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LEGO Announces New Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast Themed Sets
Posted by Megs

LEGO Systems, Inc. has announced a collection of LEGO building sets and collectibles inspired by The Wizarding World, bringing the film worlds of both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts to life in LEGO form! More information on the sets can be read in this press release:

The LEGO Wizarding World-inspired building sets call on families’ creativity and imagination to recreate the action-packed storylines from the films and feature a cast of fan-favorite wizards, Muggles and magical creatures in LEGO form – from Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to Newt Scamander and more. Fans of all ages will also be able to collect their favorite Wizarding World characters in new LEGO BrickHeadz building sets.

During the annual Toy Fair in New York, the LEGO Group will unveil a special sneak peek of the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts™ Great Hall ($99.99) building set, which will launch August 1st. Additional building sets and figures will launch in the second half of the year, with more details to come soon.

Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for the LEGO Group said, “When it first launched in 2001, LEGO Harry Potter was a global sellout due to its broad appeal and ability to spark imaginative play, so we’re thrilled to go deeper into the Wizarding World to bring even more magic and excitement to LEGO play. The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories are perfectly suited to construction play, and our designers cannot wait for fans to see how the films are reimagined in our new collection of building sets and collectibles.”

Maryellen Zarakas, senior vice president of franchise management & marketing for WBCP said, “Together with our long-standing partners at the LEGO Group, we’re excited to bring Harry Potter back into LEGO form and expand the world with the addition of Fantastic Beasts sets. These new sets allow us to strengthen the emotional connection our fans have with the Wizarding World as they bring to life their favorite characters and memories from the films.”

The first of these sets, inspired by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is being revealed at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. LEGO have sent over a preview of the castle set. Photos May be seen below:

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Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Films, Products
Review: Magic Alley Harry Potter Shop
Posted by Megs

In need of a gift for any upcoming holiday? Valentine’s Day *hint hint* 

If your special someone loves Harry Potter, Magic Alley is the place for you! Magic Alley carries officially licensed Harry Potter products of all types. They offer watches, necklaces, scarves, wands, tote bags, sweets and much more at great prices! They launched in 2015 and wanted to create a space with Harry Potter pieces you can’t find just anywhere. The founders also attend various conventions to sell their products and mingle with fans.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch

Magic Alley very kindly sent over a Platform 9 3/4 watch and Golden Snitch necklace for us to review. They’re perfect everyday pieces for those who love the Harry Potter series and want everyone to know. Both pieces are also great for the fashion conscious girl (or guy!) who doesn’t want their Potter accessories to be too large and flashy.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch

As a fashion blogger as well as a huge Potterhead, this watch and necklace will definitely be making their way into my daily outfits without me having to feel embarrassed about them being “geeky.” Not to say that being geeky is a bad thing, I love to go all out with my Potter gear as well. But in my day to day life I like to keep it a bit more reserved.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch

The watch is very thin and has a burgundy faux leather strap and face showing the Platform 9 3/4 logo. The strap has a nice pebbled texture that really makes it look expensive. It’s the perfect understated piece for the fan who wants to show their Harry Potter love without screaming it.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Watch Magic Alley Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Watch

The golden snitch necklace comes on a silver plated chain with a very small (8 mm tall and 37mm wide) golden snitch charm. It is a perfect replica of the snitch used in the films. In the photos below it is shown with a rare Golden Snitch replica from promotion for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You can see how closely it resembles the real thing.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace

Even though they are in the United Kingdom, shipping to the United States only took a week. Always a plus to have quick shipping if you’re buying last minute gifts!

*I was gifted with the necklace and watch in exchange for reviewing them, but that in no way affected my review. My thoughts are my own. Thanks so much to Magic Alley for partnering with us on this post!

Filed Under: Products, Review
Un-boxing: USAopoly’s The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion for Hogwarts Battle
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Monster Book of Monsters Expansion

Last October we revealed USAopoly’s deck building game, Hogwarts Battle, which was received with rave reviews! Today we’re un-boxing the new Monster Box of Monsters Expansion! The expansion is available at your local game stores as well as numerous online locations (see below) for $29.95. Now let’s venture into the Forbidden Forest and help defeat Lord Voldemort along with all new creatures!

One of the most exciting parts of this game is that you can now play as Luna Lovegood in addition to Harry, Hermione, Ron and Neville. There are a few other surprises in store, which we won’t spoil for you here. You will need to complete the Hogwarts Battle game before starting to use this expansion pack. There are 4 boxes to go through, each adding more difficulty and they build off of Game 7 in Hogwarts Battle. You can also combine all the boxes to create any type of game you want! The options are (almost) endless.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Monster Book of Monsters Expansion

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Monster Book of Monsters Expansion

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Monster Book of Monsters Expansion

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The official description is as follows:

Venture into the Forbidden Forest with The Monster Box of Monsters, the highly anticipated expansion to HARRY POTTER™: HOGWARTS™ BATTLE! Play as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville or Luna Lovegood™ as you face frightening creatures and challenging encounters. Beware of any wrongdoing that might earn you detention! Only working together to defeat the evil forces and protecting iconic locations will make the Wizarding World safe once and for all!

The box includes: 152 cards (40 small, 68 regular, 44 oversized) – 1 Die – 4 Game Boxes – 4 Game Rules – 21 Chip Pieces (12 Influence, 1 Harp, 8 More)

The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion can be purchased at Warner Brothers Shop, Entertainment Earth, BAM!, Amazon

Watch the game trailer below:

Filed Under: Products, Review
Unboxing: LEGO Dimensions Harry Potter Fun Pack Featuring Hermione & Buckbeak
Posted by Megs

Hogwarts’ most diligent student, Hermione Granger, joined the action in LEGO Dimensions on May 9 with the arrival of a brand new Harry Potter Fun Pack! The Fun Pack features a Hermione minifigure with all new enhancements, including Wingardium Leviosa & Lumos. You can order the fun pack for $11.99 at Amazon, Target, Best Buy and Toys R Us!

Hermione will reunite with Harry and Ron for the first time in the game to explore locations in Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. Buckbeak will join Hermione in the Fun Pack as an epic, rideable character. The Fun Pack will also unlock the Harry Potter Battle Arena for fans to play any of the four Battle Modes.

A preview of gameplay may be watched below:

Warner Bros. Entertainment sent us the Hermione and Buckbeak fun pack as well as a LEGO Dimensions starter pack so we could test out the character! You start off by making sure you’ve downloaded the Harry Potter character update, building Hermione and putting her on the game pad. Then directions to build Buckbeak will appear on your screen and guide you through the process. After you build him you can start to play! Since we don’t have and other Potter characters at the moment we played with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle to defeat the Wicked Witch.

View more photos of the experience on our Facebook page, don’t forget to like us!

Thanks to WB for sending the product for us to test out.



Filed Under: Products, Review
Introducing ‘Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World’ Mobile Game
Posted by Megs

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Get ready for your new favorite mobile game! Today, Warner Bros. Interactive has released a brand new app – Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World!  In this new hidden object game you’ll investigate magical cases as a new recruit with the Ministry of Magic. Search for clues at familiar locations like Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron and Hogsmeade and report to the scene of mysterious incidents with a magical creature at the center of every case.

We were able to preview the game and can tell you that it is really immersive. The game starts out by walking you through your first few steps to help you get the feel of the game. Fans who love playing first person games will enjoy the experience of searching scenes and talking to Ministry officials and witnesses.

You’ll search for identifiers, which help you discover the creature you’re hunting, as well as other clues, and move your way through different scenes looking for hidden objects. Each loading page includes a beautiful notice poster to enjoy while waiting for your next mission.

Fantastic Beasts: Cases of the Wizarding World is available on iOS and Android so everyone can try their hand at some wizarding investigation!

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: Cases From the Wizarding World enlists fans to join the Ministry of Magic and investigate unexplained happenings that could only be caused by magical creatures. In this hidden object game, players will rise from recruit to top Magizoologist as they unravel mysteries, discover hidden clues, interview witnesses, analyze evidence and cast spells while upholding the International Statue of Secrecy. Atmospheric music, beautifully illustrated enchanted environments and intriguing mysteries draw players into the wizarding world in a new way.


  • An Experience Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World – Join the Ministry of Magic, cast familiar spells, encounter fantastic creatures and journey to beloved settings such as the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley; Fantastic Beasts: Cases From the Wizarding World offers fans new adventures in the enchanting world of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter.
  • Solve All-New Magical Mysteries – Players take on the role of a new recruit investigating mysterious happenings, and, by finding objects hiding in plain sight, analyzing clues, brewing potions and interviewing wizards, witches and Muggles, protect the creatures of the wizarding world.
  • Meet a New Cast of Wizards and Witches – From an Auror in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to an expert in the history of magical objects, original characters help players solve cases and learn more about the magical creatures they seek.
  • Protect the Fantastic Beasts – As a witch or wizard in the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, Beast Division, players will encounter some of the most fascinating mystical beasts – from Nifflers to unicorns, centaurs to dragons – and work to protect them
  • Become Part of a Magical Community – Connecting to Facebook, players can make magic with their friends and unravel the secrets of the wizarding world together. Compare progress against fellow recruits, and even lend a helping hand as they make their way through cases.

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Products
Lionel Announces Hogwarts Express Train Set
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter G-Gauge Passenger Train Set

Calling all Harry Potter fans aboard the Hogwarts Express! In anticipation of the upcoming film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Lionel is giving fans the chance to take home some magic with Lionel’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Express™ G-Gauge Passenger Set (chocolate frogs not included)!

This easy-to-use set features:

  • G-Gauge steam locomotive and tender
  • Gondola with 3 Hot Chocolate Mix Canisters
  • Center Cupola Caboose
  • A variety of easy-to-assemble track pieces
  • RC remote control

The set is available for a SRP of $149.99 at select Lionel Trains dealers nationwide.

Filed Under: Products

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