It may be hard for witches and wizards like you and me to believe, but there are muggles out there who have never seen or read Harry Potter. I know. BuzzFeed rounded up some individuals who are in the dark and asked them what they do know about the Harry Potter story.
As you’d guess, the results are hilarious. One guy thinks Harry got his forehead scar from a dragon, another guy thinks Ron’s name is Jacob. Even with all their silly ideas, I’m surprised by how many terms they do know. Just goes to show how much Harry Potter has permeated society.
Watch the video after the break.
The ending of the Harry Potter series left some fans feeling underwhelmed. After all he went through over the course of seven books, I liked seeing Harry have some measure of happiness. But, what if it went another way?
An unknown fan came up with an alternate ending that’s actually sort of perfect. It interprets the prophecy about Voldemort and Harry Potter dying by each other’s hands in a way I hadn’t considered: that the ONLY way either of the characters could die is at the hand of the other. Harry killed Voldemort and then couldn’t die because Voldemort is gone. Interesting, and it gets better – check out the full explanation after the break.
Computer Troubles? Call Mr. Potta down in IT. He’s a real computer wizard, if you know what I mean.
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Mailing Valentine’s Day cards is fun, but it’s not the only way to send messages of love. You can email cards like these ridiculous yet great Harry Potter notes. The simple design follows a generic template that means anyone can join in on the fun. These are the ingredients: character, pastel background, goofy/dirty/adorable message, and to and from text. Done and done. Tumblr was practically made for memes like this, and users have been posting completed Valentine’s cards that will make you and anyone you send them grin.
More funny cards after the break.
Miniatures are a weakness of mine. I don’t need to have a dollhouse to display them in, minis can just sit on shelves and look cute. Etsy seller Silverbeam has several miniature weapons and accessories I’d like to call my own. Just look at the tiny Sailor Moon wands pictured after the break! You could pose them with a doll or even turn them into jewelry. The 1/4 scale objects are 3D printed and painted by hand, but if you’d rather put the paint on, you just have to let the seller know.
My favorite item in the shop is an itty bitty replica of Loki’s Chitauri staff. I would carry the tiny thing around and poke people in the chest with it. You’ll also find goggles, unicorn horns, and a Harry Potter-inspired racing broom among other listings. Everything in the shop is adorable.
See more of the miniatures after the break.
In a recent interview for the Sunday Times conducted by Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling admitted that Harry and Hermione should have ended up together:
“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment” and that she continued on with it because, “That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”
She went on to say that Harry and Hermione “were a better match” and she knew that this revelation would upset some fans:
“I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility,” she said.
Even Emma Watson mentioned that she’d been asked about it before, saying, “I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.”
Do you agree, or is the story better the way it is?
(via Buzzfeed / Image: Warner Brothers)
Universal Orlando is in the middle of a big expansion to the popular Wizarding World. Though we’ve known the basics for a while, they recently revealed new details, concept art, and the name of the ride that takes place in Gringotts Bank – Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Though Universal isn’t ready to say much beyond the name for the ride, they provided plenty of other information to make wizards, witches, and muggles excited.
Besides Diagon Alley and Hogwarts Express, the expansion will include a London waterfront with facades for places from the books such as Grimmauld Place. The giant Knight’s Bus will be parked there and the interior will contain an interactive exhibit. King’s Cross Station will be almost an exact replica of the actual station, and Diagon Alley will be populated with stores like Weasley’s Wizard Wheases and Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour.
No opening date just yet, but I’m counting down the minutes!
See more concept art and a video after the break.
Going on vacation and staying in a beach house is awesome. Finding a Harry Potter themed closet under the stairs is even more awesome. It sounds too wonderful to be a true story, but it happened to Tumblr user chocolateinthelibrary and there’s photographic evidence. The little reading nook is stocked with Harry Potter books and appropriately tucked away under the stairs. Is this a feature I can request in all my vacation house rentals?
Check out more photos of the discovery after the break.