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Bloomsbury + British Library Create Books for 20th Anniversary Harry Potter Exhibition
Posted by Megs

As we posted way back in August 2016, The British Library will be having a special Harry Potter inspired exhibition in honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Bloomsbury has collaborated with the British Library to create two magic-filled books to accompany the exhibition. Tickets for the exhibition, which runs from Fri 20 Oct 2017 – Wed 28 Feb 2018, are now on sale. To purchase tickets go to the British Library’s website.

The books will be released on October 20th to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. Harry Potter: A History of Magic (£30) will be available in hardback and e-book formats. Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic (£12:99) will be published in available and e-book formats. Both books are available for pre-order on the British Library’s website and there is international shipping.

In a unique collaboration between Bloomsbury and the curators of the British Library, two new books will be published by Bloomsbury and Pottermore this autumn to accompany Harry Potter: A History of Magic: The Exhibition. The exhibition will run at the British Library from 20th October 2017 until 28th February 2018 as part of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stoneyear long series of activities.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Hardback) is the official book of the exhibition. In a unique collaboration between Bloomsbury and the curators of the British Library, the exhibition will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which underpin the Harry Potter stories. Visitors can marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time. This book explores the amazing artefacts, manuscripts, original artwork and curators’ insights that make up the backbone of the exhibition. A comprehensive companion book, it will also feature essays on each section of the exhibition by cultural commentators, academics and respected writers as diverse as Major Tim Peake, Lucy Mangan, Steve Backshall and Anna Pavord. This is a beautifully produced, full-colour coffee-table book which will make the whole exhibition experience available to everyone.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic showcases selected items from the exhibition and is aimed at a family audience. It too explores the subjects studied at Hogwarts, and will contain spellbinding facts and information behind the real history of magic, alongside activities inspired by these subjects, creating a rich and rewarding book for families to enjoy for years to come.

The print editions will be published by Bloomsbury on 20th October 2017 and the eBook editions will be published by Pottermore simultaneously. Both print and digital editions will echo the contents of the exhibition, which takes visitors on a journey to where magic and myth began using an extraordinary range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, and combine fascinating treasures from the British Library’s collections with previously-unseen material from the Bloomsbury archive and J.K. Rowling. Both titles will be available for purchase from the British Library as well as general book retailers.

Filed Under: Books
Bloomsbury Launches Wizarding Wednesdays to Celebrate 20 years of Philosopher’s Stone
Posted by Megs

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Bloomsbury is bringing back their very successful Wizarding Wednesdays competition by popular demand. The first week fans in the UK and Ireland can win a deluxe family ticket and early access to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London!

Wizarding Wednesdays originally ran in 2016 as part of the hugely successful film campaign for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and was enthusiastically embraced by fans in the UK. The competition will create multiple opportunities for fans in the UK to win the most exciting, money-can’t-buy-prizes from the Wizarding World. The prizes range from all across J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and include exciting packages from Bloomsbury, Warner Bros., Pottermore, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, MinaLima, The British Library and many more.

The competition can be entered by heading to www.HarryPotter20.com/WizardingWednesdays. Winners are selected at random and fans need only register once to be in with a chance to win from the array of fantastic prizes offered over six weeks. Any lucky winners will not be eligible to win further prizes.

For a full list of the prizes on offer and terms and conditions go towww.HarryPotter20.com/WizardingWednesdays. Competition is only eligible for people living in the UK and Ireland.

You can also celebrate the 20th anniversary across social media:

Bloomsbury and Pottermore will work with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on three exciting projects that will celebrate the 20th anniversary in different ways across each social media channel globally.

Because great books help people connect with one another, Facebook will surprise people on the 26th with a fun, special feature when posting or commenting about Harry Potter.

Instagram superfans and influencers will be sharing Instagram Stories of what Harry Potter has meant to them over the past twenty years using #HarryPotter20. The official Instagram account – @instagram (224m followers) – will be joining in the celebrations by featuring stories from some of the biggest Harry Potter fans in the community.

Meanwhile, on Twitter fans can join in the conversation with a specially-designed emoji for the world’s most favourite boy-wizard, revealed when they type in the official hashtag of the campaign #HarryPotter20.

The projects will each launch on Monday 26th June.

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Help Bloomsbury Find the World’s Favorite Harry Potter Character
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury and National Book Tokens have launched a poll to find the world’s favorite Harry Potter Character. They have selected 20 characters but if you have a favorite not listed you can add them in below the poll! Four lucky voters will be selected at random to win a £20 National Book Token, personalised with their chosen Hogwarts House. To cast your vote visit this page on the National Book Tokens website.

As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Bloomsbury Publishing and National Book Tokens have launched a huge search to find the nation’s favourite character from the Harry Potter books.

Over seven magical books, Harry has met a huge cast of incredible characters, and we’ve drawn up a list of 20 that have charmed readers over the last 20 years. You can head over to the National Book Tokens website to vote for your favourite. Simply select the character you’d like to vote for and click the SUBMIT button. If your favourite character doesn’t appear, don’t despair – just tell us who gets your vote in the space provided!

The poll closes at 11am on Friday 23rd June and the number one character will be announced on Monday 26th June – 20 years since the day Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published.

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Open Casting Call for ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has announced an open casting call for the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Warner Bros. are looking for 5 young actors to portray younger versions of Newt, Leta, Grindelwald and Dumbledore as well as a new character, Sebastian.

An open casting call has gone out for three actors between the ages of 13 and 16 to play young versions of Newt, Leta, and another character called Sebastian.

They are also looking for actors between 16 and 18 to portray both Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore as teenagers.

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To apply for the Fantastic Beasts open casting call, email casting.prod@wb.uc-ns.com with a recent colour photograph, (i.e., taken within the last two months), contact telephone number, your home address and date of birth. Anyone under 18 must ask a parent or guardian to send the application.

No previous acting experience is necessary, but applicants need to be eligible to work in the UK (meaning they must be a UK, Irish or EU passport holder), and be available for filming between August and November 2017.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at midnight GMT. If there is interest in pursuing an application further, the applicant will hear back within 14 days of their original submission. While every applicant will be considered, only those passing the initial consideration round will be contacted.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Christmas is Coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood
Posted by Megs

As we posted back in April, Christmas is coming to Hogwarts at Universal Studios Orlando! Today we can announce that fans in California can also celebrate the season at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood! “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood bringing a dazzling light projection spectacular to Hogwarts Castle and festive hliday décor to the immersive land.

This holiday season, Universal Studios Hollywood will introduce “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” transforming HogwartsTM castle into a breathtaking light projection show that captures the spirt of the yuletide season.

Hogsmeade village will also shine brightly as the quaint town celebrates with festive décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts, along with holiday-themed food and beverages including hot Butterbeer.

A special time in the Harry Potter series, the all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” tradition invites guests to celebrate this part of J.K. Rowling’s compelling story for themselves.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, the familiar sounds of Harry Potter music will resonate throughout “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM”.  Multiple times an evening, colorful projection mapping will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with impressive dimensional animations that melodically dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from of the Harry Potter movies.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” represents the immersive land’s first holiday themed program since opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood is a masterful recreation, faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including as its iconic focal point, Hogwarts castle.

From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” transports guests of all ages to the very places they watched on the silver screen.

The architecturally stunning land also includes the  captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride, now enhanced with 4K-HD and ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second for an even more immersive glimpse into Harry Potter’s world, as well as Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor family coaster.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” resonates with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverages at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.

A foray through the shops adds to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods.

More details about “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be shared in the coming months.

Filed Under: Universal Holidays, Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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.

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