Author J.K. Rowling and Pottermore announced the name and several locations of wizarding schools a...

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?

Happy Birthday to kind ol' Dobby, the sweet house-elf who protected his dear friend Harry Pott...

15 Magical Socks Dobby Would Love (and you will too!)

Happy Birthday to kind ol' Dobby, the sweet house-elf who protected his dear friend Harry Potter.

In celebration of one of our favorite magical creatures, I've compiled some magical socks that Dobby would love (and maybe even a little jealous of?). I know fellow Potterheads will love them too as part of my on-going series Get the Wizarding Look.

Here are some magical socks that would make a great addition to every witch or wizard's wardrobe. Hope you enjoy!

1. Scarecrow socks by Sock Lady
2. Argyle Star Wars socks by IanLeinoDesign
3. Glasses socks by Joy of Socks
4. Barn Owl socks by Sock Drawer
5. Rubber Ducky socks by Urban Outfitters
6. Bee Bee socks by ManyMornings
7. Aztec socks by Jays Apparel
8. Mismatched socks by FridaySockCo

9. Brick socks by BoldFootSocks
10. Deer socks by MemoApparel
11. Argyle socks by Golfknickers
12. Yellow Check socks by Unique Ever
13. Textured Diamonds by the Tie Bar
14. Chess Board socks by GreatLookz
15. Harry Potter glasses socks

Emma Watson first became a UN Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014. Since that momentous occasion, the...

Emma Watson, Kerry Washington Encourage Women to LeanIn Together

Emma Watson first became a UN Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014. Since that momentous occasion, the empowering star launched HeForShe, interviewed fellow inspiring figures Malala Yousafzai and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and connects with fellow advocates via a monthly book club Our Shared Shelf.

Now Emma, alongside Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, and more are encouraging women to Lean In Together - be a mentor, support our peers, and connect with workplace allies.

The program LeanIn.Org is a nonprofit founded by Sheryl Sandberg to empower all women to achieve their ambitions.

In the minute and a half video above, the actresses thank the women in their lives that helped them achieve greatness in the workplace. The video rallies hopes that together women can support each other's voices and work to achieve equality.

Emma's personal shout-out is to director Sofia Coppola of The Bling Ring, which was one of Emma's first roles outside of the Harry Potter franchise.

Amazing things can happen when women join together in each other's goals and journeys, instead of behaving as rivals. Behind every successful woman is another successful woman. It is our peers who make us ambitious, courageous, guidance, and opportunities for life.
When a woman helps another woman, they both benefit. And when women celebrate one another’s accomplishments, we’re all lifted up. Together women can do more, go further, and change the world. Let’s #LeanInTogether.


Resources such as books, connecting with other women, and finding inspiration can be accessed at the official website LeanIn.Org. The movement can also be supported additionally via #LeanInTogether.

One of the biggest Harry Potter events of the summer is the official eighth story: Harry Potter an...

Celebrate 'Cursed Child' Book Release at a Midnight Party Near You

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party
One of the biggest Harry Potter events of the summer is the official eighth story: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Set nineteen years after our last encounter left Harry and his friends, all-grown up and sending their own children off to Hogwarts, The Boy Who Lived is now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic. Harry and Ginny's son Albus Severus struggles with some of the darkness that comes from his parent's legacy.

The play is currently running in the London West End as previews for some very lucky Potterheads who are able to attend. (Spoiler-free early reviews are available from Hypable and fans live-tweeting the events)

For the rest of the wizarding population, we are eagerly awaiting for July 31st as the special rehearsal edition script will be published and hit bookstores. (Copies are also available for pre-order on Amazon.)

How can we better celebrate this magical occasion? Book stores across the U.S. have midnight release parties all ready for you to attend!

Want to find a party in your local area? Scholastic has you covered. On their new website, simply enter your zip code and choose a bookstore like Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble to spend your B-I-G night.

Check your local library! Some libraries like the Naperville Public Library in Chicago will be closing their doors at a later hour as part of the local festivities planned.

If you are in the Orlando area, stop by GeekyCon for its midnight release party which will include wizard wrock, face painting, game and so much more. (Tickets for the midnight release party are separate from the convention!)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the first bookstore release party in nearly eleven years. July 31st is definitely going to be one magical and memorable night!

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