Harry Potter looks for Platform 9 3/4 at Penn Station!

This is an absolutely hilarious video for any Harry Potter fan, which we found on the Huffington Post. This will be especially funny for New Yorkers, who are familiar with Penn Station and probably wish it looked a little more like King’s Cross Station!

That kid has great poise — and he’s very quick on his feet when the guy asks him about his parents. If you saw that happening in front of you, what would you do?

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Neville Longbottom is Harry Potter’s biggest hero

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In what is a spectacular column by Tor.com’s Emily Asher-Perrin, the case is made that Neville Longbottom and NOT Harry Potter is the most important and influential character in the series. She opens by saying thus:

So here’s the thing: out of all your wizarding students and house elves and headmasters and Death Eaters and muggles and centaurs, there is really only one person who determines the course of the Harry Potter series.

It’s Neville Longbottom.

Neville Longbottom has quite a following in the Harry Potter fandom, and for good reason—he is humble and noble, brave and kind, he’s a wonderful friend and a fierce supporter. Neville is what most Gryffindors would be like in the real world, a person capable of heroic feats under dire circumstances, but not inclined to them every waking moment. Neville understands that it’s not about being loud and brash every day, it’s about picking your battles and knowing what’s dear and worth fighting for.

Furthermore, she goes on to make some fascinating parallels between Harry’s generation and his father’s. She connects James with Harry, Sirius with Ron, Lupin with Hermione, Lily with Ginny, Snape with Draco, and Neville with…Peter Pettigrew. Yes, Peter Pettigrew:

Think about it—the tag along friend who looks up to the trio, but is looked down on by everyone else for not being remarkably talented or suave. Someone who is trusted with a lot of Harry’s most important secrets, in a perfect position to give everyone away. “Foolish boy,” as McGonagall said of little Pettigrew. Another pureblood who has no respect from the higher-up notable wizarding families. Gullible, the easy mark, someone who other children make fun of when Harry, Hermione, and Ron aren’t on hand to defend him. Neville is Peter’s brand new analog in the story.

Or, at least, he could have been. Neville is a perfect example of how one single ingredient in the recipe can either ruin your casserole (or stew, or treacle tart, whatever you like), or utterly perfect your whole dish. Neville is the tide-turner, the shiny hinge. And all because he happens to be in the same position as Wormtail… but makes all the hard choices that Pettigrew refused the first time around. Other characters are in similar positions, but none of them go so far as Neville. None of them prove that the shaping of destiny is all on the individual the way he does.

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We strongly encourage you to read the rest of her post. It’s a fascinating read, and we’re inclined to agree: Neville never gets the credit he deserves, and it’s up to us as fans to make sure he is properly appreciated. Simply put, he’s a heroic wizard, but more importantly, a phenomenal person.

Warner Brothers trademarks HARRY POTTER Quidditch

What does Warner Bros have planned? It looks like they are setting certain Harry Potter projects aside.

Warner Bros. is cooking up something big for their Harry Potter franchise. They definitely aren’t done with it. On top of the spinoff Potter movie being written by J.K. Rowling, based on her faux textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the studio has locked in some more trademarks that hint at some other films and forms of entertainment we might see for the franchise. One of which might lead to a sports movie that centers on Quidditch, which would be awesome! According to Bleeding Cool the registered trademarks include…

The other spinoff mini-book Quidditch Through The Ages.

The Quidditch teams Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons, Kenmare Kestrels.

The Quidditch expert Kennilworthy Whisp, and fictitious author of Quidditch Through The Ages.

Newt Scamander, the fictitious author of Fantastic Beasts.

The Potter book-within-a-book Tales Of Beedle The Bard.

Are you intrigued by what some are speculating to be a Quidditch movie?

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Source: Geek Tyrant

 

“Gryffindor” – A Parody of Katy Perry’s “Roar”

There’s so many great Harry Potter related musicians and vloggers out there, including Weasley Sweaters!

Check out her parody of Katy Perry’s “Roar” all about the bravest Gryffindor there ever was!

Scholastic Reveals All Seven New Harry Potter Covers

Scholastic has officially released all seven of the new Harry Potter book covers! The new look was illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi and will be released on the paperback editions of the books starting August 27th!

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Will you be picking up the newest paperbacks or sticking to the original book covers?

Thanks, Page to Premiere!

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling!

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When J.K. Rowling gave her title character her own birthday, she considered it a little inside joke that no one would know. Legions of worldwide fans later, she’s certainly been proven wrong!

Jo turns 48 today, while Harry is now up to his 33rd birthday! How time flies!

List collects 10 great Harry Potter parody videos

This article on Mashable has strung together 10 great spoofs AND a funny, short video on how the Hogwarts Houses were created.

There are some old favorites here, as well as some newer projects!