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WB Studio Tour London Announces Celebration of Slytherin
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter have announced a new experience that will take place from April through September. For the first time ever, fans will be able to check out the set of the Slytherin Common Room!

A 25-foot high section of the common room set will be on display as part of a brand new feature A Celebration of Slytherin’ which will also see Slytherin banners suspended from the ceiling of the enchanted Great Hall, as well as original costumes from the Malfoy family and costumes showcasing the evolution of Tom Riddle.

Read the full press release below:

3RD APRIL 2020– 6TH SEPTEMBER 2020

Fans invited to discover the Slytherin common room for the first time ever.

Known throughout the eight films for its ambition and links to dark magic, Slytherin house is home to some of the greatest wizards of all time. From April, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will discover the secrets behind some of the iconic costumes and props belonging to their favourite, cunning Slytherin characters.

Visitors won’t have to be under the guise of Polyjuice potion to discover the secrets of the Slytherin common room up close, as for the first time ever, fans are invited to gather around the imposing fireplace and sofas where Ron’s magical transformation began to wear off, revealing his ginger hair. During this special feature, a 25-foot high section of this iconic set will be on display, furnished and dressed with authentic props. When envisioning the Slytherin common room, Production Designer Stuart Craig wanted a very different atmosphere to the warm colours of Gryffindor so designed the set to look like a dungeon carved out of solid rock. The hand-designed wall tapestries visitors will see had red tones completely taken out of the colour palette to add to the austere atmosphere and further highlight the iconic Slytherin colours, green and silver.

Entering through the Great Hall doors, visitors will be greeted by a sea of green as the Slytherin house banners from the film series are suspended from the enchanted ceiling, denoting a Slytherin victory of the House Cup. Over the teacher’s table, Gryffindor banners will be displayed in reference to the final scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in which Dumbledore awards last-minute house points resulting in a Gryffindor triumph.

Paying homage to some of Slytherin’s most esteemed witches and wizards, a number of original costumes belonging to the Malfoy family will be on display allowing visitors to see how the designs changed to depict their rise and fall in power and status alongside Lord Voldemort. Also showcased will be the evolution of Voldemort’s costumes showing his growth from orphan, Tom Riddle, to young Hogwarts student and finally to prolific villain.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s Celebration of Slytherin feature will run from Friday 3rd April – Sunday 6th September 2020 and all additions are included in the ticket price.

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More Details on Wizarding World Gold’s Personalized ‘Keys and Curios Journal’
Posted by Megs

Fans who join the Official Harry Potter Fan Club – Wizarding World Gold receive a few very special gifts with their purchase. The most exciting being a personalized Keys and Curios Journal.

The journals were meticulously designed by the MinaLima – Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina – graphic designers of the Potter and Fantastic Beasts series.  Wonderbly stepped in for the personalization factor of the books. Founded in 2014, they have sold over 5 million books and were the fastest-growing startup in 2017.

Wizarding World Digital, a joint venture between Pottermore Ltd and Warner Bros, has today revealed a new, innovative and personalised journal for fans of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, created in collaboration with Wonderbly, the global leader in personalised children’s books. 
 
The journal, titled Keys and Curios, forms part of the magical welcome gift fans receive when they subscribe to ‘Wizarding World Gold’ – a newly launched, annual paid subscription that enhances the Official Harry Potter Fan Club experience with early access, exclusive products, and enhanced experiences – as well as all seven eBooks of the original Harry Potter stories.
 
The Keys and Curios journal is packed full of interactive surprises and secrets that can be unlocked using the Wizarding World app. It takes personalisation to magical new levels, incorporating a fan’s name, house traits and more to take them on a unique journey through the wizarding year. With contents written and designed by the Wizarding World Digital team, and featuring images from across the Wizarding World, artwork by illustrator Jim Kay and specially designed Hogwarts house covers by MinaLima (the graphic designer design team behind some of the most iconic and memorable visuals from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films), the journal offers fans the chance to experience the Wizarding World all year round. 
 
An award-winning start-up, Wonderbly has turned personal publishing into an exciting creative canvas. As the world’s leading publisher of personalised books, they exclusively partnered with Wizarding World Digital to offer expertise in design, technology and manufacturing to produce this innovative journal. 
 
Tom Greene, Wizarding World Digital’s Chief Operating Officer says: “The Keys and Curios brings a new level of personalisation to fans of the Wizarding World. Through imagination, creativity, and technology we were able to create a truly magical journal, that is not only unique to every fan but will delight them with new interactive features such as our Enchanted keys unlocks. The team at Wonderbly were fantastic in helping to deliver this innovative experience that can be enjoyed time and time again.”
 
Asi Sharabi, CEO of Wonderbly adds: “As real innovators, we could not ask for a better-suited partner than Wizarding World Digital. They came to us with an exciting vision for a type of publishing product that had never been done before. It’s been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with them and bring to life this beautiful journal, for millions of Harry Potter fans around the world.

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Mini Boden x Harry Potter Limited Edition Collection Now Available!
Posted by Megs

As we shared last month, Mini Boden has created a line of clothing in partnership with the Harry Potter series! They have everything from baby onesies to clothes for kids and teens. While the company is based in the UK they do ship worldwide! So get shopping before they sell out! You can shop the full collection over at Mini Boden!

Mini Boden celebrates the highly anticipated launch of the spellbinding collection of children’s and baby clothes from newborn through to age 16, inspired by Harry Potter and the Wizarding World.
 
In true Mini Boden style, the collection showcases a host of thoughtful design details including unique prints, colour-change sequins, fluttering applique and 3D details all designed by our highly skilled in-house Mini Boden print and design teams.
 
Little witches, wizards and Muggles will be spellbound by the magical limited edition collection which includes ‘Hogwarts House Bretons’ with embroidered lettering and iconic house colours, ‘Hedwig Dungarees’ complete with fluttering applique and sequin detail, the ‘House Rugby Shirt’ in House colours complete with Harry’s Quidditch number and Hogwarts crest and sweatshirts, sequin colour change tees and baby grows in Hogwarts house colours for even the littlest Wizarding World fans.

You can view the collection lookbook below:

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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

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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.



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Bloomsbury Publishing Dyslexia Friendly Editions of The Hogwarts Library
Posted by Megs

Today Bloomsbury publishes large print dyslexia friendly editions of The Hogwarts Library. This includes a trio of books – Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. They have been specially designed in conjunction with several dyslexia and blindness foundations so these books are made even more accessible to Harry Potter fans.

All three books were written by J.K. Rowling over the years to support Comic Relief and other charities. These editions have covers by Jonny Duddle and interior illustrations by Tomislav Tomic. They are available today, February 7th, for £20 each. Purchase the books below:

Bloomsbury are currently exploring options to publish the original Harry Potter series in large print dyslexia friendly editions too!

For the first time Bloomsbury will publish large print dyslexia friendly editions of the much-loved companion novels to the classic Harry Potter series. A treasure trove of beastly creations, sporting legends and inspiring fairy tales, the three books in The Hogwarts Library bring extra depth and richness to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.
 
The large print, dyslexia-friendly editions all include features to aid accessibility. This includes RNIB-approved and dyslexia-friendly fonts and font sizes, tinted paper for glare reduction and maximum contrast, captions and detailed descriptions to accompany each illustration and themed navigational aids to assist the reader.  The editions include J.K. Rowling’s original text as well as gorgeous jacket art by Jonny Duddle and line illustrations throughout by Tomislav Tomic. 
 
Bloomsbury have worked with several key dyslexia and blindness foundations to ensure that these captivating stories are as accessible as possible and allow even more readers to immerse themselves in the expanded world that began with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Endorsements from key organisations for these new editions include:
 
‘We’re delighted to have worked with Bloomsbury in reviewing the large print editions of the three Hogwarts Library books. We hope that these projects will encourage other publishers to follow in their footsteps and expand the market of accessible and inclusive books’ Royal National Institute for the Blind
 
‘UKAAF is delighted that Bloomsbury has made such a great effort to make this book as accessible as possible to people with print impairments. Our aim is to improve both the availability and the quality of accessible formats in the UK, and this publication is another great step in that direction’ UK Association for Accessible Formats
 
‘I am delighted to endorse this edition that has been specially adapted to enable those requiring larger print or those who may be dyslexic to enjoy and access fully the wonderful world of Harry Potter’ Professor Amanda Kirby, University of South Wales, Medical Advisor to the Dyspraxia Foundation in the UK


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