Handmaids Hit London to Mark Series Finale

The brand new adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid’s Tale has been spectacular viewing, and to mark the season finale in the UK, handmaids have been spotted on London’s streets this week (28th July).

Six handmaids walked through the centre of London on Friday, clad in the trademark handmaid’s red cloak and white bonnet, and they caused quite the stir. The stunt, organised by Vintage, the novel’s UK publisher came two days before the season finale aired on Channel 4 last Sunday at 10pm, bringing an end to what has been a dramatic adaptation.

The speculative fiction novel was first released in 1985 but shot to the top of the bestsellers list upon the election of Donald Trump as US President. Hulu capitalised on this, adapting the novel for a dramatic series starring Elisabeth Moss, and sales of the book are up over 900% this year thanks to it with the book remaining at the top of the bestsellers list even now.

The novel has never really fallen from popularity since its release with Atwood herself insisting it’s genred as speculative rather than fantasy fiction. For years it’s been a staple of curriculum text in the UK, studied by both GCSE and A Level students.

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Check Out This Harry Potter Monopoly Board!

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Jenna, a blogger for Bored Panda and now the creator of Harry Potter Monopoly, is probably one of the best friends a person can have.

When her Potterhead friend lamented about the lack of Harry Potter Monopoly Board, Jenna decided to take it upon herself to create one. In addiction to a brilliant, creative mind the project took over 80 hours of work. In her blog Jenna takes us through each step of the process from creating the board layout to spray painting Disney pieces for the hotels and houses.  Since she wanted an authentic Potter look, she used Knuts, Sickles, and Galleons instead of Monopoly money. Inspired! It is such a wonderful idea, and would prove to be so popular due to Pottermania that Monopoly would be mad not to jump on board!

Check out the fantastic gift below, and visit Jenna’s blog to see how she did it!

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BBC Documentary to Air on the History of Magic to Mark Potter Anniversary

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A BBC documentary on the History of Magic from the world of Harry Potter is to air on BBC 2. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will show as part of an Arts series that takes a look at the lives of artists and their inspiration.

The series will follow the 20th anniversary exhibition at the British Library starting in late October where the public will be able to access ancient texts, artefacts and artwork. The documentary will unveil all things magical, the history and myths that inspired the Potterverse, magical objects and the folklore at the heart of the Harry Potter series. Read More

Australian Kids Impress With Their 2017 Book Week Costumes

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The best thing about Book Week and World Book Day is the creativity and passion that goes into the costumes. This month it was Australia’s turn to don their costumes and show off their favourite books. From Frida Kahlo to Mary Poppins, the range of stunning costumes is so impressive- the rest of the Book Week participants have a lot to live up to!

Take a peek at some of our favourite costumes we have found while scouring the ‘net…

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Fake Book Titles #2

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When we asked you for the best pun-ish fake book titles you could think of you gave us so many to work with. Our first Fake Book Titles blog was well received, and it is time for another.

Let us know if you see your idea in here, and if you have any more for us! As long as you have the ideas- we will keep making them.

Here are 9 of our favourite, and your funniest Fake Book Titles…

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UK Department Store Stocking for a Harry Potter Christmas

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British budget department store Primark is about to make all your dreams come true with a range of Harry Potter Christmas baubles and decorations. The Christmas trees at Hogwarts are a sight to behold and most of us have a fairly strong visual image of Hagrid putting them all into place. Sadly Primark isn’t promising real live fairies, or Hagrid to deliver the tree, but you could still have a magical Christmas and without breaking the bank too! Read More

New Harry Potter Themed Restaurant Bar to Open in Exeter, UK!

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As you walk along the cobbled streets of Exeter, your stomach growling hungrily, you turn into Gandy Street. The weather has cleared at last but the walkway is still shining with rain. Window displays of gift shops and jewellers sparkle with their array of treasures, tempting you… But you wander past…

This is the heart of the independent shop of Exeter, its vibe is exciting, exuberant, and almost…magical.

You can hear the laughter of staff and patrons of a nearby restaurant, and the sumptuous smells wafting out of the doors of The Cauldron Inn are calling you…

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