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I know no matter how much excitement I express about this new “Deathly Hollows” trailer, there will be about 10,000 Harry Potter fans who are more overwhelmed than I am. So, instead, I will just say after seeing an appearance by my favorite Brit, Bill Nighy, a bouquet of bogus Harrys, and a whole bunch of Voldermort, I am pretty pumped to pull out my Hedgwig costume again and go see “Deathly Hollows” in November. The trailer is calling the next installment “epic,” and based on what they are dishing out, I have a hard time disagreeing. Are you excited to see “Deathly Hollows”? Keep reading »
Confession: I have only read up to the fifth book in the Harry Potter series. And if there is anything that’s going to make me regret that lazy choice, it’s this trailer right here. “Epic” is the only word suitable for this teaser. The franchise seems to know it’s a big freaking deal, dubbing itself “generation-defining.” But I am willing to let the boasting go, mostly because it’s true. I think a weekend vacation to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and see the “Death Hallows Part 1″ midnight showing is in order. Who’s with me? Keep reading »
I have no shame in telling the world that I love Harry Potter. My mom and I read the first book together, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Yes, dear readers, I was the one who had the next book release marked in my calendar, and no, I did not stand in line at Barnes & Noble for hours waiting to buy the newest copy—I pre-ordered it and got to skip the line. Duh. Now, fellow Harry Potter fans, rejoice—the long-awaited Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park opens tomorrow in Orlando. A few of the movie’s stars, including Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, celebrated the opening on Wednesday night. Good thing, since they’re still crying after the final flick wrapped.
The 20-acre park has Hogwarts Castle and even Hogsmeade. J.K. Rowling herself approved every tiny detail, of course, giving the park her seal of authenticity. There are two roller coasters, Ollivander’s wand shop, and even butterbeer. Anyone up for a road trip? [Universal Orlando] Keep reading »
Remember middle school? It is the ultimate awkward span of life—you are no longer a cute little kid and not quite a “young woman,” instead you are at some uncomfortable in-between. My middle school years can be simplified into a tragic set of bangs, an unexplainable draw to synthetic shirts with tigers on them and a horrible incident where I shaved off half my eyebrows. For the cast of “Harry Potter,” it was a little bit different. They started filming the first flick back in 2000, when they were 11 or younger. This means that the majority of the cast had this embarrassing pre-teen period captured on film for millions to see. And that is bound to form a tight bond. Now that the last scenes for the final “Potter” movie, “The Deathly Hollows,” are almost complete, the cast is coming out about how it feels to leave behind the people and story that has been part of their lives since middle school. It may be hard for the millions of fans when “Harry Potter” ends, but it sounds like some of the cast members might need therapy to get over the loss. After the jump, see what Harry, Hermione, Ron and more have to say about bidding farewell to the franchise that has dominated the majority of their life. Keep reading »
J.K. Rowling celebrated Easter at the White House, reading to some kids and answering questions about the future of Harry Potter. According to the The Washington Post, Rowling said she doesn’t have explicit plans to write another Harry Potter tome, but she certainly hasn’t ruled out the idea. “Maybe 10 years from now,” she said. Eee! Even this possibility, no matter how slim, got us excited about the prospect of another book about the gang from Hogwarts. To help Rowling get started writing, we came up with some ideas for her next novel. Keep reading »
“I kind of see myself less as the girl riding a broomstick and holding a wand and more as a girl emerging from an explosion, with a gun.”
Victoria’s Secret Angel Rosie Huntington-Whitely on her response to rumors about her being featured in an American version of “Harry Potter.” We’re not surprised that she’d choose Bond over Potter, but we are skeptical of her reasoning. You sure it doesn’t have more to do with the wardrobe than the action, Rosie? Still, she may create a whole new acronym to replace MTA called MTAS: Model-Turned-Action-Star. Oh wait, Milla Jovovich and Rebecca Romijn did that already. [Vogue UK] Keep reading »
A pyrotechnic malfunction? Please. Something tells me that a rambunctious Twihard is behind this. Last Friday, the set of the infamous “Harry Potter” wizardry school, Hogwarts, caught fire. Rumors erupted in London tabloids that the whole set was completely destroyed and that precious Daniel Radcliffe was filming when the blaze started. Both of these “facts” are luckily false. None of the primary cast was on set at the time—they were filming one of the final scenes for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” where the students of Hogwarts band together to fight off the evil Voldemort—and the fire was quickly contained by the studio fire brigade. Somewhere in the elaborate process of making all the students’ wands alight, a firework went haywire. The damage is said to be minimal and shouldn’t cause too much of a disruption in filming. So you should probably start planning your midnight premiere costumes now, since you have less than a year until the Nov. 19 release of the first half of “Deathly Hallows.” Personally, I had a pretty wicked Hedwig costume for “Half Blood Prince” that I might need to break out again. [Cinematical/Collider] Keep reading »
Every day, I mourn the fact that there will never be another Harry Potter book. Yes, every day I cry over a butterbeer while feeling homesick for Hogwarts.
But who would have guessed that muggles could, in fact, bring back some magic from the wizarding world themselves. Apparently, scientists have already designed a type of invisibility cloak and have made advances by transforming the material into a carpet that can hide bumps and protrusions underneath it. Made from mysterious-sounding “metamaterials,” these creations play with light to create optical illusions. The carpet, which is pictured above, has “a bumpy gold surface layer with the tailored ‘invisibility cloak’ underneath. The cloak, made from laser-sculpted layers of polymer, hides the bump from optical detection.”
The article on MSNBC then goes on to detail a bunch of scientific stuff about nanostructures, micron, blah blah, polymer, blah. Don’t be fooled, people—Potter lives! And so does his magical cloak. They just want you to think magic doesn’t exist. [MSNBC] Keep reading »