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Magical Smart Home Upgrade Lets Muggles Control Their Homes With a Wand Too

When his son asked for a Harry Potter themed birthday, Adam Thole decided to borrow an idea from Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter which lets visitors cast spells using interactive wands. The results are quite possibly the most magical smart home upgrade you’ve ever seen, and one that’s not terribly difficult to build. Read More >>

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Ralph Fiennes Almost Turned Down Playing Voldemort Because He Didn’t Know Anything About Harry Potter

Ralph Fiennes, great actor that he is, is probably more recognisable these days in sinister supervillain makeup than he is outside of it. That’s because he played Voldemort in the Harry Potter series, an iconic role that he filled excellently. Read More >>

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J.K. Rowling Adds More Fuel to the Dumbledore/Grindelwald Fire 

The upcoming Blu-ray release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald features some choice quotes from writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates regarding the are-they/aren’t-they relationship between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. Read More >>

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Inmates at Nottingham Prison Smoked a Harry Potter Book to Get High

Those of you not from my historic East Midlands hometown of Nottingham might not know that HMP Nottingham is considered one of the worst prisons in the country. Unfortunately, the days of the Sheriff of Nottingham riding in to put ne'er-do-wells in their place with a well-aimed arrow or a well-crafted put-down are long gone. Read More >>

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How Fantastic Beasts Failed at Representation, and What J.K. Rowling Can Do About It

I come not to bury J.K. Rowling, but to praise her. Harry Potter was an honest to god phenomenon, impacting my generation in roughly the same way Star Wars did for the one before us. The world she created fascinated us and the fandom was deeply invested in the story. But in her rush to expand the Wizarding World beyond Wizarding Britain, Rowling has run into the limits of her experience and knowledge. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read More >>

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Deliveroo Has Hidden Vouchers in Special Harry Potter-Themed Locations Across the UK

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald has just hit the cinemas, and being part of the Harry Potter franchise means there are plenty of tie-in promotions to be had. The latest comes from Deliveroo, which has hidden a bunch of money-off vouchers at special Potter-themed locations across the UK. Read More >>

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There Are Now Lego Nifflers All Over The Country

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is out now, and to celebrate, the excellent humans at Lego have built some massive brick Nifflers. Read More >>

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We’ve Got The First Trailer For Niantic’s Harry Potter AR Game

Gather round, muggles. It might not quite be the enrolment letter from Hogwarts you've been waiting for, but your chance to be a wizard is incoming in 2019. Or at least, according to Niantic and Warner Bros. it is. Their AR mobile game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, has just had its first trailer. Look: Read More >>

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In Defence of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

It’s wild that an eighth Harry Potter story exists in the world and almost no one talks about it. Read More >>

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Fantastic Beasts 2 Will Make it ‘Clear’ That Dumbledore is Gay, According to the Director

Months ago, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald director David Yates courted controversy among some Harry Potter fans by saying that the movie – despite featuring a young Dumbledore grappling with confronting his now-villainous love interest – would not address author J.K. Rowling’s post-book reveal that Dumbledore is gay. Now he’s walking that back, ever so slightly. Read More >>

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The Final Fantastic Beasts Sequel Trailer Teases a Surprising Character Reveal

So far, the trailers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald haven’t so much actually shown us, well, the crimes of Grindelwald, as they have the ephemera surrounding them. This final trailer doesn’t just give us a better look at Newt Scamander’s new adventure (and those crimes), but a very weird Potter connection. Read More >>

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Fantastic Beasts Characters Are The Latest To Join Lego’s BrickHeadz Line

Love them or hate them, it seems like Lego's BrickHeadz are going to be around for a long while yet. The series that seems to tackle Funko Pop collectibles head-on by immortalising popular characters in chunky brick form has unveiled two new characters that will be added to the line-up soon: Newt Scamander and Gellert Grindelwald from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie. Read More >>

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An Unannounced Lego Harry Potter Set Has Been Spotted, Featuring a Mini Diagon Alley

Lego never announces all of its sets at the same time, often leaving little things for special occasions or for people to find out about for themselves. While a whole slew of Lego Harry Potter sets were just released, including that giant Hogwarts, a smaller unannounced set has been spotted out in the wild. It's Diagon Alley. Read More >>