The Room of Requirement Coming to Cardiff’s Historic Arcades

Calling all Cardiffian Potterheads – Magic is coming to town! In the coming months, should you find yourself traipsing through the Castle Arcade, concentrating on something you require in particular, you might just be lucky enough to stumble upon the arcade’s newest addition. Relocating from Hogwarts’ seventh floor is the ‘Come and Go Room’ – and if you’re not a Hogwarts house-elf – better known as the ‘Room of Requirement’.

In the past, the room has served to fulfil many witches and wizards’ greatest needs. Dumbledore once stumbled upon the room with an especially full bladder, to find it full of chamber pots. Whilst it transformed into a broom cupboard for the mischievous Fred and George to hide from Filch. Lest not forget, the room fulfilled the requirements of Dumbledore’s Army, serving as their headquarters and practice area. For you, the room will transform into a shop, stocking everything Harry Potter (basically essentials for every doting fan).

 

When the shop will be open for business remains a mystery (for updates you will need to keep an eye on the store’s Facebook Page). However, what we do know, after having a peak into the unit awaiting the room’s occupancy, is that the shop features a beautiful staircase – featuring its very own cupboard under the stairs – it’s as if it was destined to be.

Unfortunately, whether or not this spectacular store will be able to use the original name idea is still up for speculation. It seems that there is a possibility that it infringes copyright, and Warner Bros may not approve of the use of the name. The owners are still hopeful, however, and have taken to their Facebook page in high spirits to ask their ‘future customers’ for their ideas – we personally like the suggestion of ‘The Wizard’s Cwtch’.

Either way, we hope that the shop will be ready to fulfil the requirements of all our wizarding friends this Christmas. We can only wish that this is the beginning of Cardiff’s very own Diagon Alley.

 

Google’s ‘Talk to Books’ Search Engine Brings You Answers from over 100,000 Books

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A quick Google search can bring you answers in a matter of moments. Need the recipe for a Shepard’s Pie? No problem. Want to know where the cheapest hotels are in Italy? Here’s a list. The internet has brought endless knowledge to our fingertips, and now a new search engine has been created which can help answer questions that don’t have a definitive answer.

During a TED talk yesterday. author and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil introduced a new search engine called ‘Talk to Books‘, a tool which scans over 100,000 volumes in Google Books and brings users insightful and interesting answers from relevant titles. Read More

8 Brutally Honest Children’s Book Titles

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After the success of our Brutally Honest Book Titles blog we decided to play around with children’s titles as well. Kids can be brutally honest themselves so it is almost poetic to shine that honest light on to their classic stories.

The eight titles below have had their titles removed and had a bit of harsh reality in its place. If you have any more ideas for brutally honest book titles- do let us know!

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Shocking children’s book titles you will not believe are real!

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Funny book titles have been a source of amusement for a long while now but we never tire of them. Thankfully these children’s book titles are not real- they’ve been faked entirely for the purpose of making us laugh with their edgy hilarity.

From drug taking to sexuality- nothing is off limits with these altered Ladybird book titles. The combination of obscenity and cutesy, retro drawings we know and love make for a very funny and entertaining read.

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New game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out this month!

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Hogwarts is ready to accept you as a student- are you ready for the magic?

The sharpest minds among you may remember us reporting on the new Harry Potter game out on iOS this year. All we had to go on was a teaser trailer and a lot of hope that it will blow our minds, and developer Jam City have done their best not to disappoint. Many Potterheads will be pleased to know that some of their favourite Hogwarts actors will be providing voices, giving us a real sense of authenticity.

Check out the new trailer below…

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Exclusive Beatrix Potter Treasures Out Now

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Beatrix Potter, English writer and illustrator, has been popular for over a century and her anthropomorphic characters are still family favourites. The Royal Mint and The Westminster Collection have been creating and selling wonderful limited edition coins featuring the more popular characters, but now they’ve decided to produce something a little different.

Peter Rabbit will now be featured on a limited edition silver-plated ingot, complete with a passage from the original book. Each piece is produced to a high standard, and is a beautiful recreation of the children’s book cover.

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