California Harry Potter World Opening Announced

California Harry Potter World Opening Announced

Harry Potter fans in California and around the world have been patiently awaiting the announcement of when Universal Studios will be opening another Wizarding World of Harry Potter in their Hollywood park. Today, Universal broke its silence with a bang. In a video featuring some special Potterverse guests, the company revealed the Wizarding World Hollywood will officially open on April 7, 2016. The short video above stars Alan Gilmore, art director of the Harry Potter film series, and Luna Lovegood herself—actress Evanna Lynch. The two take a stroll through the new Hogsmeade (which looks AWESOME, by the way) and an illuminated …

Middlemarch Voted as Best British Novel

Middlemarch Voted as Best British Novel

This year, BBC culture contributor Jane Ciabbatari went on a mission. Her goal was to get a global perspective on UK literature, polling book critics from Australia to Zimbabwe on what they think the best British-written novel is. The results of this experiment have come out, and are not surprising: the critics crowned George Eliot‘s Middlemarch as the greatest British book ever written. Middlemarch has been described as a classic for many reasons, including: Its excellent female protagonist Dorothea Brooke; its commentary on subjects like religion and education; and, its complex array of character relationships. Critics praised Eliot, the pen name …

Bran is Out for Blood in GoT Season 6 Trailer

Bran is Out for Blood in GoT Season 6 Trailer

Can’t wait to return to Westeros in 2016? We’re right there with you. The premiere of the highly anticipated sixth season of Game of Thrones is fast approaching, and HBO is going all out to whet fans’ appetites. Today, they’ve kicked it up a notch with the first teaser trailer.  Things may look familiar to you in this 40-second trailer, as all the footage comes from previous seasons. However, it does contain brand new dialogue from Bran Stark (played by Isaac William Hempstead) and the enigmatic Three Eyed Raven, a character who very briefly appeared in Season 4. While Struan Rodger previously …

‘War of the Worlds’ Sequel Invades in 2017

‘War of the Worlds’ Sequel Invades in 2017

Back in 1898, famous author H.G. Wells released his seminal sci-fi work, The War of the Worlds. It has since become one of the most influential works in the genre, setting the standard for all alien invasion stories to come. Surprisingly, though, it never received a sequel. That is, until now. In a brand new story, the Martians will be returning to Earth.  British author Stephen Baxter is currently writing the sequel, titled The Massacre of Mankind. Baxter has an extensive history in the sci-fi genre, collaborating with icons like Arthur C. Clarke and Terry Pratchett. The story he’s currently concocting takes place in …

Book-Themed Gifts for Kids of All Ages

Book-Themed Gifts for Kids of All Ages

The holidays are fast approaching. Regardless of what you celebrate, it’s always a treat to buy the child in your life a gift or two and see the smile on their face. And what better time to get them a brand new book, or something based on one of their favorite books? We have a few picks for growing bookworms that are sure to be a hit at holiday gatherings.    Hunger Games Katniss Barbie Doll Image courtesy of http://bit.ly/1OA5Y57 Does your kid want to take the action of Mockingjay Part 2 into playtime? Now they can, without all of the …