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.

 

Literary art ‘Books’ by Elizabeth Sagan are angelic and inspiring!

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‘Books’ by Elizabeth Sagan is a series of literary photography art run by the founder of My Book Features’ on Instagram.

Surrounded by books carefully positioned to create magical, inspiring, and beautiful scenes, Elizabeth’s ‘Books’ is a wonderful Insta feed to scroll through. Check out some of our favourites below- and find more at her main Instagram page- Elizabeth Sagan.

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Mr Kipling’s Exceedingly Good Roald Dahl cakes

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Roald Dahl is well-known for his vivid descriptions of eating and food, both enticing and repellant, anyone who has read his books can agree. My favourite-James and the Giant Peach- sees Dahl’s fondness for food woven through the whole story- he even dedicates a whole poem to Centipede’s love for food. Any time he mentions food it is never just ‘eaten’- it is munched, crunched, slurped, gobbled up, gulped down, wolfed, crammed, and stuffed. It’s slimy, stinky, creamy, jellied or roasted, crunchy and scrumptious.

It should come as no surprise that the people at Roald Dahl’s literary estate have teamed up with another British national treasure like Mr Kipling to bring us something extra special this Summer. Mr Kipling has been a part of British culture since 1967; a promise to be baker-quality produce, and their slogan “Exceedingly good cakes” helped make the company a household name by 1976. They first joined forces with the Dahl Estate last year but this time round they are rolling out the produce for every supermarket- and wholesale.

Spread the scrumptious love!

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Literary Tweets in the style of POTUS 45

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Tweets from our favourite literary characters would be great fun… But how could we make it even funnier?

Take a handful of literary characters, mix with some light-hearted ribbing about the Tweeting style of the 45th president of the United States of America and the result is this…

A fabulous blog of fake, obnoxious, and hilarious literary Tweets.

We could’ve made so many of these but for now we have just these ten Tweets to tickle your funny bone.

Let us know if you have any more ideas on Facebook or Twitter!

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When ‘spell it how it sounds’ goes terribly wrong…

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Sometimes advice is well-intentioned but doesn’t work in all instances- like the ‘I before E’ rule, for example, or ‘spell it how it sounds’. Clearly people can get confused, and despite trying their hardest they occasionally come out looking like a fool.

We have all been there, right? When we are unable to remember how to spell a word and have to take a massive guess… Sometimes it works out- often it does not.

Here are 10 examples of when “Just spell it how it sounds” is actually terrible advice.

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US Teen Donates over 25,000 Books to Children Across Cleveland, Ohio

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Over the last three years, Julia Foos has been collecting thousands of books which she then donates to children in need across Greater Cleveland. At the age of fourteen, Foos decided to take action when she read an article regarding the lack of access many children across Cleveland have to books.

As News 5 Cleveland reports, Cleveland has one of the lowest literary rates in the country and studies have shown that 61 percent of low-income children do not have any books at home. Foos has taken over her parent’s basement and now collects books which are then sent to such children. Read More

Wrong Hands: The Lazy Person’s Guide to Classic Novels

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John Atkinson of Wrong Hands comic illustrations has come up with another funny look at classic novels. His ‘Classic Novel Spoilers’ was previously featured on For Reading Addicts, and proved so popular he has another hilarious collection of literary-inspired drawings.

From Lord of the Flies to Moby Dick, 1984 to Wuthering Heights, Wrong Hands explains each book in succinct and humorous fashion!

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