Tagged Harry Potter

Potted Potter Is a Fun Night for Harry Potter Fans and Theatergoers Alike

It’s hard to believe the Harry Potter franchise is two decades old. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday that fans were lining up outside bookstores for a new release, trying not to spoil the next book for those of us who couldn’t read 500 pages in one sitting. Now Potter fans have a theme park, 10 movies (with three more slated for release), a play, and endless merchandise for all four Hogwarts houses to choose from. So in the...

Minneapolis Artist Kevin Cannon Is Creating a Magical Harry Potter Nursery

When your parent is an artist, your bedroom might be a little more special than average. When that parent is also a huge Harry Potter fan, it might be downright magical. With a baby on the way, Twin Cities cartoonist Kevin Cannon decided to apply his talents to the new nursery he and his wife are creating for the new member of their family. Specifically, Cannon—who, in addition to a range of books and comics, is known for his...

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Takes a Topical Look into the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts is proving to be the grown-up sibling of the Harry Potter series. Both tales feature dastardly deeds done by dark wizards with similar wizard-supremacy belief structures, but where Voldemort’s evil was simplistic, Grindelwald brings the danger of a seductive and occasionally reasonable-sounding evil. In many ways, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels topical. It’s easy to wonder why any sane person would back Grindelwald, who preaches a message of wizard superiority over those who lack magic, but...

The 8 Most Exciting Trailers out of San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Each year, we poor unfortunate souls who can’t afford the exorbitant cost of attending nerdvana, otherwise known as San Diego Comic-Con, wait anxiously for news to drop about our favorite fandoms. Those lucky few . . . thousand . . . in attendance get to enjoy the massive Hall H panels firsthand and witness the reveals of television and film trailers before anyone else. Of course, through the magic of this infinite series of tubes called the Internet, those videos...

The Pub Crawl That Must Not Be Named Celebrates Three Years of Bringing Twin Cities Harry Potter Fans Together

Maria Balogh didn’t mean to create a citywide event. In August 2015, when she made a Facebook page for a Harry Potter–themed bar crawl, it was just meant for her and her friends—only Balogh accidentally set the page to public. Within a month, almost 10,000 people in the Twin Cities had RSVPed yes. Most people probably would have been overwhelmed, but the local Potter fan, who has a background in advertising and a love of event planning, decided to...

My First Cosplay

I nervously lace up the boot on my right leg—an uncomfortable angle when you have five-inch platforms on the bottom and the bed is too short. But I get it done. Now to do the other boot. My roommate gives me an incredulous look, somewhere between understanding and “Do you know what you’ve gotten yourself into?” The other boot takes a little more time, because the angle is even more awkward than the first one, but I’m going to...

Fire Up the TARDIS for a Trip to Nerdville

Nerdville is not so much a place as it is an experience—and a familiar one, at that. The latest original show from Arts Garden in Hugo, just a 20-minute drive north of St. Paul, is the ultimate crossover between some of sci fi and fantasy’s most classic films and television shows, including Star Wars, Star Trek, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Harry Potter. The show follows The Big Bang Theory characters Penny and Sheldon,...

Music and Magic Come Together Again for Harry Potter in Concert with the Minnesota Orchestra

Fifteen years ago, Pottermania was still on the rise; the first Harry Potter movie had just been released, and we were in the interminable wait in between the fourth and fifth books. When the fifth, sixth, and seventh books came out, bookstores held midnight release parties, where people stood in line, waiting with bated breath for the countdown to end, so they could race home and start reading. But before the explosion of boxes and paper, there was the...

The Mild Magic of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The first spin-off movie of the Harry Potter franchise is here, whisking audiences away from the stuffy halls of modern-day Hogwarts and into crowded streets of 1920s New York City. Though establishing an entirely new realm in the wizarding universe, all the familiar elements are here: Wizards still hide their magic in shadows, using a secret organization to keep their kind in check. Elves can be spotted in wizard sanctuaries, either polishing wands or serving drinks. Wands still have...

Enter to Win a Magical Fantastic Beasts Prize Pack!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters tomorrow! Some of you reading this may have already gotten a chance to see it thanks to last week’s Wizarding Wednesdays giveaway, and we’re sure a lot more of you will be heading to the theaters this weekend. Well, today we’re giving you the chance to win some magical merchandise related to the film! We have a special prize pack featuring: Tote bag Pencil case Hat T-shirt iPhone skin Newt...
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