Friday, February 07, 2020

Will O'Wips's Wand Emporium Review (Product Review)

Will O'Wips's Wand Emporium Review
Inspired by the Harry Potter series, an Amazon store Will O'Wisp's Wand Emporium designed five special wands for wizards and witches to wield their magic and cast charms.

Having collected personalized and one-of-a-kind wands to add to my collection, the owners of the store sent me one of their designs for having shared the exciting news of the store earlier on my blog.

Please Note: I received this wand from Will O'Wisp's Wand Emporium in exchange of a review. Opinions are my own. I do not receive commission if you click on any of the links in this post. If you'd like to send me a product to review, check out my work with me page. Thank you for supporting my site!

Every aspect of the wand and its display case is carefully crafted and imaginatively designed. 

Harry Potter fans Matthew and Pavi commissioned 500 wands and boxes from artisan woodworkers. The passion project features five original designs. Each are given a special name - Summoner, Evoker, Enchanter, Charmer, and Conjurer - and certificate of authenticity with an unique serial number. Beautifully carved and finished from solid beechwood, each wand also comes with a fabric-lined rosewood-stained display box with a gold-colored filigree on the top lid.

An original backstory brings you into the story of the wands' creations as fans are invited to heed the warnings of the Department of Magical Affairs to protect themselves against dark wizards called Malum Draco. All of the wands are made from beechtree, giving wizards extra defenses in dispelling the effects of hexes and jinxes.

Will O'Wips's Wand Emporium Review

The wand I selected was The Conjurer - it has a beveled handle with indentations and curved end. Measuring at 15 inches long, the wand is about the same length as the wands purchased from official Harry Potter retailers - making it a perfect instrument to cast spells. The wand has a beautiful caramel color and stained finish, making it pop and stand out against other wands that I have.

The display box with the golden lining is a thoughtful example of the attention to detail the owners have their creation. Similar to the wand, it's craftsmanship is sturdy and tailored to the wands size, so there's no need to worry about how to store the wand when it's not in use. The shop makes sure to think of all the details so Hogwarts students, Aurors, and wizards can enjoy their handmade collectible as soon as they open the box.

Will O'Wisp's Wand Emporium is an original shop inspired by the magic of Harry Potter and are currently helping other fans created their own with their wand collection. The shop is open on Amazon and Etsy.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Gain Early Access to Hermione Granger Patronus Funko Pop

In December 2019, the Wizarding World released the exciting news of the first Patronus Funko Pop! release.

Members of The Harry Potter Fan Club had early access to adding a translucent figurine inspired by Harry Potter's patronus - a stag - to their collection.

The digital hub of the wizarding world promised more Patronus collectibles would be on the way, and now we have a confirmation that Hermione's patronus (an otter) is next.

A pre-release exclusive will be available to Fan Club members on the Wizarding World online shop, from 11:00am ET on February 4th – subject to availability, while supplies last.

Wizarding World Gold subscribers will have the chance to buy before anyone else from Wizarding World's online shop from 3 February, while stocks last, for 24 hours, beginning 11am ET/4pm GMT.

Similar to the Harry Potter Patronus Funko, this silvery-blue figure of the otter comes in a traditional Funko Pop! window box. It will feature a pre-release exclusive sticker and an Enchanted Key symbol, which can be scanned on the Wizarding World app for an extra treat.

If you can't buy the Funko Pop! on February 4th, keep an eye out at major retailers such as Barnes and Noble (in the U.S.) as figurines are generally released to the public at a later date.

The last Patronus Funko Pop!, at least for this set, is said to be Ron Weasley's patronus - a Jack Russell Terrier. Stay tuned for more updates!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Funko Announces New Harry Potter Collection at London Toy Fair 2020

2020 Funko Pop Harry Potter London Toy Fair2020 Funko Pop Harry Potter London Toy Fair
Toy fairs and convention season is just around the corner. Funko Pop recently announced an exciting slate of new releases for the London Toy Fair in Spring 2020. Among the listed selection of movie, tv show, and video game characters, the 'cast' of Harry Potter returns.

The next wave of Harry Potter Funko Pops includes ten new figurines - two will be available to exclusive retailers.

As pictured above, Voldemort with Nagini and Dumbledore with Fawkes will be ten inch figures. The smallest versions of Harry Potter Funko Pop will be keychains of Severus Snape as Neville's Boggart, Hermione creating potions, and Luna Lovegood with her Quibbler glasses.

Pictured below are the figures to round out the collection. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two inspires the Harry Potter figurine that will be exclusive to Barnes And Noble. Funko Shop's exclusive figure will be a limited edition of Harry wrapping the invisibility cloak around him.

The other figures will be available at more major retailers:
  • Dumbledore holding baby Harry Potter in his hands
  • Harry Potter holding the invisibility cloak
  • Neville Longbottom with the Book of Monsters
  • Hermione casting Wigardium Leviosa with the feather
  • Ron vomiting slugs
  • Draco Malfoy with the whip spider on his face
Preorders are available now on Entertainment Earth. Official release for the figures begins in April and May 2020.

My Favorite Meals to Eat at Wizarding World of Harry Potter

My Favorite Meals to Eat at Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter brings the world we love from the books and movies to Universal Studios' theme parks. When we walk into the places we've always imagined visiting, there's plenty of experiences to enjoy from riding on a broomstick through Hogwarts to letting the wand choose us at Ollivander's Wand Shop.

J.K. Rowling's world is also rich with detail in what her characters eat and drink. Naturally, the theme parks aim to recreate drinks and treats inspired by the wizarding world. I thought I'd share my picks for what to eat and drink at Universal Orlando Resort's Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.

Here are my favorite dishes at The Leaky Cauldron, Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlor, and The Three Broomsticks. What's your favorite meal at Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Mooncalf Adoption from Bumble And Be Co (Product Spotlight)

Fantastic Beasts Mooncalf Newt Scamander
The Fantastic Beasts series has brought a vast collection of exciting new creatures into the wizarding world. Adding to the pygmy puffs, hippogryphs, and thestrals we met along Harry Potter's journey at Hogwarts, the spin-off saga has introduced bowtruckles, nifflers, and the demiguise with famed magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Another underrated creature the mooncalf first appears in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them when Scamander gives No-Maj baker Jacob Kowalski a tour of his bewitched habitat. The mooncalfs' appearance is a 'blink and you'll miss it' moment, but when I first saw this new species for the first time in 2016, I wanted to adopt one immediately.

Please Note: I purchased this item on my own. This is not a sponsored post. Opinions are my own. I do not receive commission if you click on any of the links in this post.