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  • Jen Harper 2:30 pm on 2016/07/29 Permalink
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    Extend the Magic: Gift Ideas for Harry Potter Fans 

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    It’s finally here! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II arrives this weekend, and Barnes & Noble is throwing a huge party to celebrate the wonder of the wizarding world! We’re inviting readers everywhere to join us for a series of events and activities leading up to the midnight release of the new book, and continuing throughout the next day. All Muggles, witches, and wizards are welcome—so grab your wand, wear your house colors, and head to your local B&N store for games, giveaways, trivia, and more!

    And if you’re looking to extend the magic, check out our list of gift ideas sure to cast a spell on every Potter fan in your life.

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II, by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
    This one is a given. The tale of the Boy Who Lived continues in this eighth original Harry Potter story—the first to be presented as a stage play, premiering in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. Set 19 years after the conclusion of the final book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the new story finds Harry now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three children. And his youngest son, Albus, is struggling with the weight of his family’s legacy, as both father and son are forced to face some unfortunate dark truths in this highly anticipated release.

    Harry Potter: The Character Vault, by Jody Revenson
    The ultimate Harry Potter fan should have the ultimate encyclopedia focused on the characters’ transition from books to film. The Character Vault offers just that, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at how Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the key players were developed from J.K. Rowling’s stories and brought to life theatrically. The book includes a profile on each character with design sketches and photographs of their costumes, wands, and other iconic props. Interviews with special effects experts, costume designers, makeup artists, and the cast round out the compendium.

    Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond, by Jody Revenson
    Feel like you know places like Hogwarts and Diagon Alley as well as your own neighborhood? You’ll become a true local with this volume about all of the memorable places in Harry Potter’s world. The book takes readers through the enchanting sets and real-life scouting locations across England, Wales, and Scotland that later became the settings of Hagrid’s hut, Shell Cottage, the Hogwarts bridge, and more. With beautiful full-color photos and concept art, this book makes for a magical addition for any Harry Potter collection.

    Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault, by Jody Revenson
    A lot of talent went into making the Harry Potter movies, and not a detail was overlooked when it came to portraying this world on film—and that includes every last piece of enchanted candy, flying broom, potion bottle label, and Golden Snitch. In order to realize all of these important artifacts, a team of talented graphic artists, prop makers, and craftspeople took their tasks very seriously, paying attention to the smallest of details. The Artifact Vault memorializes their work with art and design concepts, full-color photographs, and more magical filmmaking secrets.

    Harry Potter Artefact Box
    Fans of the Harry Potter books and films will always hold the memories of these magical tales in their hearts, but it’s also nice to be able to hold some artifacts in your hands as well. With the Harry Potter Artefact Box, you can do precisely that. Harry’s box includes his Hogwarts acceptance letter, a Sirius Black wanted poster, and a Quidditch World Cup ticket, among other key items. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger[EAN link to come] have their own separately sold boxes of artifacts, which respectively include things like a Gryffindor uniform stitched crest and a Gilderoy Lockhart signed photo.

    POP Rides: Harry Hogwarts Express Engine
    Every true Harry Potter fan knows that Hogwarts students typically arrive at the school via the Hogwarts Express, which leaves from Platform 9¾ of London’s King’s Cross Station. So it makes sense that this stylized vinyl Harry Potter POP figurine would roll up in the Hogwarts Express engine. Hermione’s figurine comes with a Hogwarts Express Traincar, and Ron’s comes with the Hogwarts Express Carriage. All aboard!

    Harry Potter Illuminating Wand
    According to Mr. Ollivander, the wand chooses the wizard. But now you can have a bit of magical control by selecting one of these enchanting Harry Potter–themed wands. With the Harry Potter Illuminating Wand—made of porcelain and wood—or the all-porcelain Hermione Granger Illuminating Wand, you won’t even have to say, “Lumos maxima!” to produce light from the wand’s tip (thanks to the magic of batteries). And the Remote Control Wand allows you to control music, TVs, DVD players, and more with just a flick of the wrist. Professor Flitwick would be so proud.

  • BN Editors 7:56 pm on 2016/02/01 Permalink
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    Explore the Magic of Harry Potter 

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    Nearly a decade after the publication of the last volume of J.K. Rowling’s seven-book Harry Potter series, and long since the cast members of the film adaptations have grown into adults, Potter-mania is as rampant as ever. In November, we’ll return to the Wizarding World in theaters with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the film adaptation of a quasi-Potter prequel penned by Rowling herself. Meanwhile, work is underway in the U.K. to mount a stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which catches up with The Boy Who Lived 19 years after the defeat of Voldemort. And all the while, Harry and friends have existed most vibrantly where they truly belong: on the page, be it in the original novels, in coloring books, or in gorgeous, full-color illustrations.

    Whether you’re a wand-carrying Potterphile or a newcomer searching for your acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, we’ve got some suggestions for books and movies that will whisk you away to a world far more magical than our own…

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition
    Grab your wands and hold on to your cloaks, because Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition is absolutely stunning. Whether you’re a newcomer to the series, are introducing it to your children, or like us, are filled with jealousy at the thought of any reader who gets to experience Harry Potter for the first time, you’re in luck: these lavish, imaginative illustrations provide a way to see Harry and his world through new eyes. Artist Jim Kay has adorned nearly every page of this oversized, gift-worthy tome with magical images seemingly lifted straight from the mind of J.K. Rowling—over 100 of them!

    The Hogwarts Library, by J.K. Rowling
    The Hermiones among us will rejoice over The Hogwarts Library, a boxed set of Rowling’s supplemental works: Quidditch Through the AgesThe Tales of Beedle the Bard, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The latter, of course, shares the title with this November’s hotly anticipated, Rowling-penned film starring Eddie Redmayne and directed by David Yates, who helmed the final four entries in the Potter series. Though the story for the movie is brand new, it never hurts to brush up on the taxonomy of sharp-teethed beasties, and the in-universe textbook written by Newt Scamander is the best way to do it.

    Harry Potter: The Coloring Book #1
    Yer a wizard, Harry, a wizard of the crayon. Always had bigger aesthetic ambitions for the Sorting Hat? Ready to give Buckbeak a new look? Have you always longed to lovingly detail Dobby’s sock? Here’s the book for any diehard Potterhead. Hours of penciling in a Quidditch scene might even distract you from their failure to secure opening night tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

    Harry Potter Magical Creatures Coloring Book
    If you want to focus your coloring obsession on fur, scales, feathers, fangs,and talons, this coloring book specializes in elaborate, detailed images of the creatures that inhabit Harry’s world, from house elves, to merfolk, to, naturally, dragons—lots of ’em.

    Special Edition Potter Box Set
    To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, publisher Scholastic commissioned a set of beautiful new paperback covers designed by Kazu Kibuishi, author and illustrator of the Amulet graphic novel series. While there’s no replacing Mary GrandPré’s iconic imagery, Kibuishi’s take is fresh and fun. Even better, when the spines of all seven volumes are lined up, they create a landscape of Hogwarts. Magical, indeed!

    Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection
    Yes, we all know that the best way to envelop yourself in the world of J.K. Rowling is to read the books (and then read them again, and again, and again), but we also love seeing our favorite stories done well on film—and adaptations don’t come more lavish or beloved than the eight films taken from the Potter novels, which collectively earned more than $7 billion at the worldwide box office. You’ll adore watching Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint grow up along with their characters as you relive the wonder of the most magical film series ever made.

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