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Whether you’re taking notes about the proper pronunciation of a new spell or writing out the month’s rent check, using a quill will make the task cooler. Extra points if you use a Harry Potter Hogwarts house pen from Etsy shop Mythical Menagerie. The fantastic writing instruments are made from dyed pheasant feathers that are hand painted to match the crest of each house. Each one is made to order and though they’re sold out right now, the seller will be restocking soon.

See some detailed shots after the break.

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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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Bloomsbury Publishing recently worked with illustrator Jonny Duddle to give the Harry Potter covers a makeover. While the new art is a little too spoilery for me, I can’t deny Duddle’s style is gorgeous. And guess what? The back covers weren’t left out. Mugglenet revealed the art on the backs of the books, and the images feature Hedwig, Dobby, Draco Malfoy, and more.

See the rest of the covers after the break.

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Fifteen year-old Cassidy Stay was the sole survivor in a terrible shooting in Austin, Texas on July 9th, in which her entire family was killed.

Even in the midst of an unspeakably sad and emotional time, Cassidy stood up at the memorial service and shared a quote from Albus Dumbledore. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

People were so moved by her words and her attitude, that a Facebook page called “We Want JK Rowling To Meet Cassidy Stay” was created in hopes of making that happen.

Well, they seem to have gotten J.K.’s attention and, while she didn’t meet Cassidy personally, she did send her a package.

LDS.net reported:

According to sources close to the Stay family, Cassidy received a package from Rowling with a signed copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the book Stay quoted from in her remarks. In addition, Rowling sent Stay a letter with her condolences. In the letter, Rowling wrote several paragraphs from the point of view of Albus Dumbledore, telling Cassidy what the headmaster would have told her if he could have.

The Facebook page later confirmed that Cassidy received a personalized, handwritten letter from ‘Dumbledore’ (in purple ink) along with a wand and an acceptance letter to Hogwarts with a school supply list.

Needless to say, Cassidy is an amazing and inspiring person. I can only hope she helps more people see the wisdom of Dumbledore’s words.

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YouTube user The Unusual Suspect has mad skills when it comes to putting together different franchises. He’s the genius behind the Star Wars cut to the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer mash-up, and now he’s sliced footage from all the Harry Potter films in Scott Pilgrim trailer style. It’s freaking brilliant. The addition of comic book style sound effect lettering pushes it over the top. I love it.

Watch the mash-up and the original Scott Pilgrim trailer 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.

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