Earlier this March, my family helped set up booths at a local community sale. Though I didn't ...

Community Sale Treasures: Harry Potter Christmas Lights!

Vintage Harry Potter Christmas Ornaments
Earlier this March, my family helped set up booths at a local community sale. Though I didn't walk away with very many treasures, there was one in particular I couldn't ignore gambling: Harry Potter Christmas Lights! I say gamble because as much as we want to trust our neighbors aren't selling broken goods, these Christmas lights caught my eye and the seller promised that they worked. One $3 risk and a simple test later at home, and it paid off!

One of the best parts I loved about the early Harry Potter phenomenon was the initial Warner Bros Studios stores that sold merchandise. Do you guys remember those days? Wall-to-wall shelving of blankets, pillows, and so much more. Illustrations from the earlier days of the fandom makes items like these lights easy to recognize but hard to find. The lights are so bright and creative, and can't wait to string them up this Christmas.

Vintage Harry Potter Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Harry Potter Christmas Ornaments

Vintage Harry Potter Christmas Ornaments

One of the luckiest experiences I've had is walk down the magical streets of Diagon Alley - li...

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One of the luckiest experiences I've had is walk down the magical streets of Diagon Alley - like the real Diagon Alley in the whole wide Muggle world. While going through my many photos, there were a few I thought thought Harry Potter fans might enjoy. One of my photos of the great dragon sitting atop Gringott's Bank is free to download here. If you want access to more freebies and everything Harry Potter, join my newsletter here!

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In my last post about the Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando featured picture...

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 Universal Orlando Part 2

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
In my last post about the Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando featured pictures of the Harry Potter expo - like Mina Lima's graphic design from the films and amazing merchandise. Today's coverage of my trip includes pictures of the Warner Bros Studio Tour, exclusive merchandise, a Q&A session with the film cast, and a special run-in with one of the movie's cast members. Hope you enjoy!

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
At the Universal Orlando exhibition, Warner Bros Studios set up shop with an exclusive mini-tour. A separate space was made for wandmakers and make-up artists to talk about what it was like to work on the films.

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
The wand and wandmaker - Each one was made from a cast and molding to be painted and given finishing touches.

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
The make-up counter was full of wigs, prosthetics and make-up used on the actors for the film. 

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
Before leaving witches and wizards could duel against a dreaded DeathEater! 

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
One of Rowling's best quotes on a display wall before the end of the tour.

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
At the International Market Showcase various items were on display including a three-headed Fluffy, Hogwarts and Dobby sculpture, characters as dolls, and a MASSIVE Hogwarts Lego display (below).

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
  One of my favorite parts of the showcase - a GIANT Hogwarts Lego. Not one detail seemed to be missing. It had a big of the Great Lake, Whomping Willow, boathouse and Hagrid's Hut.

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016
To conclude the weekend celebration, we attended a live Q&A with the cast featuring Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch and Matthew Lewis. Though we got to the stage well-in advanced, the turn-up was still pretty packed. Still we had a good spot and saw the cast in person - so much fun!

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016


Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

Universal Studios Celebration of Harry Potter 2016


After the cast Q&A, my family went to Diagon Alley for dinner and walk around. In Knockturn Alley, Katie Leung was taking photos with fans. She was kind and gracious to let me take a photo with her. What a way to cap off the weekend!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , written by Jack Thorne and based on the story by Thorne, John ...

Potterheads Rejoice: 8th Harry Potter Book is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, written by Jack Thorne and based on the story by Thorne, John Tiffany, and J.K. Rowling, will be released as “the eighth book” of the phenomenal series. Potterheads rejoice!

Set nineteen years after we last saw Mr. Potter and his wife sending their children off to Hogwarts, the Boy Who Lived is now an "an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.“ His youngest son Albus is mentioned as a major focus of the new play, which will explore the child's own struggles with his father's legacy and the "darkness that comes from unexpected place"

The play is set to run on the London West End, beginning July 30th.

A Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will be released first.

Print and digital editions will publish simultaneously after the play’s world premiere this summer, and will comprise of the version of the play script at the time of the play’s preview performances.

After the production finalizes the script during the rehearsal period, the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector’s Edition.
The book(s), which will be formatted as the script used for the play, will be released July 31st both in publication and digitally. This date also happens to be Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s birthday. The cover of the book is not yet known.

Universal Studios Orlando held its A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 event this past January. Like...

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 Universal Orlando Part 1


Universal Studios Orlando held its A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 event this past January. Like last year's event, I was lucky enough to be able to attend! The expo included a brand new 'tour' filled with great merchandise, new booths, and props designed by Mina Lima (graphic designers for the films!). This post marks as part one of three to my adventures - the next will include more photos of merchandise (including a giant Hogwarts castle made out of Legos) and photos a special walk through of the Warner Bros Studio Tour, pictures of the cast Q&A.


Nice to listen to a montage of clips from the movies and behind-the-scenes waiting in line for the expo.

 Once inside there was several different booths guests could visit. One included an announcement of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play.

Scholastic invited fans to write on the Muggle Wall (?) what Harry Potter means to us. They were also giving away posters and boomarks (a special post of that will be coming soon *wink wink*).

Pottermore showcased a floor-to-ceiling map of wizarding schools around the world. Guests could use their phone to activate information about the new schools.


A life-sized version of Fawkes greeted guests as they walked around the expo.

The graphic designers from the Harry Potter films had their own booth. It was so colorful and beautifully designed as always.

Hogwarts letters hung from the ceiling!

How cool is that!

Behind a two large display cases, their props designed for the films were showcased for everyone to see. 
So much attention to detail went into every single item. Certain books had wear and tear to them. The fonts were all unique, and the designs themselves were colorful and bold.

There really wasn't a limit to the amount of material they created for the films - even textbooks that weren't major features in the films or by characters were included.

And there was the massively memorable books like The Tale of Beedle the Bard, Quibbler, and Maurader's Map. It was so cool to actually see these in person.


Oh, look a howler!

One wall was covered in newspapers from The Daily Prophet with headlines used from the films.

Are you in the mood for winning an exclusive Harry Potter box set? Of course, you are. It just so ...

GIVEAWAY: WIN THIS EXCLUSIVE HARRY POTTER BOX SET BASED ON YOUR HOUSE!

Are you in the mood for winning an exclusive Harry Potter box set? Of course, you are. It just so happens that a special owl from Sweety High, a social destination and news source for teen girls, told me that they are giving away a Juniper Books box set of the Harry Potter book series!

The set includes all 7 books in custom House Color book jackets. Each set for Gryffindor,Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin is beautiful and different. And even more magical - the whole case comes in a Hogwarts traveling trunk! How awesome would it be to celebrate your  pride with the books of your house!

The giveaway only lasts a week, so head on over to the Sweety High website and ENTER their contest! Good luck!

From his work in theater to the variety of roles he helmed in film and television, Alan Rickman wa...

We Will Remember Alan Rickman, Always

From his work in theater to the variety of roles he helmed in film and television, Alan Rickman was an exemplary, accomplished performer.

Some may remember him for his work on the stage doling out Shakespeare's brilliant words.

Some may recount him from a variety of roles; as the merciless madmen in Die Hard, as the gentlemanly and grave Colonel Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, or the bitter sci-fi icon Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest.

A great many of us will remember him for his complex portrayal of Harry Potters' mysterious and bitter Potions teacher Severus Snape. From the first film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Rickman grabbed our attention. One look shared between Snape to the little Chosen One Harry Potter was a well full of secrets, pain, and intrigue. His physicality was smooth, as his cape swiped across the floor and with every turn in and out of a room. A deep bass voice gave every sentence and us, literally, great pause.

"He lives a solitary kind of existence. Mysterious. He’s very focused. Eventually you get to find out who he is. Innocence. Lost. Resentful. It’s been a complete privilege."
The book's Severus Snape sparked debate of our feelings towards him. Was he wholeheartedly bad? How problematic were his intentions to protect Harry because of his love for Lily Potter? No matter what we felt about Snape - loved to hate or hated him - we could all agree that Rickman as Snape was brilliant. The series unveiled more delicate layers with every installment. No matter how rigid his edges were, he became a cherished and memorable face among all of the familiar faces that welcomed us back to Hogwarts with each film.

Nearly a decade later with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, every scene of Snape's connection to the Boy Who Lived connected like a majestic puzzle. The sequence of Snape's Memories took every fan's breath away. Rickman's performance is the true unveiling of decade's worth of nuance; a stunning portrayal of what a master of his craft he was at creating a legendary role - complex and suspenseful; bitter and sweet; inspiring and tragic.

When the world loses an actor, we bear a sense of loss from their talent to take us to another world and give complexity to fictional characters; to bring people who exist on the page to life on-screen. My heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones, both professionally and personally. Plenty of very distinguished performers are celebrated and remembered by their family, friends, and legions of fans. For 2016 and beyond, Rickman will be one among many - we will remember him, always. Wands Up.

The wizarding world is very much alive in the books, movies, and our hearts. Another place it thri...

21 Times J.K. Rowling Cast a Spell on Twitter in 2015

The wizarding world is very much alive in the books, movies, and our hearts. Another place it thrives is twitter. Author J.K. Rowling continues to answer our most probing questions on her official twitter account. Her responses, confirmations, and revealing details of the Harry Potter series as well as the highly-anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has changed the wizarding world as we knew it. Check out some of her best tweets where she cast a spell on social media in 2015!

Made us wish we attended wizarding world schools' even more!


Announced Luna Lovegood's birthday

Explained how a patronus can be changed

Encouraged a young fan who was discouraged from following her dreams


Complimented Dumbledore's death theory

Disagreed with female fans of Malfoy's redemption

Engaged in The Great Snape Debate

Shut down bullies

Replied to John Green

Encouraged her followers & fans to never give up

Reminded us how wizarding world experience was real

Announced Sirius Blacks' birth date



Shared fan art of Hermione

Responded to naysayers about the crisis of refugees

Put our worries to rest: we don't have to wait for our letters anymore


Made canon dreams come true as African-American actress was announced to play Hermione in the Cursed Child play


Announced James and Teddy's Sorting Hat results

Turned down misogynistic insults

Asked fans to wish a young James Potter good luck!

Came to the defense of Voldemort in comparison to Donald Trump