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Celebrate the Publication of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘Goblet of Fire’ Today!

This day, July 8th, saw the original publication of two Harry Potter novels: The Prisoner of Azkaban in 1999 and The Goblet of Fire in 2000. Both were huge milestones for the series, representing the continued evolution of the Potterverse into darker, more complex territory than the comparatively straightforward, whimsical first two novels (The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.) The books were both bestsellers, Azkaban selling three million in the United Kingdom alone, and Goblet of Fire selling over five million copies. Each book received positive reviews, especially Azkaban, praised for its excellent character development as the characters become teenagers, leaving behind their child selves. The Goblet of Fire meanwhile won the Hugo Award in 2001, the only Harry Potter novel to do so.

 

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Prisoner of Azkaban chronicles Harry’s third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he begins the new year, a dangerous convict known as Sirius Black escapes from the dreaded prison Azkaban. Black is thought to be an associate of Voldemort, and so Hogwarts is guarded by Dementors, as the teachers believe Black will seek out Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived. While dealing with this, Harry must deal with the regular perils of teenage life: increased schoolwork, feelings for girls, and a hidden secret Hermione is carrying around with her.

The Goblet of Fire tells the story of Harry taking part in the massive Triwizard Tournament, a huge competition between Hogwarts and rival schools over the course of the semester. Harry’s name appeared in the Goblet of Fire (the method by which contestants are selected) under mysterious circumstances ad Harry must deal with the tournament’s various challenges, such as stealing eggs from an angry dragon, diving beneath the Hogwarts Lake to rescue trapped students, and make his way through a monster infested, booby trapped maze to claim the Triwizard Cup. All the while, dark forces plot in the background, growing steadily throughout the school year.

 

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Film adaptations of the two books were released in 2004 and 2005 respectively. Prisoner of Azkaban grossed $796 million, as well as earning critical acclaim and further embracing the change of tone for the series by embracing a new, more darker style for the overall work. Goblet of Fire earned similar acclaim, grossing $897 million. Both were among the highest grossing, best reviewed films of their respective years, enforcing the overall popularity of the ongoing fantasy series.

Both works deepened the Potterverse, introducing iconic characters and creatures, while planting the seeds for the epic saga centering around the rise of Lord Voldemort. Celebrate their original releases and read the original books again!

 

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‘Harry Potter’ Prequel Series Coming to Television!

Starved for more Harry Potter content? Well look no further, Potterheads, as exciting news as been unveiled today! According to Book Riot, Warner Brothers is in the very early stages of developing a Harry Potter prequel series for TV. The series will be attached to Warner Brothers’ upcoming streaming service. The series will occur mostly at Hogwarts, according to the press release, as well as occasional visits to other parts of Europe. While the Harry Potter franchise is already packed to the brim with novels, video games, board games, movies, comics, and Broadway plays, we can’t help but be excited for this latest addition to the ever popular young adult fantasy series!

 

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More news has been released, including that the show will center around new characters (although if it’s at Hogwarts we can bet you’ll see cameos of fan favorites like various professors and administrative presences in the Wizarding World). However, being in the early stages of development, the plot, the premise, and even the characters themselves haven’t been announced yet for obvious reasons. But we can always speculate about WHAT will happen in this prequel series.

 

 

Here are a few premises we’d love to see in the show:

+ A show about a new batch of students dealing with the ins and outs of daily life at Hogwarts with no overarching main villain. One of the greatest strengths of Harry Potter was its relatability for young people about the hardships of growing up and schoolwork. No need to thrust Voldemort 2.0 in there, fretting about O.W.L.S. is drama enough.

+ A flipped premise, showcasing the POV of the teachers instead of the students and pulling back the curtain to give us a behind the scenes of Hogwarts.

+ An anthology series, showing different stories about Hogwarts, with a different premise and storyline every week. One week you’d have a student, one week you’d have a teacher, maybe the following week someone gets lost in the Forbidden Forest, and maybe one week it could center around some of the ghosts that haunt the school!

 

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What premises would you personally like to see in this show? Are you excited to see a Harry Potter television series? Let us know in the comments! And keep an ear peeled for further news, we’ll let you know when we hear anything more!

 

 

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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:

 

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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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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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 

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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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The Top 10 Coolest Spells in ‘Harry Potter’

The Harry Potter universe is one of the most vast, intriguing worlds in fantasy, full of detailed depictions about the life of wizards, magical creatures, and the foundations of the magical world. One of the coolest aspects of it was the spells, each uniquely designed and showing off a cool effect via the simple Latin incantation with the flick of a wand. From the simple to the grandiose, here are the top ten coolest spells in the Potterverse.

 

10. Muffliato 

 

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Muffliato is a charm that is one of the most useful spells Harry learns. Created by Severus Snape, aka the Half-Blood Prince, muffliato. Its effect makes a buzzing sound in other people’s ears, making them unable to hear nearby conversations. Whenever Harry, Ron, or Hermione need to have a private conversation, they simple cast this spell, enabling them to speak freely even in public, crowded settings. This spell would be great in the real world: just imagine chattering away about whatever you want and no one takes notice!

 

9. Fiendfyre 

 

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One of the most dangerous and downright destructive spells in the Potterverse, fiendfyre manifests as a huge maelstrom of cursed fire that transforms into living spirits, seeking out their target while consuming everything in their path. The spell is incredibly difficult to control and anyone who uses it without proper knowledge of the Dark Arts is taking their life into their hands. This is seen in the final book where Vincent Crabbe uses it, resulting in the fiendfyre going wild, resulting in his own death and destruction of the Room of Requirement. Luckily, it has an added bonus: fiendfyre is strong enough to destroy a Horcrux, which is does as it consumes Slytherin’s locket as it pursues the trio.

 

8. Accio

 

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Accio is one of the most practical and useful spells in the Potterverse, a summoning charm that, well, summons objects to the caster. This might not sound flashy but its worth is proved again and again throughout the books? Any object you need that its a nearby vicinity you can summon right to you, from broomsticks to wands to living animals. Harry uses it multiple times, summoning his Firebolt during the Triwizard Tournament, getting his wand back when he’s disarmed, or even stealing objects. Imagine its usefulness in real life: ‘Accio Remote!‘ or Accio Pizza!‘ It’d be fantastic.

 

7. Morsmodre

 

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Another simple spell, this one has a much darker purpose. Morsmodre conjures the image of Voldemort and his Death Eaters, the Dark Mark, into existence. The Dark Mark consists of a green skull with a snake slithering out of its mouth and is left at locations where Voldemort either committed murders or foreboding that chaos would soon come. While not doing anything explicit, the terror it conjures is put to good use and those who remember Voldemort’s original reign of terror recall the Dark Mark conjured from place to place, this spell leaving a terrifying memory on those who see its visage.

 

6. Sectumsempra

 

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A brutal spell, this is another derived from Severus Snape’s personal book. It acts as a severing curse, slashing the opponent as if by an invisible strike by the same movement of the wand. Essentially, slashing through the air with the spell and you’ll wound your enemy by a strike that cannot be seen. The cuts inflicted by the curse are extremely deep and anything severed is cut off permanently (ouch). The brutal effect of the spell is best seen when Harry wounds Malfoy badly with it, to his own shock and horror. Definitely not one for widespread use but the idea behind it is rather cool nonetheless.

 

5. Apparition 

 

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Traveling is a snap with this spell. Essentially teleportation, all the user is required to do is have a wand and have a clear visual of where they want to go. Once done, the user will disappear from their current location and poof into existence at their intended destination. Mastery of this spell is tricky, however, and the further one attempts to Apparate to, the risk of mutilation or even death increases. A botched Apparition isn’t pretty, so only experienced wizards should attempt to travel vast distances. However, despite these risks, Apparition is fantastic and allows one to poof from place to place very easily, making walking, cars, and airplanes a thing of the past.

 

4. Riddikulus

 

A handy spell for going up against boggarts, riddikulus enables the user to change the boggart from one of their worst fears into something far less threatening, enabling them to overcome the creature in question. For example: when faced with a boggart, Neville’s boggart changed into Severus Snape, whom Neville was terrified of. But through the use of this spell, the boggart was turned into Snape wearing Neville’s grandmother’s clothes, provoking laughter rather than fear and robbing the boggart of its power. A cool spell indeed!

 

3. Expelliarmus 

 

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This one is mocked frequently for how much Harry uses it during wizard duels but there’s no denying its useful. Expelliarmus is a practical spell that allows the user to disarm their enemy of whatever object they are holding, which often translates into a wand. Many duels have been resolved by simple blasting a wizard or witch’s wand out of their hands, robbing them of their weapon for magic. The spell is of course considered Harry’s signature one, to the extent the Death Eaters considered it synonymous with him at the end of the series.

 

2. Obliviate 

 

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A spell used to erase or modify the memory of another, obliviate destroy a victim’s memories, giving them amnesia or even erasing their recollection of their lives entirely. Gilderoy Lockhart accidentally uses it on himself when attempting to blast Harry with it, erasing a chunk of his own memories in the wand’s accidental backfire. More darkly, Hermione uses it on her own parents in order to protect them before she runs away, making it so they don’t remember having her at all. Its certainly not a spell to be used lightly, enabling the user to modify another’s mind against their will.

 

1. Expecto Patronum

 

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You knew this one was coming. Expecto Patronum is the coolest spell in the Potterverse, the only known defense against Dementors. A difficult spell to master, Expecto Patronum calls on the user’s happiest memories to ward off Dementors, manifesting as a magical animal that chases the creatures off in force. Multiple users throughout the series use this curse to fight off the dark forces of Dementors, with Harry teaching Dumbledore’s Army the spell to prepare them for battle. Each user’s patronus manifests as a different kind of animal, with Harry’s own appearing as a stag, Snape’s appearing as a doe, and Dumbledore’s appearing as a phoenix. Its the most awesome spell in the Potterverse and we wish we could have our own!

What are your favorite Potter spells? Let us know in the comments!

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