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5 Creatures We Can Expect In Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is just around the corner of hitting theaters worldwide. November 18th, to be exact - so mark your calendars!

Self-proclaimed famous magizoologist and textbook author Newt Scamander faces challenges in the no-maj and wizarding world as befriended creatures from his briefcase are accidentally let loose. The film's remarkable trailers have delivered intriguing sneak peeks of the mysterious animals that will fly, crawl, and squirm their way across the big screen. What beasts will be taking over New York City in the 1920s? Here are five majestic critters we can expect to see in Scamander's film debut!

The Thunderbird serves as one of the mascots for a house at Illvermorny, the American boarding school of magic. This wondrous creature is not mentioned in the Fantastic Beasts book, so we have Pottermore to thank for what we know. It's native to Arizona, and like a hippogriff has different bodily combinations such as the head of an eagle. Named Frank in the film, the powerful flap of its shimmering wings can create storms. When he takes flight, it will certainly be a sight to behold!

One of the most anticipated creatures is a fluffy mole-duck-esque scoundrel known as the Niffler. This isn't the first time we've heard of the Niffler: Hagrid gives students each one in a contest for buried treasure in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire book. Known for it's burrowing and adoration of food, jewelry, and money, Nifflers are experts at swiping everything, especially if it shimmers. They are affectionate and gentle, but are destructive enough to not make good house mates. Try not to wear any loose-wearing jewlery 'cause one of treasure hunters might just snatch 'em.

If you have film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 down pat, you may recall Hagrid commenting to Harry at Number 4 Privet Drive, "I brought you here sixteen years ago when you were no bigger than a bowtruckle".

Now we'll see just what Hogwart's gatekeeper was talking about! Bowtruckles are woodland creatures growing no taller than eight inches and protect trees that wands are made of. These are particularly rare species in native Scandinavia but Scamander actually finds four, one of which named Pickett comes with him to America. His name may actually be a wider clue into bowtruckles as theeir long sharp fingers come in very handy for picking locks! But don't let this clever skill fool you - they are delicate and shy creatures who are very loyal.

This blue-green winged creature seen literally swooping through a subway station is called a Swooping Evil. It's shape is described as a mix of butterfly meets pterodactyl.  Hopefully Scamander and co. know how to reign this bad-boy in. Swooping Evils have the ability to suck out brains. So any muggle who may be bewildered to see it take majestic flight might also want to take cover!

Another adorable looking creature, next to the mischievous Nifflers, may be the Demiguise. They look very similar to that of an orangutan but have the appetite of a herbivore. But don't let its wistful black doeful eyes hypnotize you. They are very hard to capture due to their precognitive sight. It's silvery hair makes acquiring one doubly-difficult because it can turn invisible at will. Sounds like Scamander has quite the search for fantastic beasts on his hands!

Early fans of the initial Pottermore website may recall a promised Patronus quiz for young witches...

Pottermore Releases Official Patronus Quiz

Early fans of the initial Pottermore website may recall a promised Patronus quiz for young witches and wizards. At the time, the interactive launch allowed visitors to explores the books chapter-by-chapter and face against each other in duels for house points. While fans were able to be sorted, choose their wands, and add secret items to their trunks, one essential thing on their wishlist was to find what form their Patronus would take.

With the site's relaunch earlier this year removing the interactive qualities, Pottermore's new face as an encyclopedia and blog left much to visitor's imagination. Slowly, the site regained it's quizzes to be sorted into your Hogwarts house and the wand choose you, as well as consistently stay updated in all things Potter.

Finally, the wait is over as the website officially released a Patronus quiz!

With most major developments from the Harry Potter franchise, major to minor updates becomes an instant social media trend. #ExpectoPatronum and #Pottermore lept onto Twitter's radar like a chocolate frog jumping out of it's Honeydukes box.

Each patronus is unique to the wizard who conjures it. -Remus Lupin 

The only requirement to take the test is that you join Pottermore - which is free! And then you may take the quiz, which is similar to the Sorting Hat test

A series of cryptic prompts are presented to the user. Be warned - the quiz is timed to inspire people to go with their instincts, so choose wisely but quickly or it will move to the next prompt.

Wizards and witches's patronus can take the form of almost any animal, and in rare cases, magical creatures. If you're worried about your charm taking shape into another animal, don't worry - patronuses can change throughout the years. Even J.K. Rowling's patronus changed from the beginning stages of making the quiz to the official 'sorting'.

This was my result:

I was asked this series of prompts: leaf, blade or thorn, hope, trust or love, who or why, sweet or salt, mind, heart or spirit.. My result was a robin, which is pretty fitting for me - though I do still wonder what memory I'd use to cast it in the wizarding world.

For fans who would like more information on their individual animal, they will have to put their modern skills to work and research animal meanings. I discovered that robins represent putting dramas behind me, seeking joy, reveling in a song, and look for new beginnings for growth.

Did you take Pottermore's Patronus quiz? Are your happy with the results? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Fifteen years ago, Tom Felton became a household name as the platinum-blond steely eyed Draco Malf...

Where Are They Now: Tom Felton

Fifteen years ago, Tom Felton became a household name as the platinum-blond steely eyed Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter franchise. Like his co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, he grew up in front of the world and charmed fans over and over again. In celebration of the popular star's birthday today (September 22nd!), we're taking a brief look at his post-Potter career.

When the film series came to a conclusion on the big screen in 2011, one chapter closed but another one opened. Like some of his co-stars like Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe continued their work on-screen, Felton steadily pursued his interests within film.

The British native started with a big bang at the end of the Harry Potter franchise. In the massive reboot of Planet of the Apes in the James Franco led Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Felton played a zoo owner's devious son who liked to treat the apes cruelly. His ability to play the mischievous Malfoy served him well in the blockbuster flick.

After tackling a supporting role in such a momentous film, Felton stepped out of the larger spotlight and into the independent genre. He's made a name for himself within "smaller pictures" like From the Rough (2013) and Fangs of War 3D (2013).

One of his most familiar characters may be his role in the 1770s historical drama Belle. Directed by Amma Asante, the film centers on Dido Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a mixed race daughter in an aristocratic family in contention with abolishing slavery. Critics praised Felton's efforts for challenging himself as an actor and making a step in the right direction post-Potter. Felton expressed a special interest of working in the period-film genre, which he has made a consistent presence in:

Well, I’m a sucker for period pieces; I love the language and costume and all of the big things that come with it. I enjoy the language very much of the day, so speaking in a period of time was definitely good fun…It was great that we had an ethical coach to teach us how to embody the characters of 18th century England.

Throughout the past few years he continued to stretch his acting range by appearing in both television such as Labyrinth and film productions like In Secret, an adaptation of classic novel Thérèse Raquin starring other then emerging stars Elizabeth Olsen and Oscar Issacs.

Being a member of such a phenomenon like Harry Potter is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. In 2015, he investigated the fans' devotion to popular culture franchises called Tom Felton Meets the Superfans. The experience reunited Felton with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and the series queen herself J.K. Rowling to discuss the world's obsession with the series. He met with superfans and attend one of the biggest international festivals known as Wizard World. The documentary impressed critics and fans with it's uplifting message of fiction's magical ability to affect peoples' lives.

Outside of the acting arena, music is another passion for Felton. In between acting gigs, he has released four EPs since 2008. He is also one of the founding owners of Six Strings Production which signs young musical artists often overlooked by the major record industry.

It's a hard industry to have a long career regardless of what films you've been in but fingers crossed I can continue in it. Whether it's acting, directing or writing, I want to be involved in the film industry for the rest of my life.

Recently, Felton has teamed up once again with Belle director Amma Asante in the 1940s historical drama A United Kingdom. Based on a true story the film explores the international racial divide when Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana became a center of controversy after marrying a white woman.. Though Felton's character is unknown at the time, the film was praised at Toronto Film Festival and looks to be a contender for Best Picture in the 2017 award show season.

Though fans already know Felton by his major role in the Harry Potter franchise, he'll stepping into the world of superheroes as a series regular on the The Flash. Making a dash to smaller screens and streaming devices, Felton will play Julian Dorn, a crime scene investigator who has his suspicions about Barry Allen. The series returns Oct. 4th on the CW Network.

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Harry Potter Clock by LetterThings

Potter Talk was sent this clock in exchange for my honest review. Enjoy!

Brightest witch of her age Hermione Granger may have a time turner for her school escapades, but modern wizards will love this creative clock by LetterThings on Etsy. This working 8.75" round clock adds a dash of imagination to every home.

I absolutely love this clock. Instead of traditional numbers to tell time, wizarding tasks guides you throughout the day such as Clean Owl Cage, Service Broom, Stir Potion, Feed Creatures, and Knit Elf Clothes.

Each hour is a wonderful reference to an activity Harry Potter and his friends did throughout the books. It's a unique way of taking a regular object but elevating it to into a wonderful piece of home decor every bookworm and Harry Potter fan will love.

If you think this clock is for decoration, think again because it works too! Operating the clock is simple. It runs on one AA battery which is easy to insert on the back. As well, a circular knob can be rotated to set the correct time. There is also a wedge to hang it on the wall.

What's truly impressive is that every clock is hand-assembled. The edges of the face are burned individually and have a unique paper texture. No two clocks are alike. I love the simplicity of the clock, and the imagination of it's creators truly captured my Potter heart.

At 8.75" diameter, the clock is a sturdy black plastic with a glass front. The minute and hour hands actually move around. Letter Things offers their product in different colors like Gryffindor Red, Traditional Black (which is my version), or Quidditch Snitch Gold. I highly recommend it as it is a great addition to any Harry Potter collection.

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5 Books to Read After You’ve Finished Harry Potter

I'm very happy and excited to welcome a guest writer for today's post. Caroline is sharing 5 Books to Read After You’ve Finished Harry Potter. Take it away Caroline!

The release and popularity of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child on the West End and into book stores has revealed to the world that fans of the Wizarding World are not yet ready to leave the Boy Who Lived behind. 

But for readers who have already finished the series and are eager to devour more magical storylines made for enchantment, these five books are sure to do the trick. Between talking bears to talking portraits, this roundup will satisfy the heart of any Potter lover who’s looking for their next favorite.  

1. Midnight for Charlie Bone, Jenny Nimmo

Published on the tail of Rowling’s classic, Midnight for Charlie Bone has many plot similarities that will make it a fan favorite with any Potterhead. When Charlie Bone first notices he’s able to speak with people in photographs and paintings, his world takes a turn for the supernatural. 

With a switch in schools—to the fabled Bloor’s Academy—Charlie gets the opportunity of a lifetime and discovers there’s more to his past than meets the eye. When a local book shop owner asks for his help to find a missing girl, Charlie must use all of his magical endowments, and the help of some trusted friends, not to let her down.

2. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman

Pullman’s Golden Compass was at the heart of a censorship brawl a few years ago when Christian activists sought to have it banished for it’s anti-religious content, but the magic in His Dark Materials trilogy is only the beginning of a imagination ride for the magically-hungry. Following the life of a young girl growing up at Jordan College in Oxford, her world is turned upside down when her mysterious uncle returns from expeditions with a dangerous discovery. 

Starring adventurers, gypsies, and talking polar bears, this tale—and the other two remaining in the series—make a distraction from the fact that there’s more Potter. And once you finish there, you can catch the film currently streaming on US Netflix. It’s not likely to be getting a sequel anytime soon, but the first one is a treat all on its own.

3. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is no stranger to the limelight. He’s been praised as the best follow-up for Terry Pratchett, and The Ocean At The End of The Lane is a shining example of the author’s undeniable talent. 

The English writer takes his science fiction and fantasy works to another level reminding us that even adult books are still filled with childlike wonder. Going down memory lane of a boy and his best friend Lettie as they battle forces beyond this world, readers will become enthralled and delighted by his fantasy realm that goes from real to unreal with the introduction of a particularly witchy lodger in the family boarding house.

4. Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones

This British fantasy novel may be most famous for its film adaptation by Hayao Miyazaki, but the original book is even more magical and full of surprises. When Sophie, the eldest of three daughters, angers the Witch of the Waste, her life plunges into old age—literally, when the Witch curses her to look like an old lady. 

Her only way out is to gain a powerful ally, one who lives in a moving castle, and the relationship transform her heart as much as it does her appearance. With fire demons, magic spells and irascible wizards, this fairytale will bring new spirit to tales of magic, mischief and mayhem.

5. A Great And Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray

A Great And Terrible Beauty is for readers who like a little mystery (and plenty of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm) from their heroines. Starring Gemma, a British subject who grew up in India, whose world is turned upside down when her mother is murdered in front of her very eyes by a mystery otherworldly being in the middle of a crowded Indian market. 

With a move back to England and enrollment in an old, esteemed boarding school, Gemma encounters the ghosts of her mother’s past, and the magic that is destined to shape her future. With unimaginable powers, petticoats and Victorian England, A Great And Terrible Beauty sets itself up to be adored by fans who love a little mystery and a whole lot of great storytelling.  

While the sadness of ending the Harry Potter saga may never leave, a dive into these great magical stories is sure to provide the distraction and newest obsession that fantasy readers of every age will love.

About the Author: Caroline is an avid reader and cultural junkie. She loves everything from sci-fi to comic books and considers Harry Potter to be the greatest story of all time—though these books are all great follow ups to the saga!   

Universal Orlando Resort and it's subsequent parks around the world in California and Japan ha...

New Interactive Harry Potter Ride Coming to Universal?

Universal Orlando Resort and it's subsequent parks around the world in California and Japan have made dreams come true for millions of Harry Potter fans with their spectacularly themed wizarding world lands.

New information has been unveiled about a possible ride attraction that will make Potterheads feel even more excited about the possibilities to come.

The Orlando Business Journal has discovered Universal's latest patent about a video game ride that would “receive respective inputs from one or more riders” on board a vehicle.

The mention of wands, spells and wizards makes it difficult not to assume that Universal has another amazing attraction up their sleeves for their magical guests.

More details about the possible future attraction comes to light throughout the patent such as: the use of wands, guests casting spell, the environment of the ride changing depending on inputs received by the guests and various outcomes depending on how players perform.

It even sounds as if the age of guests may have influence on the ride experience itself, such as a rider of a young age may enjoy a family- friendly feature while older riders may explore something more dark and mature.

The patent uses the example of a "wizard-themed game" that could have riders use different wands associated with characters and use those wands at specific moments to score points, competing with opposing teams or to accomplish a joint goal.

Another passage from the patent explains the intricacy of wand motion for players:

In certain embodiments, the score input may include input from external sensors that capture player motion, such as wand motion, and provide the motion characteristics as input to a score determination algorithm. If the wand motion is associated with a particular spell that is an effective spell for the game, the player’s score may be updated to indicate a successful ‘freezing spell’ or other spell has been cast.

Though Universal has yet to give an official confirmation or expanding details about the patent, it's concept could go in several directions for a new ride at one of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks.

For instance, one of the beloved coasters at Universal's sister park Islands of Adventure is the beloved Dragon Challenge. Within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade, guests ride dueling coasters in a bid to capture the golden egg, just like in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 

It may just be a timely coincidence that this patent was submitted as Dragon Challenge is up for refurbishment soon. There is not specific or official end date announced for it's renovation - which could mean a replacement is in the works. Especially since Warner Bros has expressed interest in a Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them as a theme park attraction.

There is also a case to be made about a Ministry of Magic attraction. While this is purely an idea etched on fans' wishlists, some guests have surmised that a ride through the wizarding political offices would be a stunning addition. One can imagine that the ride may be set in a similar situation as Harry, Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with guests facing off against death eaters, dementors and Dolores Umbridge.

It's easy to assume with the patent that all wands point to the wizarding world in Orlando. It's also good to take note that even with this dazzling and promising technology, the patent may or may not come to fruition even though it's been officially filed. Only time will tell!

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Universal Orlando Resort Confirms A Celebration of Harry Potter 2017

In 2010, Universal Orlando Resort became the magical theme park home of the wizarding world creating immersive lands inspired by the Harry Potter universe. An annual celebration of the series has invited fans from the around to experience special appearances by the Harry Potter cast, exhibits featuring Pottermore and MinaLima, wand battles, and so much more.

With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them making 2016 a very magical year, Universal Orlando confirmed A Celebration of Harry Potter will return January 27th-29th, 2017.

Guests will also be able to visit Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a Park-to-Park ticket.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to attend Q&A sessions with film talent, participate in interactive exhibits, and enjoy special panels.

Tickets for limited vacation packages are on sale which includes extra perks and benefits.

For now fans can look forward to the cast announcements and which stars of the Harry Potter franchise will attend A Celebration of Harry Potter. And take a peek of my recent adventures attending the 2016 celebration event earlier this year!

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Pottermore, JK Rowling To Release Three Hogwarts E-Books

Ready your wands for your next school term at Hogwarts! The encyclopedic news source Pottermore in collaboration with J.K. Rowling has three Hogwarts short stories in the works.

Previously published writing from Pottermore's archives will explore the nooks and crannies of the wizarding world as eBooks. Fans will once again be able to dive further into the wizarding world with stories and J.K. Rowling’s first-person reflections.

The first three titles and summaries of this collection are:

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide dives into the nooks and crannies of the beloved wizarding school itself, unfurling everything from details about the Hogwarts ghosts, to what happens when the Sorting Hat can’t decide on a student’s house.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists explores the darker roots of the wizarding world. You’ll learn more about the troubles that faced the Ministry of Magic, the horrors of Azkaban prison and enjoy an entirely new original piece of writing by J.K. Rowling on Horace Slughorn.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies celebrates the colorful staff of Hogwarts with more to discover about Care of Magical Creatures teacher Silvanus Kettleburn, as well as another new piece of writing from J.K. Rowling on Minerva McGonagall and her involvement in the second wizarding war.

The covers of the digital books are designed by MinaLima, the powerhouse duo Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima responsible for the graphic design artwork of the Harry Potter films.

Works previously posted on Pottermore and new never-before-published work from J.K. Rowling will be included in Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Political and Pesky Poltergeists, and Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies. The material was lovingly curated by Pottemore and their editorial team.

Each electronic edition should give readers an hour's long experience. The stories range from 70 to 85 pages long. The small series will offer fans the opportunity to supplement their Harry Potter experience with more details about beloved characters and settings within the wizarding world.

As of now, the only format these stories will be available on is eBooks. There is no further details if the books will be published as hardcopies in the future.

On September 6th, the three stories are going to be made available to purchase on Pottermore and other major book retailers around the world, in nine different languages, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

What are your thoughts on these new additions to your Potter library? Let us know what you think by commenting below!