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Butterbeer Ice Cream Arrives at Universal Studios Hollywood
Posted by Megs

It’s finally happened! Butterbeer Ice Cream has arrived at Universal Studios Hollywood. This treat is one of the most popular at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and now guests at Hollywood can enjoy the tasty dessert.

Here’s the scoop, Butterbeer™ ice cream is now being served at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” at Universal Studios Hollywood™, arriving just in time for summer.

The rich palate-pleasing Butterbeer-flavoured hard pack ice cream is a delightful and delicious new addition to the menu of Butterbeer items currently available, including such Butterbeer favorites as traditional, frozen and hot beverages, as well as Butterbeer Potted Cream and Butterbeer Fudge.

Reminiscent of butterscotch and shortbread, Butterbeer ice cream is perfectly fine-tuned as a cool Hogsmeade treat and will be served at various carts located within Hogsmeade and at Three Broomsticks™.

Gathering inspiration from historic British taverns, the adjoining Hog’s Head pub features original draught beers and spirits created exclusively for the land, including Hog’s Head Brew, Dragon’s Scale, Wizard’s Brew and Fire Whisky. Also available are Pumpkin Fizz and Gilly Water and the three Butterbeer choices: traditional, frozen and hot.

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Bloomsbury Commissions 7 Spider models to mark 20th Anniversary of Chamber of Secrets
Posted by Megs

Monday 2nd July marks 20 years since the first publication of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and to celebrate Bloomsbury Children’s Books has commissioned seven spider models created from the pages of the brand new House Editions. These new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets House Editions will be published in hardback and paperback TODAY, 28th June 2018! You can order them on the Bloomsbury website, Amazon UK (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin) or your local store! Fans in the US can order from Amazon UK or try eBay to purchase.

Designed and built by London-based creative agency Create 180, the models will be unveiled across the UK on Saturday 30th June. Six of the spiders will be on display at bookshops. The big arachnids (approximately 50x50cm) will appear at five Waterstones stores (Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London Piccadilly and Nottingham) and The Book Nook in Hove, winner of Children’s Bookseller of the Year at The British Book Awards. The seventh spider will be on display at the Bloomsbury offices for the anniversary date and will then be sent on to Seven Stories in Newcastle.

Each spider will have a unique ‘skin’ created from pages of the House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Published for this very special anniversary the House Editions have cover art by award-winning artist Levi Pinfold. The hardbacks will be in each house colour with artwork in black and striped sprayed edges. The paperbacks will be black with artwork in the corresponding house colours. Both editions will contain additional content including an illustration of the house common room by Levi Pinfold, a house introduction and a mini-feature on house-elves. Books will be in stores from Friday 29th June.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was first published in 1998. It continued the adventures of Harry Potter at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and introduced the world to classic characters such as Dobby the house-elf, Gilderoy Lockhart and the monstrous Acromantula Aragog! The Harry Potter series has now sold over 500 million copies worldwide.

The addresses of the bookstores are as follows:

Waterstones Edinburgh – West End – 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD
T: 0131 226 2666 / E: edinburghwestend@waterstones.com

Waterstones Leeds – 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds, LS1 5AP
T: 0113 244 4588 / E: leeds@waterstones.com

Waterstones Liverpool – 12 College Lane, Liverpool, L1 3DL
T: 0151 709 9820 / E: liverpoolone@waterstones.com

Waterstones London – Piccadilly – 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD
T: 020 7851 2400 / E: piccadilly@waterstones.com

Waterstones Nottingham – 1/5 Bridlesmith Gate, Nottingham, NG1 2GR
T: 0115 9470069 / E: nottingham@waterstones.com

The Book Nook – First Avenue, Hove, BN3 2FJ
T: 01273 911988 / E: info@booknookuk.com

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books – 30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ
T: 0300 330 1095 ext 300 / E: info@sevenstories.org.uk

Filed Under: Bloomsbury House Editions, Books
New Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts films LEGO Wizarding World Minifigures Announced
Posted by Megs

Twenty-two of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s most beloved characters star in an entirely new LEGO Minifigure series! The collection features characters from both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Available August 1st, the collectible Wizarding World minifigures will be sold in toy stores, shop.LEGO.com and in LEGO Stores nationwide for $3.99 each.

The full series includes:

  • Fan favorites from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Harry Potter (in school robes), Ron Weasley (in school robes), Hermione Granger (in school robes), Draco Malfoy (in Quidditch robes), Harry Potter (in Pajamas), Albus Dumbledore, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Cho Chang, Dean Thomas,Lord Voldemort, Dobby, Cedric Diggory, Mad-Eye Moody, Professor Flitwick, and Professor Trelawney.
  • Additionally, from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander, Jacob Kowalski, Tina Goldstein, Queenie Goldstein, Credence Barebone, and Percival Graves.

Read all character descriptions in the full post.


Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Films, LEGO Harry Potter, Products
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Introduces New Feature!
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Portkey Games’ new mobile game, gives players the opportunity to create a character, and attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a student, attending classes, making friends, earning House Points, and of course, solving mysteries! The game is set in the 1980s, seven years before Harry Potter’s first day at Hogwarts. Players will explore the halls and grounds of the school, and meet both new characters — like your Slytherin nemesis in the game, Merula – and beloved characters from the books and films like Dumbledore, Snape, Flitwick, McGonagall, Hagrid and many more.

Today they’re introducing a new feature to the game: pets!

From the adorable boarhound puppy, Fang, to the feisty but devoted feline, Mrs. Norris, pets are a beloved part of life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Starting today, players of the mobile game, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, can have critters of their own! Selecting between the popular picks of Owl, Rat, Cat and Toad, players can now choose a pet to join them in their adventures as a student at Hogwarts.

Players can own up to four pets in the game, one of each kind, which will lounge and nap in their house dormitory. Equipping one animal friend at time, a pet can join players at locations around Hogwarts and its grounds. In addition to companionship, pets provide players with an energy boost when they’re awoken from slumber.

With today’s addition, players can join the likes of pet-loving Hagrid and Mr. Filch, gaining a friendly animal friend to join them in their exploration of Hogwarts and their new dormitories.

Click photos below to enlarge:
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Pets - Bengal Cat Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Pets - Owl Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Pets - Toad Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Pets - Rat

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Portkey Games
Tickets for Daniel Radcliffe’s New Play, The Lifespan of A Fact, Now Available
Posted by Megs

Tickets for Daniel Radcliffe’s new play, The Lifespan of a Fact, are now available online.

Jim Fingal (Daniel Radcliffe) has a small job: to fact check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Jim Fingal’s boss (Cherry Jones) has given him a big assignment: apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D’Agata (Bobby Cannavale). And now, Jim Fingal has a huge problem: John made up some of his article. Well, a lot of his article. OK, actually, maybe the majority of it? What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim Fingal ever just shut the fact up?

The play begins previews at Studio 54 on September 20, 2018 with opening night on October 18, 2018. It will run 16 weeks, through January 13, 2019. Tickets will run you $129 to $169 depending on date and time. Purchase your tickets here!

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery – First Month Stats
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a new mobile game from Jam City, is set in the 80s, before Harry and the gang were at Hogwarts. For the first time, players can create their own character and experience life as a Hogwarts student.  Attending classes, learning spells and potions, exploring Hogwarts and engaging in life as a wizard-in-training, players find themselves at the center of a mystery that must be unraveled.

Jam City have sent over a fun infographic sharing some stats from the game’s first month.  For example, since it’s release:

  • 3.1 billion House Points have been awarded
  • 225 million spells have been cast
  • 35 million sticks have been fetched by Fang

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

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