Category: Harry Potter

Iconic Places in Literature You Can Visit

Ever wanted to visit places you’ve literally only read about? Well you are in luck my friend. This is a list of iconic literary places you can actually visit.

 

Tom Riddle’s Grave

We first learn about Tom Riddle’s grave stone in the fifth book in the series, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

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The grave is in an actual cemetery in Greyfriars Kirk, Scotland. Obviously the cemetery exactly like it is in the book but JK was rumored to have walked the cemetery and got inspiration for other character names. Many Harry Potter come to the cemetery and Riddle’s grave is the most popular to visit.

 

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The Kingdom of Arendelle

Arendelle is the fiction kingdom in Frozen and Frozen 2. The architecture and landscape was modeled after a real village in Hallstatt, Austria. It’s a small community of only a little more than 700 hundred people but the town is lively with up to 10,000 tourists a day.  The artists also got Arendelle’s name from an actual  city in Norway named Arendal.

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Bath

Jane Austen had written her most famous novel after her time in Bath, England. And the city inspired two of her books directly. Bath is famous for its ancient roman built baths that were mentioned by Austen. Tourism is large in Bath, thanks to The Jane Austen Centre, an exhibition that tells stories of her time there.

 

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Image via Visit Bath

 

Hobbiton

The Lord of the Rings has too many cool places we wish we could actually visit but thank goodness we can go here! The Hobbiton set was built in Matamata, New Zealand and 98′ Peter Jackson’s team came across Alexander Farm when they were location scouting. After nine months of building 39 nine hobbit holes were ready. Guided tours of Hobbiton started in 2002 and fans still can visit the hobbit homes.

 

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Green Gables

The Anne of Green Gables book series was inspired by real land and farm house that you can visit. Green Gables in a 19th century farm in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is an national historic site for its importance to literature and is on the most visited sites in the country. The author LL Montgomery visited the farm when she was young and got romantic inspiration form the house and surrounding areas for places i her books like The Haunted Woods, Lovers’ Lane and Balsam Hollow.

 

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A Harry Potter Store Is Coming to the Big Apple!

Magic is upon us! A Harry Potter flagship store is coming to New York City this summer! Warner Bros is promising a new and unique experience that will not only be dedicated to the Harry Potter universe but to the Fantastic Beast universe as well!

 

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The store will be located next to NYC Landmark, the Flatiron building, which is located at 935 Broadway. It will have the largest collection of Wizarding World merchandise under one roof. Fans will be able to fully immerse into the Wizarding World experience, with Bertie Bott’s every flavour beans, personalized robes, and even hand signed artwork! How cool is that? There will also be some rare finds that will be a must have for your Potter collection. So be sure to save up some money between now and the summer because once you step into that store, it will be hard to restrain your wallet.

 

According to Senior Vice President of Worldwide Tours and Retail at Warner Bros, Sarah Roots, states, “This will be the largest dedicated Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts store in the world and will become a must visit fan destination where Wizarding World enthusiasts can engage with an interactive experience and numerous photo opportunities as they step into the magic.”

As of right now, concept designs are still in the works, but have no doubt, this store is going to exceed all expectations. The Wizarding World is literally going to take New York by storm, and we can just count down the months until the summer when this amazing store will finally be open for business.

 

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Ranking “Harry Potter” Covers from Best to Worst

Ready to judge Harry Potter books by their covers? Some of them are great, and some of them are definitely not (what were you thinking, Sweden?), but they’re all worth critiquing.

 

New USA

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These are great. We’ve got CREATURES. We’ve got ATMOSPHERE. We’ve got great art—look at that dragon! And it looks like the artist actually had any idea what the books were about. They’re pretty, and I want them.

 

10/10

 

 

 

New UK

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A very close second! Fewer cool animals though, so it loses a point. The dragon isn’t as good, he looks like he’s about eight on the Deathly Hallows cover, and someone got too excited about hair and beards. There’s also a lot of fire? Same good concept, but very different energy.

 

9/10

 

 

Classic US

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It’s good, but it’s not great. These are the covers I grew up with, so I might be biased, but I like the strong color choices, especially in the later books, and the faces look pretty normal. Hermione does have red hair for some reason, which is the worst, but overall decent.

 

7/10

 

 

 

Swedish

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These have a real grim vibe, but I dig it. The thestrel looks like a nightmare, the dragon is fierce in stead of cute, and that ring of ghosts is pretty alarming. Harry also looks his age on all of them. Some of them are just ok though, and Dumbledore could be cooler.

 

6/10

 

 

New 20th Anniversary

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Why would you make this? They’re overworked and creepy, and I don’t have any idea why you’d use black and white, the design is weird, not everyone’s face needs to be on every book. Harry looks like seven different people. Dumbledore is the worst.

 

3/10

 

 

Original UK

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I’m sorry, but the illustration style is condescending and the faces are bad. And does harry have a spray tan on the last cover? The hyippogryph is pretty cool, but the dragon is terrible and the phoenix is so so. Sorry people who grew up with these, but they’re no good.

 

3/10

 

Danish

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Chasing the Turtle

These are terrible, obviously, but in a surprisingly retro way? This looks like a bad fantasy or sci-fi cover from the sixties or something. Like, it’s not WEIRD MAGIC BOOKS for WEIRD PEOPLE, it’s Harry Potter. Why would you do this to yourselves? And is that photo harry on an illustrated background in the first one? Yikes.

 

2/10

 

 

German

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What is this. Those glasses aren’t in front of his eyes. I don’t understand the attitude. I don’t understand the frosted tips. These look like ebook exclusives I wouldn’t buy. My eyes are angry. And why is he just sort of leaning into every frame? Thanks. I hate it.

 

0/10


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Seasons Greetings from Our Favorite Harry Potter Witches and Wizards!

Our holidays just became a whole lot more magical with the cast of Harry Potter wishing us a Merry Christmas!

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The ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ movie came out over eighteen years ago, while the book was published in 1997. And there was no faster way to warm our hearts during this cold season than seeing our favorite characters reunite and share their existing friendships on social media! 

The flawless Emma Watson was the first, with a black and white version of the ensemble of the cast — leave it up to Hermione Granger to waste no time! 

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Merry Christmas from us ☺️

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And the charming and cheeky Tom Felton shared a colored version of the picture, maintaining the rivalry between the houses by using the hashtag “#gryffindorVSslytherin” in his post.

But no one made us more sentimental than the adorable Neville Longbottom aka Matthew Lewis, who captioned his post as, “Roses between two thorns…”, referring to the pretty witches stacked in the middle of him and Tom Felton.

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Roses between two thorns…

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Bonnie Wright, the only represented Weasley in the photo, shared it on her Instagram as, “time turning”, which prompted Evanna Lynch to join the bandwagon  and say, “AS IF I’m not going to repost this ?❤️??.”

Although nothing would have made us happier than seeing our favorite duo of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley join the rest of the clan, but maybe that would break the internet and we potterheads aren’t yet ready for that! 

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