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You’re A Wizard… Android Users!

You're a Wizard Android Device Users!

(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!

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Cover Reveal: J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts

 

Today the entire muggle world got a peep at the new cover for the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them screenplay. And it is fabulous!

FBFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows the exploits of magizoologist Newt Scamander in 1920s New York, and the screenplay will be published on 19 November - hot on the heels of the movie's release on 18 November.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books.  Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this will be a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf. (Just look at the golden goodness!)

Book-A-Like: Harry Potter & Northern Lights

Lose yourself in the magic of these children's fantasy classics! Both have been box-office hits, but we think the books are so much better!
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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.

Harry Potter: A Modern Children’s Classic

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A good way to tell if a book is going to turn into a pop-culture driven modern classic is when it's fandom doesn't die. Harry Potter fans that loved the book when they were 9 still love the book today, helped along by the extremely successful movie franchise. The world hasn't been so captivated by a teenager with magical powers fighting an evil overlord since Luke found out he was a Jedi in Star Wars (and Star Wars fans are still loud, proud and growing in number).

For those of you that have never read it: When a letter arrives for unhappy orphan Harry Potter, a magical world opens up to him. For you see, Harry is a wizard! Leaving behind his awful aunt and uncle, for Hogwarts- a wizarding school full of ghosts, enchantments and mystery- Harry stumbles upon a sinister secret in his past, which sparks an epic adventure to defeat a shadowy evil mastermind.

9781408834961After the first book you are left with a bunch of questions, foremost being:
*What sort of twisted monster makes a kid live in cupboard under the stairs?
* I am a muggle... or am I? (test a spell and see!)
*Is Snape good or evil? Evil, definitely evil. No, wait, good? Dammit. (This is a feeling you will become familiar with throughout the series)
You will also want an owl, a unicorn, and a real life chess set- in that order.

Through a twisting, turning mass of contradictions and complicated relationships Rowling takes you on an adventure like no other, with each revelation adding to the rich tapestry that will become Harry Potter's legacy.

Cormoran Strikes the small screen

We have been so excited to learn that JK Rowling's Cormoran Strike novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith,  are going to become a BBC TV crime series!

Announcing the news herself on Twitter, the author said: "My friend @RGalbraith's first novel is going to be a TV drama on @BBCOne. He's very excited, but expressing it with characteristic silence." "I am exactly as excited as he is."

cuckoo callingThe Cuckoo’s Calling will be the first book adapted for BBC One, with filming set to begin in 2015. The author herself will collaborate on the project, and casting for the lead role is under way.  Strike is described in the books as “large and dark, with dense, short, curly hair that had receded a little from the high, domed forehead that topped a boxer’s broad nose and thick, surly brows. His jaw was grimy with stubble and bruise-coloured shadows enlarged his eyes.” (Personally I think a beefy Benedict Cumberbatch or Elyes Gabel would be perfect!)

In The Cuckoo’s Calling Strike, a former army officer turned private investigator,  is called in to solve the mystery of a model who falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony in a supposed suicide. Her brother, however, thinks it could be murder.

 

In great news for fans Rowling has recently stated at a writers festival that she would like to turn the Cormoran Strike novels into a series that would run even longer than Harry Potter. (Insert bookish fangirl squeal here!)

"One of the things I love about this genre is unlike Harry Potter, where there was a through line, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and end, you are talking about discreet stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases."

Her other non-Harry Potter book, The Casual Vacancy, has also been adapted for BBC One and will be broadcast in February.