Thursday, August 09, 2018

Potter Pens Kickstarter Campaign

Would you like to own a slice of movie history? Orion Pens is running a kickstarter campaign to make a limited run of pens using wood acquired by Christ Church College in Oxford, England. The legendary location will ring a bell for Harry Potter fans: Christ Church College was used as a set for The Great Hall for the film franchise.

Orion Pens has transformed beautiful wood its acquired from the church into Harry Potter inspired handmade pens. Backers can choose between single barrel ballpoint pen with different plating options and a capped rollerball pen with a gun metal finish. To top it off, each pen will be accentuated with the backer's choice of a Hogwarts house - Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Hufflepuff.

Every pen is made by hand to build and assemble, and will come with their own Certificate of Authenticity. An optional add-on for a clear acrylic stand is also available for fans who want to display their pens with house pride.

If you're looking to own a piece of the set used from Harry Potter, there's only a limited supply of pens available and ends on August 22nd. Make sure you check out the kickstarter campaign

(The pens are in no way affiliated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros, Time Warner, and its associates.)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Harry Potter Alliance Hosts Virtual Marathon to Support Immigrants

Since 2005, The Harry Potter Alliance has been turning fans into heroes by raising awareness and igniting change for global causes from literacy to equality and human rights.

This year, their House Cup Marathon is engaging with fellow activists to help support immigrants.

From July 30th to August 30th, their current campaign will take runners on a virtual tour through Edinburgh, Scotland with exclusive event shirts and medals in the House colors available for purchasing. All proceeds will fund The Harry Potter Alliance's social justice campaign to provide their members with a variety of advocacy actions to support migrant communities in the United States.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

New Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer Revealed at SDCC 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer
Since Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's initial teaser trailer was released earlier this year, we have been clamoring for more details behind Newt's next big-screen adventure. To paraphrase an old friend of Dumbledore's, Warner Bros's got style as magic bewitched San Diego Comic Con.

As one of the biggest conventions in the world of movies, comics, tvs, and anime, San Diego Comic Con is the place to get all of the latest news behind our favorite franchises. Its legendary Hall H is where all the action happens: new trailers are released, actors unite to answer fan questions, and of course, all the must-know announcements are revealed for some of the most anticipated movies around. This year's event wouldn't be complete without Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and boy were we in for a special treat!

To kick off the new trailer's release, actress and host Aisha Tyler welcomed the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald castmates - Eddie Redmayne, Katharine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Folger, Zoe Kravitz, Claudia Kim, Jude Law, and Ezra Miller - for a Q&A panel to answer fans' biggest questions. While talking about this next step into J.K. Rowling's wizarding world, the cast promised that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald gets darker and more thrilling as Newt and his friends are forced to pick a side while Dumbledore's battle against Gellert Grindelwald's deepens. The spectacle would not be complete without Johnny Depp making a special appearance as Gellert Grindelwald and giving a stirring, grim speech to the witches and wizards in attendance.

Is Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald bigger, bolder, and more thrilling? I definitely think so. Check out the latest trailer as we catch up with familiar faces and get our #WandsReady against dangerous foes. ALSO, NIFFLERS. 

From the Official Press Release:
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™. 

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).  But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. 

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.  Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world. 

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, ZoĆ« Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. 

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling.  The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.  Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers.

The film reunites the behind-the-scenes creative team from the first “Fantastic Beasts” film, including Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It”), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).  The music is by eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (“Defiance,” “Michael Clayton,” “The Hunger Games” films).
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is slated for release on November 16, 2018! What was your favorite part of the trailer? What are you most excited to see?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

100+ Instagram Hashtag Ideas for Harry Potter Fans

Instagram Hashtag Ideas Harry Potter
Living in the Muggle world isn't the same as the wizarding world. For one, we don't have owls  to communicate with each other and we can't fly use the floo network or apparate. Instead we have wifi and social media. Acclimating ourselves outside the world of fiction, platforms like Instagram are one of the biggest ways us Potterheads can connect with each other.

If you're new to Instagram, hashtags help users find each other through shared interests. Users can use up to 30 hashtags on Instagram, so there's a lot of room you can use to fill up your hashtag selection.

Choosing hashtags can sometimes feel overwhelming or maybe you don't know where to begin - I know I do. So, here are 100+ hashtag ideas for Harry Potter fans to start connecting with fellow witches and wizards. And hey my blog Potter Talk is on Instagram too - you should check it out!

Sunday, July 01, 2018

10 Favorite Songs from the Harry Potter Movies

Often when we talk about the Harry Potter movies, we share about what we loved, hated, what was left out, added, and altered. The amazing attention to detail that was brought to life in front of our eyes with the astounding production design is almost always never left out of the conversation.

But, what about our ears?
We can't forget about the amazing soundtracks, which orchestrate every one of our favorite scenes. When I think about some of my favorite moments, the songs are what immediately comes to mind. I took it upon myself to brave the mission, listen to the soundtracks intently, and picked out some of my personal favorites. I hope you'll be inspired to talk about some of yours!