10 Inspiring Harry Potter Quotes for a Magical New Year

January 1st is just around the corner, and surely we are all seeking inspiration to carry with us to achieve ambitious goals or try new things in the next twelve months. As witches and wizards in training, what better place than to look at our favorite characters from Harry Potter for ideas. From Dumbledore to Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, I hope you enjoy these ten inspiring Harry Potter quotes for a magical new year.

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Favorite Harry Potter Christmas Artwork

artwork by ravenclawradiance

The Harry Potter series is magical all on its own, and it comes even more merry during the Christmas season. From a dressed-up Hogwarts, some of our favorite characters gathering together and a Grinch-like Voldemort, the internet is alive with so much festive artwork. Celebrate the holidays with this beautiful collection and some of my favorite Harry Potter Christmas artwork. Enjoy!

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Ravenclaw Tower Inspiration

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, readers get a glimpse of the Ravenclaw Tower when Harry is summoned there as part of his journey in defeating Voldemort. Known as the Hogwarts house of is wisdom and knowledge, students are renown for their eccentric outlooks of observing and studying the world. With its emblem of an eagle flying high on a blue and bronze crest, decorate your own home or study with inspiration from the Ravenclaw Tower.

Decorate your office or bedroom walls with beautiful artwork showing off your house pride.

Just As Sane As I Am Poster by MeganLaraArt
Ravenclaw Minimalist poster by AbbieImagine

Sit back and relax to read a book and enhance your Ravenclaw wit.

Ravenclaw logo pillow

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JK Rowling Sharing New Information for Pottermore Christmas Event

Christmas is just around the corner, dear Potter fans, and Pottermore is inviting us to join in on an exciting twelve day event. Starting Friday, December 12, Pottermore will be releasing a new surprise every day at 1pm GMT (8am EST). J.K. Rowling will be sharing new information. Head over Pottermore's Facebook page to join in on the event to receive daily treats and alerts. Below are some details we can expect to seen this holiday season!

A Wonderland of New Writing by J.K. Rowling
From Florean Fortescue’s ghost plot to J.K. Rowling’s thoughts on the sneaky Slytherin Draco Malfoy, there’s a wealth of writing to discover.

Christmas Conundrums
Answer our daily rhyming riddles to access brand new Moments from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Gifts at Gringotts
Keep an eye on your Gringotts account for a gift of golden Galleons. You may need them in the Apothecary soon.

Presents in Potions Class
Discover brand new concoctions to brew in Potions Class this winter, and become a Practical Potion-Maker.

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Customize Your Internet Library with MyWebRoom

I have a lot of bookmarks but I'm not very good at keeping them organized. Which is why I was very happy to accept the invitation to review MyWebRoom; a customizable interface that allows you to organize your e-library.

Ever wish your bookmarks could transform from a flat design to a decorative and interactive archive? Well, after easily signing up to MyWebRoom, choose a decorative wallpaper of a wide selection. Live in the city and wish to be somewhere more quiet, transport your bookmarks into a reserve in a scared forest, or a hut by the beach. Love to travel? There are plenty of cities to choose from to like Morocco, Milan, and New York City. For tv show fanatics, and book lovers like us Harry Potter fans, you can choose from The Hunger Games, Nightmare Before Christmas, and like mine above - Harry Potter.

Placed alongside the room are items where you can store your social networks. Click a television to go to Netflix or Hulu, click on the bookshelf for literature, click on the wardrobe for fashion - and so on. Sort out your bookmarks with various furniture and objects; click and see what websites are there. Not only does MyWebRoom make it wildly accessible to organize your own favorite sites but their lists offer so many more that I didn't know existed.

Perhaps the one crime against my computer I commit on a regular basis, it's probably that I open to many tabs at once. Offering thousands of free apps to all of my favorite websites is practically eliminated with the multi-tasking I can do from my room too.

If you're looking for an easy to use interface that is smooth, organized, and fun, look to MyWebRoom. Have fun decorating your own virtual pad for your all your bookmarks and apps. Share your room with friends and stay connected to your favorite social networks. Live it up online!

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Harry Potter Cast set for A Celebration of Harry Potter Event at Universal Orlando Resort

Three-Day Event to Feature Film Talent Q&A Sessions, a Wand Combat Masterclass, the Sorting Hat Experience and More
Orlando, Fla. (November 6, 2014) – Harry Potter film talent Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch are slated to appear at the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The event allows fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films.  Creative talent also set to appear includes Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Kazu Kibuishi, illustrator of Scholastic’s re-imagined Harry Potter book covers, and Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.
“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will take place from January 30 – February 1, 2015 at Universal Orlando. Fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A and autograph sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special discussions and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall set and celebrate their Hogwarts house pride in an interactive Pottermore exhibit. 

Guests can also experience Harry Potter’s world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station.

Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the discussions and demonstrations.
Event details are below:

Discussions and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special demonstrations and discussions for kids. Admission into discussions and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times will be released at a later date.
  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion
Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.    
  • Duelling Demonstration & Wand Combat Masterclass with Paul Harris
Pick up your wand and take part in a live duelling masterclass, hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, featuring the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Paul Harris. Paul choreographed the epic battle scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will be on hand to teach you the technique behind wielding a wand.
  • Creating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Alan Gilmore, Art Director for the Harry Potter films, will explain how he and his team brought the world of Harry Potter to life from the fiction to the films, and eventually in the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. In addition, hear firsthand from Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team how live shows in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley were created, as well as some of the hidden “secrets” and innovative interactive elements contained within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 
  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima
Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as Graphic Prop Designers for more than a decade on the Harry Potter movies.  They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter films, including the Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet and The Quibbler, amongst others.  Still immersed in all things Harry Potter, they will also talk about their recent involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
  • Illustration of Harry Potter with Kazu Kibuishi
Award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who reimagined the Harry Potter book covers for Scholastic, will be drawing some of your favorite Harry Potter characters live on-stage in this interactive panel for all ages.
This year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will also include kids’ discussions and interactive experiences such as a special duelling demonstration and wand combat masterclass with Paul Harris, an interactive ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.

“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” EXPO The Expo will be held inside a Universal Orlando soundstage and will be open to guests throughout the weekend.  The expo will include the following booths and exhibits that will give guests deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter:
  • Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Sorting Hat Experience
Do you think you are a Gryffindor, or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff? Perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year the Sorting Hat sorts new Hogwarts students into the appropriate house, and you’ll have the opportunity to get sorted in a Hogwarts-inspired setting…sponsored by Harry Potter™: The Exhibition.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
The production home of the Harry Potter film series, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London gives visitors the chance to step on to the actual sets used during filming. ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ visitors will get a chance to pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall.
  • MinaLima
Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima created countless pieces of unforgettable artwork, some of which will be on display including iconic pieces such as the Marauder’s Map, Daily Prophet and Hogwarts school books.  Exclusive to the Celebration, they will be launching their brand new range of Harry Potter stationery, featuring original film graphic artwork. Limited edition prints based on the original prop designs will also be displayed.
 Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
Show your Hogwarts house colors and celebrate your pride with Pottermore from J.K. Rowling. For the millions of fans who have participated in the exclusive Sorting Hat quiz devised by J.K. Rowling herself, here's an amazing chance to take part in Pottermore's Proudest House Contest.  Also, relive the excitement of a year in Pottermore.com and get an exclusive chance to have your say on what is to come.
  • Scholastic
Celebrate Harry Potter and share your message about what Harry Potter means to you. Meet award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who re-imagined the Harry Potter book covers and will be signing posters on Saturday, January 30, and enter for a chance to win a box set of all seven Harry Potter books.
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
Do you have what it takes to defend yourself against a Dementor or soar above Hogwarts castle on Buckbeak?  Step into some of your favorite scenes with this magical photo experience while surrounded by authentic movie props from the Harry Potter films.

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8 Movie Moments that Deserved to be Bookslapped

How does a major studio adapt seven books to the big screen? Only Warner Bros. really holds the magic antidote to curing that toxic book adaptation genre. The Harry Potter film saga did what most other franchises could only dream of accomplishing. One of the single greatest literary phenomenons transformed into the biggest film franchise in history with its essential cast portraying the same characters for nearly a decade.

However, as much the movies are revered, it's not easy for Potterheads to avoid ruminating over what went wrong. The faults of every book adaptation is open to interpretation. The cast may be perfect to some but mismatched for others. Colossal moments of the story can be entertaining while small details are entertaining but opened a can of plothole worms. Sometimes something just looks cool and it fits with what the movie is going for. And there are just some moments that need to be Bookslapped. For this list, there are ten to be exact:

Lumos Maxima
The third installment of Harry Potter opens to the young wizard in his relative's home practicing magic on his bed. A glow warms from his wand and fades in and out as he chants "Lumos Maxima". It's a wonderful tribute to us muggles (non-magic folk) who have all sat in our beds way past our bedtime reading comic books, listening to music, or whatever.

BookSlapped: It breaks one big rule in the wizarding world: Wizards under the age of seventeen are prohibited from doing magic outside their training at Hogwarts. If you use it, the Ministry of Magic will know about it through a trace. There is some debate over whether this rule strictly means in front or involving muggles, however the guidelines are pretty clear: Magic formed accidentally through intense uncontrolled emotions are the exception; deliberate use can land you in pretty hot water. Minutes later when Harry blows up his aunt in front of his muggle relatives, he doesn't and won't get into trouble. His uncle cries out, "You can't do magic outside of school!" It's a little confusing when the rest of the movies then try to explain away that you can't purposefully use the smallest hint magic because Harry is underage and under the trace.

P.S. Could we have replaced this opening with a scene explaining the Marauder's identities and connection to the map?

The Weasley family feels like our own kin with a majority of fans loving the jocular twins Fred and George. Their quips towards others and each other are fast-paced and clever, and they are pretty much attached to the hip.

Bookslapped: That didn't necessarily mean every time they spoke it had to be unison. It's like the script didn't have time to allow each twin to be their own person, so they were compiled to talk about everything at the same time. This could be argued that the always knew what the other one was going to say so that's why they joke collectively, but it's one of those small moments where you wish more of the twin's escapades were used instead of being so condensed down.

Maze Obstacles
In Harry and the Goblet of Fire, the fourteen year old wizard is forced to partake in a deadly maze. Throughout this cinematic portion Harry spends most of his time spinning around corners of the maze while his opponents are bewitched. He inevitably reaches the end alongside fellow Hogwarts student Cedric Diggory, who together beckon each other to take the coveted victory cup.

Bookslapped: The maze is filled with obstacles; one of several includes Harry answering a riddle by a Sphinx blocking his path. A small hiccup within the movies is that Harry's actual intelligence wasn't exhibited that often. Answers sort fall into his lap or he's directed to a solution by another character. But this one scene among many reminds us that he could intellectually hold his own quite well.

Burrow on Fire
In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry stays with the Weasley family at the beloved Burrows residence over the Christmas holiday. During his stay, Bellatrix Lestrange and a host of other deatheaters swarm the house and set it on fire. It's mostly an action sequence showing that not only are these guys purely evil but that no one can hide from them...

Bookslapped: The whole sixth book humanizes Tom Riddle's background with understanding his past and then shreds that humanity into a million little pieces. Yeah, in the sixth movie we get that he was a little kid in an orphanage and a teenager digging around for dirt on horcruxes. But, his violently dysfunctional pureblood family and the years he spent ruthlessly making horcruxes is completely left out. Setting the Burrow on fire, or having Harry flirt with waitresses without protection at the beginning of the movie, just to reinforce the Harry/Ginny relationship, does not an interesting scene make. Neglect of what the horcruxes mean to Harry's well-being and defeat of Voldemort doesn't necessarily help the seventh and eighth movies be more easily understood for non-readers either.

The beloved high-in-the-sky competition takes up a very brief portion of the sixth movie. Ron's vision in the Mirror of Erised nearly comes trues: he comes to the rescue for the Gryffindor team, who were facing a huge uphill battle against Slytherin. Gaining a victory over the cunning and ambitious house, Weasley is a king. Luna, sporting her adorable lion hat in support of her friends, becomes the commentator for these series of games.

Bookslapped: This part was meant to take place in Order of the Phoenix. Facing High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge at Hogwarts, Harry, Fred and George get themselves kicked off the Gryffindor team leaving (the completely deleted) Angela Johnson to find replacements. Not only does it show earlier on Ron's skills on the field but also Draco Malfoy's ruthless taunting and teasing. The really brief sports scenes in Half Blood Prince just seems inserts to what the movie could've covered.

P.S. Could we even replace the Burrow or Quidditch scene with the importance of Severus Snape's true identity as the Half Blood Prince?

Voldemort's Death
When I was first told by an acquaintance that Harry Potter and  Deathly Hallows book is entirely different from the movie, I didn't believe him. And, then I read it. There are a lot of scenes that could be listed here but I think the death of the big bad Voldy is number one.

Bookslapped: Harry just doesn't kill Voldemort quietly in the courtyard where no one witnesses the permanent death of the most evil wizard of all time. Nor does Voldemort flitter away into the air like sunburnt skin shedding itself. Nor does Harry use the Elder Wand to kill Voldemort; he actually uses his own wand and the Elder Wand is beckoned to Harry solidifying he is its one true owner. Nor does it show how Harry becomes the Master of Death by owning all three objects when he faces Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest...Nor - well, we'll just stop there.

Ron is Silenced
There's no secret to Potterheads that J.K. Rowling had admitted she struggled with writing Ron Weasley throughout the series. So much so she considered killing him at one point during the sixth book - which thankfully she chose otherwise. However this doesn't stop the incessant scene-stealing created by scriptwriter Steve Kloves, who admitted to finding Hermione more interesting than Ron.

Bookslapped: For one exampkle in the big twist of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry's life is in danger against prisoner escapee Sirius Black and Hogwarts teacher Remus Lupin. Battered and bruised, Ron defends his friend by declaring, "If you want to kill Harry, you'll have to kill us too!" Instead the line goes to Hermione in the movie. In fact a lot of scenes where Ron comes to his friends' defense are toned down or deleted. Poor, Ron.

One of the biggest gripes about the franchise may be the unavoidable cast change from Richard Harris (who passed away between the second and third movie) to Michael Gambon who assumed the role of beloved headmaster Albues Dumbledore. Though personally I prefer Gambon's portrayal to Harris', the fervent disapproval by fans of this scene can't be ignored.

Bookslapped: In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, tween Harry is forcefully entered into the dangerous Triwizard Tournament. Only students over the age of seventeen were allowed to volunteer to compete. With an aging line and preventative spells cast around the goblet for which students entered their name, there is no way Harry could not have entered himself. So Dumbledore asks calmly: "Harry, did you put your name in the Goblet of Fire?". It is not: HARRY, DID YA PUT YA NAME IN DA GOBLET OF FIRE?!?!.

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Harry Potter Alumni Director Helming Fantastic Beasts Trilogy

The Harry Potter universe had thought the film series had ended with the release of the final installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in summer 2011. The last movie marked the epilogue to Harry Potter's longtime rivalry against his villain Lord Voldemort. Surprising fans and critics J.K. Rowling was announced to be penning the script to the movie adaptation of her best-selling companion book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

As news continued to be mulled over by the media, it was at first rumored that Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron would return to the magical series. It was news that was quickly denied by the studios and the director himself.

We finally have confirmation from Variety that Harry Potter alumni director David Yates will be helming the next Harry Potter related franchise. The director worked on the last four films of the series including Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Slated for release in November 2016, the series centered around magizoologist Newt Scamander who documents his findings and adventures of magical creatures in the titled book. The first film will be one of three over a planned trilogy. There is no word yet on who has been or will be cast as the main character, but has explored several potential rising stars for the job.

What do you think of David Yates as the director of the new franchise?

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