This day, July 8th, saw the original publication of two Harry Potter novels: The Prisoner of Azkabanin 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 Stoneand 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!
Starved for more Harry Pottercontent? 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 HarryPotter 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!
The Harry Potteruniverse 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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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!
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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.
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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!
Voldemort has a face only a mother could love, especially if your mother is a snake or at least that’s what some Harry Potter theorists are saying. That’s right, they’re theorizing that Voldemort’s mother is a snake! Not just any snake, the theory is that Voldemort’s mother is Nagini, the Maledictus with a blood curse that transforms her into a vicious reptile in the upcoming Fantastic Beast movie.
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It’s a bit bizarre but hear me out. Based on this Reddit post, they speculate that Fantastic Beastwill tie into the birth of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. They point out a few crucial details:
A poster seen in the first Fantastic Beasts movie speaks of a circus called the Circus Arcanus from New York to Europe on December 13,1926.
And guess whose born in December of the same year? You got it! Merope Gaunt (Tom Riddle) or as we know him Voldemort, who was born on December 31st, 1926. The theorist throw a spotlight on a particular passage from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
I remember she said to me ‘I hope he looks like his papa’ and I won’t lie she was right to hope it, because she was no beauty – and then she told me had was to be named Tom, for his father, and Marvolo, for her father – yes I know, funny name, isn’t it? We wondered where she came from a circus.
It would be no wonder why she’d hope he look like his father. Though the Nagini that we have previewed from the trailer looks beautiful with her dark hair, flawless skin and capturing eyes. The blood curse turns the victim into a gruesome beast. We can only predict that at that point of her life, she would have look like a scaly reptilian humanoid beast who was on her way to looking completely like a snake. Not exactly something you’d want your baby to exactly resemble.
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It is known that Voldemort ended up in an orphanage, so where did his mom go? The Reddit user believes that in order to save her son from herself, she gave him up, faked her own death and ran away. It wouldn’t be so hard to believe that Voldemort is a descendant from Nagini, he is after all the descendant of Salazar Slytherin. Salazar Slytherin not only would pass along his love for snakes but also his ability to speak with them.
Their relationship would make sense, he cared so deeply for Nagini as she did for him. Nagini offered her poison to him as a mother would her milk to the small baby like form of Voldemort, in order to keep him alive. We know that only females gain the curse, however, when Voldemort removed parts of his soul, he begins to resemble a snake. The very thing his mother would look like if she really is Nagini.
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Some disagree with the theory, stating that there are flaws. Nagini has Asian background, and some people believe that from what we know of Voldemort’s past, that he couldn’t be half Asian. However, you never know. Sometimes, children take after one parent than the other and the mother did wish that her son would resemble the father more. Maybe she got her wish.
Understandably, there is still skepticism about the whole theory of Nagini and Voldemort being mother and son but it’s a fun and interesting theory. I’m excited to see what the upcoming Fantastic Beast movie has to reveal when it’s released on November 16th, 2018.