Tag: Harry Potter

Vans Unveils New Harry Potter-Themed Collection!

Exciting news for both Harry Potter fans AND fashion fans! According to Buzz the shoe brand Vans have unveiled a first look at their Harry Potter themed collection of upcoming shoes! The collection will feature shoes named after each of the Hogwarts Houses. Sk8-Hi for Gryffindor, Era for Slytherin, Authentic for Ravenclaw, and Classic Slip-On for Hufflepuff. Each shoe contains colors and details connecting them to their respective classes, with the official crest logo and distinct material. Vans had been building up to this reveal for quite a while, teasing the fanbase with a video on Instagram.

 

 

The official release date has yet to be announced, it has been confirmed by Vans that the shoes will be available to both men and women. The shoes will be supplanted by a line of Harry Potter accessories as well. Below, you can see a few of the photos from the line that have been circulating online:

 

 A pair of yellow shoes sitting side by side

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A pair of white sneakers sitting side by side

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A green pair of sneakers sitting side by side

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Gryffindor will be a mix of red and gold, Slytherin will be a snake-like green, Ravenclaw will be its signature blue, and Hufflepuff will be all-black with subtle yellow striping. There is no further information yet but you can follow Vans on their website to see further updates as they come! Until then, we’ll be hyping ourselves to get these and wear them!

 

 

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Warner Bros. and Pottermore are Teaming Up

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?

 

 

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Booze & Books(tr): A Cocktail for Every Harry Potter Book

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.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StonePumpkin Pie Mocktail

 

Pumpkin Pie Mocktail

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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.

 

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Snakebite Shots

 

Snakebite Shots

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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.

 

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Pruno

 

Pruno (also known as prison toilet wine)

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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.

 

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fireblood

 

Fireblood Cocktail

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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.

 

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Jellyfish

 

Jellyfish Cocktail

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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.

 

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Dark & Stormy

 

Dark & Stormy

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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.

 

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Everclear

 

Everclear

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Ingredients: Existential torment, grain alcohol

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.

 

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New Harry Potter Ride Debuts Animated Hagrid!

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.

 

 

Hagrid riding on a rollercoaster with a crew of riders

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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?

 

 

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The Top 10 Best ‘Harry Potter’ Teachers

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week here at Bookstr and you should be appreciating the teachers across the world! Teachers face extremely difficult jobs, having to manage large classes and educate with often little reward. To showcase what makes teachers so special, let’s examine the teachers of Harry Potter, ranking them from the worst to the best. Now, this is just on their merit’s as teachers, not on them as individuals or people, merely on their skills in the classroom. Who are the best and who are the worst? Let’s dive in and find out!

 

10. Dolores Umbridge

 

Dolores Umbridge, a middle aged woman dressed in a pink sweater stands at attention

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Holding the position of Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, Dolores Umbridge was unquestionably the worst in the series history, both as a professor (and a human being but let’s stick to the rules!) Despite her sickly sweet demeanor, Dolores Umbridge was appointed by the Ministry of Magic to oversee the school and her presence was instantly an oppressive one. A vicious bully and tormentor, she inflicted harsh punishments on her students for misbehavior, including making Harry carve the words “I MUST NOT TELL LIES” over and over again into his own skin! She also created a hostile work environment, expressed outright contempt for Hogwarts education system, and consistently challenged Dumbledore’s authority, which just made her a terrible professor. And she even refused to teach her students Defense Against the Dark Arts, making her outright useless as a source of education! Umbridge is unquestionably a terrible professor and not one you should admire. At all.

 

9. Severus Snape

 

Severus Snape standing in black cloak against a purple background

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The Potions master until Order of the Phoenix and then Half-Blood Prince, Snape is now admired for his love for Lily Potter and for secretly protecting Harry during his time at Hogwarts. But there’s no doubt he was a horrible teacher, downright abusive towards Harry and exhibiting favoritism towards Slytherin. He bullies students constantly, especially Harry, Neville, and Ron, putting them on the spot with difficult questions and making them feel constant anxiety in his presence. It’s not fair for Snape to pick on his students as much as he does, especially for a grudge he should have gotten over a long time ago. While he may be a good person deep down, Snape has too many issues to make him a valuable teacher.

 

8. Gilderoy Lockhart

 

Gildeory Lockhart stands in a golden uniform against a dark backdrop

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Lockhart skated by on good looks, charm and blatant lies. Lockhart wrote about encounters with dark creatures, painting himself as a perfect hero, easily able to dispatch fearsome monsters the world over, but all the books he wrote were actually fabrications and completely false. This made him a useless educator when he was hired for position of Defense Against the Dark Arts, often making a buffoon of himself and skating by on the skin of his teeth. When he was asked to kill the Basilisk terrorizing Hogwarts, Lockhart attempted to flee, clearly showing once and for all that he was utterly unqualified for his job.

 

7. Horace Slughorn

 

Horace Slughorn standing in a well tailored suit in front of a bunch of old photographs

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The Potions master, Slughorn wasn’t a horrible professor but he wasn’t a good one either. He generally played favorites with students, hosting club meetings for students who could pull favors for him after graduation. Slughorn put himself above his students, being more self-serving than anything else, but he was at least competent as a professor and gave Harry a more positive experience as a Potions professor than Snape ever did.

 

6. Filius FLitwick 

 

The diminutive Filius Flitwick standing in a tuxedo and holding a wand

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A supportive mentor to his students, Filius was a middle of the road professor, neither particularly good nor particularly bad. But he was always very nice to his classes, teaching them spells as best he could. Although not a massive presence in the books, what little we saw of Flitwick led us to believe he would be a perfectly acceptable professor, just not a particularly memorable one. Which, sometimes, is the best you can ask for!

 

5. Rubeus Hagrid

 

The towering figure of Rubeus Hagrid clad in furs

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The half-giant and beloved friend to Harry, Hagrid was a kind educator who had a deep love for the creatures of the wizarding world. He turned this passion into the official professor for Care of Magical Creatures, allowing students the opportunity for a hands on approach to caring for monsters and critters. He had a very deep knowledge of monsters, allowing him to provide his students with an intimate look at them. However, his deep love of creatures sometimes made him underestimate how dangerous they could be, resulting in a few potentially deadly encounters during his time as a professor.

 

4. Rolanda Hooch

 

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A valuable teacher to her students, Madame Hooch taught her students how to fly and play Quidditch, a dangerous game that required a firm hand to prevent students from crashing or killing each other. Hooch was up to the task, providing a stern and competent presence who punish students harshly but encouraged them deeply for their successes. Under her tutelage, Harry became a very wizard of the skies and always stayed calm, even as she was being screamed at for providing calls people didn’t like as a referee during Quidditch matches.

 

3. Pomona Sprout

 

Pomona Sprout stands in a greenhouse clad in Herbology attire with a witch's hat on

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Pomona Sprout is a great professor who doesn’t get a lot of screen time but her lesson plans and overall demeanor showcase her as one of the best teachers despite her limited appearances. She follows a logical profession, getting her students used to ‘easy’ magic plants before working them up slowly towards the harder stuff, while making sure everyone is safe and creating a fun environment at the same time with her hands on approach to herbology. She’s pretty great and we only wish we saw more of her at work in the greenhouse.

 

2. Remus Lupin

 

The dapper Remus Lupin stands in a well lit room in a suit and tie

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One of the best professors and no doubt the best teacher of Defense Against the Dark Arts, Lupin heads the class during Prisoner of Azakaban. Very knowledgable in his studies, Remus Lupin creates a hands on atmosphere to the work he performs in the classroom, allowing students the opportunity to apply their skills in a practical, yet controlled setting, testing them against real dangers without putting them in actual danger. He’s also humorous, wise, and very down to earth, even taking the Hogwarts Express to get to know the student body better. Unfortunately, his one flaw is that he’s a werewolf and results in his eventual resignation. Although he takes steps to control his other side, unfortunately being a werewolf is a very serious risk on campus and although he never hurt anyone, he could have. Still, Lupin remains one of the best teachers at Hogwarts and a presence we to which it was incredibly difficult to bid farewell.

 

1. Minerva Mcgonagall

 

An elderly lady wearing a witch's hat and holding a glass of wine.

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Minerva is the best professor at Hogwarts, with a tough, no nonsense, and fearless disposition as professor of Transfiguration and Deputy Headmistress, the type of teacher who will challenge you but doesn’t play favorites and always is fair to you in the end no matter who you are. She loves all her students despite her hard shell, and only pushes them to make them excel. While many students are scared of her initially but learn to love her when they truly understand her. She’s a staple at Hogwarts during Harry’s time and becomes a true leader to the student body, just as beloved as Dumbledore. We love you!

 

 

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