Amy Ratcliffe

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Pixel Joint is the place to check out pixel art, and you can stumble across some treasures while browsing through the site. These Game of Thrones animated gifs are a perfect example. Made by user Charlie_pl, the art depicts characters from the series in all their pixelated glory. There’s Jon Snow standing beside Ghost with his hair flying in the breeze, Khal Drogo with blood dripping off his arakh, and more. It’s not quite the fan art I’d expect to work for Game of Thrones characters, but it absolutely does.

More gifs from Westeros after the break.

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Star Wars paper snowflake designs by Anthony Herrera have become a tradition. I know winter is nearly here when I see that Herrera has posted a new batch of snowflakes inspired by the galaxy far, far away. This year’s round up of detailed paper snowflakes includes Han Solo, Greedo, Captain Rex, Jabba the Hutt, the space slug, a wampa, and TIE fighters. Grab some paper, scissors, and set aside a few hours this weekend to make it snow with Star Wars.

See the other designs after the break.

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DIY golden snitch tutorial

The golden sheen and wings of the golden snitch from Harry Potter makes it an ideal candidate to become a Christmas ornament. Imagine covering your whole tree with the elusive Quidditch ball. Jen of EPBOT did just that and put together a detailed tutorial on making snitches that look similar to what you see in the Harry Potter films.

The process is relatively easy and very affordable. Jen and her husband John made 30 snitches in an evening and only spent two dollars on the gold portion of the ornament. The rest of the ornament involves some wire, a Dremel, and aluminum foil. Get all the instructions you need over at EPBOT.

See a photo of their tree decorated with the ornaments after the break (spoilers: it’s lovely).

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Artist James Hance has done it again. His latest art features the combined worlds of Harry Potter and Star Wars. It seems especially fitting since Daniel Radcliffe only recently saw the original trilogy for the first time. Hance has made Hagrid Chewbacca (perfect!), Ron Weasley is Han Solo, and Snape is Darth Vader. Because of course.

See Snape as Darth Vader after the break.

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Whether aliens are real or not is still up for debate, but the stories are true about Funko’s new Pop! X-Files collection. They’ve managed to capture paranormal happenings in vinyl form. The cute take on the series features figures of Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, The Cigarette Smoking Man, and Alien. The Mulder and Scully toys even have little badges. Adorable.

See the rest of the line-up after the break.

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dragon violin

Lindsey Stirling has applied her musical stylings to a variety of theme songs. She’s not only insanely talented at playing the violin, her renditions include costumes and well-produced music videos. Her latest cover is of the Dragon Age: Inquisition theme, and it’s stunning. Plus, it has some eye-catching visual effects.

Watch the video after the break.

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Christmas is just over a month away, and there’s no time like the present to start a new tradition – like adding a fresh ornament to your tree! Archie McPhee has one heck of an option for you: Santaur. It’s half-horse, half-Santa, and entirely awesome. If Santaur doesn’t scare you, he’ll bring joy to your household.

See a couple more pictures after the break.

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Even though the Harry Potter movies finished filming years ago, the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London keeps things fresh and changes the scenery. The Dark Arts addition came in around Halloween, and now they’ve completed a makeover for the Christmas holiday. Besides blanketing the Hogwarts model in snow, they’re dressing up the Great Hall as it was seen decorated for the holiday in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

There will be eight Christmas trees on the set, and the long dining tables will be covered with holiday feasts. The Special Effects department from the films will bring in colored lights and some faux flames to make the fireplaces look festive. There will even be plum puddings on fire. And that’s not all! From the tour’s website:

You’ll also be able to see the hand-knitted jumpers that Molly Weasley gave Ron and Harry for Christmas in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Other costumes on display will include one of the first Christmas presents Harry ever received at Hogwarts, his Invisibility Cloak, and the dress Luna Lovegood wore to the Slug Club Christmas party in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The Christmas decor will be up through February 1, 2015.

See more pictures after the break.

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facehugger leash

This epic Alien Facehugger leash is the nerdiest way to walk your dog. The leash is made from foam so it’s light enough for even the tiniest of dogs (it was designed to fit a small-medium sized dog actually). It will make your pup the most popular pup on the block.

See another picture of the leash after the break.

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Never forget the fateful moment Han Solo was frozen in carbonite by hanging the image in your bathroom. This shower curtain captures the fateful scene from The Empire Strikes Back and makes that warm shower you take on a cold morning feel that much better.

See a picture of the shower curtain in use after the break.

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