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The Lighthouse Cinema have just announced a Harry Potter sleepover which will feature all eight films back-to-back, with a magical Hogwarts-themed menu to feed the hungry wizards all night.

For Harry Potter fans, this may just be the greatest night of their lives. The cinema created the event as part of their Wonder Years series, which celebrates the movies we all grew up with.

Fancy dress is, of course, encouraged for this ultimate movie marathon. The first film kicks off at 2pm on July 27, and there will be a short break after each screening.

The event ends at midday on July 28, and you are welcome to bring your own blankets or cushions. The franchise remains one of the nation's favourite ever stories about growing up in a magical and exhilarating world.

A young wizard and his friends and enemies alike go on a journey of evil Dark Magic, hilarious adventures and thrilling magical experiences and we LIVED for it.

Harry, Ron and Hermione grew into powerful young men and women, and even had little kids themselves after the Great War ended. It's time to re-imagine Hogwarts and bring JK Rowling's series back to life.

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The eight movies add up to almost 24 hours so you'll have to prepare yourself for this immersive experience. The event page list the duration as 1,365 minutes (22.75 hours, to be exact).

More information about the Harry Potter sleepover can be found here or via the Facebook event page. Tickets are €45 so make sure you're committed before grabbing your wand and robe.

Hogwarts is calling you once again, will you answer the spell-binding invitation via owl or the internet?

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When it comes to dating, finding someone with similar interests to you can often be hugely important. Especially when those interests include magical worlds, fantastic creatures and beasts, and cruel deaths.

Game of Thrones fans and Harry Potter lovers are often pretty…intense…when it comes to their appreciation of the world-famous novels and franchises. It makes sense that they'd have a lot in common.

A study has taken place at the University of Oklahoma, where researchers analysed over 400 readers (male and female) and measured their exposure to various fiction genres, and the results are vital for your fantasy-fuelled love lives.

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The attitudes of the participants towards gender roles and sexual behaviour were also studied, and we are loving this form of science. 

The readers were tested on their exposure to seven different genres- classics, contemporary literary fiction, romance, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, and horror. They were also asked for their views on a series of toxic beliefs about relationships.

These beliefs included quips such as: "disagreement is destructive", "mind-reading is expected", "romantic partners cannot change", "the sexes are different" and "the expectation of sexual perfection".

The respondents were told to explain to which degree they agreed or disagreed with the alternating statements. All in the name of love.

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The study is called. 'What you read and what you believe: Genre exposure and beliefs about relationships' and was published in the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts journal.

The results found that people who had the most exposure to fantasy genres and sci-fi had the healthiest beliefs about how loving relationships should function.

We bet Dumbledore gave some decent wisdom about Tinder swiping.

Interestingly, readers who enjoyed fantasy and science fiction novels were "less likely to support the belief that disagreement is destructive". Fighting can be a healthy way to air grievances, even if it's with a wand or a sword…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fans of the fantasy genre were also less likely to hold "the belief that partners cannot change, the belief that sexes are different, and the belief that mind-reading is expected in relationships". 

Stephanie C. Stern led the research team at the University of Oklahoma, and wrote of their findings; "Individuals who scored higher for exposure to science fiction and fantasy were less likely to endorse four unrealistic relationship beliefs."

Even Jon Snow realised that having a fling with your aunt is a little too unorthodox for him, but Cersei and Jaime endorse the incest vibe.

Ron and Hermione bickered their way through the HP franchise, but made peace in the end with a big sloppy kiss after destroying a Horcrux. Seems like a good way to find love?

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All those Harry Potter fans craving more of our favourite bespectacled hero can rejoice: JK Rowling has officially announced a brand new short story series via Pottermore.

More shenanigans are expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, courtesy of a quartet of new eBooks.

The 53-year-old author is releasing four short stories in an all-new series entitled Harry Potter: A Journey Through…

The franchise takes inspiration from the British Library exhibition and its companion books, Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pottermore uploaded a post of the four eBook covers, captioning the images;

"Ever wondered where magic really came from? Introducing the Harry Potter: A Journey Through… non-fiction eBook shorts, adapted from the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic and inspired by the British Library exhibition of the same name.

"Swipe to see all four titles in the series, and head to the link in our bio to find out more (including release dates!)," it added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Four of Rowling's “non-fiction” stories are titled: Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark ArtsHarry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and HerbologyHarry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy and Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures.

According to Pottermore, “In addition to exploring the origins of magic through history and folklore, the eBook shorts will also feature notes, manuscript pages and charming sketches as previously seen in Harry Potter: A History of Magic.”

Each tale is created to teach readers a new Hogwarts lesson, while staying true to the original folklore and magic of the classic book series.

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The first of the two shorts, Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts and Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology, will be online and ready for purchase on June 27.

The rest of the eBooks are due to be published in the coming months. You can also preorder the entire quartet on Amazon.

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JK Rowling released Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone back in 1997, and it blew all of our minds with magical creatures, spells and characters which will live on forever. 

The book series and film franchise are showing no signs of losing popularity, with young and old fans alike re-watching the movies, re-reading the books and visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as often as they can.

If this isn't enough magic for you, Aldi have just released their Harry Potter range, and it's truly amazing as well as offering products which won't break the Gringotts bank.

From Harry Potter notebooks and pencil cases with Hogwarts crest designs for €2.99 each, Top Trumps cards at €3.99 each and crochet kits for just €4.99; The range has something for everyone.

Knit your very own Hogwarts house scarf or hat with Aldi's Harry Potter knit kit, including needles and yarn, for just €4.99.

Imagine strutting into school sporting one of these Hogwarts bags? We absolutely adore these designs, and can't believe how low the prices are.

Children's character shorty pyjamas are only €4.99 with four gorgeous designs are also available, as well as drinks assortments, lunch bags at €5.99 and buckle bags for €12.99 each.

Just look at those colourful duvet sets, we're in love with each one and they're only €14.99 for the single sets (including pillowcase) and €16.99 for the double version. 

The light painting wand, collector-quality replicas, are based on the original film props and are the perfect way to cast your Expecto Patronum spells. With an ultra-bright LED tip, we can't believe they're just €14.99. Choose between the Elder Wand, Hermione or Harry Potter.

Aldi's range of Official Harry Potter interiors, accessories, home-wear and games are on sale in all 137 stores nationwide from Sunday, May 19. Grab your broomstick and get down there before it sells out.

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Many of us who grew up with the entire Harry Potter franchise remember waiting in those incredibly long queues for the latest book to be released, eagerly sprinted to the cinema for the flicks and desperately trying to dodge spoilers about character plots.

We also know that once it gets rebooted, we're officially OLD. Daniel Radcliffe will always be our Harry, Emma Watson our Hermione, and Rupert Grint our ginger nut Ron. 

The actor who played the title role has now confirmed his thoughts that the hugely popular franchise will be rebooted, and we're totally in denial. Please don't do this to us.

Radcliffe spoke to IGN about playing the boy wizard in the formative film series, sharing his affirmation that "some other version" of the movies will be created in the future.

"I’m sure there will be some other version of it. I know I’m not the last Harry Potter I’m gonna see in my lifetime – we’ve already got a few more in stage play Cursed Child."

The Fantastic Beasts franchise has kept the wizarding world alive (and is allegedly getting five films), as well as Pottermore and Harry Potter World. Radcliffe didn't rule out the possibility of a Harry Potter TV spin-off.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The actor recently revealed that the spin-off would be intriguing especially if it featured the Marauders- the name given to the group of friends featuring Harry's papa James Potter, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew and Sirius Black.

The Marauders gang aren't alive before the final book or movie, the movie would presumably be a prequel. "I feel like there are other stories from that world that you could absolutely turn into a TV series, 100 percent," Daniel told TV Guide.

"A series with the older generation Marauders, that could be very cool." Amen, Daniel, Amen.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“To a certain extent with things like the play and Fantastic Beasts, I think people are still interested in talking to me about it, but nothing’s been happening in that area,” he told E! News in May of last year.

“At the moment, I’m very much enjoying playing lots of different stuff.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter he wouldn’t mind reprising his role.

“I’m never going to close that door, but I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it,” he said at the time.

Radcliffe's latest role sees him take on the part of a low-level angel in Miracle Workers who must convince God to let humans survive. 

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Calling all Harry Potter fans! 

Many of us were left dismayed when we turned 11 and didn't receive a Hogwarts letter, knowing that we would never have the experience of being sorted into a Hogwarts house. 

If this was you, luck is finally on your side, because this HP themed candle is going viral on Instagram, and for all the right reasons. 

Created by Etsy shop Muggle Library Candles, their innovative Sorting Hat candle is telling us exactly which house we are most suited to. 

The candle starts off white and as it burns, it magically (or just physically) reveals what house you belong in. 

As the soy wax melts, the candle turns red, blue, yellow or green to represent the Hogwarts houses of Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. 

According to the scent notes, the whimsical candle has a lemony scent mixed with a musky combination of sandalwood, creamy vanilla, and patchouli.

Or, as described on the label, 'excitement, fear and nervousness.' Sounds interesting. 

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As well as creating this magical candle, Muggle Library Candles creates a whole host of other HP themed wax works. 

Flavours of candle include Parseltongue, Pumpkin Juice, Free Elf and Forbidden Forest. 

We'll be stocking up in time for our next Harry Potter binge watching session. 

Nab yours here.

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It really isn't Christmas without baby Hermione, Ron and Harry gracing our telly screens.

Every year it's a rite of passage to watch the actors grow up in Hogwarts.

This Christmas, RTÉ have done us a right solid and made sure we could find all the Harry Potter movies in ONE PLACE.

Cancel messing around with DVDs, streaming sites and tv schedules – the national broadcaster has you sorted.

So here's what you need to know: 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be on Christmas Eve at 14:35 on RTÉ2.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will be showing on Christmas Day at 15:40 on RTÉ2.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will take to your screens on St Stephen’s Day at 15:25 on RTÉ2.

Sit back on St Stephen’s Day for a double bill, as Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be on at 17:50 on RTÉ2.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be shown on December 27 at 15:20 on RTÉ2

Sticking with the magic, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will also be on December 27 at 17:45 on RTÉ2. 

For the final instalments, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One and Two will be gracing our screens on December 28 at 15:45 and 18:15 on RTÉ2, respectively.

Big high five to RTÉ and if you're looking for me, I'll be enjoying this movie marathon with a ridiculous amount of food.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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As the wind howls and the clouds threaten rain at any moment – this Friday looks like a cosy night-in.

Although the weather might be a bit shocking, it isn't all bad news.

The Late Late Show has some quality guests that are about to grace its couch, including a Harry Potter legend.

All the Potterheads will know Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood, and the actress will be having a chat with Ryan this Friday evening.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The pair will be discussing how as a teenager, she was catapulted into worldwide fame when she was cast as the Hogwarts student.

And they'll also be having a natter about Evanna dancing her way into hearts of million as a finalist on the US version of Dancing With The Stars – that's our gal. 

Joining the HP legend is athletics champion Sonia O’Sullivan, along with her daughter Sophie.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody will be chatting to Ryan about life back on the road, as the band have released a new album after a seven year hiatus.

So now you have the perfect excuse to cancel on those Friday night plans.

Throw on the pjs, grab a hot water bottle and put the feet up with some quality entertainment after a long week.

 

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If you're in need of a small pressie or Secret Santa gift, you'll want to check out Dealz.

They've got a brand new Harry Potter range and it's every Potterhead's wet dream.

And don't worry if you're on a tight budget, they've got some magical gifts for incredible prices – so you don't have to dish out the free hugs come Crimbo morning.

They've got something for everyone, so add an air of magic to their morning cup of coffee with a Hogwarts Crest or Dumbledore mug.

If they're a badass b*tch, don't let them enjoy their warm beverages like a muggle, add a little dark lord into their day with a Voldemort cup. 

And if they're into writing, jotting or drawing – there's a selection of HP notebooks that will go down a charm with any witch or wizard. 

Prices start at just €3 which is an absolute steal. 

The range is hitting the shelves today – so get shopping.

 

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Rupert Grint has spoken about his net worth, and it's fair to say we're more than a bit jealous.

The former Ron Weasley was interviewed by The Radio Timesand his funds happened to come up in the conversation.

Naturally, everyone has something to say about it, seeing as his worth in 2016 was estimated to be a whopping €50 million, less than half of Daniel Radcliffe's estimated worth.

He told the publication that he tries not to pay much attention to his financial needs, but says he is "comfortable". Well for some isn't it?

Figures seem to go way over his head, based on these quotes;

"I actually don't know how much I have. I couldn't even really guess."

"It doesn't really motivate me too much. It makes you comfortable, that's the good thing about it, I think. I'm glad it's there but I'm not really that focused on it."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We'd be running around Brown Thomas spending an absolute fortune on nonsensical items which we totally don't need… but each to their own, I guess?

The actor has taken on roles since Harry Potter wrapped up in 2011, starring in Sick Note on Sky One, and the Snatch reboot.

He will also star in The BBC production of Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders alongside John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot.

Mr Weasley's down-to-earth spending habits appear to parallel with Harry and Hermione's.

Daniel Radcliffe told the Belfast Telegraph back in 2016 that he pretty much leaves his $100 million fortune alone.

"I'm very grateful for it, because having money means you don't have to worry about it, which is a very lovely freedom to have. It also gives me immense freedom, career-wise," he said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Grint also spoke about his struggle with the Harry Potter phenomenon's fame; "Sometimes you just want to go to B&Q." Do you, though? It's fairly grim.

The first thing he did in 2011 after hanging up his cloak and wand was get his tonsils removed;

"It was too much recovery time and there was the fear that it would change my voice."

Well Rupert, no one can say that you're not a normal lad. Too normal, in fact. 

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As a self-confessed Harry Potter addict, these pressies are literally my dream.

Christmas to Potter fans is sitting back in front of a roaring firre, sipping on a Butterbeer, after a snowy afternoon pottering around Hogsmeade. 

Maybe dipping into a box of Bertie Botts Every Favour Beans. (See? Told you were were Potter obsessives.)

And we're sure that everyone has a Potterhead friend/sibling/boyf/girlf/colleague – so what better present to get them then something inspired by the Wizarding world?

We've gathered a few gorgeous gift ideas that Harry Potter fans will be delighted to unwrap this Christmas…you're welcome. 

Hogwarts Combat Boots (hottopic.com)
Platform 9 3/4 Crossbody Bag
(hottopic.com)
Harry Potter™ Real Talking Sorting Hat™ (littlewoodsireland.com)
Harry Potter™ Swish and Flick Cosmetic Brushes(boots.ie)

 

Dumbledore's Office Scented Candle
(etsy.com)
Magic Moving Photo Printer
Lifeprint
(amazon.com)
Sorting Hat Charm Bracelet
(alexandani.com)
Chocolate Frog
(amazon.com)

 

Hermione Granger™ TimeTurner™ by Noble Collection (harrypottershop.com)
Aquarius Harry Potter Marauders Map 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle (amazon.com)
Harry Potter Hogwarts Travel Mug (littlewoodsireland.ie)
Harry Potter: The Character Vault(bookdepository.com)
Don't Worry – Luna Lovegood (www.emp.ie)
Harry Potter Colour Changing Glass (www.menkind.co.uk)
ALEX AND ANI Harry Potter Glasses Ring Wrap (www.arnotts.ie)
Harry Potter Muggles Latte Boxed Mug (www.easons.com)

Whatever you choose to get, you can be sure that any Harry Potter fans will be riddikukus-ly happy. 

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Irish actress Evanna Lynch, known for playing Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter franchise, lost out in the US Dancing With The Stars final despite receiving a perfect score last night.

Despite missing out on the glitterball trophy, the 7-year-old actress received numerous special good luck messages from her former co-stars.

"Evanna, you are in the final! Can we just say this again? You are in the final. I am so proud of you. We love you. We are rooting for you. Kill it tonight, girl," Emma Watson shared in a video wishing her luck.

Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, joked about their differing Hogwarts houses: "Despite all of our differences at Hogwarts, I want to wish you all the very best tonight!"

Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, James Phelps, Katie Leung, and Neville Longbottom himself Matthew Lewis all shared good luck messages to Evanna as she headed into the finals of the popular US dance show.

J.K. Rowling also cheered on the actress: “Best of luck, Evanna. Hope you win!” Rowling had been a huge support to Lynch during her adolescence.

Radio personality Bobby Bones was eventually crowned winner, each of the four contestants were tasked with performing two dances: Firstly their most memorable from the season, and then a freestyle performance.

Judge Bruno Tonioli  gave Evanna's dance with partner Keo Motsepe high praise, saying; "It was bright, it was colourful, it was quirky."

The duo received a 30 out of 30 for the dance, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to get Evanna the crown.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Could she not have just used her wand and chanted "Accio trophy" though? 

Evanna had been the favourite to take the trophy, but either way, she did the Irish (and Gryffindor) proud on the stage.

Mischief managed, we say.

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