harry-potter

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We’ve been sharing regular updates about Jen and John’s Harry Potter tree, because they just can’t stop making it more and more awesome. This is shaping up to be the ultimate tree for Potterheads, and I can’t wait until it’s completely finished and Jen shows off all the beautiful details. In the meantime though, she’s shared another tutorial. This one explains how to turn a plastic bucket into a witchy cauldron with cardboard, paper mache, and patience.

Jen and John used a tutorial from the Halloween Forum as inspiration, and I have to say that I can’t think of a better bottom for a Harry Potter-themed Christmas tree.

See some making-of photos after the break.

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nerd wedding

I’ve always been a firm believer that the best weddings are the ones where the bride and groom don’t cater to tradition or the wishes of others. In this case, when Fallon and Ethan got married, they decided to make their wedding a celebration of all the geeky things they love.

They put together quite an event. From Harry Potter themed Quibbler programs and table favors, to Star Wars macarons, to a handmade custom bouquet made of book pages and comic book pages by Meredith at The Flower Girl Atlanta – they had all kinds of great, geeky touches.

Head after the break to see more pictures of this adorably geeky wedding.

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Jen of EPBOT and her husband John are continuing work on their glorious Harry Potter Christmas tree. Seriously, they’re getting so creative that they should be providing tips to Wizarding World at Universal Orlando. The newest addition is Quidditch broom ornaments in different sizes. You’ll need twigs, wire, metal foil tape, and a couple more basics to make these beauties take flight.

See more photos of the ornaments after the break.

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pottermore christmas

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you have 12 days of Christmas gifts courtesy of J.K. Rowling and Pottermore. All you have to do is answer some rhyming riddles and you can unlock a new gift daily.

Pottermore posted a note about the event, which starts December 12th and follows through until Christmas.

We’re feeling extra generous this year, so we’re bringing you early gifts this Christmas. Starting Friday, December 12, we’ll be releasing a festive surprise for you every day at 1pm GMT (8am EST).
With wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two, make sure you don’t miss out – just visit pottermore.com and answer our rhyming riddles to unwrap a #PottermoreChristmas surprise every day.

Word is that the new story will center around Draco Malfoy. This past Halloween, Rowling gave Dolores Umbridge a similar treatment.

You can also join the Pottermore Facebook event to stay up to date.

(via Buzzfeed)

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Art design student Kincso Nagy respects the Harry Potter books. They’re a key part of childhood and definitely capable of helping young adults exercise their imaginations. For her BA degree project, Nagy decided to redesign all the covers of the series with the glowing cut out designs pictured above.

For Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she went a step further and included “interactive” illustrations that she hoped would add to the the story.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say she nailed it because the redesigned books look enchanting.

See photos of the interior pages after the break.

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walking dead

After several months of silence, we’ve got some new info on that Walking Dead spinoff.

The AMC pilot, titled Cobalt, has added two new cast members: Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey. The show is co-created by Robert Kirkman and Sons of Anarchy writer Dave Erickson and will give insight into how the Zombie Apocalypse is going in other parts of the country. Dillane and Carey will be playing the children of the show’s lead characters.

Dillane is best known as Tom Riddle from Harry Potter and Carey was last seen in Into The Storm.

Shooting on The Walking Dead spinoff is set to begin this month.

(via Slashfilm)

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Jen of EPBOT and her husband John are applying some Harry Potter magic to their Christmas tree this year. We saw the golden snitch ornaments they made, and now they’ve come up with a way to replicate the look of the floating candles we see in the Great Hall in the films.

They bought battery operated candles from The Dollar Tree and removed the tops and bottoms, added faux wax drips with hot glue, painted and aged them, and attached them to the ceiling with clear fishing line. The result is so pretty that I’m considering inviting myself to their home to see the candles in person. Or I guess I could make my own.

The craziest part? This beautiful Harry Potter themed tree is still a work in progress. What else will they add?

See some photos of the candles in progress after the break.

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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.

DIY golden snitch tutorial

The golden sheen and wings of the golden snitch from Harry Potter makes it an ideal candidate to become a Christmas ornament. Imagine covering your whole tree with the elusive Quidditch ball. Jen of EPBOT did just that and put together a detailed tutorial on making snitches that look similar to what you see in the Harry Potter films.

The process is relatively easy and very affordable. Jen and her husband John made 30 snitches in an evening and only spent two dollars on the gold portion of the ornament. The rest of the ornament involves some wire, a Dremel, and aluminum foil. Get all the instructions you need over at EPBOT.

See a photo of their tree decorated with the ornaments after the break (spoilers: it’s lovely).

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Artist James Hance has done it again. His latest art features the combined worlds of Harry Potter and Star Wars. It seems especially fitting since Daniel Radcliffe only recently saw the original trilogy for the first time. Hance has made Hagrid Chewbacca (perfect!), Ron Weasley is Han Solo, and Snape is Darth Vader. Because of course.

See Snape as Darth Vader after the break.

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