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Video: Tom Felton Gives Tour of Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood
Posted by Megs

Tom Felton has given Entertainment Weekly a tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. The park has it’s Grand Opening on April 7th with Felton, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis and James and Oliver Phelps set to attend.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park, Tom Felton, Universal Studios Hollywood
BoxLunch Announces Exclusive “Butterbeer Home Brewing Kit;” Gift Card Giveaway
Posted by Megs

Happy April Fool’s Day! Of all the tricks today, BoxLunch may have had our favorite. For those of you that have not heard of them, they are an online store that specializes in geeky products from Harry Potter to Zelda. What we love most about this store is their charity involvement – for every $10 spent on the site or in-store, they help provide a meal to a person in need via a partnership with Feeding America.

Today they announced a brand new product, an Exclusive “Butterbeer Home Brewing Kit.” They even have a video showcasing how the product is used. You can order yours via their website and you have the option to provide your email address in exchange for a meal donated to Feeding America on your behalf.

BoxLunch have offered to giveaway TWO gift cards to very lucky Magical-Menagerie fans! We’ll be giving away a $100 and $50 gift card to spend on whatever your heart desires! Entering is very simple. There are 4 ways you can enter: Leaving a comment, following us on Twitter and RTing a couple tweets. Do so with the widget below:

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Filed Under: April Fools!, Giveaway
Harry Potter Audiobooks Hit 1 Million Copies Sold in 4 Months
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Harry Potter Audiobooks
Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter digital audiobooks have sold one million units at audible.co.uk, audible.com, audible.de and audible.com.au. This milestone was reached only four months after Audible became the sole subscription-based service to offer the series as digital audiobooks on November 20th, 2015. The recordings showcase captivating performances by Stephen Fry (in the UK and the rest of the world), Jim Dale (in the North American version) and Felix von Manteuffel (in the German version).  The UK version can be downloaded at audible.co.uk/HarryPotter.

“Decades after the release of J.K. Rowling’s celebrated series, there has never been a better time to be a Harry Potter fan,” said Andy Gaies, Audible’s Chief Content Officer. “Audible listeners are the most voracious readers there are, and now that we’re able to offer the opportunity to enjoy the Harry Potter series seamlessly through the Audible service, our audience is clamoring for these wonderful stories. We’re gratified that the series has picked up steam so quickly on Audible, and look forward to bringing even more listeners to J.K. Rowling’s richly imagined universe through our affordable platform.”

“These strong Audible sales figures demonstrate the continuing strength and appeal of the Harry Potter series on any platform – print book, eBook or digital audiobook,” said Susan L. Jurevics, Chief Executive Officer, Pottermore.  “The Harry Potter digital audiobooks are now more accessible thanks to Audible’s ability to successfully connect with its vast membership base.  We look forward to growing the audience with Audible and helping more users experience the joys and magic of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”

Pottermore, the digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company from J.K. Rowling, is the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. As the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, pottermore.com is dedicated to unlocking the power of imagination. It offers news, features, and articles as well as new and previously unreleased writing by J.K. Rowling. The Pottermore Shop, the company’s digital retail arm, will continue to sell the Harry Potter digital audiobooks.

Filed Under: Books
Matt Lewis Starring in Audible’s ‘Alien: Out of the Shadows’
Posted by Megs

Thanks to our partner site, Matthew-Lewis.com we can share that Matt has lent his voice to Alien: Out of the Shadows an Audible Original Drama set between the first two Alien films. Alien: Out of the Shadows was dramatised for audio by Dirk Maggs, from the novel by Tim Lebbon and stars Rutger Hauer, Matthew Lewis, Corey Johnson and Kathryn Drysdale. Two photos of Matthew in the studio can be viewed over at the Matthew-Lewis.com gallery.

It is available to download from 26th April at www.audible.co.uk/scream and will cost £21.49 to pre-order or can be downloaded FREE with a 30-day trial if you are new to audible.

Matthew Lewis (voicing Baxter) says of working on audio, “Audiobooks and dramas are a new medium for me, but luckily I was working with some true professionals who I could learn from; since its audio only, you have to squeeze as much emotion from every line as you can without overdoing it. I’m a huge fan of the Alien universe and the opportunity to be a part of that was very exciting – I love playing all kinds of different characters from different walks of life, and a seasoned bridge officer such as Baxter in a science fiction scenario was a completely new one for me too.”

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Filed Under: Matthew Lewis
Artwork for Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by Jim Kay Released
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition

Bloomsbury have sent over a first look at Jim Kay’s cover art for the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! The book will be published in hardback on 4th October 2016. Pottermore exclusively revealed some more new artwork from the book, all of which can be seen in our gallery!

Pre-Order the book at Amazon or Bloomsbury!

Bloomsbury Publishing is excited to reveal the cover of the eagerly anticipated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition written by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay. Scholastic US are using the same cover image and will reveal simultaneously. Illustrated by Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, the front cover image shows Harry Potter flying towards The Burrow in the Ford Anglia.

Published globally on 4th October 2016 the hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and over 115 colour images. The illustrated edition will be published in more than 21 languages around the world. All will be using Jim Kay’s artwork and will be joining the UK and the US in bringing this beautiful edition to life.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition was published to huge acclaim in October 2015. Sales of the book exceeded 100,000 copies through UK TCM within the first six months of publication and the book has been shortlisted for The Bookseller Children’s Book of the Year. Jim Kay’s artwork received plaudits from across the globe and J.K. Rowling herself said, ‘Seeing Jim Kay’s illustrations moved me profoundly. I love his interpretation of Harry Potter’s world, and feel honoured and grateful that he has lent his talents to it.’

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Filed Under: Books, Jim Kay
Cast Attending Wizarding World Hollywood Grand Opening Revealed
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has revealed some of the cast and crew from the Potter films that will be attending a Red Carpet Gala opening for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 5th.  Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps along with composer John Williams will attend the Grand Opening event.

The attraction has been five years in the making, and features a stunning recreation of Hogwarts castle as well as Hogsmeade village.

Following in the footsteps of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan, the Hollywood attraction will bring back some of the fans’ favourite rides, as well as a few new surprises.

The park officially opens on April 7th but is currently doing “soft openings” where fans can visit the park with limited rides and stores open.  Here’s a quick definition of a soft opening for those of you unfamiliar:

A soft opening is usually a less strenuous opening for the ride or attraction. It might not open at park open or might close before park close. It may open and close periodically throughout the day for minor adjustments or to run routine safety checks, although usually these closures are “soft” closures – they don’t clear the queue, they just cycle and empty cycle or stop the ride after everyone’s off for a moment or two. There may be private events, training or staffing requirements, repairs, media, or inspections that require the attraction be closed an entire day or more during this time. Certain effects or features might not be working yet.

Filed Under: Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter Theme Park, James and Oliver Phelps, John Williams, Tom Felton, Universal Studios Hollywood, Warwick Davis

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