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Doctor Who FAQ book giveaway!

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Doctor Who? Doctor Whooooooooo??  How well do you know the Doctor? Are you a Doctor Who aficionado or are you only just about to step into the TARDIS and discover the wonderful world of Doctor Who? Are you digging for more information about the First Doctor? Are you wondering why all of these questions? It's because I got a chance to read through the Doctor Who FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Most Famous Time Lord in the Universe

If you have a question about the Doctor, crack into this book and see what timey-wimey gems you can find! You can also catch a glimpse of Barty Crouch Jr ... I mean David Tennant ... err, the Tenth Doctor throughout the book, as well as all the different faces of the Doctor. Have fun revisiting all your favorite Doctors and villains in this book that looks small on the outside, but is much bigger on the inside with all the info that is jampacked within its pages. Spoilers!

Here's your chance to check out this awesome book for yourself. We're giving away copies of this awesome book to a few of our lucky readers. All you have to do to enter is  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  by Sunday, Sept. 28, at midnight PST and enter "Doctor Who FAQ" in the subject line. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:01 )

Announcing HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT from Harper Design

From Warner Bros. and HarperCollins --

HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT (Harper Design; on sale October 28, 2014; $45.00, 208 pages, full color photos and illustrations throughout; ISBN: 9780062374233) is the first book devoted exclusively to the fascinating process of bringing to life the creatures in the Harry Potter films.  With full support from Warner Bros., the studio behind the enormously successful film franchise, HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT is a comprehensive and delightful look at the memorable creatures that populate the magical world. From Dementors and goblins to merpeople and Chinese Fireball dragons, HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT peers into the filmmaking archives to give readers an inside look at the magical creatures featured in the wizarding world of the Harry Potter films.

HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT is bound in a purple leatherette case with de-bossed images of the creatures featured in the magical world of the Harry Potter films. The interior features high-quality photographs of each of the creatures and is loaded with beautifully detailed concept art, behind-the-scenes shots, and film stills. A true collector’s edition, HARRY POTTER: THE CREATURE VAULT includes a removable poster that pictures each of the creatures in full color and an eight-page Eeylops Owl Emporium catalog, profiling the owls on offer at Diagon Alley’s one-stop shop for every wizard’s owl needs.

Jody Revenson has written extensively about the Harry Potter films and is the author of six books in the Harry Potter: Page to Screen Limited Edition, including Wizard Wear and Muggle Attire, Movie Magic, and Ten Years Later: Life On Set with the Harry Potter Cast and Crew. She has also written books about Jack Sparrow, the Disney theme parks, Dick Grayson, and Bugs Bunny. She lives in New York City.

 Compiled by Jody Revenson, this lavish volume will answer questions such as: How was Dobby created? How were the Hippogriffs (part horse, part eagle) made to look so real? In short: How does movie magic happen? 


Whitman School Using Gamification, Harry Potter to Promote Learning

From Whitman School of Management --

What do Harry Potter and a smartphone app have to do with training tomorrow's business leaders? At Syracuse University, plenty.

This semester, the Whitman School of Managementis launching the Goodman IMPRESS program. IMPRESS creates competition among students to gain critical career skills. Students in turn track their progress on a smart phone app and earn "game points" by taking part in a variety of career-building programs outside of their normal classwork.

Attend a lecture, earn points. Gain Microsoft certification, earn more points. Students earn points for taking part in programs, including personal and professional leadership development, major and industry exploration, and community engagement.


"Focusing particularly on soft skills and extracurricular experiences, our goal was to develop a program that would ensure our undergraduates leave Whitman with a sustainable competitive advantage throughout their lives and careers," says Associate Dean and Professor of Practice Amanda Nicholson.

These symbols represent the four houses that comprise IMPRESS: Adams, Harrison, Marshall and Waverly.

Student teams are divided into four houses (Adams, Marshall, Waverly and Harrison), each with a faculty advisor who serves as a house master, and each with its own name and shield, a la Harry Potter. The team with the most points at the end of the year wins the Goodman Cup, named after program supporter Kenneth Goodman '70.

The use of game thinking and game mechanics in a non-game context is at the heart of gamification, a concept that's gaining popularity in higher education. In a nutshell, gamification employs the use of a game to make difficult or challenging work fun.

Goodman IMPRESS program participants are notified via text about their next opportunity to earn points.

Even though the program is in its infancy, student reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

"I noticed a difference this year in that the IMPRESS program has positively encouraged students to work harder outside the classroom by attending lectures and networking events. IMPRESS creates a well-rounded student who will be more prepared for the workforce than ever before," says Sarah Whittaker, sophomore and lead peer mentor at the Adams House.

"IMPRESS shows us what we can strive to be as Whitman students and what we hope to become when we leave and enter the business world," says David DuPont, a freshman in the Marshall House.

"The IMPRESS Program was a main reason why I chose to attend Syracuse. When I learned about what the program entailed aside from my academic career, I was sold. Similar to the college application process, landing a job is more than just being proficient in your field of study. It's mandatory that I can present myself well, interact with others gracefully, give back to others and know what is going on around me. Not only am I learning all of that through IMPRESS to improve my chances of getting my dream job, but those skills will help me achieve success throughout my lifetimeno matter what the situation may be," says Nicole Anna Dementri, a freshman at Whitman.

Incoming students were provided with information about the program so they could hit the ground running when they arrived on campus. The official kickoff for IMPRESS comes during a gathering at Whitman School Thursday, Sept. 11.


Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter unveil a new section devoted to the Dark Arts

From Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter  --

This October, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will unveil a new section devoted to the Dark Arts, encompassing Horcruxes and other sinister wizarding artefacts, in what is the Studio Tour’s first permanent addition since opening.

The current Malfoy Manor fireplace will be expanded to showcase the full set which became the headquarters of Lord Voldemort’s followers, the Death Eaters, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Visitors will be able to peer into the drawing room that features ornate chandeliers, an imposing fireplace and the long, grand table around which Bellatrix Lestrange, the Malfoy family, the Death Eaters and Voldemort sat.

The mannequin of captured Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage will be suspended above the set, while a life-like model of Voldemort’s loyal 20-foot snake Nagini will sit on the mahogany table, which will be framed by the costumes of the rat-like Peter Pettigrew and Potions master Severus Snape.

Officially launching on Tuesday 14th October, the new section will also include a variety of never-before-seen artefacts and props from Borgin and Burkes, the Knockturn Alley shop Harry accidentally stumbles into in Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets. Visitors will be able to see these weird and wonderful props up close, including the mysterious Hand of Glory, the Vanishing Cabinet and the sarcophagus that hid Harry during a deleted scene from the second film.

A section of Dolores Umbridge’s Ministry of Magic office, including her garish kitten plates, perfectly putrid pink costumes and desk, will be on show as well as Defence Against the Dark Arts professor Remus Lupin’s costumes, magical projector and gramophone.

Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, commented: “The Dark Arts feature will be our first new permanent addition since opening in March 2012 and we’re looking forward to unveiling it just in time for Hallowe’en. It will showcase the darkest parts of the films and include some props and costumes that have never been on public display before.”

To celebrate the launch of the new permanent additions, the Studio Tour will also offer extra Dark Arts activities throughout the October half-term. From Friday 17th October – Monday 3rd November, a section of the Hallowe’en feast from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be on display in Hogwarts’ Great Hall.

For these two weeks only, visitors will be able to walk down a darker Diagon Alley as the lights are dimmed, the music becomes more foreboding and the wizarding shopping street set is patrolled by Death Eaters. Those who choose to take part in an interactive wand combat lesson can practise their duelling techniques.

The new permanent Dark Arts section will be launched with a two-week event highlighting the Dark Arts from Friday 17th October – Monday 3rd November and all extra activities are included in the ticket price. 


Harry Potter Sorting Hat Hallmark Keepsake Ornament giveaway

Happy Christmas! Well, in a few more months, that is. But Hallmark Keepsake has already planned ahead for Harry Potter fans!

Hallmark has carefully crafted the scene where Professor McGonagall places the Sorting Hat on Harry, resulting in a magical conversation that places Harry into Gryffindor House. Sorry, the Sorting Hat ornament itself does not have a spell cast on it that will actually reenact the scene for you,  but maybe if you believe hard enough you can hear it ...

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Sorting Hat

Right out of the box, Hallmark carefully cushions it with enough packaging to keep the details of the ornament safely tucked in the box. Batteries are included, but you will need a tiny Phillips head screwdriver to get this ornament running. An eyelet screw is strategically placed into McGonagall's left arm for you to attach your own ornament hanger or string to place it on a tree - or you could do without and display it on your mantle. Either way, it is a beautifully crafted piece.

Lastly, back the 'hearing it' bit ... this ornament packs a punch! The sound was way louder than expected an offers the entire conversation between the Sorting Hat and Harry.

All in all, if you are a fan of Harry Potter - and we know you are - and you would like to relive one of the more iconic moments in Harry's life during this holiday season, be sure to order one of these for yourself or for your loved ones. Or you could try to win one! That's right, we're giving away one of these must-have collectibles. All you have to do to enter our giveaway is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by midnight Sunday, Aug. 31, with the answer to the following question: "What House did Harry ask the Sorting Hat to NOT put him into?"  U.S. residents only. Good luck!

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 August 2014 15:37 )
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