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It’s a pretty good time to be a Harry Potter fan right now. Fantastic Beasts is in theaters, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will likely come to Broadway and Barnes & Noble has announced that they will be hosting “Magical Harry Potter Holiday Balls” across the U.S. on December 9th at 7pm local time.

All stores are said to be participating and the festivities will include crafts, games, dancing, giveaways and more. The are also encouraging attendees to cosplay for the event.

All-in-all, it seems like a fun way for Harry Potter fans to spend and evening. Check out more details in the press release below. [click to continue…]

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Coloring books for adults has been a hot trend in 2016, which makes sense because 2016 sucked really hard. If you need a break from all the stress, we’ve got a list of the best and nerdiest coloring books released (or about to be released) this year. [click to continue…]

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We’re big fans of coloring books for adults around here because there are just so many things to be stressed about. So many.

Fortunately we have films like The Princess Bride. It’s the perfect escape. So we are super excited that you can enjoy the story as a coloring book from IDW. [click to continue…]

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When it comes to children’s books about science, projects on Kickstarter appear to be leading the charge. The Science Wide Open series was a recent hit, and “My Name Is Stardust” is looking to follow suit with an adorable book that’s inspired by the famous Carl Sagan quote “we are made of star stuff” and the work of of Neil deGrasse Tyson:

When Bailey was eight years old, she was watching the TV program Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with her family. In that evening’s episode, the host and narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “The planets, the stars, the galaxies, we ourselves and all of life—the same star stuff.” Bailey was so excited by this idea that she immediately went up to the family computer, opened a new document, and started writing what eventually became this book, so that she could share what she had learned with children everywhere. Bailey worked with her father over the next year to develop a story that they felt would teach children this idea, along with other areas of science such as evolution and astronomy, most effectively. After various versions of the story, and feedback from numerous parents and children, the story for My Name is Stardust was finalized.

The project has nearly reached its funding goal with a little over a week left in the campaign. Check out the project video below to learn more, and head on over to Kickstarter to get your copy. [click to continue…]

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There’s a new movie set in the Harry Potter cinematic universe due out in just a few short weeks, so naturally there’s a flurry of new Potter merch being shoved out the door to capitalize on that fact. Some stuff, like the Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit expansion, is a little disappointing – the questions are insultingly easy, even for someone like me who doesn’t functionally understand the difference between Harry Potter and The Worst Witch.

Then there’s stuff like these Moleskine books which, frankly, are bloody amazing. Not only are the covers gorgeous to look at – one features the Marauder’s Map while the other features Harry’s Patronus silhouetted above an embossed Harry casting Expecto Patronum – but the pages themselves feel like the parchment paper that Harry and his school chums would use in class. Y’know, if it were all real, that is (sorry to break the illusion, Richard).

The books also contain an exclusive set of stickers, as well as a paper band designed to be used as a bottle koozie. You can snag these at Moleskine’s website or at Barnes & Noble, priced $24.95.

Check out more photos of these cracking little notebooks below. [click to continue…]

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As if you weren’t already hyped enough about the upcoming Dark Tower film, Stephen King has written his first children’s book and its rooted in that universe. Charlie the Choo-Choo is like Thomas The Tank Engine, only creepier.

Engineer Bob has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive…and also his best friend. From celebrated author Beryl Evans and illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work.

Fans will probably recognize King’s pseudonym Beryl Evans and the book Charlie the Choo-Choo from their appearance in the Dark Tower story. Amusingly, Stephen King’s endorsement on the book reads “If I were ever to write a children’s book, it would be exactly like this!”.

We see what you did there, Stephen.

Enjoy a sneak peek at some pages from the book below (click to enlarge). [click to continue…]

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Curious about which spells in the Harry Potter universe appeared in which books? Want to know which spells were used most frequently, or in what order they made their debut? Well, good news! Skyler Johnson has knocked together a handy-dandy interactive chart on Tableau detailing everything you could ever need to know using data points which can be easily sorted. The chart contains only specified uses of spells rather than, say, implication or inference, but is pretty comprehensive. The chart doesn’t necessarily carry over to spell uses in the films, mind, though that’s another chart we wouldn’t mind seeing.

Check out Johnson’s magical chart below. [click to continue…]

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Usually when you see a mash-up of two different brands that seem like a good fit it’s a fan-made bit of work. Not this, though – the BBC have partnered with Penguin Random House to produce a series of Doctor Who-themed Mr. Men books that will roll out starting in the spring of 2017.

The books will be illustrated by Mr. Men creator Roger Hargreaves’ son Adam, and the first set of books will feature the First, Fourth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors—but the range will eventually feature a book for all twelve Doctors (no, sir – all thirteen! …Assuming they do the War Doctor, of course).

As well as the books, there’ll be merchandise featuring Hargreaves’ take on the various Doctors Who. So, uh, wave goodbye to your wallet, I guess. Check out the covers for the first four books in the range below. [click to continue…]

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With the heat of summer stubbornly dissipating, fall is sticking its head out around the corner just ahead. With this change of season that harkens to more wintry climes comes a bevy of options for those of us who crave entertainment of the fantastical or speculative variety. The autumn literary landscape is teeming with all manner of fantasy and sci-fi – not to mention a ton of cinematic and television offerings – and figuring out what merits your attention can be a tad daunting. Have no fear, loyal denizens of these Unbound Worlds: We’ve got you covered. It’s a busy stretch to the end of 2016 – and here’s a great selection of books, television, and movies that has us excited as all get out. [click to continue…]

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Look at this thing. Make the mistake of laying it across your chest at night while reading and you might be crushed to death…or Death Note as it were.

Indeed, you can buy Death Note manga in a sensible 12 volume set on Amazon for $69, or you can try and hunt down this massive 2400 page volume that was released last week in Japan by Shueisha. It was only 2500 yen ($24) which is a damn good deal if you ask us. For that price you get the entire story AND a fun way to strength train. So, it’s not surprising that the books sold out quickly. Hopefully, there are still enough trees left on the planet to make more sometime in the future.

On the plus side, Death Note fans still have that Netflix film starring Willem Dafoe to look forward to in 2017. Check out another pic of the giant book below. [click to continue…]