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Harry Potter Fan Club Announces New Pin Seeking Collection pins
Posted by Megs

The Harry Potter Fan Club has announced new items as part of their Pin Seeking collection. The first, available now for £59.95 / $80.00, is the Shops of the Wizarding World pin set. It features 6 pins of different shops found in the wizarding world – Honeydukes, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s, Eeylops Owl Emporium, Quality Quidditch Supplies and Ollivanders.

The second is an adorable Niffler pin featuring gold chains and “jewels” the niffler is stealing. This niffler pin will be available for Harry Potter Fan Club Gold Members on 31st March for £18.00.

The Harry Potter Fan Club is unveiling brand new individual pins and box sets from its Pin Seeking Collection each month throughout 2021. The latest arrivals are already in high demand following the much-anticipated debut collection which launched in August 2020.

The Pin Seeking enamel badges, courtesy of the official Fan Club, are full of detail and stories, with each one celebrating the wizarding world in its own special way.  The collection is currently a huge hit with fans, who have raced to get their hands on the limited-edition designs, and Hogwarts House Sets – with some releases selling out in hours.

This year, the pin seeking adventure continues with the launch of the Shops of the Wizarding World. Featuring 6 beautiful individual shop front pins, the set includes Honeydukes, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s, Eeylops Owl Emporium, Quality Quidditch Supplies and Ollivanders.  Each pin comes with intricate detail of the shop front, including magical products in the window – fans might even spot a little broom outside Quality Quidditch Supplies!

This is only the second 6-pin set to be released on general sale following the launch of the First Edition Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin sets last year. And for those looking for creative ways to display their pins, magnets in the walls of each box allow you to connect multiple sets together to build a magical display. You can also unlock extra surprises with the Harry Potter Fan Club app when you scan the Enchanted Key on each pin set.

To celebrate Magical Mischief month, which sees the Wizarding World encouraging fans to embrace their sillier side throughout the month of March, a very special pin is sneaking its way into the Collection – a Niffler! Arguably the most mischievous creature of them all and a Fantastic Beasts favourite, fans can celebrate the character that loves something shiny as he’s immortalised in pin form. He’ll be immersed in gorgeous gold details and jewels to make him an extra special purchase!

Fans can also look forward to regular releases of never-before-seen designs, themed around some of the most iconic characters and events from the Harry Potter series. Some pins will be released in limited numbers, so avid pin seekers will need to hurry before they vanish quicker than you can say Evanesco.

“We are so pleased to announce these exciting additions to the Harry Potter Fan Club Pin Seeking collection. The new releases give our fans the chance to continue growing their collections and get hold of some rare and special designs. As, before, these collectible pins are on limited runs so, in the words of Mad-Eye Moody, have “constant vigilance” when they come on sale!” Tom Greene, Chief Operating Officer at Wizarding World Digital. 

Fans can still get their hands on the highly coveted House Sets – a perfect collector’s item for Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs or Slytherins to show off their House pride. The six pins in each set feature iconic emblems including crest, scarf and banner of the Hogwarts House, as well as an exclusive pin that can’t be purchased anywhere else.

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Universal Studios Hollywood Announces “Taste of Universal” Event
Posted by Megs

This morning Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a new outdoor event, Taste of Universal, that will allow fans to enjoy elements of the theme park on the weekends. Universal Hollywood has been closed since last March due to the pandemic and this is the first time guests will be allowed back in, albeit with limited options. Rides, shows and attractions will not be operational but fans can look forward to delicious food, some shopping and even photographs with characters!

Admission tickets to “Taste of Universal” include access to select themed areas of the park along with a wide selection of nearly 70 choice culinary options. Tickets start at $44 plus tax for adults and $25 plus tax for kids ages 3-9 years. Discounted admission tickets will be available for Universal Annual and Season Pass members.

The full press release can be read below:

Universal Studios Hollywood Serves Up “Taste of Universal” Welcoming Guests Back to the Theme Park with the Dynamic Weekend Outdoor Dining and Shopping Experience, Beginning on Friday, March 12

The Special Event Will Offer First Looks at the All-New “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” Attraction Shop, The Pets Store, and “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’s” Minion Cafe, as well as Access to Such Popular Lands as Hogsmeade Village within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” and “The Simpsons’ Springfield, U.S.A.”

Universal City, California, March 4, 2021 – Universal Studios Hollywood takes its first step in re-opening with the introduction of “Taste of Universal,” a lively outdoor dining and shopping experience taking place within select themed lands on weekends—Friday to Sunday from noon to 7:00 p.m.—beginning on Friday, March 12.

Universal Studios Hollywood is working closely with local health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing and required face coverings.

This eagerly-awaited experience will invite guests to once again feel the thrill of strolling along the park’s signature red carpet as they pass through its iconic gates to enjoy some of the theme park’s best culinary offerings and premium shopping options along with physically distanced photo opportunities with some of their favorite characters. 

Admission tickets to “Taste of Universal” include access to select themed areas of the park along with a wide selection of nearly 70 choice culinary options, of which 30 are new to the event. Adults can choose five options and kids can choose three with additional food offerings available for purchase. Tickets start at $44 plus tax for adults and $25 plus tax for kids ages 3-9 years. Discounted admission tickets will be available for Universal Annual and Season Pass members. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more information and to purchase tickets. 

While rides, shows and attractions will not be operational during this experience, guests will be able to take in the incredible environments that surround them as they enjoy the scrumptious food, including vegan and vegetarian options, served within these areas. This includes: 

  • “Springfield, U.S.A.” — Home of The Simpsons featuring Krusty Burger, Suds McDuff’s Hot Dog House, the Lard Lad Donut Cart and Kwik-E-Mart.
  • “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” — Stroll through Hogsmeade village and enjoy shops such as Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges™, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium™ of Confiscated Goods, and feast on food favorites, including Three Broomsticks™ Fish & Chips, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Butterbeer.
  • The debut of Minion Cafe, a delicious new dining experience, located adjacent to the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, offering such tasty fare as Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Meatballs, Chicken & Bacon Mac and Cheese, and Nutella Banana pudding.
  • The Hollywood & Dine section will feature: 
    • Authentic Mexican fare at Cocina Mexicana with such favorites as Queso Street Tacos, Loaded Nachos all topped with choice of Tinga or Carnita & Birria, Tortilla Cut Chips with Guacamole, Chili Relleno and Elote Corn on the cobb with Lime Crema.
    • Hollywood & Dine, the establishment located just inside the theme park’s main entry, serving a selection of comfort foods including, Hot Chicken Sandwich, Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Bowl, Personal Pizza with choice of pepperoni or cheese, Brisket Sliders with Caramelized Onions, Korean Hot Dog, and mini funnel cake.
    • City Snack Shop offering grab and go treats such as the quintessential NYC Giant Pretzel, Spicy Pomegranate Glazed Turkey Leg, and the debut of the Crepewich, which features sweet (Banana and Nutella, or Strawberry Chocolate) and savory (club or Spinach and Berry vegetarian) temptations. Yum! 

A highlight of the experience will invite guests to preview the very exciting “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” attraction shop, The Pets Store, where guests can purchase favorite The Secret Life of Pets themed goodies.  Minion Way and Pets Place perpendicular streets located adjacent to Illumination’s “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” rides will take guests on a stroll through the film’s scenic New York City streets as they explore the themed environment.

The Animation Store, home to Hello Kitty® and her friends from Sanrio®, including My Melody™, Keroppi™ and Chococat™, as well as Minions merchandise from Illumination’s, blockbuster Despicable Me film franchise, and DreamWorks Animation franchises including Trolls and Kung Fu Panda, will be among the park’s exciting shopping options. 

Physically distanced photo opportunities with select favorite characters will offer guests the chance to reconnect with Universal Studios Hollywood and share their experiences with friends and family via social media. 

Universal Studios Hollywood’s new health and safety protocols are outlined below and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.

  • Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If temperatures exceed 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, Guests will not be permitted to enter.
  • Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
  • Controlled capacity within the theme park, and limited occupancy at all CityWalk venues to help enforce physical distancing. Some areas and programs may remain temporarily closed.
  • Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all food locations, restrooms, and all other high touch points. 
  • Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout the park.
  • Eating and drinking permitted only in designated outdoor dining areas.
  • Contactless payment options wherever possible.
Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Loot Crate Announces May Wizarding World Crate “Nobody’s Prefect”
Posted by Megs

Loot Crate has announced its May Wizarding World subscription box, titled “Nobody’s Prefect,” themed after the Hogwarts house founders. Order by May 3rd to receive your box!

“To assist students in their new role, May’s Nobody’s Prefect crate features an exclusive Mischief Managed Tee, a Sorting Hat House Heat-changing Mug, a Pygmy Puff Clutch, a pair of Zonko’s Shoelaces, and more.”

This bi-monthly subscription will include unique and officially licensed collectibles, apparel, figures, memorabilia & more. 

Wizarding World Loot Crate pricing starts at $39.99 plus shipping and handling. 

Orders for the Nobody’s Prefect crate must be placed by May 3 at 9:00 pm PST. Supplies are limited so order now to avoid disappointment. 

Filed Under: Products
Watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with Tom Felton for a #PeacockPotterParty
Posted by Megs

Tom Felton announced this weekend that he will be watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time in it’s entirety and he’s invited fans to watch along! To watch you’ll need Peacock TV and TikTok. Tom will be live on Peacock’s TikTok at 8pm EST!

Prior to watching the film, Tom will answer fan questions. Then, he’ll put on the movie and provide up-to-the-minute reactions throughout its two-and-a-half hour runtime, while fans can join along as they watch the film on Peacock for free! Peacock is the only place fans can stream all eight Harry Potter films this month. 

Filed Under: Tom Felton
Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells Announces Amortentia Adoration Event
Posted by Megs

One of the newer Potter mobile games, Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells, has announced a new event for it’s first Valentine’s Day! The event will be for a limited time and is named for the powerful love potion the sixth years learn were introduced to by Professor Slughorn.

The love-sick Lavender Brown – on the lookout for her ‘Won-won’  – introduces the event, and the collection item in question: vials of Love Potion. Players collect the Love Potion vials within the Match-3 puzzles, by merging like-colored, adjacent gems – collect enough Love Potions to gain a reward!

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Romance Feature Coming to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Permanently
Posted by Megs

In honor of Valentine’s Day, romance is coming to the mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery! Players will soon be able to go on dates and “experience romance” in the game. Players were able to go on dates during past events and loved it so much that Jam City have decided to make it a permanent feature, starting February 16th!

Hogwarts Mystery Players who have gotten to Year 5, Chapter 9 will also be able to participate in a Valentine’s Day side quest. Read the full press release to learn more about the new features and Valentine’s events!

Love is in the air…and it’s here to stay. Jam City, a leading mobile entertainment studio, along with Portkey Games, a label from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, today announced the highly anticipated feature update to the No. 1 most downloaded mobile game at launch, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Beginning February 16, players will now be able to go on dates whenever they please, and experience romance permanently in the game.

First introduced in 2019 during a special in-game Celestial Ball event, the element of romance has since appeared on four different occasions and was consistently met with resounding enthusiasm as players have opted to go on a total of 2.9 million dates with an original character of their choice. The romance feature is the number one most requested update by fans.

 “Our players are so deeply invested and immersed in their actions within the game that we’re not at all surprised just how well this social feature has performed,” says Sarah Wolf, Game Director at Jam City. “We’re constantly interacting with our player base and receive countless emails and messages from them asking to make dating a permanent feature, so we just had to deliver!”

As part of this update, the romance feature will now include “relationship levels” driven by points earned through gameplay. Once enough points have been accrued, players will advance through various “relationship milestones” that trigger subsequent side quests and activities. New and exciting date locations will unlock based on relationship levels. And as so in real life, players also have the ability to go “exclusive” with their love interest, or “break up” if they aren’t feeling the sparks. 

In addition to the dating feature rollout, beginning today, players who have progressed to Year 5, Chapter 9 can experience a Valentine’s Day-themed time-limited side quest event sure to tug at the heartstrings. Students of Hogwarts are thrilled when Professor Dumbledore announces a big Valentine’s Day dance. However, under the organization of Madam Pince, the dance is at risk of being the most boring event of the year with no food or decorations! It is up to the players to make this dance a memorable night for everyone, and to perhaps plant a seed of love between Madam Pince and Mr. Filch.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Portkey Games
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