All muggles, witches & wizards are cordially invited to join us for a fantastically beastly night of magizoology and wizarding fun at our Harry Potter Book Nights!
(and fellow iPhone users are still muggles)
Ever wanted to be a witch or wizard? You're in luck! If you own an Android device,you've got access to magic - right in the palm of your hand.
Thanks to Google, you can cast THREE spells from JK Rowling's Wizarding World. All users have to do is talk to Android’s voice activated assistant and say “Okay Google, Lumos” to turn on the phone’s flashlight, and “Okay Google, Nox” to turn it off. You can also say “Okay Google, Silencio” to turn off the phone’s volume.
It really works (and we can't stop doing it!)
Don't worry non-magic folk, you can still have some fun!
You can use Google Street View to explore the 1926 streets of New York from the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as investigate MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA) headquarters.
AND there's a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them game! Called Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World it allows you to solve mysteries and discover incredible beasts!
Did you know today is the 20th anniversary of The Battle of the Seven Potters?
An aerial battle in the Second Wizarding War, The Battle of the Seven Potters took place over the muggle area of Little Whinging. Several members of the Order of the Phoenix were ambushed by Death Eaters while removing Harry Potter from his home to a safer location after Lord Voldemort's resurrection.
The Order managed to get Harry to safety, but suffered the loss of Alastor Moody, and Harry's owl, Hedwig. In the process. George Weasley also lost an ear.
His Dark Materials 01: Northern Lights by Philip Pullman:
Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world...
Harry Potter 01: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling:
When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived.
Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous - or both.
Prepare to be spellbound by Kate Greenaway winner Jim Kay’s detailed depiction of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and beloved characters in this special hardback edition of the modern children's classic – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. J.K. Rowling has even endorsed the book, herself:
“Seeing Jim Kay’s illustrations moved me profoundly. I love his interpretation of Harry Potter’s world, and I feel honoured and grateful that he has lent his talent to it.”
In the short video below, Kay explains his illustration process, showing viewers models of Dobby the House Elf, a tower that seems to house a dragon, and Hogwarts; and explains how he uses those models to inform his work.
For those of you who have been living in another dimension here's a spoiler-free run-down of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:
When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived.
Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both.
An incredible adventure is about to begin!
In a recent preview, Bloomsbury U.K. unveiled several pages from within the book, giving us a glimpse of how Kay's brilliant illustrations will work in conjunction with Rowling's text (and now we can't wait to get our hands on it!). Check them out in the gallery below!