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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.

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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?

(Tor via io9)

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J.K. Rowling has left another little present for Harry Potter fans over on Pottermore in the form of a short story written from the perspective of Rita Skeeter for the Daily Prophet.

Skeeter is reporting from the 2014 Quiddich World Cup and, while the story is only 1500 words, there’s an update on Harry, Ron and Hermoine (who are in attendance). She notes:

“About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror’s black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old.”

He also has a mysterious cut on his cheek that Skeeter believes might be the result of his work as an Auror.

You need to be a member of Pottermore to read the story in its entirety, but it’s a quick sign up so fly on over there and take a look.

(The Guardian via CNN)

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Monopoly is one of those games that everyone plays at some point, but it can get sort of boring. That’s when you need Wizard’s Monopoly to make it all a lot more fun. This custom version of the game took Esty seller CustomLumos months to construct and includes a beautiful treasure chest storage box, gold coins, money with pictures of the characters and an incredible custom designed board. It even has props like a Sorting Hat and Hermione’s Time Turner.

In other words, if you want a board of your own it won’t come cheap.

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When your 15 month old daughter strikes a cool pose, the only sensible thing to do is Photoshop her into movies like Star Wars, Pacific Rim, and Harry Potter. That’s what Grant Davis did with his daughter Winter. He told Today:

“I was amused with the pose in this photo so I decided to see how many ways I could work it into various films and make her pose have different contextual meanings: defensively warding off Godzilla, reaching out for a Snitch, blasting a repulsor ray from her Iron Man glove.”

The results are hilarious, adorable, and make for an ultra cool memory book.

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The Diagon Alley expansion of Universal Orlandos’ Wizarding World is getting closer and closer to opening. Besides the new shops, food, and attractions, Universal is also introducing a fun feature for both Diagon Alley and the existing Hogsmeade area: interactive wands.

You’ll be able to buy them in both locations, and then you take the wands to various shop windows with bronze medallions in front of them and cast spells. A map will guide you to the medallions and tell you the correct spells. Once you say the incantation and swish and flick, interesting things will happen in the shop window in front of you.

Watch the Weasley siblings from Harry Potter demonstrate how the wands work in the video after the break.

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These adorable drawings are the work of DeviantArtist María Pérez Pacheco who has drawn watercolor versions of nerdy characters that would look right at home in a children’s book. She’s covered most of the major fandoms, including Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, and even Frozen, but the best one may be The Walking Dead. It’s got the cast from the television show, but the zombies they’re fighting are straight out of the game Plants vs. Zombies.

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Imagine a world where Ayn Rand penned the Harry Potter books you know and love. You might not love them anymore. A writer at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg, put together a sample of what the stories could be like. Instead of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, it would be Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Objectivism. They’re funny because they’re spot on.

Here are a couple of our favorite passages:

“You’re a wizard, Harry,” Hagrid said. “And you’re coming to Hogwarts.”

“What’s Hogwarts?” Harry asked.

“It’s wizard school.”

“It’s not a public school, is it?”

“No, it’s privately run.”

“Good. Then I accept. Children are not the property of the state; everyone who wishes to do so has the right to offer educational goods or services at a fair market rate. Let us leave at once.”

And this one:

Harry and Ron stood before the Mirror of Erised. “My God,” Ron said. “Harry, it’s your dead parents.”

Harry’s eyes flicked momentarily over to the mirror. “So it is. This information is neither useful nor productive. Let us leave at once, to assist Hagrid in his noble enterprise of raising as many dragon eggs as he sees fit, in spite of our country’s unjust dragon-trading restrictions.”

“But it’s your parents, Harry,” Ron said. Ron never really got it.

Harry sighed. “The fundamental standard for all relationships is the trader principle, Ron.”

“I don’t understand,” Ron said.

“Of course you don’t,” said Harry affectionately. “This principle holds that we should interact with people on the basis of the values we can trade with them – values of all sorts, including common interests in art, sports or music, similar philosophical outlooks, political beliefs, sense of life, and more. Dead people have no value according to the trader principle.”

“But they gave birth to y–”

“I made myself, Ron,” Harry said firmly.

Read more at The Toast.

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Would attending school in a magical setting make you a better artist? We can ask the students of the Hebei Academy of Fine Arts in China because their new facilities strongly resemble the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can spot the similarities in the multiple pointed towers and the in the placement of the windows.

Looking at the buildings makes me hum the Harry Potter theme in my head. People have commented on the connection to Hogwarts, but the university’s dean, Zhen Zhongyi, said it was not intentional and that the campus was simply inspired by European Gothic architecture. I’d still keep my eyes peeled for the Boy Who Lived and He Who Must Not Be Named.

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