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It seems that some people use more emoji in their text messages than actual words, and it can make deciphering things difficult. Those lovers of all things emoji will likely jump at the challenge to decipher these first lines of classic novels done solely in emoji. I’m not afraid to admit that if this was part of a college entrance exam, I’d be failing. But for everyone else, give it a go and then check out Slate to see if you passed the test.

(Mental Floss via Neatorama)

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Fans of the Harry Potter books got a gift over on Pottermore today in the form of a new song from and bio on Celestina Warbeck aka The Singing Sorceress.

Celestina and her songs have shown up throughout the book series and, in an exclusive interview with Today, J.K. Rowling reveals that Celestina is one of her favorite “off screen” characters:

Celestina Warbeck is one of my favourite ‘off-stage’ characters in the Harry Potter series, and has been part of the Potter world ever since its inception, making an early appearance in the short-lived ‘Daily Prophet’ series I produced for members of the equally short-lived fan club run by my British publisher, Bloomsbury. Although we never lay eyes on Celestina during the whole seven volumes of the Potter books, I always imagined her to resemble Shirley Bassey in both looks and style. I stole her first name from a friend with whom I worked, years ago, at Amnesty International’s Headquarters in London; ‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch.

The song is called “You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart” and, if you have a Pottermore log in, you can view the full video there.

You can also check out a portion of Celestina’s show at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter after the break.

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Earlier this year, news broke that Ice-T was recording a Dungeons and Dragons book, and now Audible has released The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories by R.A. Salvatore. The cast of narrators features Ice-T along with an incredible celebrity line-up that includes Felicia Day, Weird Al Yankovic, Sean Astin, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Wil Wheaton, Dan Hamon, Danny Pudi, Melissa Rauch, Michael Chilkis, and David Duchovny.

Even better, you can get it for free until midnight on September 21th as long as you have an Audible account.

See the video and hear a clip after the break.

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The original covers for the Harry Potter series have become truly iconic. However, it looks like Bloomsbury Publishing is giving those classic covers a bit of a makeover: An all-new set of dust jacket covers, featuring art by UK concept artist and illustrator Jonny Duddle, will be available starting on Sept. 1.

I have to say that these new covers are fantastic–I think Duddle did some fine work. What do you think? How do these new covers compare to the first ones?

Take a sneak peek at the new covers after the break…

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How would you like your home to smell like Hoth or the Shire? You can order those scents and more from Etsy seller Frostbeard. The shop offers 8oz candles in glass jars, tea lights, and tarts. All of the candles are soy-based, and the descriptions sound delicious. Hoth smells like “Aspen Winter, Fresh Driven Snow, Mint” while the Shire has an aroma of “Oakmoss, clover, aloe, with a hint of sweet cherry pipe tobacco!”

Other scents in the shop are inspired by Star Trek, Harry Potter, Breaking Bad, and more. I want to stock up!

See more of Frostbeard’s offerings after the break.

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The Harry Potter series only showed us what happened to Harry as a young man, which may have left you wondering about how the rest of his life played out.

As you probably know by now, J.K. Rowling recently gave us all a glimpse in a new short story that mentions Harry as a 34-year old. Using that as inspiration, these book titles imagine a whole new series chronicling the life of a middle-aged Harry Potter facing all sorts of challenges like, mortgages, putting kids through school, and the side-effects of that little blue pill.

See more pictures after the break.

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Back in 2102 it was first announced that a Shannara TV series based on the Terry Brooks novels was a possibility. Fast forward to 2014 and it appears that the show will definitely be a reality as MTV pulled the trigger and greenlit a 10-episode first season.

Jon Favreau was originally going to direct as well as executive produce, but had to step down from the former role due to a scheduling conflict, so Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) will take over to direct the first 2 episodes. EW reports that Terry Brooks and Dan Farah are still in place to executive produce and the show will be written by writer-producers Al Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville).

There are no casting announcements yet, but we’ll keep you apprised once we have more news.

While this is probably not a show MTV would have done before Game Of Thrones, it’ll be interesting to see how it will do in the shadow of its popularity. On that note, prepare for the uninitiated to call the show a “ripoff” despite the fact that the first Shannara book (The Sword Of Shannara) came out in 1977. However, the series will be based on the second book (The Elfstones Of Shannara) as it is the book that really cemented the series.

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Some people conjure elegant patronuses, but not everyone can be as lucky as Harry and have a grand and majestic stag. Alicia Braumberger has created a chart featuring some lesser known and possibly more embarrassing patronuses. Can you just imagine being the poor kid who conjured a sloth in his moment of need?

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Hand drawn animation is no longer the way of things at Disney, but there is still quite a bit of concept art for Frozen that shows how the film might have looked had it come to fruition years ago. The adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fairytale The Snow Queen was first contemplated back when Walt was still alive. It was finally attempted just before The Princess and The Frog, but the lackluster performance of that film put the nail in the coffin of hand drawn animation.

However, that doesn’t mean that hand drawn animation doesn’t happen in the course of a film’s development, like these beautiful pieces of concept art that were used to develop Frozen. You can see even more behind-the-scenes of Frozen in The Art of Frozen hardcover book.

Take a look at what could have been, after the break.

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