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

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.

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 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!

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.

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

A Merry Harry Potter Christmas on ABC Family

ABC Family has been the home to our favorite kind of marathon in the summer - Harry Potter, of course! This Christmas be sure to check out a merry Harry Potter Christmas with an exciting new line-up.

Starting December 25th, you can catch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at 7:15 pm est.

Saturday December 26th, you can catch the first five movies starting with Sorcerer's Stone at 7am est, Chamber of SecretsPrisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, and Order of the Phoenix. There will be an intermission and 30-minute break from the programming at 10pm est with a look at ABC's new show The Shadowhunters.

Sunday December 27th is the final day of the marathon, starting with Goblet of Fire at 7am est, then Order of the Phoenix, Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2

The last three films  Half Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 will play on Monday, December 28th at 11 am.

The Harry Potter marathon comes at a rather interesting time. The ABC Family channel will be changing its name and brand starting in the new year. Its new identity will be known as FreeForm. The channels focus which has been in the works for nearly a decade is an ongoing attempt at reigning in 'Becomers', the Millenial generation, to their young-adult centered programming.

Fans of the fandom usually participate in annual summer marathons of the movies.  There's no word yet if Harry Potter will continue to be apart of the scheduling. It is funny and strange to note that before their official switch, Goblet of Fire has been added to the marathon line-up - the movie was exclusively aired on HBO and excluded from past programming. The new addition could very well mean that ABC Family will hold onto their rights of the franchise in 2016, but it's all speculation right now.

Watch New Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Trailer

Get your wands and feelings ready! Warner Bros has just released an announcement trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them!

The story has been hush-hush for almost a year now, but from what we can tell in the trailer: Newt Scamander carries a suitcase full of magical creatures into New York. All kinds of fantastic beasts are set loose on the unsuspecting city.

Penned by J.K. Rowling and starring Eddie Redmayne, the first installment of the trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is set to hit theaters in November 2016.

Product Review: Harry Potter Ugly Christmas Sweater

The holidays rolled around so quickly this year, and I realized gravely, that I was without one huge Harry Potter essential: an ugly Christmas sweater. Luckily, the number one place for such clothing, Ugly Christmas Sweater, contacted me for a review of their exclusive Harry Potter Deathly Hallows design.

So please note: I received a sample sweater for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Now that we have that taken care of, as soon as the Harry Potter ugly Christmas sweater arrived in the mail, I wore it out on the town - to Diagon Alley that is!

The first thing I noticed about wearing the sweater was how the material felt so soft and light. The sweater is made of 100% acrylic. You know that feeling with some sweaters that makes you feel too hot or constrictive? I didn't have that problem here.

Normally I wear a size large but Ugly Christmas Sweater suggests to go a size bigger because their sweaters can run in small sizes. I was happily surprised - it fit just right! The material let me breathe and feel snugly warm.

What can I say about the design? It's perfect for every Harry Potter fan. I loved the black background, and the bold snowflakes, Hedwig, deer, lightning bolt, the Deathly Hallows symbol, Harry's glasses and broom, and the elder wand in white, red, and yellow. The design pops and catches everyone's attention.

In both the wizarding and muggle world, it's rare to see people wearing a Harry Potter ugly Christmas sweater. Naturally, I received a lot of great compliments! So you'll definitely be showing off your Potterhead pride as well as adding a bit of magic to your holiday wardrobe.
I loved everything about this sweater. To be honest, I'm not a big sweater fan because I live in Florida. There isn't really a reason to wear one for most of the year, except winter. But Ugly Christmas Sweater made me excited to add one to my closet. It's just the thing I was missing in my Harry Potter collection that's going to keep me warm and show off my personality. I'm going to be wearing this all the time - not just for the holidays!

Check out how to buy one of your own Harry Potter Ugly Sweaters and plenty of other awesome products. I'm definitely looking to add more to my geeky lifestyle!