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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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Review: Puffs Filmed Live Off Broadway is Now Streaming!
Posted by Alyssa J

Since its initial run at the Peoples Improv Theater, PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic has hopped from The Elektra Theater to New World Stages, where it currently resides, and its popularity has only climbed, achieving international attention and excellent reviews.

Thankfully, for those viewers who might not have access to the New York City theater scene, PUFFS can now be viewed by anyone around the world. The play, filmed live, is available to stream (and download!) on BroadwayHD, iTunes, and Amazon as of November 22nd.

Written as part of the School of Theater and Dance program at the University of Florida, playwright Matt Cox and his original production team, director Kristin McCarthy Parker, Stephen Stout (who plays Ernie Mac), andColin Waitt brought PUFFS to the Peoples Improv Theater in 2015.

Read on for Alyssa’s full review of PUFFs Filmed Live off Broadway!

More Filed Under: Other Potter Related, Review
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts Releasing This Fall
Posted by Megs

This Fall fans will be able to purchase A Pop-Up Guide to Hogwarts. With incredibly detailed recreations of the Hogwarts Castle, Forbidden Forest, Quidditch Pitch and beyond, it has endless interactive hidden flaps to reveal your favourite characters and behind-the-scenes facts. Fans in the US will be able to pre-order now or purchase starting October 23rd while fans in the UK can pre-order or purchase on November 1st.

This 3D masterpiece celebrates Harry Potter’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before, with pop-up magic from New York Times best-selling paper engineer Matthew Reinhart.

Open an exhilarating, interactive guide to the school with hidden flaps to reveal your favourite characters and behind-the-scenes facts. This highly collectible book features spectacular recreations of the Hogwarts Castle, Quidditch pitch, Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village, and beyond.

Matthew Reinhart studied industrial design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn before finding his calling as a paper engineer. His books include the best-selling Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy, and A Pop-Up Book of Nursery Rhymes, among many other award-winning titles. He lives in New York City.

Since pursuing a career in illustration, having initially found himself in the financial sector, Kevin Wilson has exhibited his work globally and worked with clients such as IMAX, Marvel and Bad Robot. He lives with his wife and two daughters in the south of England.

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Filed Under: Books, Other Potter Related
New Block of Tickets for Cursed Child on Broadway Releasing This Month
Posted by Megs

Over 100,000 new tickets at all price points will be released on Thursday, September 27 at 11:00 AM ET for performances through June 9, 2019. To purchase tickets on the 27th:

Visit the official website www.HarryPotterThePlay.com and join the Virtual Waiting Room at any time between 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM ET.

When tickets are released at 11:00 AM ET, everyone in the Virtual Waiting Room will be randomly assigned a place in the queue for the opportunity to purchase tickets. The randomization of the queue allows the purchase of tickets to be as fair as possible and provides protection against bots. These tickets will not require an Access Code to purchase.

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Fathom Events Screening ‘Puffs: Filmed Live Off Broadway’ in Theaters
Posted by Megs

Fathom Events is presenting Puffs: Filmed Live Off Broadway, that tells the story of the Puffs, who happen to attend the same certain wizarding school as a certain famous wizard. Hilarious and fast paced, Puffs “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) You won’t want to miss our exclusive 2 night showing of this event in select theaters nationwide. You can read our review of the play here.

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

The New York Times proclaims PUFFS is “A FAST-PACED ROMP through the ‘Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.’ For POTTERphiliacs who grew up alongside Potter and are eager to revisit that world, ‘PUFFS’ exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry!”

This clever and inventive play “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) giving you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children.

Don’t miss the exclusive two-night showing of the sold out, critically acclaimed New York production of PUFFS in cinemas nationwide!

Puff Fans – We want you to have fun at these cinema events – but safety is paramount. Please note that attending in costume is fine, however masks, face-concealing make-up, fake weapons as well as any costumes that conceal what you are carrying, your natural body shape or face are strictly prohibited. Please leave your wands and brooms at home for the night.

Puffs is a stage play written by Matt Cox as a transformative & transfigured work under the magic that is US Fair Use laws. It is not endorsed, sanctioned, or in any other way supported directly or indirectly by Warner Bros. Entertainment, the Harry Potter book publishers, Sonia Friedman Productions or J.K. Rowling and her representatives, not to mention the people who made Free Willy, the Rocky franchise, Sylvester Stallone, or AOL Instant messenger. It is what one might call, “Its own thing.”

For fans who were unable to see Puffs live, it will be showing in select theaters on Wednesday, May 9th and Saturday, May 12th! Visit Fathom’s event page for more information about the event, including locations and ticket information.

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LEGO Reveals New ‘Grindelwald’s Escape’ Set
Posted by Megs

Following the premiere of the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer this morning, LEGO has revealed a first look of one of the construction sets inspired by the upcoming film – Grindelwald’s Escape. The set is retailing for $19.99 and has 132 pieces and will be available on August 1st. Fans can recreate iconic scenes from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie, with Gellert Grindelwald and Seraphina Picquery minifigures – plus, a Thestral figure with posable wings.

  • Includes Gellert Grindelwald and Seraphina Picquery™ minifigures, plus a Thestral figure with posable wings.
  • Features a buildable articulated carriage with opening doors and a removable roof.
  • Flap the Thestral’s wings to make a flying escape!
  • Also includes shooting spell accessories on the hands of Seraphina and Grindelwald.
  • Recreate iconic scenes from the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Filed Under: LEGO Harry Potter, Other Potter Related
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