The Wizarding World is getting even bigger, and it will do so by getting a little smaller.
A new mobile game based on the Harry Potter universe is coming from the developers of Pokemon Go. Titled Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, it will follow the same premise as the popular Nintendo mobile game. Players will explore the real world and search for magical creatures and artifacts from the Wizarding World in an effort to conceal them from Muggles.
With Pokemon Go grossing billions of dollars in revenue, and the Wizarding World more popular than ever, the move to mobile gaming seems like the next logical step for this beloved franchise. Developer Niantic is excited about the prospect of not only bringing the Wizarding World to people’s phones, but getting people out there and becoming more social because of this game:
“We want to get people out and about and find out more about their world through exploration and discovery.”
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite doesn’t have a release date yet, but it is scheduled to come out in 2019. Here is the game’s first trailer:
Pottermore, the website dedicated to all things Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, is getting a name change.
Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced a joint venture called Wizarding World Digital, a new digital distribution network that aims to expand on the content that Pottermore currently publishes.
“This venture will widen and deepen what we have been able to do on Pottermore so far. There’s no reason now why we won’t be able to do something because there’s a rights issue. The only limits will be our imaginations and what technology is available.”
It is unclear what new content will come to the site, but the idea that the film studio behind the Harry Potter films are teaming up with the creator of the universe is exciting.
So what happens to Pottermore? As of May 15th, all quizzes, features and articles will move to WizardingWorld.com. It is unclear if current subscribers to Pottermore will have to re-subscribe or their accounts will shift to the new site.
Do you subscribe to Pottermore? Are you excited about this news?
Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. This week, we’re bringing you another booze & book pairing. Our recommendation? Any booze and any book. Since that’s a little too general, we’re going to be pairing cocktails with Harry Potter books.
We would recommend not drinking your way through the entire Harry Potter series—if only because the books are long and, consequently, your lifespan would not be. That said, the series is bound to stir up an intense emotional response in any of its fans. While many books after this series have been called the ‘next Harry Potter,’ the truth is, there’s no such thing. The story itself is deeply meaningful, but what makes the series so important to so many people is more than what happens on the page: it’s that instant return to childhood and all the wonder that entails.
Ingredients: Canned Pumpkin Puree – 2 tbsp, Canned Peach Slices (in own juice) – 8-10 slices drained, Sugar – 2 tbsp, Sparkling Apple Cider – 2 cups, Pumpkin Spice – 1 tsp, Maraschino Cherries – 2, Mint leaves – a few
No alcohol for this one. These kids are eleven, and it’s likely you were around that age when you read their story for the first time! Show some solidarity—Ron survived a near-death experience that ended with an unfortunate spray of troll snot without a drink, and so can you. Instead, drink up and envision that glorious taste of pumpkin juice in the Great Hall.
Ingredients: 2 oz honey-flavored whiskey (such as Yukon Jack), 1/2 lime juice
Okay, so twelve-year-olds aren’t really supposed to have alcohol either. But that doesn’t mean you can’t! With some hard liquor and a sour dash of lime juice, this drink has more bite than any basilisk. After you take one, make another the exact same way to pay homage to the way in which Gilderoy Lockhart copied other wizards’ achievements… and, like those wizards, you too will probably lose your memory.
Ingredients: An unwavering faith that you’ll survive whatever comes next
Yes, Pruno is prison wine (a.k.a. ‘toilet wine’), and it can be created from everything from bread, to fruit, to ketchup. It necessitates resourcefulness and is incredibly dangerous to consume, making it comparable to the book we’re pairing it with. There isn’t much happiness in Azkaban—what little there is doesn’t come from any of this this. (And, like dementors, Pruno can kill you.)
Note: Pruno can actually kill you. Bookstr is definitely not responsible for your death on the off chance you poison yourself with botulism. We may or may not be responsible for your Thursday drinking habits.
Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Fireball Whisky, 4 oz. Bloody Mary mix, 1 lime wedge, 1 celery stalk
Kick back, relax, and have some Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireball. The Fireblood cocktail thematically encapsulates the intensity of the Triwizard Tournament, from the fire (think the Hungarian Horntail) to the blood (think Cedric Diggory’s horribly tragic character death). This drink is NOT a shot—so, like the climactic scene when Harry and Cedric touch the portkey, this one’s not gonna end quickly.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounce vodka, 1 1/2 ounce blue curaçao, 1 1/2 ounce white sambuca, 1/2 ounce cream
Any thoughts on what this beverage looks like? If you’re feeling particularly pensive, you might identify what memories this swirling blue liquid might stir up in Harry Potter fans. Book five is all about gaining insight into the minds of others, even when this insight is too personal or uncomfortable. Though Snape & Harry’s Occlumency lessons play a larger role in this installment than the pensive itself, you’ll wish you had one when you wake up after drinking a few of these.
Ingredients: 2 oz dark rum, 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice (optional), Ice, 1 candied ginger slice, 3 oz chilled ginger beer, 1 lime wheel
While most fans prefer the books to the movies, no one can deny that the film gave terrifying gravitas to Dumbledore’s death and the events leading up to it: dead hands reaching from the surface of the water, the echoed shouts in the remote cave. The Dark & Stormy captures the mood of that fateful evening in which everything we knew came undone… plus, it blunts the emotional impact.
Listen, the last book was an emotional experience for all of us, and this is the only drink that can handle the task at hand. “But this is a cocktails list,” you exclaim. “What are we supposed to mix it with?” Everclear. You’re supposed to mix it with more Everclear.
Harry Potter fans are in for a treat this summer! Opening at Universal Orlando in June 2019 is a new Harry Potter ride. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will be an immersive roller coaster experience that centers around everyone’s favorite half-giant, Rubeus Hagrid. The ride will be called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, with the premise being that the riders join Hagrid on a motorbike tour through the Forbidden Forest. Of course, things go wrong and the rollercoaster’s riders are soon attacked by the magical creatures residing within the Forest, and Hagrid working overtime to get them out of trouble.
The ride is set to feature a fully animated, robotic recreation of Hagrid himself, based on actor Robbie Coltrane. According to ScreenRant Coltrane was heavily involved in the creation of his animated duplicate, even allowing his mouth to be scanned in order to create Hagrid’s teeth, recording lines from a custom script, and having over twenty body movements the robot can perform. Hagrid’s face was hand sculpted by technicians using Coltrane’s face as a constant visual reference, while his outfit was designed by the same wardrobe responsible for his onscreen costume in the films.
Image via Screenrant
The latest addition to the Wizarding World sounds great, with an immersive experience that will greatly please any Harry Potter fan! We can’t wait to see Hagrid in person when we line up to go on the coaster ourselves! Are you excited for another journey into the Forbidden Forest?
When she wasn’t busy planning a wedding, scolding the twins, or cooking up something for dinner, Molly Weasley could be found protecting her children at the Battle of Hogwarts. Knowing Harry Potter’s situation, she never batted an eye at taking him anywhere and everywhere with her and her clan of red-heads. Whether it was Christmas vacation or a trip to the Quidditch World Cup, Molly made sure Harry knew he had a second mother in her. She went after Bellatrix Lestrange when her daughter Ginny nearly died at her hands, leaving her the most iconic quote in the whole book: “Not my daughter, you bitch.” Any mom looks great in comparison to Petunia Dursley, but I don’t think any of them can cook quite like Molly.
When Anne rolls into Green Gables for the first time with Matthew Cuthbert, Marilla is neither impressed or amused. They didn’t want an orphan girl who talked too much or day-dreamed, they wanted a boy who could help the aging Matthew in the field. By the time Anne has spent her first night, Marilla has already begun to take on motherly duties. We can argue she isn’t the best mother in literature, but she was exactly what Anne needed. In a world that so badly wanted to crush Anne’s creativity, Marilla gave her enough room to let it grow, though not always willingly. Most importantly, Marilla was Anne’s first real mother figure that she could remember. Anne spent years in and out of orphanages after her real parents died before she could walk and talk. Truthfully, anyone that can put up with so many of Anne’s mistakes and shenanigans deserves to be on this list.
When James McBride started writing his memoir, I don’t think he knew the way the world would fall in love with his mother. The book is told in two narratives: McBride tells his story about the struggles he faced growing up black with a white mom, and Ruth tells her story growing up Jewish in the South. I’m breaking the mold here and choosing a non-fictional mom, but if you’ve read this book you know just how touching Ruth is. She raised twelve children, mostly by herself. She had no family to rely on other than her husband’s and their children. If ever there was a super-mom, she was Ruth McBride.
Everyone needs a mom that will keep them over-caffeinated and bear with them through the early years of playing an instrument. Gayle Forman writes Kat as an awesome rocker mom to a cello-playing teenager. Their personalities couldn’t be more opposite, but they couldn’t have a closer relationship. It’s so clear in every page that Kat supports any and every decision Mia makes. Go to Juliard or stay in Portland with your boyfriend? Most moms would say “you’re going to college” but not Kat. Not many moms would slap noise cancelling headphones onto their baby and bring them into a rock concert, but it is this that makes Kat so special. Her unconditional love for her children mixed with her desire to treat them like small adults qualifies her for fictional mom of the year.
The Fuentes boys stole our hearts in this series, but the real star is their mother who raised all three of them by herself. Living on the Southside of Chicago is never easy. Gang wars make it so you’re never safe, and you can’t always count on the police to protect you. Mrs. Fuentes goes through so much with these boys. First she moves them to Mexico to save their lives, and she eventually moves them back once the issues die down. It’s clear through the whole series she is protective of her sons, and that sometimes comes across with a bit of a fierce attitude. There’s no doubt she would do anything to protect her boys.
What do you think of our list? Who is your favorite literary mama?