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First Look: Snow on Diagon Alley at Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Posted by Megs

As we shared back in October, Hogwarts in the Snow is returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London this year! After a brief closure due to COVID-19 it has reopened the doors to the Great Hall, welcoming visitors back with the annual festive feature Hogwarts in the Snow. They are continuing to implement safety measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.

Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Thursday 3rd December – Sunday 17th January 2021. Tickets must be pre-booked, and all extra features are included in the ticket price.

See more preview photos in the gallery!

New for 2020, the cobbled stones and magical shop fronts of Diagon Alley will be given a festive makeover, draped in layers of filmmaking snow. During filming, many different types of ‘snow’ were used, each selected for its ability to crunch under foot, float like falling flakes or glisten in the light like ice, but never melt. The same techniques will be used by filmmakers to cover the magical shopping street this year. Though Diagon Alley was not seen in the snow, the same set was used for parts of Hogsmeade during the wintery scenes that see Harry make use of his invisibility cloak to join the school trip without permission.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
Merchoid Announces 2020 Film & TV Christmas Sweaters including Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Dreaming of a white Christmas at Hogwarts or looking for the perfect sweater to match your dinosaur Christmas tree? Merchoid has got you covered with their 2020 range of Christmas sweaters inspired (and officially licensed!) by the big and small screen!

Merchoid have sent over one of their new Hogwarts house themed sweaters to keep us cozy this holiday season! They have slightly updated their house designs and have two options per house. All the names are super punny and cute! We chose the “Ten Gifts To Gryffindor Knitted Christmas Sweater” and just love all the little details! The top features cute owls holding letters blanketed by snow. Gryffindor Lions and the Sorting Hat finish off the design at the bottom.

As was the case last year, the sweater is so soft compared with other “ugly Christmas sweaters.” Many other companies sacrifice comfort for intricate design and that is not the case here. Megan is wearing a size small and generally wears a small or medium, so err on the side of sizing down if you’re between sizes.

If house pride isn’t your thing, pick up a Weasley letter sweater or the “I’d Rather Stay at Hogwarts Christmas Sweater” we featured last year! There are also plenty of geeky options for non-Potter fans. Choose from Marvel or Disney, DC or gaming!

NOTE: If you are outside the UK shipping will be a bit slow, they estimate 10-15 days so be sure to order quickly if you want to wear them this year!

The Merchoid elves have been hard at work to ensure that you’ll look your festive best this holiday season, by bringing the franchises you love to life via the realm of cosy knitwear! Let us be there for you with our Friends inspired designs, or maybe you prefer saving the world alongside your fellow superheroes? We’ve got a sweater for that too! So whether you’re looking for Disney dreams in a galaxy far, far away, or designs to remind everyone who the King or Queen of the North is on Earth C-137, we’ve got the right sweater for you for the upcoming festivities.

2019 Harry Potter Christmas Sweaters
Filed Under: Products, Review
LEGO Art announces New Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests
Posted by Megs

Today LEGO Art has announced a beautiful new product that will be released in January 2021 – Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests! The set includes all four house crests or you can combine them to make the Hogwarts Crest. They will be available starting January 1st 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO Stores and other retailers globally priced from $119.99/€119.99.

Are you ready to celebrate your favorite Hogwarts house? The new LEGO® Art Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Crests sets give Harry Potter™ enthusiasts and older LEGO fans alike the chance to proudly display their allegiance to the Hogwarts house of their choice with new 2D tile mosaic wall art sets.

Harry Potter fans can build one of four different Hogwarts house crests – Gryffindor™, Slytherin™, Hufflepuff™ or Ravenclaw™ — with this 4,249-piece set. Four sets can be combined to make the ultimate Hogwarts crest. 

LEGO® Art offers adults a creative experience to help them relax and recharge as they transform a blank canvas (or in this case, small interlinking base plates) using LEGO tiles. The new LEGO® Art Harry Potter Crests set can be reimagined in a number of different ways to display a different crest if loyalties change.  

An immersive soundtrack can also give fans a behind the scenes peek into the Wizarding World as experts talk more about Hogwarts and the different houses, helping them to switch off and explore their love of Harry Potter as they build. The soundtrack includes stories of those close to the Wizarding World™ including:

– Miraphora Mina, Graphic Designer for the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts films

– Eduardo Lima, Graphic Designer for the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts films

– Alan Gilmore, Creative Director for the Harry Potter films

– Pierre Bohanna, Head Prop Maker for the Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts films

– Kitt Kossmann, LEGO Designer

A Harry Potter™ logo tile adds the final touch to the impressive 15.5” (40cm) square tile mosaic before it is proudly hung on the wall.

The new LEGO Art Harry Potter Hogwarts Crests set is designer for builders aged 18 and over, and will be available from 1st January 2021 from LEGO.com, LEGO Stores and other retailers globally priced from $119.99/€119.99.

Filed Under: LEGO Harry Potter
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats” at Universal CityWalk California
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood may not be open at the moment due to covid restrictions but as of today fans will be able to enjoy some Wizarding World magic at CityWalk! Visitors will be able to purchase cold, frozen and hot butterbeer as well as butterbeer ice cream and more!

Universal CityWalk Introduces “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats,” Offering Guests and Fans a Chance to Enjoy Magical and Delicious Confections and Snacks Just in Time for the Holiday Season, Beginning Friday, November 20

Universal City, California, November 20, 2020 – Here’s the scoop: Beginning Friday, November 20, Butterbeer favorites and more will be served at Universal CityWalk’s newest seasonal walk-up location, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™—Sweets & Treats,” offering fans a chance to enjoy the beloved beverage and ice-cream from Universal Studios Hollywood’s immersive land.

Traditional cold, frozen and hot Butterbeer along with delectable Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice-cream and Chocolate Frog confections will delight the palates of fans who have long craved these popular temptations from the theme park’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” 

The Butterbeer beverages will be available for purchase in a cup or souvenir stein.  Gilly Water and classic cinnamon Churros will also be on the menu. 

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Sweets & Treats” will be open on weekends from Friday through Sunday during CityWalk’s operating hours, noon to 8:00 p.m.  Free self-parking is available to all guests during this initial re-opening phase. 

Inspired by the compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.  Now, for the first time and during this Holiday season, some of the iconic beverages and desserts featured in the land will be served for a limited time at this new and special Universal CityWalk location.

Universal CityWalk continues to work closely with local health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing.  Health and safety protocols are outlined below, highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.

  • Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If temperatures exceed 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, Guests will not be permitted to enter.
  • Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
  • Controlled occupancy at all CityWalk venues to help enforce physical distancing. Some areas and programs may remain temporarily closed.
  • Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all food locations and all high touch points areas. 
  • Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout CityWalk.
  • Cashless payments and “no touch” policies wherever possible.
Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Wizarding World Releasing Two Festive Pins Next Week!
Posted by Megs

Wizarding World has announced it will be releasing two new Harry Potter pins this month. Christmas at Hogwarts™ (£14.95/$16.99) and Glitter Hedwig™ (£11.95/$14.99) will be available on Wednesday November 25th.

The pins are available exclusively for Harry Potter Fan Club Gold members on Tuesday 24th November – 24 hours before general release!  Gold members will also be able to get 20% off the purchase price.

The two pins are designed to get all Harry Potter fans in the festive spirit. The beautiful Christmas at Hogwarts pin shows off the castle immersed in snow under a twinkling night sky, while the glittery Hedwig pin comes in a beautiful rose gold colour for a bit of festive sparkle which will shimmer and shine when worn under your Christmas lights. 

Filed Under: Official Harry Potter Fan Club, Wizarding World Gold
Tom Felton Organizing a Home Party, “19 Years Later” on Veeps
Posted by Megs

Tom Felton is holding a virtual Home Party through Veeps next Saturday! You can join Tom, his dog Willow, and some special guests for songs, laughter, and fun on November 14th 2020, 12pm PT/3pm ET! Tickets can be purchased on the event page.

We will be giving away some tickets on our Twitter account and Facebook account, so stay tuned!

Tom Felton’s Home Party: 19 Years Later

Nov 14 · 12:00 PM PST

A fun filled evening with Tom Felton and Willow the dog. music , Harry Potter Q&A , fun! Nothing like this has even been attempted before. There’s no way, even with all the current covid restrictions around the world, that we are not gonna have one smashing stonka of a time laughing, smiling, singing, celebrating DracoTok this epic milestone in Harry Potter history with special guests! Come join me, I guarantee you it’s gonna be like nothing else you’ve ever experienced.

**A portion of all sales will be going to The Liv Project https://thelivproject.com/ **

**Available for rewatch until 11/21 at 12PM PT**

Filed Under: Tom Felton
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