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. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Will O'Wisp's Wand Emporium Releases Limited Edition Wand Selection

Handmade Artisan Wands Will O'Wisp's Wand Emporium
The moment Harry Potter stepped inside Mr. Ollivander's wand shop, the lives of readers were changed forever. Every aspiring Hogwarts student yearns to have a special wand that calls to them and helps them cast magic and charms perfected in the boarding school's classes.

From Ollivander's Store at Universal Orlando Resort to handmade artisans around the world, wands are a prized piece of memorabilia in a Harry Potter fan's collection.

Will O'Wisp's Wand Emporium is offering a special selection of wands for Potterheads on Amazon.

A husband and wife duo who are massive Potter fans committed to creating a passion project of limited edition wands. They designed and commissioned a small run of 500 wands and boxes from artisan woodworkers.

Their selection of wands features five designs  - Summoner, Evoker, Enchanter, Charmer, and Conjurer- that have been carefully carved and finished from solid beechwood. There's 100 available of each wand which comes with their own serial number. Every display box is fabric lined, rosewood-stained beech with a gold-colored filigree on the top lid.

A press release from Will O'Wisp's Wand Emporium:
Department of Magical Affairs Urges Vigilance following reports of suspicious magical activity.

Statement from Undersecretary T. Curious Praemonio on recent suspicious magical activity:

Today I am urging all witches and wizards to remain vigilant in light of the recent spate of hexes that have been perpetrated by the small but growing group of dark wizards calling themselves “Malum Draco.” The guilty parties remain at large and the Department of Magical Affairs urges caution.

All witches and wizards are advised to recast the defensive enchantments at their homes and workplaces, and to avoid the use of unfamiliar portals at night. Most importantly, all witches and wizards are strongly advised to ensure that they are in possession of a powerful and well-crafted wand.

Beech Tree wands have been found to be particularly effective in dispelling the effects of Malum Draco’s hexes. Therefore at the special request of the Department of Magical Affairs, Master Wandsmith Will O’Wisp has created a small consignment of wands for witches and wizards in need.

Let it also be known that each genuine piece from Will O’Wisp’s Wand Emporium includes a serial number, certificate of authenticity and gold-imprinted wooden display box.

The collection is presently available for sale in the United States on Amazon.com.

Interested parties are advised to secure their wand quickly.

Dark Wizards are afoot.

If you're looking to let the wand choose you and add a rare and unique handcrafted wand to magical acquisitions, check out Will O'Wisp's Wand Emporium for their special limited edition wand release. These are sure to be a unique piece of memorabilia to your collection.


Please Note: This post is not sponsored or a paid partnership with Will O'Wisp's Wand Emporium. I do not receive commission if you click on any of the links in this post. 

Monday, January 06, 2020

Top 10 Harry Potter Moments from The Past Decade

In 2007, the literature saga of Harry Potter ended. We discovered that all was well with the chosen one and his friends as the next generation prepared for their own journeys at Hogwarts. While many of us waited anxiously over the possible expansion of an eighth story, the series continued to live on in more ways than the books and movies we grew up enjoying.

As one chapter closed for the fandom, new ones continued to unfold that challenged expectations, created controversy, and conjured magical moments from our imaginations into the real muggle world. 

From digital platforms to theme parks, J.K. Rowling's series took on exciting adventures, far beyond what fans dreamt at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As 2020 begins, let's take a special look on the past ten years of spellbinding moments from Harry Potter and its ever-expanding universe.