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 Friday, 22nd


   See Hagrid bike in Liverpool!0 Comments

The Museum of Liverpool will be borrowing Hagrid's bike from the Warner Bros. Studio Tour for their Real Stories exhibition.


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We are delighted to be able to show Hagrid’s bike during the run of our Reel Stories exhibition, which, among other things, examines Liverpool’s remarkable ability to be a backdrop for filmmakers.

We are very grateful to Warner Bros. for loaning us the vehicle, which we hope will be a hit with ‘Harry Potter’ fans and film buffs, as well as our regular visitors.


The exhibition will run from 11 March 2016 to September 2017 and is free, however the bike will only be available from May 16th to June 9th.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 17:45.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter

   New Potter shop now open!0 Comments

In an update to my previous newspost, the Harry Potter shop at Heathrow Airport is now open!




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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 11:01.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter

   Following in the footsteps of Harry Potter with Strawberry Tours0 Comments

At 3.30pm every day in Leicester Square, something wonderful happens. Potterheads, families, tourists, and a whole mix of people gather to be led on a free tour of London like they've never seen it before. They're going to be shown Harry Potter's London, from the Ministry of Magic to The Leaky Cauldron, revealed as if by magic!

Strawberry Tours' Harry Potter walking tour is a great way to see some of the most iconic buildings, streets and neighborhoods which inspired JK Rowling, and appeared in the Harry Potter films. The tour guides are as educated about the Harry Potter world as any muggle can be – and luckily they’re at hand to show some of the most well-known Harry Potter attractions located in and around central London. This includes a stroll down Diagon Alley, and even some shops selling one-of-a-kind Potter-related merchandise that you can't find anywhere else in the Harry Potter world.

Of the company running as a “free tour” operator, City Manager Charles Purdue-Pulido said,

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“We believe that everyone, no matter their budget, should be able to experience and enjoy what London has to offer. We also believe that the price of the tour should correlate with your budget and how much you enjoyed it. Therefore, our tours run on a “Pay-What-It’s-Worth” basis so that everyone can choose to donate whatever they thought it was worth.”


About Strawberry Tours: Strawberry Tours, recently re-branded from Free Tours of London, is one of the very first tourism companies to offer a pay-what-you-want walking tour in London. Their tours have 4.9 or 5-star ratings on TripAdvisor, which has also granted them a Certificate of Excellence. Their Harry Potter tour runs every day in English and Spanish and it's a must for Harry Potter fans, families, budget travellers or anyone looking for a unique London experience.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:10.06 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter

   Illustrating Harry Potter exhibition0 Comments

The Northumberland Gazette is reporting how Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick is set to host an Illustrating Harry Potter exhibition.


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‘Illustrating Harry Potter’ features stunning original illustrations, sketches, models and final prints by illustrator Jim Kay. This spellbinding exhibition has been put together by Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle, and Bloomsbury Publishing. Among other attractions on offer at the exhibition, families will be able to dress up, take part in a dragon egg hunt, hide in the cupboard under the stairs or take a selfie in a sorting hat or at Platform 9¾.


The exhibition is open over this Easter Bank Holiday.

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 13:17.36 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter

   20 years of Harry Potter magic0 Comments

The Hay Festival has announced a 20 years of Harry Potter magic exhibition at Oxfam Moot, Wales.

For £5.30 fans can:


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In this interactive and family-friendly event, you will travel through a year at Hogwarts with Fleurble Laffalot. Discover fun facts about the first Harry Potter books as well taking part in some of the key elements of life at Hogwarts – the sorting ceremony, Quidditch, potions and transfiguration classes.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:00.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter

   Potter fans risk death taking photos0 Comments

The British Transport Police is reporting that Harry Potter fans are risking injury and even death to take photos near significant Harry Potter landmarks.


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Sgt Kevin Lawrence, based at Inverness station, said: “Tourists from all over the world travel on the Jacobite steam train during the summer months to visit the famous Glenfinnan viaduct.

“Alarmingly, visitors often get off the train at Glenfinnan and walk back along the line to take photographs. This is extremely dangerous.

“The scenic, rural area also attracts many bikers and other tourists also travelling by road to see the viaduct.


Please stay safe!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 10:30.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter

   Do you have rare Harry Potter memorabilia?0 Comments

The Mirror has run an article relating to rare Harry Potter memorabilia that you could have which could make you £2.5 million!


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Hogwarts acceptance letter
A muggle desperate for a piece of wizarding history got his hands on a Hogwarts acceptance letter for £6,000.


Harry Potter’s glasses
A feat reflected in the price of the glasses – when one of several pairs worn by the actor in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone went up for auction in 2015, it sold for £15,500.


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 15:02.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter

   Rowling reveals that there are TWO Harry Potters!0 Comments

J. K. Rowling recently posted on Pottermore about the history of the Harry Potter family.

The article reveals that there was a Harry Potter before our beloved and well-known Harry Potter!


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Occasionally, a Potter made it all the way to London, and a member of the family has twice sat on the Wizengamot: Ralston Potter, who was a member from 1612-1652, and who was a great supporter of the Statute of Secrecy (as opposed to declaring war on the Muggles, as more militant members wished to do) and Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates), who was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913 - 1921. Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War. His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion from the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’.


How exciting!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:16.07 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling, Pottermore

   National Library of Scotland to host Potter exhibition0 Comments

The National Library of Scotland is set to host a Harry POtter exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book.


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The centrepiece will be a rare first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone complete with JK Rowling’s drawings and personal notes, including one that says the book “changed my life forever”.


The exhibition will be available from 12pm-7pm on June 26th in the library’s boardroom on George IV Bridge.

Thank you to The Times for the tip!

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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 18:21.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter

   New species of spider named after Aragog0 Comments

Live Science is reporting that a new species of spider has been named after the Harry Potter series.


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The naming opportunity was too good to pass up, the researchers said. The animatronic puppet created for the movie "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" was based on the anatomy of a wolf spider, said study co-researcher Alireza Zamani, a graduate student of animal biosystematics at the University of Tehran in Iran.

"We found out that there was an extreme similarity between our spider and Aragog as he was depicted in the second film," Zamani told Live Science in an email. "Since it was also the 20th anniversary of the whole 'Harry Potter' series, we thought it might be a good idea and celebration of this wonderful franchise" (to name the spider after Aragog.)


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 Posted By: StefanPosted At: 19:55.00 BST | Submit News | Tags: Harry Potter