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Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition – Out Today!
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban may be one of the most beloved Potter books of the series. Today, the Illustrated Edition has been released in both the US and UK! Once again Jim Kay has done a spectacular job of bringing the book to life! Head to your favorite bookstore or order on Amazon and Amazon UK. A Deluxe Edition is also available in the United Kingdom!

An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger.

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Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition, Jim Kay
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
“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood
Posted by Megs

Last month we revealed more information on Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Today Universal Studios Hollywood announces the debut of their all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” The festive experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic Hogwarts castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor. More information is included in the press release below:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk deck the halls for a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTM castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will perform all-new holiday themed songs.

A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will also debut this season. Collectibles include a variety of decorative Hogwarts castle snow globes, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the houses, as well as a collection of unique tree toppers and house pennant garland.

Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience invites guests to celebrate this special time of year in J.K. Rowling’s compelling Wizarding World for themselves.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts TM Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from 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.

Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.  The annual event comes to life with a towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree where Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.  The Who-liday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble—will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.

“Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 2-3 and 9-10, and daily from December 15 through December 31, 2017.

Spirited holiday décor and festive whimsy will permeate throughout the theme park including “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions gleefully spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza. Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at 5 Towers.

The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk will also make a splash this holiday season. This visually dynamic fountain, displaying over 230 individual power jets, will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.

Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination.

The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 23, 2017.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood is included in the price of theme park admission.  More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebookand follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Filed Under: Universal Holidays, Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Cursed Child Broadway Ticket Information and Prices Released
Posted by Megs

Ticket information for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway has been released this morning. We shared on Facebook over the weekend that fans can register for the chance to get an access code for the first set of tickets! More has been revealed today with full information available on the official website. If you are unsuccessful in securing tickets in this first release, there will be regular opportunities to purchase tickets in the future.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 11AM EDT

Tickets on sale on October 18 will be sold exclusively via TICKETMASTER VERIFIED FAN® to those who have registered and received a unique Access Code.

Registration for Ticket Access will open on Sunday, October 1 at 10am EDT and close on Thursday, October 5 at 10pm EDT.

Performances will be Wednesday – Sunday with opportunities to see both parts on the same day or on consecutive days.

To see both parts together, on the same day or consecutive evenings, purchase tickets for one of the pairings below.
One ticket will secure the same seat for both Part One and Part Two.

WEDNESDAYS: There will be a matinee performance of Part One at 2PM and an evening performance of Part Two at 7:30PM.

THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS: On Thursdays there will be an evening performance of Part One at 7:30PM, and on Fridays, an evening performance of Part Two at 7:30PM. If you choose to see Part One on a Thursday evening, we will automatically book you into Part Two the following Friday evening.

SATURDAYS: There will be a matinee performance of Part One at 2PM and an evening performance of Part Two at 7:30PM.

SUNDAYS: There will be a matinee performance of Part One at 2PM and an evening performance of Part Two at 7:30PM.

Ticket pricing is as follows:

For every performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there will be 300 seats priced at $40 or less per part, and 150 of these seats will be priced at $20 per part. 

Current pricing for performances beginning April 25, 2018: $20, $40, $80, $130, $165 and $199 per part.

Current pricing during previews (March 16 to April 21, 2018): $20, $40, $70, $120, $155 and $189 per part.

Premium tickets are also available for all performances. Standard Ticketmaster service fees apply.

Beginning in previews, every Friday at 1PM EDT, we will release 40 tickets for every performance the following week, for some of the very best seats in the theatre, at an amazingly low price. These tickets are known as ‘The Friday Forty’ and will only be available via the official website.

More information regarding The Friday Forty will be announced at a later date.

Information on TicketMaster Verified Fan:

All those who register and are identified as genuine ticket buyers, not bots or scalpers, will be equally eligible to receive an Access Code. The selection process is randomized to ensure access to tickets is as fair as possible and is in no way influenced by a patron’s Ticketmaster purchase history. Those who receive an Access Code will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis on Wednesday, October 18. Because of anticipated demand, registering does not guarantee receipt of an Access Code, and receiving an Access Code does not guarantee there will be tickets remaining when you try to purchase. Access Codes will not be delivered until the morning of the onsale and will be required to purchase tickets.

Warning about unofficial ticket sellers:

Please be aware that unofficial ticket sellers may list tickets available for purchase before they go on sale. This practice is called ‘speculative listing’ and we advise our audiences not to trust resellers claiming to have tickets before they are officially released as these tickets are not real. Similarly, unofficial sellers may speculatively list access codes prior to the onsale. No codes have been generated or distributed, and you should not trust anyone trying to sell you a code.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
J.K. Rowling Appearing on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ This Weekend
Posted by Megs

A new interview with J.K. Rowling will be airing on CBS Sunday Morning on September 24th beginning at 9am. Mark Phillips talks with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling about the sensation of the London stage (and coming soon to Broadway): “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The show is 90 minutes long and Jo’s segment could air at any point during the show.

This episode launches the 40th anniversary of the show. According to the press release:

America’s #1 Sunday morning news program, will launch its 40th anniversary season with a new set and an exciting lineup of stories that includes profiles of Shania Twain and J.K. Rowling, along with a look at the fall season in art, movies, books and music, on Sunday, Sept. 24 (9:00 AM) on the CBS Television Network.

The broadcast will mark the first reimagining of the signature set since CBS SUNDAY MORNING launched on Jan. 28, 1979.

“The new set is evocative of the one viewers have come to love since the launch of the broadcast,” said CBS SUNDAY MORNING executive producer Rand Morrison. “The goal is to enhance the visual experience for our viewers, while not shocking them with dramatic changes. The colors are refreshed, the building materials updated, and we have a bit more flexibility in what we can do in the studio.”

The previous set was dismantled and the new set constructed in place over the course of a week leading up to the season premiere. The new set (designed by Jack Morton Worldwide) is a round, multi-level creation that provides multiple positions for anchor Jane Pauley. Additional elements, such as thin tower video panels, will be added in the coming weeks.

In addition to profiles of country star Shania Twain by Lee Cowan and “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling by Mark Phillips, the Sept. 24 broadcast will feature Susan Spencer’s cover story on the trend in children being given unusual names; 60 MINUTES correspondent Lesley Stahl’s chat with author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett; David Edelstein’s preview of the fall season in movies; Anna Werner’s look at what’s ahead in art; Serena Altschul’s report on a museum filled with artifacts found by sanitation engineer; and Tracy Smith’s interview with Iain Armitage, star of the new CBS comedy YOUNG SHELDON.

Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the tip.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
A Celebration of Harry Potter Returning to Universal Orlando in January
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando Resort revealed on Twitter that their fifth annual Celebration of Harry Potter will be taking place from January 26-28, 2018! No further details have been announced at this time but the three day event is always worth attending. Members of the cast and crew participate in panels and Universal hosts a Harry Potter Expo where venders such as Scholastic, Warner Bros Studio Tour London and more share what’s new!

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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