LeakyCon 2014, Part 2

August 16th, 2014 by

wizarding-world-of-harry-potterYesterday, we introduced you to Draco, Dobby, and multiple Bellatrix Lestranges — just some of the costumed characters we encountered at LeakyCon 2014.

Well, today we have even more pics from our time at this year’s Harry Potter fan convention. And if you weren’t jealous of us based on yesterday’s post, well, we are delighted sorry to taunt you with show you this gallery from the highlight of our trip… Diagon Alley!

That’s right, we got special admission to the new area of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. While all the Muggles were kicked out at 10:00 pm, LeakyCon attendees got to stay until 2:00 am!

See the pics below from our adventures in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade during those witching hours. Then come back tomorrow for even more LeakyCon 2014 coverage!

Thanks to our friend, Carly, for contributing photos!

LeakyCon 2014, Part 1

August 15th, 2014 by

leakycon-logoA couple weeks ago, we boarded the Hogwarts Express and hung out with a bunch of wizards — drank butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks, shopped at Diagon Alley, danced the night away at a ball, speculated about Dumbledore’s private life, and debated the moral fiber (or lack thereof) of Snape.

In other words, we went to LeakyCon 2014!

You may recall that three years ago, we went to LeakyCon 2011. Well, since then, the annual Harry Potter fan convention has grown to be a totally massive geekathon, with almost 5000 attendees over five days.

And today you can meet some of the most dedicated of those 5000 fans: the ones who not only traveled to Orlando, FL to attend LeakyCon, but also put tons of effort into perfecting their costumes. (And you know it was a lot of work without access to Madame Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions!)

Check ’em out in our gallery below, and then tune in tomorrow and Sunday for even more LeakyCon 2014 coverage!

 

And we’ll leave you with this lovely lady x2…

Bellatrixes - LeakyCon 2014

 

Leave a comment and tell us which Bellatrix you prefer — or just which of these costumes is your favorite!

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

June 2nd, 2014 by

Harry_Potter_and_the_Goblet_of_FireSubmitted by Sienna, Age 8 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I haven’t finished this book yet but so far so good. My mom says it’s going to be scary. I don’t think so! All I said was this. ‘Bother scary!’ But I was actually thinking of saying this. ‘Bother scary! How do you think I took it when I had to imagine a dead wolf in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe! It didn’t bother me one bit! This won’t be any different!’ That concludes my report. Ta-ta!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

April 29th, 2014 by

Submitted by Lily, Age 9 from Florida

Rating: ★★★★★

This book might be the best in the series. It is exciting all the way through, but at the end it is most exciting. It is sad but silly. I laughed out loud when Ron ate the Chocolate Cauldrons laced with love potion. That silly led to sad when Ron got poisoned. I got a really good picture in my mind, maybe too good! I also thought it was funny when the book revealed that Crabbe and Goyle were turning into girls! Ron is probably the funniest character with Harry the most adventurous and Hermione smartest. Neville and Luna are also funny. You should definitely read this book!!!!!!!!

New Harry Potter Movie!

September 17th, 2013 by

Fantastic_Beasts_and_Where_to_Find_Them-movieDid you hear about the new Harry Potter movie? Did you did you did you did you?

If you haven’t… OMG THERE’S A NEW HP MOVIE COMING! I know we’ve joked around before, but this is the real deal: J. K. Rowling herself is adapting the Harry Potter companion book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a screenplay featuring Fantastic Beasts’ fictional author, Newt Scamander.

From the official press release, she says:

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

A refresher course on our new hero, Professor Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander, the magizoologist who wrote the Hogwarts required textbook:

  • He was born in 1897, sorted into the Hufflepuff house at Hogwarts.
  • He became a magizoologist at the encouragement of his mother, who was a breeder of hippogriffs.
  • After graduating from Hogwarts, Scamander joined the Ministry of Magic, where he worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. His career included the creation of the Werewolf Register of 1947, the 1965 passage of the Ban on Experimental Breeding, and many research trips for the Dragon Research and Restraint Bureau.
  • He traveled all around the world to hundreds of countries to research magical creatures for Fantastic Beasts, which was written in 1918… with a foreword by Albus Dumbledore!
  • At some point in his life, he was headmaster of Hogwarts.
  • He died sometime between July 31st, 1991 and December 18, 1992, about the time Harry Potter started his first year of Hogwarts.
  • His grandson, Rolf Scamander, eventually married one of Ravenclaw’s brightest (and definitely the most unique), Luna Lovegood.
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New edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Of course, we’re all abuzz on who should be playing Newt Scamander on the silver screen — Karen suggested Jake Gyllenhaal (really, just because she likes looking at his face), but I’m partial to Ben Whishaw, an up and coming British actor who was in the newest James Bond movie. Obviously, the actor will be British. Get with it, Karen!

There’s no news on when the movie will be released, when it’ll start filming, or who the cast will be — but tune in to Kidsmomo for any exciting news! For now, we’ll just have to go back to studying Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for clues on what kind of adventures and creatures Newt Scamander will encounter. What are your predictions for the movie?

— Nancy

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Nancy mentioned a few weeks ago that she loves cryptozoology, and now we’re finding out about a new Harry Potter movie with magical beasts. Clearly, she’s clairvoyant. As clairvoyant as Sybill Trelawney.

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Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

May 8th, 2013 by

half-blood-prince-jk-rowlingSubmitted by Nick, Age 9 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

it is awesome

Harry Potter Movie Studio Visit – PHOTOS!

May 7th, 2013 by

Are you sitting down? You’re probably at a computer, so you’re probably sitting down.

Now, set aside any fragile glassware you have nearby and get ready to jump up and absolutely burst with JEALOUSY and AMAZEMENT! Because… *drumroll please*… we just came back from the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesdon, UK, and we have tons of pictures to share with you!

(Pause for screams, shouts, and jumping… maybe even some fist pumps.*)

Okay, now are you sitting back down?

So yes, just like Karen mentioned in her last blog post, recently we went to the country of Harry Potter and had a chance to visit the exhibition and movies sets. Check out our photos by clicking on the thumbnails below!

*If you rolled your eyes at this… well, this is how we reacted to the Harry Potter Studio Tour.  Because we love Harry Potter. Duh.

— Karen and Nancy

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

January 28th, 2013 by

harry-potter-and-the-prisoner-of-azkabanSubmitted by Grace, Age 10 from California

Rating: ★★★★★

This book was my favorite book out of the first three. It has a lot of mystery which Harry finds out by his self, and, of course in the end he meets up with the person everyones been scared of that year. It was a really good book!

Harry Potter Birthday Sweepstakes!

July 17th, 2012 by

Happy birthday to you,
You fought You-Know-Who,
You look like a Muggle,
But you know magic too!

Who could we possibly be singing to? Duh! Harry Potter, of course!

If the Boy Who Lived were actually alive, his birthday would be coming up very soon: July 31st. And since we’ve chosen to believe in the Chosen One, we’ve decided to celebrate! And since birthdays are all about presents, we’re giving away some Hogwarts swag in honor of this very Harry occasion!

TWO WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY PRIZE PACK!

EACH PACK CONTAINS:
• A commemorative butterbeer cup
• Golden Snitch keychain
• Box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans

• Lightning scar temporary tattoo

This sweepstakes is now closed.

A Letter from J.K. Rowling

May 27th, 2012 by

I admit it — I’m way past 11 years old, but when I receive something in the mail, I sometimes still wish it were a letter from Hogwarts. Sadly, it’s mostly bills. If you’re also mourning the non-existence of your Hogwarts letter, the next best thing could be a letter from the woman who started it all — J.K. Rowling!

In 1998, a boy named Thomas wrote Rowling to wish her luck on an award she was up for. She did not win, but she graciously wrote back. Check it out! (Transcript re-typed below image)

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Edinburgh
11th April 1998

Dear Thomas,

Thank you very much indeed for your card wishing me luck in the Guardian Children’s Fiction competition. Unfortunately, I didn’t win — a writer called Henrietta Branford did. But she’s very nice, so I smiled bravely and said “Congratulations” and tried to look as though I didn’t mind at all.

I am very flattered indeed to hear that “Harry Potter” is the best book you have ever read. There will be seven Harry Potter books altogether, and the second one (“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”) will be in the shops at the start of July.,

Thank you again for writing. (Your handwriting is excellent, by the way).

Yours sincerely,

J. K. Rowling (Jo)

A-MAZ-ING! That was the handwriting that composed the life, times, and trials of Harry Potter! And even cooler — Thomas, clearly a huge Harry Potter fan, found out personally that there would be seven books in total in the Harry Potter series. Again… A-MAZ-ING!

A lot of authors have mailboxes specifically for fan mail, and some have their publishers accept letters on their behalf. So pick up a pen, pencil, or keyboard today and start writing to your favorite authors… you never know, they might write back! (And possibly eventually become the most famous author in the world).

— Nancy

Nancy admits the title of this blog post might be a little misleading, but hey — J.K.Rowling DID write SOMEONE a letter (in 1998), right?

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Source: Letters of Note, an awesome website that posts fascinating correspondence.

 

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