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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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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 are obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise, and would do almost anything to have the most immersive wizarding world experience possible.

Amazingly for Hagrid fans, you can now rent a holiday cottage which is inspired by the fictional home of Rubeus himself, Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts.

The Groundkeeper’s Cottage has recently opened at North Shire near Saltburn on the edge of the North York Moors National Park, and is almost exactly a replica of Hagrid's Hut in the magical series.

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With International Harry Potter Day just around the corner, on May 2, the cottage couldn't have arrived at a better time.

The cottage has three interlocking circular slate-roofed buildings featuring stained glass windows, an open plan living room, seating in front of a feature fireplace, wood beams with Hagrid paraphernalia and a lantern-lit wooden door.

The owner Carol Cavendish has loved Harry Potter since her early 20s, and has incorporated small Potter-themed touches such as an ink bottle and quill and bespoke copper basin in the bathroom.

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The cottage itself took £195,000 to build, and the holiday rental can sleep up to six people. If you've got a dog, or your very own Fang, you're also welcome to bring one well-behaved pet for an extra cost.

She's made a comfortable retreat for any wizards or witches to adore, for just £195 (€225) per night.

*Runs to book slot*

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Grab your brooms and get down there before it sells out years in advance.

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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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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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Funkos are preparing to release their brand new Harry Potter themed Christmas advent calendar and we have no doubt this will fly off the shelves.

They are already well-known for their adorable ‘Pop’ figurines, but this has taken magical to a whole new level.

Featuring characters such as Hermione, Harry, Ron, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Dobby and Hedwig as well as a collection of beasts, ghosts, house elves and famous wizards, every day brings a whole new pocket-sized collectable character.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We don’t think we can handle this level of excitement. Mini versions of all our Hogwarts faves = Winter perfection.

Imagine waking up to a new collectable and having a butterbeer by the fire; Christmas literally can’t come quick enough. (Ideally we'd get a ticket to the Yule Ball while we're at it but Santa might hook us up?)

Witches, wizards, and even Muggles can get their hands on the calendar as soon as Funkos releases it, make sure you’ve got your galleons counted so you don’t have to rush to Gringotts at the last minute.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Funko's have definitely upped their Christmas game, we'll keep all you Potter fanboys and fangirls posted with all the updates. 

It's looking like it will sell out in record time judging by the feverish responses from Twitter users.

Maybe if we chant “Accio Christmas” clutching our wands it might speed up the process? It’s worth a shot…

Check out the adorable calendar on the Funko's website here

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So, if you're a fan of Harry Potter you'll know that London is pretty much as close to Hogwarts as you're going to get.

Take a tour around the studio, visit platform 9¾ or even recreate that famous snake scene in London Zoo, there's countless magical spots around the city.  

Well, that list just got a little longer, because House of Minalima, an exhibition and shop is showcasing all things Harry Potter.

Located in London's Soho, the mini museum is home to four floors of 'distinctive' designs, including graphic art from the Harry Potter film series, as well as art from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

On floors one and two, visitors can browse through artwork, including the Marauder's Map, The Daily Prophet newspapers, as well as authentic film props, such as the all important Hogwarts letter.

On floor three, visitors will travel back in time to 1920's New York, where they can browse through, and purchase, limited edition reproduced prints.

The ground floor houses a shop selling everything from books and stationary to replica props.

So, if you fancy keeping up to date with the world of witchcraft and wizardy, just pick up a copy of The Daily Prophet for the commute home. 

House of MinaLima is open every single day from 12:00pm – 7:00pm, so be sure to stop by the next time you're in London.

But, for those of you not planning a trip to the English capital anytime soon, don't worry, because everything is available to order online.

And yes, that does mean you can get your very own Hogwarts letter delivered to your door.  

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OK, Potter nerds – it's your time to shine! 

If you know your whomping willows form your wizard wheezes, you can put your witchcraft and wizardry skills to the test in a massive Harry Potter quiz in Hogwarts' Great Hall. 

That's right. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour has just launched a series of quiz nights hosted in an exact replica of the famous set.

The night begins with a tour of the studios where you'll be treated to a hot meal and Butterbeer in the Backlot Café. 

Next, Potter fans will go head-to-head in the ultimate battle of HP knowledge, with trivia across the entire series of book and films. 

Expect questions on magical artefacts, defence against the dark arts, potions and care of magical creatures and a whole host of other enchanting topics. 

Up for grabs is a huge collection of exclusive Warner Bros. Studio Tour goodies, so you better start studying. 

So, if you fancy taking a trip to London on July 5, 12 or 19, book your space here.

Tickets are available from Tuesday, June 5 and cost £65 per person. 

Teams should be made of a minimum of 6 people and a maximum of 12 and you must be aged 16 or over to take part.

If you are not booking as part of a team, you will be allocated one on the evening.

BRB, booking flights. 

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Artist Georgina Ryland might just be the most talented person on the planet, and you are about to see why.

Georgina is an award winning makeup artist and body painter from Brisbane, Australia. 

Her most recent piece of work comes in the form of Hogwarts, and it is absolutely MIND BLOWING. 

 

 hogwarts  . About time I gave Hogwarts a shot! This paint took five hours total but I could probably have happily painted it for ten – challenging but fun. I used a painterly sort of style and a speed paint will be up on YouTube by tomorrow . Featuring:  @mehronmakeup Paradise Paints in Black, White, Teal, Yellow and Orange @inglot_australia 110R, 63, 351, 300 Freedom Eyeshadows, HD Foundation, Sparkling Dust 7  @sugarpill Tako, Bulletproof, Mochi, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake @katvondbeauty Lock It Powder Foundation L45, Shade and Light Palette, Trooper Tattoo Liner, Lolita Liquid Lipstick, Monarch Palette Hair is @gooddyeyoung and earrings from a pop up store  #georginaryland #harrypotter #hogwarts

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Georgina shared a video of how she created this incredible mural, which starts at her neck and goes down as far as her clevage. 

The painting took five hours to complete, and was done in a mirror (so impressive). 

The video has been viewed over 5,000 times, and is slowly becoming an Internet sensation. 

We strongly suggest you click on to Georgina's Instagram, and have a gander at some of her amazing art work. 

You won't regret it! 

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You know that saying "green with envy"?

Well I am currently as green as your man from the corn ad… all because of this story. 

Imgur user Destiny Blue recently coughed up $260 to have a magical Christmas dinner… in HOGWARTS GREAT HALL.

I can't right now…

Well technically it was really the Great Hall set at the Harry Potter studio tour in London, but who cares. 

Thankfully, Destiny decided to share her experience with us all, via the wonderful world of social media. 

The lucky lady shared over 30 pictures from her magical dining experience, and seriously… it looks amazing.

Did I forget to mention that all attendees got wands? 

The jealousy is too real!

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Muggles around the world are celebrating today as Warner Bros has announced that magicless folk will be allowed dine in Hogwarts’ Great Hall this Christmas.

For the second year in a row, London’s Warner Bros Studio Tour is offering Potter fans the opportunity to enjoy a Christmas feast on the iconic Hogwarts set, but, as with last year, tickets are limited and bound to sell-out fast.

Guests will be greeted with drinks and canapés before gaining access to the Great Hall, which will be decked out with original props from the Harry Potter flicks.

They will then take their seats on the actual set and receive special wands to mark the occasion, before enjoying Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

Once fed, visitors will be able to explore the full Studio Tour, which includes access to the Gryffindor common room, Platform 9 ¾ and Diagon Alley.

The event will run for two days only (Wednesday December 7 and Thursday December 8) and tickets cost £240 (around €275) per person.

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, October 6, at 10am.

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