Sunday, December 08, 2019

Interview with Law Made Fun Through Harry Potter's Adventures Author Karen Morris

Harry Potter Law Made Fun Through Harry Potter's Adventures
The Harry Potter series has taught generations the meaning of love, friendship, good versus evil, grief, bravery and so much more. Even though J.K. Rowling's series is set in the magical world of wizardry and magic, her storytelling has drawn true connections between fiction and reality.

Looking at the book phenomenon from another angle, Law Made Fun Through Harry Potter's Adventures explores the popular series through the lens of law and order. From Albus Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall leaving Harry Potter on the Dursley's doorstep to the legal obligations Hogwarts has to keeping its students safe, author Karen Morris and Bradley S. Carroll breakdown the real connections between the wizarding world and our own muggle laws.

Accessible to read for bookworms of all ages, the book offers a unique perspective of understanding just how intricate Rowling's world-building was and the implications characters could've found themselves in with our court system. Law Made Fun reviews 99 reviews of pivotal moments of Harry's journey to examine how it applies to Muggle Law and affects the surrounding story as well as characters. It's a perfect book for Harry Potter fans who love to learn a whole new side of the fictional story we love and dive deep into how it works.

I had the opportunity to interview the author Karen Morris about her background and how she came to adapting the series. Check out our interview below and her thoughts on death eaters, the Triwizard Tournament, and why a basic understanding of the law is a beneficial lesson to learn for everyone.

Can you share with Potter Talk’s readers a little bit about yourself – your background as a town judge and the inspiration to teach law through Harry Potter as well as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Downton Abbey. ( Be sure to check out the books on the official website.)

I am firmly committed to the view that law is a contemporary discipline.  While some would call it technical and pedantic, I take the exact opposition position.  Law is current, fun, and easily grasped if taught well.   As a college professor, I am always on the lookout for new ways to engage students.  I have found that law is readily learned using storylines from movies, TV shows,  books, and news stories.   When a person is familiar with characters from a popular series, offering learning based on their comings and goings is the equivalent of the sugar that Mary Poppins advocates helps the medicine go down.   Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are all popular series that make the learning effortless and enjoyable. 

I have been a town judge for 25 years.  I was just re-elected for another four year term which is  grand.  Here’s a fun fact  – Inspired by Harry and his magic-filled universe, I have become a magician.  I perform at no cost exclusively for kids’ events sponsored by  not-for-profit  agencies.  Magic is indeed wonderfully enchanting.

In addition to the Law Made Fun books, I write textbooks on various legal topics, a magazine column titled “Legally Speaking,” and a blog for a publisher on legal underpinnings of news stores of interest to college age Business Law students.

Why is a general understanding of the law beneficial to everyone?

Law impacts our lives on a daily basis.  If we are not compliant, we could find ourselves in unpleasant situations – court appearances, meetings with attorneys, fines, probation, jail, electronic monitoring of our comings and goings, ignition interlock on our vehicles (a device that detects alcohol use before a car can be started), and/or a criminal record that could foreclose career opportunities.  Additionally, law provides the underpinning for many entertainment genres.  By understanding the law, our appreciation and enjoyment of the world around us is significantly enhanced.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Join Harry Potter: Wizards Unite for Special Holiday Events This December

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Christmas Calamity
The holidays are just around the corner, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is celebrating by bringing the festivities to game players around the world.

Throughout December, the popular augmented reality game has lined up events to ring in the holiday season. Special Christmas moments such as the Hogwarts Yule Ball from the Harry Potter series will come to life as well as challenge players to discover and unlock new features.

Check out the list of events below! Make sure your are following Wizards Unite on facebook, twitter, and instagram for more up-to-date news.

Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event - Part 1

Relive the winter wonderland of the Hogwarts Yule Ball, including memories of couples like Hermione and Viktor as well as Hagrid and Madame Maxime. Game play includes a variety of new tasks unique Registry pages, Special Assignments, and exclusive items for your Ministry of Magic ID. The first half of this event takes place from December 3rd to the 10th.

Community Day

On December 14th, players can help Hagrid care for his magical creatures and return Foundables from Hagrid's Hut Registry Page. Special portkeys will whisk you away to Hagrid's Hut to unlock some of the rarest magical creatures.

Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event - Part 2

Reflect on memories from the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, including moments with Ron Weasley, Parvarti and Harry, as well as Fred and Angelina. As the second half of this event, it is ongoing from December 17th to the 24th.

12 Tasks of Christmas

Wizards Unite have twelve days of exciting tasks lined up to be completed and exchange special holiday gifts with friends via the new Gifting feature. Players will be able to collect special Gift boxes from Inns, Greenhouses, and Fortresses containing Spell Energy, Potion Ingredients, Runestones, and more. Stay tuned to their social media channel for the exact date and more details.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Harry Potter Patronus Funko Now Available (and More On The Way)

With the latest launch of WizardingWorld.com comes a new line of magical collectibles for Harry Potter fans.

The first is a pre-release of an exclusive Harry Potter Patronus Funko Pop! It is inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where Harry learns the history of the Marauders and uses his Patronus to defeat the Dementors. His Patronus symbol is revealed to be a stag, just like his father's. James Potter's Animagus form also took transformed into a stag, which was affectionately referred to as Prongs within the Marauders featuring Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, and Remus Lupin.

The silverly-blue figurine stands at 3 3/4" tall and comes in a traditional Funko Pop! window box. The box includes a pre-release exclusive sticker and an Enchanted Key, which fans scan with the Wizarding World app and unlock a special bonus.

For one day only on December 4th, from 11am to 4pm GMT the figure is available now for Wizarding World members on the Wizarding World website while supplies last.

To purchase the figure, you have to log onto the Wizarding World website with your passport and head to their online store. Add the item to cart and check-out. Due to limited quantities, members can only buy a maximum of four Funko figurines.

Wizarding World Gold subscribers can save 20% on this and other items in the Wizarding World online shop.

This is the first Patronus Funko Pop! released from the Harry Potter series. Two more figurines will be coming soon - Hermione Granger's Otter Patronus and Ron Weasley's Jack Russell Terrier Patronus.

No word yet on when this Patronus Funko Pop! or the ones to follow will be released to the general public. Stay tuned for this space to be updated!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Cousin DIY Harry Potter Bracelet and Keychain (Product Review)

Cousin DIY Harry Potter Bracelet and KeyChain
One of the best reasons to be a Harry Potter fan is the stunning amount of accessories available for us to enjoy. When Cousin DIY reached out to me to check out some of their products, I jumped at the chance.

Cousin DIY is a magical hub of kits to create your own jewelry and crafts. From beads and charms to ready-to-assemble kits, their rings, bracelets, keychains, and more are easy to make. You can wear your personalized expressions every day with original  designs and brands like The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter.

I received several products for review as well as a giveaway for my readers and followers (be sure to stay tuned to my Instagram for more). The Gryffindor bangle kit and Hogwarts keychain spoke to me the most (like Tom and Harry speak in parseltongue), so these were the two I chose for myself.

I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of both items - the Gryffindor charm bracelet kit comes with an adjustable base and four charms - a Gryffindor flag, a Gryffindor emblem, and two Gryffindor silver charms with the letter 'G' and lion. The bracelet base is made of sturdy silver, and gave me faith that,  it's something I can wear everywhere and feel like it will hold out. The charms are super cute too and are great for fellow Gryffindors who want to show their pride.

The keychain features the Hogwarts crest in gold and the individual House colors. I love collecting Harry Potter keychains, and this is one of the sturdiest ones I've ever had. (I love the quality of it so much, I'm thinking about getting their Wizard of Oz ruby slippers too.) The actual keyring was easy and add it to my Gryffindor backpack zipper. Similar to the bracelet, both are going to last a while before I have to worry about wearing them down.

If you're looking to add more accessories to your wardrobe, Cousin Diy offers a lot of great options. Not only are they adorable, but they're great for all ages and create a magical accent to your outfit and Harry Potter collection. Save 25% off Harry Potter products with my code "harrypotter25".

Please Note: I received these items  from Cousin DIY 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!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Wizarding World Gold Has Officially Launched Online

Wizarding World Gold Harry Potter Subscription
Pottermore has officially merged into the new hub of all things Harry Potter at Wizarding World- the premiere digital home to learn about the latest news from the world of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, and Cursed Child.

The reinvented site has kept the original Pottermore features such as quizzes, character analysis, and writing from J.K. Rowling in tact. Fans can still register to the site to take the Sorting Hat quiz, choose their wand, discover their patronus, and stay up-to-date with announcements.

A whole new addition to Wizarding World is a new subscription service. Wizarding World Gold invites fans to join an exclusive membership and receive special perks for a year long subscription. It's available now in the UK for £59.99 and United States for $74.99 with more countries to be added soon.

The welcome gift for fans after signing up to Wizarding World Gold is an exclusive custom journal made just for you.

Known as Keys and Curios, the journal is personalized with your name and Hogwarts house. The covers are designed by MinaLima, the graphic design team behind the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. The journal, as well as a postcard of the Hogwarts grounds dawn by J.K. Rowling and a collectible pin as extra gifts, offer a chance to own a stunning piece of wizarding memorabilia.

The magic doesn't end with a unique cover for Keys and Curios. The journal itself contains interactive features that can be unlocked every month using the Wizarding World App. Over the course of your subscription, new secrets and surprises are unveiled and keep you engaged all year long.

For the duration of your subscription, you'll also receive a wide range of perks to:
  • book priority access to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Warner Bros: Studio Tour London
  • use discounts at the Wizarding World online shop, Platform 9¾ at Kings Cross, Warner Bros Studio Tour London, among other official Harry Potter stores online and worldwide
  • gain early access to Wizarding World exclusive merchandise and collectibles before they go on sale to the general public
  • enjoy eBooks of the original Harry Potter stories
  • enter to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences
  • watch exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the archive and creative talent
As Wizarding World Gold continues on throughout the next calendar year, more news will be added to Potter Talk when they become available, so be sure to watch this space and share your thoughts on Wizarding World Gold.

Wizarding World Gold is the premium source of the latest and exclusive developments in the Harry Potter universe. You can sign up for the subscription service at WizardingWorld.com