Tagged Harry Potter

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...

Reliving the Magic: The Joy of Reading Harry Potter to My Daughter

I’ll confess: we’re a Santa household. There’s a special time in life when magic is more possible than at other ages, and since our daughter is right in that period, my husband and I are perfectly happy to help the magic exist. That is why, speaking of magic, “Santa” brought her the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone last year. Confession number two: I was the one who slipped the book into Santa’s sack. One of...

Win Tickets to See Your Favorite Harry Potter Movie in IMAX!

To get ready for the November release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, all eight Harry Potter movies are heading back to theaters in IMAX—the first time for Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets—and here in Minnesota you can see them at the IMAX Theatre at the Minnesota Zoo. Tickets are on sale now, but we’re giving away the chance for you and a friend to attend one of the showings for free! To enter, all you...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Feels More Like Fanfiction Than Canon

Harry Potter is my gateway fandom. It’s the first fandom that snowballed me into distinguishing myself as a geek. My dad would read the stories to me before I went to bed, and when he passed away from cancer, those books were a link to his memory and how much he meant to me. I mention my story first because it tells you how much this series has impacted my life. When I read online that the Harry Potter...

What J. K. Rowling’s North American Content Gets Wrong

Many Harry Potter fans are excited that J. K. Rowling has continued to produce new writing set in the wizarding world, and Pottermore is the online platform through which she can introduce fans to new stories, characters, and histories. At the end of June, Pottermore was updated with the latest installment of the Magic in North America series, part of the author’s world history of magic. “Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” tells the story of the North American wizarding...
Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!