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Aug25

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 )
 
Aug18

Wallsauce.com leaves Harry Potter fans spellbound

From Wallsauce --

Fans can now bring the wizarding world of Harry Potter into their own homes, as Wallsauce.com has launched a complete range of Harry Potter wall murals, through its licensing agreement with Warner Bros

Perfect for any super fan, these magical murals will no doubt bring the enchanting world of Hogwarts and beyond into everyday life.

The bespoke murals show iconic images from the world famous film series. Visitors to the site can choose from artwork featuring Harry, Ron and Hermione as well as Dobby, Dumbledore and many others – there’s something for everyone.

Andrew Gerraty , Company Director said: “We are really excited about having the opportunity to bring this amazing imagery to fans of the series. With the ability to custom size the wall mural, we hope that all fans of Harry Potter will just love this new product”.

Fans can choose from 50 murals, showing classic imagery that ranges across the eight iconic films. Backdrops include the Triwizard tournament, Harry’s battle with Voldemort, quidditch games and the golden trio’s hunt for Horcruxes.

There’s no need to cast a reduction charm, or to use wingardium leviosa, as the murals can be created for any size or shape of wall and are available either as pre-printed wallpaper or self-adhesive fabric and come with full fitting instructions.

In addition to the new Harry Potter range,  Wallsauce also offer wall mural ranges covering DC Comic’s Batman and Superman, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit,  Justice League, Scooby Doo and more.

Harry Potter wall murals are available at www.wallsauce.com and are priced from £30 per square metre.

An average 2.5m x 3m wall would cost £180 including delivery.

 
Aug14

Universal Orlando Resort And Warner Bros. To Host Second Annual "A Celebration Of Harry Potter" Event In January 2015

From Universal Orlando Resort --

Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. announced today that they will host the second annual "A Celebration of Harry Potter" event a special event for fans celebrating the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter.

Beginning January 30, 2015, fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences – including the "A Celebration of Harry Potter" Expo, Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and more. Special vacation packages, including annual passholder packages, will go on sale August 21 and will include exclusive benefits such as access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.  Full vacation package details are below.

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to: 

  • Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent and other special guests (talent attendees will be announced at a later date)
  • Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits of the "A Celebration of Harry Potter" Expo
  • Enjoy special discussions regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter franchise
  • Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal's Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket.
  • And much more!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley officially opened in Universal Studios Florida on July 8, 2014 bringing even more of Harry Potter's adventures to life at Universal Orlando Resort. The new land features incredible shops with windows full of magical surprises, authentic dining experiences, a fire-breathing dragon and the new multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Guests with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between London and Hogsmeade. The new immersive area expands upon The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, launched in 2010 in Universal's Islands of Adventure, and doubles the size of the sweeping area already dedicated to Harry Potter's adventures to create a spectacularly themed environment across both Universal theme parks. 

While most of the activities for "A Celebration of Harry Potter" will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and annual passholders, only guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package or annual passholder package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved seating for select events. Packages are limited and will go on sale at noon EST on Thursday, August 21, 2014. See below for full package details.           

Packages for "A Celebration of Harry Potter" at Universal Orlando Resort

On Sale at Noon EST on August 21, 2014

On-Site Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at  $219 per adult per night, tax inclusive

  • 3-night on-site hotel accommodations at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando Resort's all-new retro-themed moderate & value priced hotel
  • 3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
  • Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
  • Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
  • Special Guest access to the "A Celebration of Harry Potter" Expo
  • Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
  • Complimentary on-site transportation to and from both theme parks and Universal CityWalk
  • Note: This package does not include complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access

On-Site Deluxe Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at   $285 per adult per night, tax inclusive

  • 3-night on-site hotel accommodations at one of Universal Orlando's spectacular deluxe on-site hotels:  Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort
  • 3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
  • Complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines in both theme parks for all three days – a FREE benefit worth up to $89 per person, per day
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
  • Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
  • Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
  • Special Guest access to the "A Celebration of Harry Potter" Expo
  • Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
  • Complimentary on-site transportation to and from both theme parks and Universal CityWalk

Universal Partner Hotel Celebration Vacation Package ~ Starts at $185 per adult per night, tax inclusive

  • 3-night accommodations at a Universal Partner Hotel near Universal Orlando
  • 3-day park-to-park ticket to both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure (includes access to the Hogwarts Express)
  • Exclusive Q&A session with select Harry Potter film talent
  • Access to an exclusive evening event in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, including light desserts and Butterbeer
  • Specially themed Welcome Parcel and complimentary commemorative merchandise item
  • Special Guest access to the "A Celebration of Harry Potter" Expo
  • Reserved seating or viewing area for select Celebration events
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the parks open
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, one per person
  • Free scheduled transportation between the hotel and Universal Orlando Resort
  • Note: This package does not include complimentary Universal Express Unlimited ride access

To book special annual passholder event vacation packages, please call 1-888-343-8991 starting August 21, 2014 at noon EST.

Access to select events within "A Celebration of Harry Potter" is included in regular admission to Universal Orlando or with an annual pass. For more information about the event, tickets and vacation packages, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

 
Aug07

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Announcing One Million Riders on the Hogwarts Express

From Universal Orlando Resort --

Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade Station today as Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic train that transported Harry Potter and his friends between Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station in J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. To celebrate this magical milestone, nearly two hundred guests were given complimentary Butterbeer ice-cream.

In early July, guests began boarding the Hogwarts Express to travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida. The incredible journey, which requires a park-to-park ticket, combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime.

© 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.(s14)

 
Aug04

LeakyCon Rebrands Itself As "GeekyCon" As Annual Fandom Convention Comes To A Close In Orlando Amid Sold-Out Crowd

From LeakyCon --

Geeks around the world will now have their very own annual convention as LeakyCon, the leading sci-fi/fantasy film, television and book convention, rebranded itself as GeekyCon during at the close of its 2014 show in Orlando. The 2015 show, now called GeekyCon, will return to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando July 30-Aug. 2 with advance tickets going on sale Aug. 9.

Since its inception in 2009, the event has given attendees an opportunity to meet celebrities from their favorite movies and television shows and authors of bestselling young adult books, in addition to attending a wide array of special events, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, workshops, live performances, music concerts and a marketplace with a variety of vendors. The 2014 convention, which was attended by close to 5,000 people, featured a special private event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando.

"GeekyCon will continue in the tradition of LeakyCon and be a celebration of fandom," said Melissa Anelli, co-executive director of Mischief Management, which operates the event. "GeekyCon brings notable guests and compelling programming together with fans to create a positive and uplifting environment where attendees can enjoy themselves and each other."

Mischief Management will return LeakyCon to its roots as a smaller, Harry Potter-only event held in different locations around the world. LeakyCon 2015 is being planned for the second half of the year with dates and location to be announced in the coming months.

Stephanie Dornhelm, co-executive director of Mischief Management, added, "our events are about bringing people together and offering exciting, stimulating and thought-provoking content, and letting attendees interact with the people who create that content."

GeekyCon is one of the largest and most recognized annual fandom conventions in the world and is attended every year by thousands of fantasy film and television fans as well as book enthusiasts. The event was started in 2009 as LeakyCon, a conference for Harry Potter fans and has since grown to include fans of some of the most popular films and television shows such as "Doctor Who," "Game of Thrones," "The Hunger Games," "Supernatural," "The Hobbit," and many others. The event also offers fans a literary track that draws some of the biggest authors in the young adult genre, as well as programming with personalities from YouTube and top Web shows. Past events have been held in Boston, Orlando, Chicago, Portland and London. More information is available at www.GeekyCon.com.

 
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