or restaurant. Following government guidance, all visitors aged 16 and over must display proof of NHS Test & Trace Venue Check In on arrival or pre-register their details with Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. Further details will be provided to visitors with a booking in their pre-visit email and are also available to view here –www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/covid-19.

Step on to the cobbled streets of Diagon Alley, drink a Butterbeer in the Backlot café or enjoy one of the SFX experiences the Studio Tour has to offer. Tickets are now available to purchase for visits until December 2021 via www.wbstudiotour.co.uk.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Vera Bradley Announces New Harry Potter collection
Posted by Megs

Last year, popular brand Vera Bradley announced a Harry Potter line. They have just released a new Herbology collection as part of their partnership.

Available in a variety of signature Vera Bradley styles – including tote bags, backpacks, crossbody bags, accessories and more – the new beautiful botanical pattern features the magical mandrake, the powerful devil’s snare, and lots of fantastical flowers throughout.

You can purchase the collection on the Vera Bradley website or in store.

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
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