Harry Potter Hogwarts

I don’t often entertain thoughts about returning to the world of education to pursue more degrees, but the fact that colleges are offering courses about Doctor Who and Harry Potter tempt me. “British Culture and Harry Potter” is a part of California State University San Marcos’ study abroad program. The class focuses on learning about the locations that inspired the Harry Potter books and the ones used in the film. Students will travel to places across England and Scotland such as King’s Cross Station, Warner Bros. Studio, Durham Cathedral (Professor McGonagall’s classroom), Alnwick Castle, and more.

The goals of the class:

Explore and experience through travel the cultural and historical locations in England and Scotland that inspired the Harry Potter series

Identify and assess the similarities and differences between the novels and films and the ways in which each drew inspiration from cultural sites in Great Britain

Develop critical thinking skills about complex social issues relating to inequality, race, and gender within the context of contemporary Great Britain.

Who else wants to enroll?

Read more about the program at California State University’s website.

the hobbit

Billy Boyd, a.k.a. Pippin, is singing the moving song that will play during the end credits of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. We heard a clip of the song that will mark the end of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth stories, but the full song and video has now been released. Ladies and gents, get ready for tears.

Boyd’s voice is beautiful, and “The Last Goodbye” plays over scenes from both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films. Regardless of how you feel about the fact that The Hobbit has been ripped apart into three movies, this video will make you feel sad that we’re once again saying goodbye to Middle-earth.

Watch and listen after the break.

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Dinosaurs would make the ultimate pets, until they ate you for dinner, so it was only a matter of time before someone decided to mashup Ace Ventura with Jurassic Park. You can’t help but be awed by the ridiculousness of it all. And if that’s not enough Ace Ventura, watch a second mashup with him and Daryl Dixon which, as you’d guess, doesn’t end well for the pet detective.

See the videos after the break.

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The Lego Detective’s Office set, due out in January (for $159.99), has a fantastic level of detail for the set’s intrepid gumshoe. This is the tenth modular building that Lego has released and it comes with six minifigures along with hidden trap doors and secret stash barrels. The city block includes the second-floor detective’s office, a barbershop and a pool hall that will provide for hours of creative play for kids or adults.

See more pictures and a video after the break that explains more about the secret candy smuggling operation going on right under the detective’s nonexistent nose.

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No one is safe from the coming zombie apocalypse, including our favorite Christmas characters. These ornaments give a preview of what’s to come. Santa Claus, an elf, a zombie, and a reindeer have all been splattered with blood and gore in this set of resin ornaments. Each measures 3″ tall except for the 3.4″ reindeer.

See another picture after the break.

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tng blooper reel

Season seven of Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming to Blu-ray on December 2nd, and that means extras! Uproxx has shared a clip from the gag reel to promote the release, and it’s hilarious. Jonathan Frakes chases people, and Patrick Stewart curses. What else do you need to know?

Take 45 seconds and watch the bloopers after the break.

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This letter is real, not some photoshopped wish. It was uploaded by redditor Fryd_ after he found it while playing with his niece and nephew. He told BuzzFeed:

I came across the pamphlet whilst playing Lego with my niece & nephew at their Grandma’s house and it struck me as particularly modern message for something written 40 years ago. I thought the toy-makers of today could learn a thing or two!

It’s a beautiful message and rings just as true today as the day that it was tucked inside a brand new box of Lego over 40 years ago.

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jurassic world trailer

While the full trailer for Jurassic World will debut during Thanksgiving football on Thursday November 24th, Universal decided to drop a teaser trailer for the trailer.

It’s not much, but we do get some free range dino action and new vehicles, plus glimpses at Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt.

It definitely feels like the spirit (or DNA if you will…ahem) of the first Jurassic Park movie is going to be there.

You can watch it after the break.

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Y’know how I’ve been saying that Funko just keep making things that cause me to want to throw my money at the computer? They just did it again.

These Star Trek: The Next Generation POP! Vinyl figures includes the most insanely adorable Locutus of Borg I have ever seen. Riker’s beard, Picard’s bald head, Geordi’s Visor, Deanna’s purple eyeshadow – they’re all so frakkin’ cute that I can’t take it.

They’re estimated to arrive in March of 2015 and you can pre-order now.

Head after the break and, remember, I warned you.

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new shirts

We’ve added four new shirts to our merch store, and all of the designs (including a few others in the store) are just $14 for the next 13-48 hours.

So head on over to the store and grab them while you can!