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LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley Set

Launching tomorrow, the spectacular new #75978 LEGO Harry Potter set allows fans to be transported to the most magical shopping street in the world, now in brick form! Diagon Alley is one of the most iconic locations in the Wizarding World. It’s where Harry Potter gets his first glimpse of the exciting new world he is about to join, as he’s guided through the magical shopping street by Hagrid. And now LEGO and Harry Potter fans alike can build and create the iconic street in their own homes.

The set brings the two worlds together in a magical hybrid: a rich and versatile display model, with a modularity aspect that allows fans to choose how to display the shops (all in a row, swapping them around, or even placing individual shops on different shelves!).

Measuring more than a meter wide and made up of over 5,000 pieces, LEGO Diagon Alley features the famed wizarding world shops packed with authentic details from the movies to truly capture the ambience of the street.

Behind magnificent and detailed storefronts lie intriguing interiors, fascinating features and familiar characters. Fans can recreate some of their favorite moments from the Harry Potter film series including; discovering the wands at Ollivanders from Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerer’s Stone, dropping in on Gilderoy Lockhart’s book-signing event at Flourish & Blotts bookstore from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, or obtaining a love potion from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The set also includes 14 minifigures, including new versions of lead characters Harry, Ron, Hermione, and of course George and Fred Weasley who have their own joke shop in Diagon Alley. There are also minifigures of Florean Fortescue and the Daily Prophet photographer, who have never been seen in LEGO form before. Below are some additional details about the set as well as more pictures.

The #75978 LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley set is available directly from official LEGO stores and the Online LEGO Shop, starting September 1st. To purchase the set for $399.99, click HERE.

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New LEGO Harry Potter Wizarding World Sets Announced

Today, the LEGO Group and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have revealed a new range of enchanting playsets for fans of the Wizarding World. Packed to the brim with delight and mystery, these captivating playsets will help bring the Wizarding World to life in a way that only LEGO play can do.

Featuring well-known characters, creatures and locations familiar to every would-be Hogwarts student in waiting, the new LEGO sets help young builders create adventures of their own. The sets provide opportunities for endless fun as fans help Harry, Ron, Hermione and their faithful friends reenact beloved moments from the films.

These new LEGO sets will enable fans of the Wizarding World to explore Hogwarts in a new and exciting way. They can discover the entrance to The Room of Requirement, lure Professor Umbridge to the Forbidden Forest, gatecrash the Ravenclaw dormitory and explore the Hogwarts Astronomy Tower.

And the adventures extend beyond the Hogwarts theme…through their play, fans will be able to release Harry from the cupboard under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive, send Hedwig off to deliver an important message or explore the enchanted nooks and crannies of The Burrow.

Spanning adventures from across the seven Harry Potter films, the new sets will go on sale on August 1st and will be available to pre-order on April 30th from LEGO.com and selected retailers globally.

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Room of Requirement 

Slide the panel to reveal the hidden entrance to the Room of Requirement and join Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood for secret Defense Against the Dark Arts practice! ($19.99)

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Astronomy Tower 

Visit Potions Master Horace Slughorn’s classroom and office, check out the magical mandrake in the greenhouse, then explore the Ravenclaw dorm and the cool astronomy equipment. ($99.99)

LEGO Harry Potter Forbidden Forest: Umbridge’s Encounter 

Trick Professor Umbridge into entering the Forbidden Forest and introduce her to Grawp and a few centaurs. ($29.99)

LEGO Harry Potter 4 Privet Drive

Explore 4 Privet Drive, the Dursley family’s home, and discover a whirlwind of excitement! ($69.99)

LEGO Harry Potter Hedwig 

Capture the magical personality and elegant movement of Hedwig, the celebrated owl from the Harry Potter films. Available exclusively from Barnes and Noble. ($39.99)

LEGO Harry Potter Attack on The Burrow 

Explore the crazy, colorful Weasley house with Harry, Ron and the rest of the family and help protect it from the Death Eaters. Available exclusively from Target. ($99.99)

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A Miniature Harry Potter Manuscript Handwritten By JK Rowling Is Going To Auction And Could Sell For £150,000

A one-of-a-kind miniature handwritten manuscript from Harry Potter author JK Rowling is going to auction and is estimated to bring in  £100,000 – £150,000.

The diminutive green and gold hardback consists of 31 pages of Rowling’s handwritten text and drawings and includes the author’s signature.

The tome features text and illustrations connected with the Harry Potter books and it lists the items a Hogwarts student will need for their first year at the school, including uniform, books and accessories.

Rowling first created the book for a charity auction in 2004, where it sold for £10,000, when the Potter market was in its infancy.

More info HERE.

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Warner Bros. To Open First Ever Harry Potter Flagship Store In New York

The magic of the Wizarding World is coming to New York with the opening of the world’s first official Harry Potter flagship store.

Warner Bros. announced that it will open the first official Harry Potter flagship store in the heart of New York City next to the iconic Flatiron building at 935 Broadway.

Opening in Summer 2020, the store will house the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world under one roof with everything from personalized robes and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans to a brand-new range of house wands with a design exclusive to the New York location.

Spanning three floors and over 20,000 sq. ft., the space will provide fans with a number of exciting retail experiences that evoke the magic of the Wizarding World.

Sarah Roots, SVP Worldwide Tours and Retail, Warner Bros. said: “This will be the largest dedicated Harry Potter store in the world and will become a must-visit fan destination where Harry Potter enthusiasts can engage with interactive experiences and numerous photo opportunities as they step into the magic.” “We are very excited to be opening in New York. It’s the ideal city in which to launch with so many dedicated Wizarding World fans, a cutting-edge retail environment and a community that embraces innovative experiences.”

More details to be announced later in the year.

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Harry Potter Fans Will Be Spellbound By This Magical Hallmark Hogwarts Castle Musical Tree Topper

Whether sorted into Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin, every young witch and wizard earns their place in the world of magic through their studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Bring the enchantment of Hogwarts to your holiday celebrations with the Harry Potter Collection Hogwarts Castle Musical Tree Topper with light.

Plug it into the included power adapter for constant illumination, then press the button—either on the included Hogwarts crest remote control or on the back of the tree topper—to start a sound and light show scene featuring music from Hedwig’s Theme.

Connect one or more Harry Potter Storytellers ornaments (each sold separately for $29.99) to unlock additional exclusive performances from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that you can’t access with the ornaments alone!

– Storytellers Interactive Light and Sound Christmas tree topper. Connect this tree topper to the power adapter (included) to see the continuous light effect. Press the button on the remote control or on the back of the tree topper to watch it illuminate and hear music from “Hedwig’s Theme.” No batteries necessary.
– Artist crafted by Orville Wilson, this Christmas tree topper comes pre-packaged in a box for easy gift giving, preservation and storage. Dated 2019 in copyright.
– Add other Harry Potter Collection ornaments to unlock larger, amazingly interactive performances from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
– Plugs into a standard 120-volt wall outlet.
– Plastic Christmas tree topper is lead-free and measures 8.4″ W x 9.5″ H x 6.9″ D.

Available July 13, 2019 at Hallmark for $119.99.

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First Look At The Vans Harry Potter Sneakers

Vans’ highly anticipated Harry Potter collection is almost here and the popular sneaker brand posted a pic online to provide a glimpse into their upcoming magical footwear line.

The Gryffindor Sk8-Hi comes with a lion crest as well as red and gold stripes indicative of the house’s colors. The Slytherin Era boasts an appropriate green and black faux snakeskin upper. Ravenclaw’s Authentic is adorned in a blue checkerboard design and a crest-branded tongue, while the Hufflepuff Slip-On shows off a black suede upper with the house’s name and crest emblazoned on the front.

Additional shoe styles are expected to be announced soon along with a selection of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories. Pricing and release information are forthcoming.

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LEGO Announces 6,000+ Piece Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Set

Make the magic come alive at the LEGO Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle!

 

This highly detailed LEGO Harry Potter collectible has over 6,000 pieces and offers a rewarding build experience. It comes packed with highlights from the Harry Potter series, where you will discover towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow and Hagrid ́s hut, plus many more iconic features. And with 4 minifigures, 27 microfigures featuring students, professors and statues, plus 5 Dementors, this advanced building set makes the perfect Harry Potter gift.

– Includes 4 minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw, with a buildable minifigure display stand.

– Also features 27 microfigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Professor Dolores Umbridge, Argus Filch, Lord Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange, 3 students from each of the 4 houses, 2 chess pieces and the Architect of Hogwarts statue and 5 Dementors, plus Aragog the spider and the Basilisk figures, and a buildable Hungarian Horntail dragon.

– Features a buildable microscale model of Hogwarts Castle, hut of Hagrid, Whomping Willow tree and 5 boats.

– Hogwarts Castle features the Great Hall with buildable ‘stained glass windows’, house banners, benches, tables, flaming torches and moving staircases; potions classroom with racks of jar elements; Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom with assorted potion jars, gramophone and a closet containing a boggart; Chessboard Chamber with chess piece elements; Room of Requirement with assorted elements, including the Goblet of Fire and the vanishing cabinet; Chamber of Secrets with the Basilisk and Tom Riddle’s Diary; hidden Devils Snare room with vine elements; Gryffindor common room with fireplace and seating; Professor Dolores Umbridge’s office with desk, chair and pink furnishings; library with bookcase and desks; and Professor Dumbledore’s office with theGriffin statue entrance and Memory cabinet.

– Hagrid’s hut features Aragog the spider and buildable pumpkins.

– The Whomping Willow includes the buildable blue Flying Ford Anglia car in its spinning branches.

– Also includes 5 buildable boats.

– Take a seat in the Great Hall and feast with the Hogwarts professors and students!

– Sneak your way into the Chamber of Secrets through the secret entrance and face the Basilisk!

– Attend a Defense Against the Dark Arts class to learn how to protect yourself from dark magic!

– Climb the moving staircase!

– Study for your Ordinary Wizarding Level exams in the library.

– Accessory elements include the Sword of Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff ́s cup, wands, potions, house banners, flames, a cauldron and 2 magnifying glasses.

– Microfigure accessories include 2 chess statues and the Architect of Hogwarts statue.

– Hogwarts Castle measures over 22” (58cm) high, 27” (69cm) wide and 16” (43cm) deep.

The 6,020 piece set will be released on September 1, 2018 and retail for $399.99.

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Watch The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Comic-Con Trailer

Warner Bros. Pictures shared a new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Comic-Con trailer at Comic-Con today.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamandar alognside returning stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Ezra Miller. They’re joined by Claudia Kim, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner,  with Jude Law as Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as the titular Grindelwald.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (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 (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.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is being directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, and produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. The film will debut in theaters November 16, 2018.

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Harry Potter Books Unveil Seven New 20th Anniversary Covers By Brian Selznick

It was announced earlier this year that special 20th anniversary editions of J.K. Rowling’s seven books would be released, with new covers illustrated by artist Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck).

Illustrator Brian Selznick

Those new black-and-white covers were unveiled Tuesday by Scholastic. When placed side by side, the seven covers become a long mural as seen above.

     

The new books are part of a yearlong campaign to commemorate Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone being released in the U.S. two decades ago. The new paperback versions of the Harry Potter series will be released June 26 and will be followed by a collectible box set designed by Selznick coming in September.

“I’m a huge Harry Potter fan (a proud Hufflepuff!) and to be asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary edition covers was an absolute honor,” Selznick said in a statement. “I knew this project came with so much responsibility to the stories, as well as to the readers. I revisited the books and was especially moved by the relationships between the characters in J.K. Rowling’s magical world, so I wanted these covers to reflect that. One of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the process was drawing seven independent covers that would stand on their own, while making sure that they also lined up to create one single satisfying image. It took dozens and dozens of sketches to get it right, and I am thrilled to share my great love for the books with these new illustrations.”

Plans to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter’s U.S. publication are also in place for bookstores, libraries, schools, and festivals, according to Pottermore. Additionally, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is making its Broadway bow later this month, the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibit is opening at the New-York Historical Society in October, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will open in theaters November 10.

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Brian Selznick To Illustrate Seven New Covers For Scholastic To Celebrate 20 Years Since The US publication of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone

As part of a year-long campaign to commemorate the publication of the first Harry Potter book in the US, the new paperback versions of the Harry Potter series will be released in July, to be followed by a collectible boxed set in September.

The editions will boast brand-new cover designs by Brian Selznick – the Caldecott Medal-winning artist responsible for the acclaimed book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was so memorably turned into the Martin Scorsese movie Hugo… a film that went on to scoop up 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

‘I’m a big Harry Potter fan and it is an incredible honor to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s iconic series,’ says Brian. ‘I am thrilled to play a part in this exciting 20th anniversary celebration and look forward to meeting Harry Potter fans and readers across the country.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret isn’t the only work of Brian’s that’s been turned into a movie: his book Wonderstruck was adapted last year, with him also penning the screenplay. Before becoming a children’s book illustrator he worked as a puppeteer and set designer, which seems an appropriate background for someone later asked to bring the wizarding world to life.

These new editions aren’t the only treat for Stateside fans this year. The 20th anniversary of the US publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be marked with celebrations at bookstores, libraries, schools and festivals, as well as the arrival on American shores of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway in April, and the British Library exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New-York Historical Society in October. And Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will open in cinemas in November, too.

To find out more about the release of the new 20th anniversary editions of the Harry Potter books, visit scholastic.com.

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