Posts tagged with harry-potter

Sep 18 2019

Not their finest hour


According to the Tennessean, students at the St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville will no longer be allowed to read the Harry Potter series, as a pastor at the parish school says he "consulted several exorcists" and decided the books were dangerous. He explained further...

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Jun 20 2019

Just charge more!


LitHub recently posted a promising-looking article about the development of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks in Florida. I'm always interested in logistics, so I was excited to learn more about merchandising tie-ins and ride development, but then I ran across this staggering fact...

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Jun 19 2019

They're cute~


I have now seen the entire line of Vans' Harry Potter-inspired shoes, and I've decided that for once I am glad that I always, always get sorted into Slytherin...

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May 2 2019

Printing money


Sick of Game of Thrones getting all that sweet, sweet merchandising tie-in money, Vans has just announced a Harry Potter-themed line of sneakers. Details are non-existent, but they seem to be modeled after the Hogwarts houses...

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Oct 10 2018

If money were no object


If you're a rich book nerd (or you have loving and indulgent relatives), check out the latest Harry Potter-themed items at Pottery Barn. They range from kitschy-yet-expensive items like a Golden Snitch-inspired beanbag chair to...

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Aug 16 2018

Money is no object


If you're a hardcore Harry Potter geek, apparently there is now a new-and-improved ultimate Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit game on the market, with three times the questions, a custom board, and whatever "House mascot movers" are. It's also not cheap (nearly $50), but...

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Mar 14 2018



The official teaser trailer is out for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and once again it looks great. Unfortunately, these movies seem more worried about aesthetics than storytelling—and the filmmakers' (and Rowling's) insistence...

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Dec 19 2017

I want these. All of them.


There's a great collection of reasonably-priced Harry Potter-themed bags being featured on Revelist, and I want pretty much all of them. I'm always attracted to Slytherin-themed items, but...

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Nov 16 2017

Don't get hit by cars, please.


According to The AV Club, the tech company that created Pokémon Go is partnering with Warner Bros. to create another augmented-reality game, this time based on the world of Harry Potter. The description makes it sound pretty much exactly like...

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Nov 9 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #7


Gift Idea #7: Asymmetrical Harry Potter earrings ($48)

We love these, particularly in sterling silver...

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Nov 7 2017

Holiday Gift Pick #3


Gift Idea #3 The Hogwarts House Throw Blanket of your choice ($69)

This is one of two Harry Potter-themed picks this year...

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Oct 19 2017



Adding to my ever-growing list of things I wish I could fly to England to see, the British Library's insanely awesome-sounding Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit is about to open. (The exhibit will run from the 20th of this month until the 28th of February, 2018...

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Oct 5 2017

Cookie decorating not for beginners


The Kitchn just posted a list of 18 Harry Potter-inspired Halloween recipes. I can resist most of these ideas (they're very heavy on pumpkin and butterscotch flavors, neither of which are my favorite), but I am in love with the Weasley Sweater cookies idea...

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Sep 14 2017



Normally I find most of the items from Pottery Barn's kid and teen lines mega-boring, like the kind of stuff you could buy at an extra-expensive, extra-WASP-y Costco. But once in a while they surprise me, and I am totally down with their "Harry Potter Collection", which...

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Jun 22 2017

With a little editing, sign me up


The Guardian is getting in on the upcoming Harry Potter celebrations, too: the most recent installment in their "Novel Recipes" series is a (softer) version of Hagrid's rock cakes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone...

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Jun 22 2017



Next Monday, June 26th, marks the 20th anniversary of the British publication of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone. Rowling's publisher Bloomsbury has an entire page of suggested ways to celebrate, including...

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Jan 19 2017

Not my style, but...


The Revelist recently featured an article about these sold-out Niffler necklaces, inspired by the jewelry-stealing fantastic beasts from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter 'verse...

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Jan 12 2017

Maybe too specific?


Two Harry Potter + food articles in as many days! According to the Gothamist, there's a new Harry Potter-themed pasta restaurant in Williamsburg. It's tough to tell from the Pasta Wiz website, but the Potter connection looks a little tenuous...

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Jan 11 2017

Their spelling is pretty terrible, though.


Refinery29 recently featured an article about the Llety Cynin bed-and-breakfast in South Wales, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by...

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Dec 6 2016

Holiday Gift Pick #2


Gift Idea #2: ThinkGeek's Harry Potter-themed 1000-piece puzzle

There are actually two versions of this puzzle. We prefer the vintage-travel-style "Ride the Hogwarts Express" one; but the Marauders' Map one is okay too. Both retail for $15.99...

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Nov 17 2016

I approve


According to the Guardian, organizers have announced the launch of a Quidditch Premier League in the UK. Obviously, some modifications are necessary for Muggle players...

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Sep 20 2016

Worth it?


No matter what I do, any Harry Potter quiz or online generator always sorts me into Slytherin. I've accepted my snaky nature, and am therefore tempted by this Elhoffer Design sweater. (All four houses are available.) They're a little pricey ($50), and they're still...

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Sep 15 2016

Okay, sure.


Slate recently posted an article called "The New Powers That Be: Harry Potter, the triumph of fandom, and the future of creativity". The essay dives into the impact of Harry Potter as the focus of the first major internet-born fandom...

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Aug 18 2016

Harder to kill than a zombie


According to the Atlantic, J. K. Rowling's recent announcement that there would be no more Harry Potter stories after Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was by no means an indication that she was done with the Potter 'verse...

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Aug 4 2016

Cleaning up


According to the BBC, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script is the fastest-selling book in the UK this decade. It sold more than 680,000 copies in the first three days after its release, beating the previous record held by IFifty Shades of Grey. (British book snobs can heave a sigh of relief.) At its current rate, the script will be...

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Jun 2 2016

Leave well enough alone


The first pictures of the in-character cast are out for the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and everybody looks spectacular. Of course, creating lush visuals has never been Rowling's problem...

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May 11 2016

Sticker shock


The Daily Mail just reported on a Texas couple's Harry Potter-themed wedding, which was lavish, expensive, and admittedly pretty amazing-looking. (They had a trained owl fly the wedding rings to the best man!) The shindig cost $65,000 and took a year and a half to plan. Sadly, the article fails to...

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Feb 3 2016

It's cute, I guess.


Dramafever informs me that Warner Bros. has recently given Animate (Japan's largest retailer of anime, games, and manga) the exclusive rights to produce a wide range of anime-style Harry Potter merchandise...

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Dec 1 2015

Holiday Gift Guide Idea #1: Harry Potter artwork


Dear readers, it is once again time for the Wordcandy Holiday Gift Guide. As usual, we're running late, but (also as usual) we've found some awesome stuff.

Gift Idea #1: Harry Potter artwork from MinaLima (Prices vary, but are all high)...

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Oct 27 2015

For the rich and/or devoted


J.K. Rowling's Pottermore website recently posted a helpful round-up of all the available information about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the stage play that will serve as the eighth official Harry Potter story...

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