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Megan is This Week’s Guest Host on Mugglenet’s Alohomora Podcast
Posted by Megs

MuggleNet’s global book club, Alohomora!, continues its reread of the Harry Potter series by discussing Chapter 15 of Order of the Phoenix: “The Hogwarts High Inquisitor.” Join hosts Caleb, Kat, Michael, and special guest host, Megan (me!) as we discuss the latest act of Ministry meddling at Hogwarts.

On Episode 92 we discuss…

  • Episode 91 Recap: Fudge manipulating; Percy’s still a prat; Racism and other prejudices; JKR’s intentions; Molly’s validation
  • PQOTW responses
  • More Ministry schemes
  • Who thought up these O.W.L. grades?
  • Who knows what about Trelawney?
  • McGonagall handles Umbridge
  • Question of the Week
  • Check out the Alohomora! store

To listen to the show, visit the Alohomora website. You can also subscribe to us on iTunes.

Filed Under: Books, Other Potter Related
Actor Dave Legeno Has Passed Away
Posted by Megs

It is being reported that actor and martial artist Dave Legeno (who is best known to us as Fenrir Greyback) has passed away while hiking this weekend.  He was found in Death Valley in California by another group of hikers and it is suspected that his death was caused by the extreme heat.  Temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit there so heat exhaustion is always a risk. An official cause of death has not been released by authorities.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family during this difficult time.

Filed Under: Other Actors (Male)
Daniel Radcliffe News Roundup + Videos
Posted by Megs

Daniel Radclife has been making the rounds doing promotion for his new film What If and his play The Cripple of Inishmaan. Below find some highlights from his appearances, and upcoming ones.

  • Will be appearing on The Kitchen on Food Network this Saturday. (Thanks Mugglenet)
  • Is going to be a guest at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 25th, to promote Horns. He will appear alongside Horns director Alexandre Aja and novelist Joe Hill in Hall H from 3-4PM to show off the trailer for the film, which follows “Ig” Perrish, a young man who sprouts horns following his girlfriend’s (Juno Temple) murder.

He was also interviewed by HLN, that may be watched below:

Dan also attended an advance screening of What If this past Tuesday, which we attended with our friends from Mugglenet. They have posted the full video of his Q&A with co-star Zoe Kazan, which you can watch below! You can also see a bunch of photos from the event over at Mugglenet.

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe
Tom Felton Attending Grand Opening of Wizarding World Theme Park in Japan
Posted by Megs

Tom Felton confirmed to Feltbeats that he will be at the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ Theme Park at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on July 15th.  The park will have all the same attractions as Orlando’s Hogsmeade. Read on to refresh your memory!

ATTRACTIONS

Hogwarts™ castle is an iconic feature of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Inside Hogwarts™ castle you’ll explore the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including Dumbledore’s™ Office and the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom. Moving portraits and the Sorting Hat™ may speak to you as you journey through the castle.

You’ll also enjoy the world’s best attraction*, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, featuring cutting-edge 4K imaging technology. Get ready to embark on a magical journey through the skies, flying above the Hogwarts™ grounds with Harry Potter™.

You can also fly through the skies on the ride Flight of the Hippogriff™, a family-friendly rollercoaster that swoops and dives past Hagrid’s hut.

DINING

The Three Broomsticks™ a long-established tavern in Hogsmeade™ is favoured by teachers and students of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Butterbeer™ is a popular drink in the wizarding world. This sweet, non-alcoholic beverage, reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch, can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. It is available at the Three Broomsticks™ and the Hog’s Head

SHOPS

In Hogsmeade™, a village where wizards reside, there is an array of shops frequented by students of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

In Honeydukes, you’ll find sweets from the Harry Potter stories, including Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans™ and Chocolate Frogs™ from Honeydukes™.

Step inside Ollivanders, a small, dusty shop, and choose from a full array of wands, or purchase replicas of the Harry Potter™ film characters’ wands, Collectible wand sets and more.

Zonko’s™ Joke Shop overflows with an assortment of unique novelty items and jokes, and Dervish and Banges™  carries all your Quidditch™ needs and you’ll find Hogwarts™ school uniforms and clothing including robes, scarves, and ties.

In Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods, you can discover items from caretaker Argus Filch’s collection of treasures, confiscated from students of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

STREET ENTERTAINMENT

Enjoy a harmonic offering of songs by a choir of Hogwarts™ students, accompanied by their talented croaking frogs. Students represent each of the four Hogwarts houses – Gryffindor™, Slytherin™, Hufflepuff™ and Ravenclaw™ – and perform a range of familiar wizarding songs.

Cheer on the a colorful procession of students from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang, who have come to Hogwarts™ for the Triwizard Tournament™, and watch as they demonstrate their skill through enchanting performances.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park, Tom Felton
Video: Grand Opening – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
Posted by Megs

Universal has released some footage from today’s Grand Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley. Photos from the day can also be seen in our gallery!

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

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
Photos: Official Photos from Diagon Alley Grand Opening
Posted by Megs

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It’s the day millions of people around the world have been waiting for… This morning, Universal Orlando Resort officially opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.   Confetti, fireworks and a red carpet lined with dozens of cheering Diagon Alley team members welcomed thousands of excited guests as they entered the all-new spectacularly-themed land for the very first time.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley is filled with incredible entertainment experiences for the whole family.  You arrive aboard the Hogwarts Express, which takes guests on a journey between the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and are transported into a spectacularly themed environment. The new area includes incredible shops with windows full of magical surprises, authentic food and beverages, a towering dragon that breathes fire and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, a new attraction unlike any other that takes you on a mind-blowing ride through the Gringotts vaults – pulling you into an incredible adventure.

Universal have sent over some photos of fans first visiting Diagon Alley. We had the same reactions when seeing the park a couple weeks ago at the Diagon Alley Media & VIP Preview event.  The place is seriously AMAZING, I wish I could have stayed for a full week to take everything in. There’s so much detail, right down to scratches on the walls.  Everything was put there for a reason and you can tell the guys who created the park love what they do! It is truly a feast for the eyes!

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

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
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