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As the Olympics continue into their second half this week, a surprise TV spot dropped in the form of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. The film has been the driving force behind a (thus far successful) public interest revival of JK Rowling‘s Wizard World, made famous by the Harry Potter series of novels. Fantastic Beasts will cap off a lead up that included theme park attractions, an enormous Pottermore update, and a play/book release combo. If you would like to check out the trailer, continue after the jump. (more…)

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Last night, a new Harry Potter story came out to the masses in book stores, albeit in a different format than what we had come to know and love; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the official eighth story starring The Boy Who Lived is, as you’re probably already aware, a stage-play script released in book format. Despite the unconventional format, people are very excited for more Harry Potter stories to dive into all the same. However, people had been wondering if there was even more stories untold from the lightning scarred English wizard in our future… well, Potter-author J.K. Rowling recently gave us an answer.  (more…)

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The Warner Bros stage at Sand Diego Comic Con would have been sorely lacking if they didn’t give us some glimpse of all the return to J K Rowling‘s globally beloved magical world. The all new angle from which upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will approach the wizarding world – taking place in a different time and country than the Harry Potter books and films released so far – has been on every avid Potterhead’s tongue since it was first announced way back in September 2013. (more…)

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You may remember when, back in February, JK Rowling crushed the dreams of many a Potterhead by denying that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be adapted for the big screen on her personal twitter. The story, which has written primarily as a stage production, was also confirmed to be given the book treatment (though still in script form). However, some interesting developments have recently taken place that have started up the engines of the Hogwarts Express once again, as fans are now whispering rumors of a movie being possible after all.

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Yesterday, a ton of information about the North American Wizarding School hit the Pottermore along with a new story. The new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based onthe book by J.K. Rowling, should give us a closer look at the school later this November, but fans can go online now at Pottermore and take the North American Wizarding School House Quiz that helps place students in the house that suits them best. We’ve got the breakdown on the four new houses and the link to take the quiz. (more…)

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In what is being called one of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, a man opened fire on the people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring 53 more, before being killed in a stand off with police . This horrific attack on the LGBT community took the life of Luis Vielma, a staff member at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. His co-workers and park goers honored him with their wands. (more…)

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The upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ has been promoting like crazy the last few days. We’ve seen the grown-up Potter family, as well as the Granger-Weasley clan.Though the storyline and roles of each character have been a tightly-guarded secret, the images which have been released do give us a great look at the former students of Hogwart’s Academy of Witchcraft and Wizardry, now adults and with their own children receiving acceptance letters for admittance in the magical school. Today, we get another look at characters involved in this production and the cast members who portray them. Now it’s time for the Malfoys. (more…)

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While some time has passed since the death of actor Alan Rickman, the sadness and somberness of his passing still seems as fresh as ever. But much like with any A-List star who leaves their mortal coil too soon, their body of work becomes that much more appreciable and cements their ever lasting legacy. Alan Rickman is no exception; a big bucket of win, this guy was. Large body of work both on-screen and off in which to bow one’s head in respect and adulation. He will, of course, be remembered for his most famous roles – the maniacal terrorist Hans Gruber from Die Hard, the spoon-heart eating villainous Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, the literally dickless angel in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, and the hilariously bitter Dr. Lazarus in Galaxy Quest. Above all, and without question, though, Rickman will likely be most immortalized for his role as the complex, hostile, skillful, and perhaps bravest Wizard of all time – Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series.

In celebration of the Master of Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and fiercely loyal wizard, comes a 1/6th scale collectible figurine from Star Ace. Nerd Bastards was fortunate to receive a product sample for review. Follow along with us as we raise our wands to Alan Rickman and this spellbindingly life-like figure. (more…)

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Ever since J. K. Rowling broke the news of the new Harry Potter play, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Internet fans have wondered and lamented about how they would ever get to see the play being performed in London’s West End. Eventually the play should make a world tour, but that doesn’t mean it will come to every Potterhead’s city. Now fans can relax a bit with the announcement that the play’s script is being bound in book form and being released just after the play’s opening. Interesting note, the play opens on July 31st, which just happens to Harry Potter’s birthday. (more…)

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The child actors behind the beloved characters in the Harry Potter franchise grew up in front of the eyes of their adoring fan base.  Emma Watson, who gave life onscreen to Hermione Granger, perhaps more so than many.  She went from a brilliantly talented Muggle-born witch to an equally brilliant bombshell.  While Watson now commands attention with her work for the United Nations, fans remember her most fondly as the eleven year old witch with bushy hair and big teeth that they first saw in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

One of the most admirable aspects of the Harry Potter series, both in the books and films, is that the reader gets to grow with the characters.  Yes, many readers began the journey at or around the same ages as the characters, and as each new book or film came out roughly a year apart, the ages stayed constant.  But that can be witnessed even as a new reader.  J.K. Rowling did a marvelous job of maturing her characters just enough in each book, and the movies reflect that.  The content and and themes of each subsequent installment also mature in keeping with the character development.  Harry, Ron, and Hermione go from innocents to battle-weary veterans of pain and loss.  And they come out of it in one piece.

Although there has been a lot of fuss lately surrounding Hermione and her romance choices in the books (Harry or Ron, make up your mind, Jo!), it seems a shame to focus so much on only the romantic aspect of her character.  This is a girl that gives female readers someone positive to aspire to be, someone relatable but also inspiring.  She is the smartest person in her year, even though she came from outside the fold of the wizarding world.  She is fiercely loyal to her friends and never afraid to be herself.  She is the role model for the millenials.

This introduction is the prelude to a review for a fairly new high end collectible toy company called Star Ace.  And like the Triwizard Harry Potter review we put out last week, this will cover the ins and outs of this new collectible figure, sent to us straight from the source as part of their fast-growing and very popular Harry Potter line.  Now, on to Hermione!

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