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Category Archives: Harry Potter

Exploring the sights of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at home

Take one novelist making her screenwriting debut.

Add in the magical world she created some twenty years ago, but in a new continent and era.

Throw in some of the best actors in the world right now, including an Academy Award winner and star who shines in an ensemble.

Top it off with the director behind some of the most successful fantasy films of the decade and what you get is something….

Fantastic.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: A Cuppa Fandom

When temperatures drop and there’s a nip in the air, there’s nothing better than curling up under a cozy blanket with a nice cup of tea. This year, instead of giving friends and family just any old tea, give them a tea inspired by their favorite fandom from Adagio Teas. They have tea blends for almost every fandom.

Since winter has actually come, sip on a variety of Game of Thrones blends.

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For the rebel, you can get the entire Suicide Squad.

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You can boil up an array of Wizarding World potions,

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And what could be better than settling down to watch The Doctor’s Christmas Day Special with a mug of Whovian Feels.

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A sample tin, with fun fandom artwork, costs $5.00, or you can purchase an entire collection, like the entire potions collection for $24.00.

If  you’re particularly fond of that special geeky guy or gal, you can head to Society 6 where they have numerous mugs to match that perfect fandom tea.

Here’s What’s Fantastic About “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Throw on some jazz, pour a glass of Giggle Water, and curl up with your favorite bowtruckle, we’re talking Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, on this spoiler-free review.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II – The Book and The Event

 

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Grab your wands, don your robes, and rejoice! After almost ten years, J.K. Rowling has gifted us a new Harry Potter book. Get ready for some spoilers and midnight release party fun as I discuss Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Fangirl Accessories

I am a girl who loves to wear her fandoms. You can keep your gold and your Louis Vuitton. I’ll take a pair of TARDIS earrings and a Totoro purse any day. Thankfully with the rise of geek culture, the internet is rife with fun, amazing, fangirl accessories.

Jewelry

Diamonds may be a regular girl’s best friend, but fandom themed jewelry is a fangirl’s best friend.  Ragged Fox creates delightful jewelry. Whether you fancy some mini-Lego Hulk earrings or Lumpy Space Princess earrings, there is something for all fandoms.

HulkI think a perfect gift would be a set of Jayne’s hat earrings matched with a Serenity necklace.

A New Way to Carry Your Books

Like many bibliophiles, I’m often overwhelmed by my books- to- read pile, so instead of gifting that reading obsessed girl in your life another book to add to the pile, you could give a purse made from a book instead.

Novel Creations has an array of purses for all reading genres.

There are HP Lovecraft and Stephen King purses for the horror reader.

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For Fantasy readers, every Harry Potter book is available, or you can opt for a Game of Thrones purse.

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There are even a couple of Walking Dead purses perfect for carrying small zombie fighting paraphernalia.

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A Little Flavor

Lips can get extremely dry in the winter. I myself keep a lip balm in every coat pocket and bag that I own. Lip balm is great, but it’s even better when it’s flavored with fandom.

Bubble and Geek creates some tasty balms.

Game of Thrones fans can keep their lips moist with Winter is Coming.

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Harry Potter Fans can enjoy Butterscotch Brew and Pumpkin Pasties.

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Whovians can apply some Sonic Screwdriver or Jammy Dodger to their lips, and my absolute favorite, Bubble and Geek has created a tinted lip balm set based on The Doctor’s female companions.

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I’d be happy to find any of the above items wrapped, bowed, and with a gift tag with my name on it. They are things that can’t easily be found in stores, and are perfect gifts for fangirls who love to wear their fandoms.

 

Summer 2011 Blockbuster Winners & Losers

With the arrival of the ninth month of the year, the Labour Day weekend nearby and the return of the kids to school next week, it’s time to admit an unfortunate truth:

Summer’s done.

So too ends the season of the big blockbuster movie, and this year there were a few big winners and surprise losers.

What three movies became the latest members of the box office billionaires club? What star lead two movies to the bottom of the summer heap?  Biff Bam Pop! breaks it down for you, right now.

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Journey’s End – Andy Burns on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Two weekends, two summer blockbusters (which means I’m still working on time for my next Kubrick piece – it will be done)! Thanks to babysitters and moms for taking care of the Princess so the Queen and I could actually get out of the house to see a few films. My lovely wife was gracious enough last week to go with me to Captain America: The First Avenger, keeping my tradition of watching Marvel Studio flicks on opening night, so it was my duty to ensure we saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 this weekend.

Like so many of us, I go back a long way with Harry Potter. I recall taking the first three books with me on a vacation in Mexico back in 1999. Quite honestly, they felt like kids books to me, which in many ways they’re supposed to be. But for me in my early 20’s, I can’t say I was terribly impressed. At the time, Pottermania hadn’t become what it would be. It was the release of the mammoth fourth book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, that took J.K. Rowling from kids author to something more significant – a literary icon (not that there’s anything wrong with being devoted to the craft of kids books – the depth and style of Rowling’s fourth book just took her to another creative level, in my humble opinion).

In many ways, those early Chris Columbus directed films (Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets) felt the same way – sure, the casting was great all around, but I didn’t think either film was particularly well made (not too surprising, as Columbus isn’t exactly a visionary filmmaker). In fact, so boring did I think the second film was, I wound up skipping Prisoner of Azkaban in theatres altogether. The irony was, this was the film where Alphonso Cuaron stepped in and brought some much needed style to the franchise. The series definitely picked up after that one for me, much like Rowling’s books did as well. This, as you likely know, all to led to final book and films in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

There’s an interesting conundrum when you watch a film adapted from a novel, especially one as notable as Deathly Hallows, where you pretty much know exactly what’s going to happen – who’s going to win, who’s going to lose and who won’t make it to the finish line. Can you feel shock or sadness knowing what’s to come? In the case of the final Potter film, it’s clearly not the destination, but the journey.

It helps that Deathly Hallows Part 2, as directed by David Yates, is a fairly short Potter film, clocking in at two hours and ten minutes, and it begins by dropping you right into the action from where we left off in Part One. From their, we move along at a brisker pace than some of the previous movies as well, resolving relationship issues between key characters, introducing a few new ones and putting Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry and Ralph Fiennes’ Voldemort in a pretty stellar showdown. Along the way, there are a few questions presented about destiny and decisions which younger audiences may not pick up on at first, but will hopefully latch on to when they rewatch the film when they’re older.

One of the greatest things about the eight Harry Potter films is indeed the cast, and the fact that the majority of all the roles were played by the same actors over the course of a decade. Leave it to the final dance to have some of them give their best performances of the series – most notably Alan Rickman as Severus Snape and Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange. Carter nearly steals the film in the first ten minutes of the film as she plays Hermione morphed into Lestrange, while Rickman is allowed to show his depth as an actor, something he had to keep fairly under wraps throughout the series.

With the final entry of a beloved film series, I think you really want to walk away feeling satisfied, content that the characters and stories have been given a fitting conclusion. That’s how I felt when I turned the final page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in July 2007. I can safely say that same feeling came over me as the screen faded to black on the film series as well.

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