Top 11 Harry Potter Gifts of 2014

The top 11 Harry Potter gifts of 2014,  updated with some Christmas cheer! 

1. Harry Potter Artefacts Box

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Manufactured by the Noble collection and officially authorised by Warner Bros, this set includes: HOGWARTS Acceptance Letter, Sirius Black Wanted Poster, QUIDDITCH World Cup Ticket, Lily Potter Letter to SIRIUS, HOGWARTS Express Luggage Tag, Order of the Phoenix Lenticular Photo adn DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY Signature List.

2. Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Replica

Hogwarts castle replica

The Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Replica is the most amazing Harry Potter gift manufactured in recent times. It includes a wooden base that measures 11 x 12 inches in width and 2.5 inches in height. The castle, which is made of cold cast porcelain, measures 12-inches in height from wooden base to top of castle. Weighs approximately 16 pounds.

3. Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey
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Developed in collaboration with the creative team behind the celebrated movie series, this deluxe, 500-plus page compendium features exclusive stories from the cast and crew, hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and concept illustrations sourced from the closed film sets, and rare memorabilia. As the definitive look at the magic that made cinematic history, Page to Screen is the ultimate collectible, perfect for Muggles everywhere.

 4. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory

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With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie. With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories.

5. Dumbledore’s Wand with Ollivanders Box
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Noble Collection have manufactured some exquisite Harry Potter merchandise and Dumbledore’s Wand is no exception! A truly marvelous piece, remember this wand plays an important role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

 

6. Exclusive Harry Potter Hogwarts Letter
Personalized Hogwarts Acceptance Letter Chromaluxe Panel from Warner Bros.

A Warner Bros shop exclusive, this personalized Hogwarts acceptance letter panel is a fantastic gift for any Harry Potter fan. This letter is a replica of the one sent to all incoming Hogwarts students, printed with your very own name.

7. LEGO Harry Potter Freeing Dobby
Lego Freeing DobbyWith the help of Harry Potter, free Dobby from his master Lucius Malfoy/Trick Lucius Malfoy into freeing Dobby, the house elf! Then use Dobby to protect Harry Potter and send Lucius flying down the hall with a magic blast as he tries to get revenge in this Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets scene.

8. The Marauders Map by Noble Collection
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A detailed full size Marauder’s Map replica printed on parchment paper. Measures 15.5 x 72 inches open, folds to 15.5 x 8.25 inches. Not for children under 3 yrs.

9. Harry Potter Dementors Crystal Ball

. Harry Potter Dementors Crystal Ball from Warner Bros.

10. Deathly Hallows: Xenophilius Lovegood Necklace

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Xenophilius Lovegood Necklace from Warner Bros.

This finely crafted die cast metal Xenophilius Lovegood necklace features a Deathly Hallows symbol pendant with a rotating centre.


11. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 videogame
Lego Harry Potter videogame 5 to 7

The game is built on the events from the movie series ranging from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Features include: 24 story events, and 16 lessons, new charms, spells and dueling skills, new characters and drop-in/drop-out co-op support.

 

Some of the ideas for items were originally posted on HarryPotterFan.Me/Gifts

J.K. Rowling Finally Gives Harry Potter Fans What They Want

Rowling finds herself ‘unnerved’ at those who romanticize Draco Malfoy

“Draco was raised in an atmosphere of regret that the Dark Lord has not succeeded in taking command of the wizarding community,” Rowling writes, revealing that before meeting Harry on the Hogwarts Express, Draco, his family and other ex-Death Eaters thought Harry could be “another, and better, Voldemort.” Draco’s hatred for Harry was spurred on by the realization that the one who lived was nothing like Voldermort, and due to Potter’s budding friendship with Ron Weasley. And the rest, as Potter superfans know, is history.

READ MORE J.K. Rowling Debunks Severus Snape Rumor

But what happened next? Draco married Astoria Greengass (Rowling revealed this to TIME in 2007 when she was named to the TIME 100), who may have helped shape the bitter Slytherin into a better man. “As Astoria refused to raise their grandson Scorpius in the belief that Muggles were scum, family gatherings were fraught with tension,” Rowling writes.

The story is followed up with a few paragraphs of Rowling’s thoughts on the character, which makes for the funniest bit of all. While she reveals she does pity him (“just as I feel sorry for Dudley”), she is not a fan of those who came to fancy him.

“I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character (although I do not discount the appeal of Tom Felton, who plays Draco brilliantly in the films and, ironically, is about the nicest person you will ever meet,” Rowling writes. “Draco has all the dark glamour of the anti-hero; girls are very apt to romanticise such people. All of this left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams, as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering.”

She backtracks a bit, explaining there is “some unextinguished good at the heart of Draco,” which, of course, fans knew all along. There are still two more days of Rowling’s promised Christmas Pottermore content. Could we get a taste of Harry’s future tomorrow? If only Professor Trewlaney were around to tell us.

J.K. Rowling Refutes Severus Snape Rumor

The author also reveals what was in some of her earliest Harry Potter notes.

Want challenging Harry Potter trivia?

What does the Owl grade ‘P’ stand for?

Who put the poision in the oak-matured mead that almost killed Ron?

After performing the spell to create light with one’s wand, what incantation is used to extinguish the light?

Did these questions get your adrenaline rushing? Surely at least one of them did. These aren’t your run of the mill Harry Potter trivia questions, they have a central element of challenge in them. Even if you have read your Harry Potter books multiple times, you’ll have to really jog your memory to answer such trivia.

Where can you find such trivia questions? Of course, the internet is littered with many many quizzes of our favourite series. However, I took these questions not off the net but from a slick looking mobile app, It’s called Harry Potter Book Trivia and it’s available to Android users on the Google Play Store.

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Some interesting functionality of the app includes the ability to choose one or multiple Harry Potter books to select your questions from. You also get to choose from four levels of difficulty, as seen in the screenshot below:

Harry Potter book trivia

A really good aspect of this app is to be able to compete in global rankings. If you’re doing well in this trivia you’ll be able to see your rank go up against different players from around the world.

player ranking harry potter trivia

All in all this is a decent app to challenge your Harry Potter knowledge on, and well worth the Dollar to spend on.

PS: Clicking on “update trivia list” downloads newer trivia questions to the app. Nice innit?

Get the Harry Potter Book Trivia on Play Store

A new ‘Harry Potter’ story will unfold on Halloween

  • Rowling will upload short story to Harry Potter website on October 31  
  • Will focus on the wizard’s arch-enemy Dolores Umbridge in fifth book 
  • Earlier this year a story was published describing Harry as an adult 
  • Writer has ruled out releasing another Harry Potter novel in near future 

It’s no Halloween trick: There’s more witchcraft and wizardry in store for “Harry Potter” fans, who can expect a new tale from author J.K. Rowling on Oct. 31.

In an announcement posted to Pottermore.com, Rowling reveals that she has penned a new 1,700-word story that will offer “revealing first-person” thoughts about former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge.

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A spokesman for the author later confirmed it would be ‘filled with many new details’, as well as Miss Rowling’s ‘revealing first-person thoughts and reflections’ of Professor Umbridge, first introduced to readers in her fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

The news comes after Miss Rowling, 49, published a tale on Pottermore earlier this year featuring a grown-up Harry watching a Quidditch match.

Short stories are not the only Potter-related pet projects that Miss Rowling has been working on, however.

It emerged this month that the wealthy author has submitted plans to build a cottage similar to Hogwarts caretaker Hagrid’s hut at her estate in Perthshire.

Earlier this year the author revealed she would be writing the screenplays for ‘at least’ a trilogy of Harry Potter spin-off films.

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The writer has not ruled out ever writing another Harry Potter book but revealed she had no plans to do so in the near future. The fictional wizard was portrayed in a film franchise by Daniel Radcliffe (pictured)
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The short story is expected to offer more detail into the character of Dolores Umbridge (centre) played by Imelda Staunton

Based on her 2011 book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the films are thought to be planned for release in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

But while fans speculate about the release of another Harry Potter novel, a statement on the writer’s website revealed no such plans were in the works.

‘I have always refused to say “never” to this question, because I think it would be foolish to rule out something I might want to do in a few years’ time.

‘However, I have no immediate plans to write another Harry Potter novel, and I do think that I have rounded off Harry’s story in the seven published books.’

J.K. Rowling Drops Harry Potter Hints to Send Twitter Crazy

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling had fans speculating feverishly over the last 24 hours after a series of cryptic tweets sent to her 3.74 million followers.

jk rowlingThe usually active British author has been tweeting less in recent weeks, and now we know why. Rowling told her fans that she was busy working on a novel and “tweaking a screenplay” without giving anything away as to the titles of the projects she’s working on — although it is a safe bet that the screenplay is Potter spin-off Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. She has also been involved in charity work with Lumos, an organization she founded to combat the harm caused by orphanages and similar institutions for children.

Read more J.K. Rowling Pens Letter as Dumbledore to Teen Shooting Victim

Rowling then followed her update tweet with a cryptic message: “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” Re-tweeted over 4,000 times, the riddle or anagram had Rowling fans and Potter-geeks around the world debating what it all could mean, with the most optimistic fans hoping it was yet another hint that there will be further Harry Potter stories.

Check out Rowling’s tweets below and see if you can decipher what they mean.

New York Scientists Unveil ‘Invisibility Cloak’ to Rival Harry Potter’s

Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, scientists at the University of Rochester have recently developed a simple and inexpensive lens device that hides objects from view.

multidirectional `perfect paraxial' cloak

There have been many complex approaches to cloaking all with the basic goal of taking light and have it pass around something as if it isn’t there.

“Many cloaking designs work fine when you look at an object straight on, but if you move your viewpoint even a little, the object becomes visible,” explained John Howell, a professor of physics at the University of Rochester.

Previous cloaking devices can also cause the background to shift drastically, making it obvious that the cloaking device is present. But, Howell and graduate student Joseph Choi developed a combination of four standard lenses that keeps the object hidden as the viewer moves up to several degrees away from the optimal viewing position.

“This is the first device that we know of that can do three-dimensional, continuously multidirectional cloaking,” said Choi, a PhD student at Rochester’s Institute of Optics.

cloaking-by-Joseph-Choi-Adam_FensterThe Rochester Cloak can be scaled up as large as the size of the lenses, allowing fairly large objects to be cloaked. And, unlike some other devices, it’s broadband so it works for the whole visible spectrum of light, rather than only for specific frequencies.

While their device is not quite like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, Howell had some thoughts about potential applications, including using cloaking to effectively let a surgeon “look through his hands to what he is actually operating on,” he said. The same principles could be applied to a truck to allow drivers to see through blind spots on their vehicles.

Howell became interested in creating simple cloaking devices with off-the-shelf materials while working on a holiday project with his children.

For instructions on how to build your own Rochester Cloak, and a link to their paper submitted to the journal Optics Express, visit U. of Rochester News Center.

Mexican’s ‘Harry Potter’ Collection Is World’s Biggest

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas’s 3,097-piece haul of Rowling-themed goods wins him place in Guinness book.

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A Mexico City man is in Hogwarts heaven after his collection of “Harry Potter” paraphernalia was named the world’s largest.

Menahem Asher Silva Vargas has spent nearly 15 years hoarding memorabilia related to British author J.K. Rowling’s young-adult wizard-fantasy series, which spawned eight blockbuster films.

His collection fills two rooms and counts everything from magic wands and toy figurines to Gryffindor scarves and replica Quidditch brooms.

Guinness World Records officially recognised it Monday as the world No 1, at 3,097 pieces. The old mark was 807.

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Silva Vargas said he began collecting without any intent to amass a huge collection. But soon it was like being under a spell.

He laughingly called his obsession both a blessing and a curse: “My salary, my bonuses … it all ended up here.”

What Harry Potter stuff do you own? Check out some interesting things you might love to get your hands on.

J.K. Rowling Sends Letter From Dumbledore To 15-Year-Old Who Lost Her Family

While many others may still be waiting patiently for their admittance letters to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, one teen in Texas has already received her owl.

Cassidy Stay, the 15-year-old survivor of a mass shooting in Houston that killed her her parents and siblings, received a handwritten letter from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

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Rowling’s team has remained tight-lipped about the contents of letter, which was reportedly written from the perspective of her character Professor Albus Dumbledore.

“We can confirm that J.K. Rowling was in touch with Cassidy Stay, however, the contents of the letter remain private,” an unidentified spokesman for the author told The Telegraph.

The personal letter comes after Stay quoted the fictional Hogwarts headmaster during a recent memorial event for her family.

“In ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban,’ Dumbledore says: ‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light,” Stay said during the memorial (skip to 1:24 in the video below).

Thanks to an Internet campaign, Rowling heard the news that Stay relayed Dumbledore’s message of hope and sent the teen a handwritten note. Creators of a Facebook page that aimed to get the two to meet confirmed that Stay also received a few other special items, including a wand and an acceptance letter to Hogwarts.

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Stay lost her parents and four siblings last month, when they were reportedly tied up and shot at the family home by her aunt’s former husband. Police say she saved the lives of several others when, after the shooting, she called 911 to report the man was on his way to a home where other family members lived.

In the aftermath, she received an outpouring of support from across the country, including more than $300,000 in donations to a fund in her family’s name.

Harry Potter Monopoly Game?

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harry potterr board game

This custom-made set, by Etsy seller CustomLumos, caught our eye recently. “Wizard’s Monopoly” comes in a lovely wooden trunk, with a board made up of locations from throughout the wizarding world. It’s a beautiful presentation, though the $1000 asking price is ridiculous, even if you take into account the necessary legal fees the creator will need when the combined forces of J.K. Rowling and Parker Brothers come down on them (you can buy PDFs of the board and wizard-branded play money to print at home for much less exorbitant amounts).

And because it’s Etsy, the listed materials also of course include “charms, spells, and some Dark Magic.” So if you end up bashing your friend over the head with the trunk when he grabs 12 Grimmauld Place out from under you, you can always blame evil wizards for your murderous impulses.