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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!

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The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter Review

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

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter celebrates the magic of our beloved world by bringing staples from the books and films to life in craft form. From Rememberall Rings to Pensieves and Butterbeer Lip Balm, this book takes simple supplies and transfigures them into magical recreations from the Harry Potter series.

I was sent this book in exchange for a review. Let me say, I'm not the most avid crafter in the world. I often have ideas but rarely feel inspired enough to make the full dive into crafting.

When this book arrived in the mail and was in my hands, I saw how much more magic and connection can be made to the wizarding world. I was instantly ecstatic and couldn't wait to dive into these crafts - all 30 of them to be exact.

Author and blogger Jamie Harrington offers a fun and fantastic book fit for beginner to hardcore Harry Potter fans alike. Tucked within the themed chapters of are charming ideas to decorate the Great Hall (your house) and The Common Room (your bedroom) to The Dark Forest (for the outdoors). She offers something for everyone: celebrate Hogwarts pride with house-color tie dye shirts, let your jewelry take flight with a golden snitch necklace, or take a bite out of a cookie from a Honeydukes jar. Whether you're looking to add a bit of Potter to your life or for your family, her crafts have something for everyone in mind.

A wonderful aspect of the book is just how beautiful it is as well. The chapters are nicely evened up and divided between sections of the house. For example, the craft above is a Sorcerer's Stone paperweight made for school. Alongside a photo of each craft and the easy-to-follow instructions, Harrington also provides Transfiguration Tips - advice to help make your project the best it can be.

The photos are bright and clear, truly establishing just how great they would be as an addition in any home, bedroom, and kitchen. And the design makes me feel like it's a modern-day Hogwarts guidebook. It's a great fit to my Harry Potter collection, and the crafts I make will be too.

One of the many projects that caught my eye was Pencil Wands. Using some number two pencils, hot glue, paint, and Mod Podge, I was able to create a really cool collection.

Harrington's instructions start with wrapping hot glue in a style of your choice around the pencil. Then paint over the glue and seal with Mod Podge. It only took me a few hours due to waiting for the glue and then paint to dry, which was not a problem at all. The project was wonderfully simple and so much fun.

The three I made (pictured above) have different colors and styles; the silver has a slick melted look, the brown is a Hermione-inspired spiral, and the black pencil wand fit for a Death Eater has a bumpy surface. I love how these turned out and look forward to experimenting with more in the future.

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is a bewitching guide for witches and wizards of all ages looking to add a bit more magic into their lives. It's filled with charming and spellbinding projects that are easy-to-follow and a blast to make.

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Syfy Thrilling New Series The Magicians

I was sent this series on dvd in exchange for a review

With another edition of Harry Potter takes flight with the eight installment Cursed Child, fans of the longtime series are still itching to explore the fantasy realm of magic. The Syfy channel brings The Magicians, a series based on Lev Grossman's New York Times best seller.

Based on the New York Times bestselling series, Quentin Clearwater is a troubled but brilliant grad student. Obsessed with the fictional land of Fillory, Clearwater's dreams (or nightmares) come true when he discovers that magical landscape he loves truly exists. He is accepted to attend Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate school in New York that specializes in magic. As darkness unveils itself, he and his 20-something friends poses grave danger to humanity.

Among his group of friends and living out the college scene, Clearwater feels out of place. His inability to connect with the world around him, and believe there is another place like Fillory that he is better suited for, makes him a relatable protagonist for Harry Potter fans. How many of us have wanted J.K. Rowling's wizarding world to be true. When he discovers that a school of magic is tangible, it's a wild ride to be immersed in another fantastical adventure.

The series cast is well-played by it's lead Jason Ralph as well as the supporting unit Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman and Arjun Gupta. As an ensemble, they create strong, eccentric group of characters that surely viewers will love, or love-to-hate.

His friend Julia who isn't accepted into Brakebills attempts to learn magic from a much darker secret society. Played by Stella Maeve, Julia is determined to enter her friend and their childhood turf by any means necessary. Their parallel journeys to fending off or getting too close to evil entities in both worlds offers a dynamic adventure.

While The Magicians has been touted by television critics as "Harry Potter for adults", I would agree with this but also stress that the show's demographics it is for adults.

It's easy to hear the comparison between Lev Grossman and J.K. Rowling's series, and believe that the former may be more suited for audiences of all ages. While Quentin's discovery of a magical school and the darkness it entails is similar to the boy wizard Harry Potter and his journey to Hogwarts, Syfy's series doesn't explore the same kid-friendly themes of youth.

College-esque hijinks permeates through Brakebills University, much more than anyone would assume took place at Hogwarts. This adaptation delves into sex, drugs and violence, including sexual assault and rape. The graphic nature varies to the comfort level of individual viewers - some of which I personally could handle and others not so much.

Overall, The Magicians is a fun series. For adult fans of J.K. Rowling series, the adapted tale of Lev Grossman's novels and the exciting world of Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy offers an intriguing experience to once again descend into magic.

If you want to experience the magic and drama, you can own The Magicians season one - available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party

The world once again came alive with magic as bookstores and libraries around the globe readied for the eighth story!

J.K. Rowling in collaboration with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany continued the Harry Potter journey on the West End with a wondrous play focusing on the next generation Albus Severus Potter and the relationship with his dad Harry.

A special rehearsal edition kicked off both Rowling and Potter's birthday as the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script was officially published.

In covering GeekyCon, a yearly convention celebrating all things fandom and geeky, at their midnight release party, we rung in the next era of Potter's journey with games, Quidditch and entertainment.

Lauren Fairweather is a prominent wizard rock The Moaning Myrtles and an entertainer of all things geek and Potter on YouTube.

Fans (who hadn't read the spoilers) were invited to write their predictions of what might take place in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Readers joining in a game of Wizard Chess.

The pitch has been set for a round of Quidditch. Who will catch the Golden Snitch?

Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Ravenclaw - visit the Sorting Hat to discover your house.

A costume contest brought out an amazing array of cosplayers. Ultimately, Newt Scamander, who was literally the spitting image of Eddie Redmayne in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts spin-off, was the victor!

A closer look at the amazing Newt Scamander cosplayer.

Copies of the Cursed Child script awaits to be enjoyed by anxious readers.

The Midnight Release Party was a genuine celebration bringing back the phenomenal Harry Potter spirit that is still alive. The magic lives on!

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Disney's New Beauty and the Beast Poster Is Revealed

Emma Watson stars Beauty and the Beast 2017
2016 has already been an amazing year for U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and actress Emma Watson. Next year, 2017 will be another enchanting chapter for the former Harry Potter star.

Disney will be releasing a live-action remake of their 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast next Spring in March. As we wait for the magical updated film to come to life on the big screen, today the beautiful poster was released to continue elevating the hype! A fully-blossomed rose floats in its glass case as a windy winter swirls outside the Beast's castle.

Director Bill Condon leads a star-studded cast with Emma Watson as a bright young girl Belle wanting a provincial life and is taken prisoner by a Beast, to be played by Dan Stevens, in his castle. Despite being trapped, she befriends the household's staff just as Beast unveils a kinder exterior than what meets the eye.

Other cast members will include Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, and Kevin Kline.

The poster above was released online noting how there isn't a tagline or details of the cast. The teaser trailer released earlier this month takes on the same mysterious tone. Yet for fans of the original film which has become a generational classic, Disney is definitely hoping to hook movie goers based on the few notes of it's famous soundtrack and the beautiful visuals.

Excitement for Disney's next live-action feature continues to heighten. Belle is, personally, my favorite Disney Princess so the new take on her story with Emma at the helm will be definitely interesting. It's certainly on my Must-See list for next year. We can only imagine how the full-length trailer will unfold!

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J.K. Rowling, Pottermore Unveils New Ilvermorny House Details

Author J.K. Rowling and Pottermore announced the name and several locations of wizarding schools around the world such as Brazilian  Japanese, and Ugandan wizarding schools earlier this year.

For the United States' institution, the name Ilvermorny left dedicated readers used to calling Hogwarts home throughout the Harry Potter series with lingering questions: what are the origins of the U.S. school? were there houses? how can we be sorted?

The author and continuing Potter-based website has finally revealed new information answering all of the mysteries we've been waiting to be unmasked for so long.

Rowling has penned a new entry sharing the history of the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The full timeline at Pottermore. reveals a strong background to Ireland, the founders ties to Salazar Slytherin, and much more!

The great North American school of magic was founded in the seventeenth century. It stands at the highest peak of Mount Greylock, where it is concealed from non-magic gaze by a variety of powerful enchantments, which sometimes manifest in a wreath of misty cloud.

Alongside learning more about the Ilvermorny school, fans can also be sorted into their respective Ilvermorny house: the Horned Serpent, the panther Wampus, the Thunderbird and the Pukwudgie. Just log onto Pottermore with your username and password, and you can have access to the new sorting test.

Not a lot of information is known specifically about each house, except that each one is denoted from a magical creature instead of a person like the founders of Hogwarts. We have some clue as to the houses' personalities so far:

It is sometimes said of the Ilvermorny houses that they represent the whole witch or wizard: the mind is represented by Horned Serpent; the body, Wampus; the heart, Pukwudgie and the soul, Thunderbird. Others say that Horned Serpent favours scholars, Wampus, warriors, Pukwudgie, healers and Thunderbird, adventurers.

I was sorted into the Pukwudgie, which gives me a groovy combination of Gryffindor bravery and Pukwudgie healing. As a magical creature, it is quite the trickster hunting "with deadly, poisonous arrows and enjoy playing tricks on humans."

Not only are the houses different at the United States wizarding school, but the rules for wand ownership and usage is different as well: Witches and wizards are chosen by their wands following the sorting ceremony. And, the wands have to be left at the school during vacations until the student is seventeen years old and can use it outside of school.

Lots of new information to digest about the U.S. wizarding school!

What do you think of the newest Ilvermorny developments?
Have you been sorted yet?