VERY EXCITING and MAGICAL news just released from GeekyCon! To celebrate the official release of H...

GeekyCon Cursed Child Release Party

VERY EXCITING and MAGICAL news just released from GeekyCon! To celebrate the official release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the ultimate convention for geeks are holding the celebration of the summer!

On July 30th, 2016, GeekyCon will be holding a Midnight Release Party for Harry Potter fans of all ages. Beginning at 7pm in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center, guests and convention attendees will enjoy an amazing night of special events.

GeekyCon is partnering with the veteran Potter party people at The Leaky Cauldron to pull out all the stops and bring a new generation the magic of the classic midnight book release events! If you long for the Potter parties of old, or if you never had the chance to experience them yourself, don’t miss this!

Party-only admission is $20 for guests without a GeekyCon ticket and can be purchased at the door or online. GET YOUR TICKET!


PURCHASE YOUR BOOK!
Eagerly anticipating the Eighth Harry Potter story? Purchase your book at midnight with thousands of fellow Harry Potter fans.

COSTUMES!
Come dressed as your favorite character and take part in our costume contest.

HOUSE SORTING!
Step up to the stool and be sorted into your Hogwarts house!

GAMES!
Test your skills at a game of Quidditch or life-size Wizard Chess!

FACE PAINTING!
Be Transfigured into an array of magical creatures at our face painting booth.

WIZARD ROCK!
Enjoy special performances by classic Wizard Rock bands including Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, The Whomping Willows, and more!

 RELIVE MAGICAL MOMENTS!
Dive into the Pensive as we look back on the magical memories from past midnight release parties.

MAKE YOUR PREDICTIONS!
Submit your predictions for Harry Potter and Cursed Child Parts One and Two by dropping them into the Goblet of Fire!

Potter Talk will be at the release party to celebrate this amazing event. Join us at GeekyCon in counting down to midnight and be among the first to experience the next chapter of Harry Potter and his family's journey!

Get more information from GeekyCon at this link!

Do you watch youtubers?...what am I saying? Of course you do. Well, if you're ready to watch a...

5 Awesome Videos by Harry Potter Vlogger Lyle Storm

Harry Potter YouTube Channel LyleStorm
Do you watch youtubers?...what am I saying? Of course you do. Well, if you're ready to watch an awesome Harry Potter channel, you gotta check out Lyle Storm.

As a fellow and huge Harry Potter fan, Lyle vlogs about the series. In fact he tries to vlog about every day! Taking the love he has for the series, he has some great videos about the books, movies, and new events like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play (hitting the West End this summer!). I've included five of my favorites below. I hope you check out his channel and support a fellow Potterhead!

My House Is What?!
Lyle has always been a Ravenclaw but where is he sorted with the new Pottermore test? The results surprised him, and may surprise you!


Let's Play Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!
Experience the nostalgia with Lyle as he plays Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix video game. Awesome game!


Is the Cursed Child going to be Good?
This summer Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be performed on the West End in London this summer. The story will center on Albus Potter struggling with his family's legacy. We all want more Harry Potter...but will the Cursed Child meet expectations? Lyle debates the answer.

Make the Potter Challenge
Traveling somewhere or doing something that just doesn't excite? Lyle presents the Potter challenge: make as many connections to the wizarding world and Harry Potter as possible to make your day more magical.


A Tribute to Alan Rick and Severus Snape
The world simply lost this great talent way too soon. Lyle shares a lovely tribute for the man who portrayed Severus Snape, the one and only Alan Rickman.


One of my favorite things about the Harry Potter series is wizarding chess - even though my sister...

Anyone up for some wizard's chess?

Harry Potter Wizarding Chess board game
One of my favorite things about the Harry Potter series is wizarding chess - even though my sister defeats me at regular ol' Muggle chess all the time. The board game that comes to life in the first movie and book is pretty amazing. Luckily, Warner Bros brought an incarnation of the set to life that we can actually buy. Like, it's something we can buy with our muggle galleons and knuts.

Though I haven't bought the Noble collection (and there are more toy like versions available), at Universal Studios Orlando, there is one on display at the theme park. If you're on vacation stop by the Islands of Adventure Port's Landing shop near the front of the park. There's a whole collection of wonderful Harry Potter memorabilia! The chess set is looks like a near replica of the ones Harry, Hermione and Ron must play in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Feast your eyes below - it's magical!

Harry Potter Wizarding Chess board game


Harry Potter Wizarding Chess board game

Harry Potter Wizarding Chess board game

Harry Potter Wizarding Chess board game

Harry Potter Wizarding Chess board game

Harry Potter Wizarding Chess board game

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...

Free Instant Download Diagon Alley Wallpaper

Free Harry Potter Wallpapers
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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What magical freebies would you like to see on Potter Talk?

Free Harry Potter Wallpapers

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.