YA author pokes fun at Hogwarts’ strange methods

Author L.L. McKinney is a young adult writer and certified nerdy gamer with a deep and abiding love for science fiction and fantasy. One her passions includes the J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter, and all the olde-worlde tech and mystical shortcuts it contains.

Imagining herself as a Hogwarts student (and assigned to Gryffindor by the Sorting Hat, of course), McKinney found she may get into a spot of bother by pointing out some illogical practises the school implements. Why use parchment when a spiral notebook is far more practical? Since when is a quill better than an actual pen? Why did the students have to revert to such old fashioned techniques just because they’re at a magical school?

Although written with humour and a tongue set firmly in cheek, the author does have some excellent points…

L.L. McKinney at her book launch in 2018

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Add magic to your money with new Peter Pan themed coins

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The Westminster Collection is back with more magical coins to add to your collection!

Joining Peter Rabbit and Friends, Shakespeare, and The Gruffalo, the latest designs are from a cherished childhood story, and Disney movie. The designs have been commissioned to celebrate the 90th anniversary of when JM Barrie gave the rights to his exceptional children’s book Peter Pan to St Ormand’s St Children’s Hospital.

The six specially commissioned designs will adorn the new 50 pence coins, showing a picture and quote from Peter Pan. 

The only way to own all six designs is to purchase the collection from The Westminster Collection so get there quick before they run out!

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London Underground Map Redesigned with Literary Stops

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The London Underground map has had a temporary makeover and had all its place names replaced with literary people, book titles, and fictional places.

The idea was created by book personalisation company In The Book who have redesigned each stop with a famous literary name such as Graham Greene, Zadie Smith, or Arthur Conan Doyle. The map covers most of zones 1 and 2 with some prolific writers featuring multiple times- Charles Dickens is represented in 7 areas.

Tom Matthews, spokesperson for In The Book said:

“The map aims to give a comprehensive geographical guide to London’s diverse literary history. We’re all familiar with Charles Dickens, Martin Amis and Zadie Smith, but it’s also titles such as Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows that help colour areas of the city in their own unique way.”

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Women’s Prize Launch New Podcast

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When I’m not reading, which I grant you isn’t often, I like to listen to podcasts. If those podcasts are about my favourite subject, books, I’m sold before first hearing.

Last week Women’s Prize For Fiction announced they were launching a brand new podcast, “championing the very best writing by women from around the world”, so I grabbed my headphones, hit the subscribe button and had a listen.

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Muggles Grow Impatient for the Launch of Wizards Unite

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Since the Autumn of 2016 there has been talk about a Pokemon Go style game coming for Harry Potter fans. The initial announcement turned out to be a hopeful fan with a bit of creative flair but by November 2017, Niantic, and Warner Bros announced that there was indeed a Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go in the works, it would be called Wizards Unite and it would be coming soon.

In November 2018, a whole year on, a teaser trailer for the game was released with a promise that it was coming soon, but ~tumbleweed~ we’ve heard nothing since. Read More

Heartwarming message discovered in newly purchased book

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A chance purchase brought some much-needed positivity into one young woman’s life during a Sunday shopping trip.

27-year-old Ashley Jost from Missouri, USA, picked up the copy of Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis while on a shopping trip in Target. Ashley grabbed a copy of the self-help book after remembering a reading challenge she signed up for with her friends.

Ashley started reading as soon as she got home and didn’t discover the surprise until she was interrupted:

“My dog started barking so I got up from reading and threw the book down on the ottoman when suddenly a five dollar note fell out. I knew it wasn’t mine so I thumbed through the pages and saw a pink post-it stuck to one.”

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First look at the latest Hogwarts house themed shoes from Vans

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Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry has joined forces with the footwear giants Vans to create some colourful hi-tops and skate shoes.

JK Rowling’s incredible legacy of the Harry Potter universe has been adopted by people all over the world- many of whom have had their Hogwarts school house assigned by Pottermore

Each fan/student is assigned a house that fits their personality: Slytherin for the cunning and ambitious, Gryffindor for brave and athletic,  Hufflepuff for the loyal and humble, and Ravenclaw for the smart and creative.

Shoe company, Vans, have recently revealed the first look at their collaboration with the world of Harry Potter with each shoe design based on each Hogwarts house aesthetic.

Check out the new designs below!

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