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Win a Special Edition Series of the Harry Potter Books from the Book People!
Posted by Megs

Wands at the ready Potter fans – The Book People have a magical new competition for you! To celebrate the new release of J.K Rowling’s novels at thebookpeople.co.uk we’re giving away a special edition collection of the books illustrated by award winning artist Jonny Duddle.

This fantastic prize will make a spell-binding addition to any muggle’s book shelf – but we want it to go to a real Potter lover! And so, to enter the competition, you need to post a picture, or a link to a picture, of yourself dressed as your favourite witch, wizard or magical creature and caption it with a spell in the comments section below this post.

The Book People will review all the entries and announce the winner at the end of August. Good-luck!

Filed Under: Books, Giveaway
Review & Giveaway: Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
Posted by Megs

The lovely folks over at USAopoly have sent us a copy of their new game, World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, for review. They also provided a second for a giveaway! Sadly it is only open to our fans in North America.  Details on the review are at the bottom of this post, now it’s time for the review.

Comprised of 600 trivia questions that span across the entire Potter universe, Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit features 6 categories including: The Dark Arts, HOGWARTS™, Magical Spells & Potions, Magical Objects, Magical People, and Animals & Magical Creatures.  Now you can answer questions like, “What is the full name of the driver on the night bus?” from the Magical People category, or questions like “What does Dumbledore conjure to protect himself and Harry from the Inferi in the cave?” from the Dark Arts category.

World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit - USAopoly

The great thing about this game is that it’s portable. It comes in a small triangular shaped box with the cards and a die so you can play anywhere you want. Long road trip ahead? Pack the game! Babysitting some Potter fans? Bring it along and teach them your ways.  Another cool thing is you can use the cards along with your full version of trivial pursuit as well.

Since this is a mini version of the game, it is also completed much quicker than the classic version. There are a few ways to play depending on the speed you want it finished.  I am the Harry Potter genius in my local group of friends so, when we played, it was a little bit one sided. However, even though I was the champion, obviously, everyone really enjoyed the game! We didn’t get through all cards, but there are some that can challenge even the smartest Potter fan.

I can’t wait to play the game with my die-hard Potter friends. Sadly we live all over the country so it may be some time before that happens. But when it does, it will be a battle royale!

And now, the giveaway! The only mandatory entry is leaving your email so we can contact you if you are the winner. Everything else is optional.

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Filed Under: Giveaway, Products, Review
GIVEAWAY: Win Hermione’s Wand in Honor of Diagon Alley’s Grand Opening
Posted by Megs

Today marks the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida! To celebrate, we at Magical-Menagerie are partnering with Destinations in Florida, a travel agency based in Orlando, to offer one of our readers the chance to win Hermione Granger’s wand! To enter just use the widget below.

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Are you ready to make some travel memories? Just visit Destinations in Florida to book your trip now!


A couple weeks ago, Magical-Menagerie was able to attend the Diagon Alley Media & VIP Preview event.  Let me tell you, the expansion will not disappoint. All of us in the group were wishing we had more sets of eyes (like Harry said in the first book.)  The scale is amazing, you really do not know that you’re inside a theme park while inside Diagon Alley. It is also noticeably cooler inside, which is a plus for those hot Summer days.

Alan Gilmore, the art director of the park (who also worked on the films) clued us in on a fun little tidbit while we were waiting in line to go on Escape from Gringotts. He told us that the Harry Potter theme parks have 4 different garbage cans and no other theme park does that.  There is a Gringotts Bank, Diagon Alley and then 2 others so you feel fully immersed into the settings.  Sadly the ride was still not complete so we didn’t get to experience the actual ride, but the line is worth it even if you don’t partake.

View all our coverage of the event, including tons of video footage, here!

Filed Under: Giveaway, Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Potted Potter Twitter Giveaway
Posted by Megs

This weekend Magical-Menagerie is hosting a giveaway through Twitter where you can win two (2) tickets to the Potted Potter premiere on February 14 at 7 p.m. at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto, Canada!

To enter follow Magical-Menagerie on Twitter (@MM_Official) and Tweet the following: I want to win the Potted Potter Opening Night Tickets from @MM_Official! http://tinyurl.com/mmenagerie #MMPottedPotterGiveaway

The winner will be chosen randomly on February 5th, the winner will have 2 days to reply to a direct message from Magical-Menagerie with their email address otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Full rules for the contest may be read here!

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Win a Copy of ‘Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story’
Posted by Megs

Calling all J.K. Rowling fans!  Many of you may recall the JK Rowling Biography that aired on television a couple months ago titled “Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story”.  Now the movie is available on DVD and you can order it over at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  But today you have the chance to win a copy courtesy of Magical-Menagerie and A&E!  You must be 14 years or older and live in the US or Canada to enter. All you have to do is follow @MM_Official and @AEHomeEnt on Twitter and tweet this:

[RT to win] @MM_Official I’m following @AEHomeEnt for a chance to win Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story on DVD! http://amzn.to/qV2NmT

The winner will be randomly chosen from all entries on Friday October 21st and I will contact the winner that day. Winners will have 1 day to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

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Exclusive: Natalia Tena in You Instead; Win Tickets to Launch Event
Posted by Megs

Natalia Tena, best known for portraying Tonks in the Potter films, recently starred in a film titled You Instead that was filmed at Scotland’s T in the Park music Festival.  The synopsis and trailer for the film may be seen below courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

Shot guerrilla-style, over five days during T in the Park in the summer of 2010, YOU INSTEAD is a free-wheeling rock’n’roll love story set against the raucous magnificence and unforgettable sounds of Scotland’s leading music festival.

The film features a charismatic performance from Luke Treadaway as strutting indie star Adam. Arriving at T in the Park for his gig, Adam is handcuffed to punky girl-band leader Morello. Initial frustration gives away to grudging acceptance and then the stirring of genuine feelings over the next 24 hours of the festival.

The film will be released on September 16th but Icon Film Distribution will be holding a launch event on September 13th in London.  Here’s where the fun comes in! The studio have offered up 2 tickets for a Magical-Menagerie reader in the UK, who is 18 or older, to win! You will be able to attend an exclusive screening of the film and a VIP after-party. For full details on how to enter visit this page!

Filed Under: Exclusive, Giveaway, Natalia Tena

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