Hogwarts estimated to cost $204 million

Thinking about buying some magical real estate? Unless you’ve got a bank account the size of Gringotts, Hogwarts may not be the right choice.

Real-estate blogger David Cross says investors hoping to get their hands on a real-life Hogwarts would have to cough up a staggering $204,102,000.

He came to the eye-watering conclusion after taking into account its price per square foot and the size of the supposedly isolated British building.

Die-hard Harry Potter fans, with their insane in-depth knowledge of the seven fantasy novels, were drafted in to help him figure out how big its class and bedrooms were.

The amount of sunlight caught on camera in the films, the distance Harry traveled on the Hogwarts Express from London and a scale model of the venue were also all analyzed.

Cross, who writes novelty real estate evaluations for Movodo.com (he also calculated that a one-bedroom on Sesame St. would run $1,525 a month), said his work was “cut out for him” as he tried to reach a value for the mythical Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

But those with a spare $200 million rattling around should be warned: the price is only fixed for the school building.

Notable landmarks on the property — including the hallowed Quidditch field and Hagrid’s shack — are not included.

A scale model of Hogwarts Castle at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London was used to make the brick-and-mortar calculations on the structure’s value.Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/hogwarts-worth-answer-204-million-article-1.1307550#ixzz2PnytSCnx

A scale model of Hogwarts Castle at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London was used to make the brick-and-mortar calculations on the structure’s value.

Source: Daily News


Lego Hogwarts fits Daniel Radcliffe


This Lego Hogwarts sculpture might not look too big, but it was created with over 4,000 Legos in the duration of a whole year!

Alice Finch has created one of the most impressive pieces of Lego architecture to date: a 400,000-brick version of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School. So large that it can fit Daniel Radcliffe inside.

It took an entire year to build, which gives you an idea of the complexity of this project. It’s not only the impressive exteriors, which capture the architecture of the original with stunning detail, but the interiors, which contain many of the key scenarios in the film. [Leg Godt]


Warner Bros studio tour allows guests to immerse themselves in the Dark Arts

Ever felt a deep desire to become a Death Eater? Or maybe you just want to learn what it’s like to bring them to life on the big screen? Then WB Studios Tour’s Dark Arts Week is for you!

Lord Voldemort’s loyal henchmen the Death Eaters descended on Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter – yesterday in preparation for Darks Arts Week. 

For the first time secrets behind the Dark Arts will be revealed to all visitors attending the Studio Tour this half-term holiday. 

For one week only visitors will learn how the Dark Arts were brought to life in the films, discover how the costumes were developed for the most infamous characters, learn about the make-up techniques used to help the actors get into character and come face-to-face with Death Eaters.

Other special features include a ‘lesson’ in the Potions classroom where the real contents of the potion jars will be explained. 

Over 500 of the original jars are displayed all with handwritten labels. Some of the few remaining Prophecy orbs will be on show at the Malfoy Manor fireplace with revelations about their use during filming in the Hall of Prophecy.

Personally, I’d be most excited to find out what was really in the potion jars… How about you? 

Source: Film News



Fan draws Hogwarts textbook covers

Many Potterheads wish they could own their own copies of the Hogwarts text books mentioned in the Harry Potter series. With these fan-drawn covers, shared by The Mary Sue, you’re one step closer.

I assume, as good students, you’ve already got your text books for the new year, right? After all, there haven’t been any switch ups in how many OWLs you have to get to take advanced potions this time. You should have prepared beforehand.

If I have one complaint about Allysah’s gorgeous designs for Hogwarts textbooks, its that they all look way too cool. Where’s the bad photoshop, the staged photos of a multicultural array of students looking suspiciously happy to be learning, the weird pictures of animals? That seal, though. Of course every book used by the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and wizardry would want to show off on the cover. Much better than a Newberry Medal.




Not Literally

Xbox 360 releases Harry Potter for Kinect screenshots

Harry Potter video games are, and will always be, awesome. The new Kinect Harry Potter game, however, may be the best of them all. Here’s the report at Snitch Seeker.com.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released the box art and new screenshots for its upcoming Harry Potter for Kinect videogame to gear up for gamescom 2012. The new screenshots depict memorable moments from the Harry Potter films that players can experience in the game, such as being Sorted as a first-year student at Hogwarts, playing Quidditch, and battling Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

The all-new Harry Potter for Kinect video game exclusively on KINECT™ for Xbox 360® allows players to experience Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the wizarding world like never before! Through the innovative KINECT capability, each player can scan their face to create a wizard avatar in their likeness – and then play as their avatar in the game. Utilizing controller-free and voice recognition technology available only on KINECT, players will attend Hogwarts, interact with professors, students and friends, call out spells to cast against opponents, brew potions, and even fly as they race on broomsticks to be the first to catch the Golden Snitch in a Quidditch match.





Who else is excited for the game?


Unraveled Hogwarts school schedule

This isn’t a new creation, but timely, considering the end of the summer holidays and the beginning of another Hogwarts term! Brought to you by Buzzfeed.

Juggling and Struggling

Hey there again,

As school for most is rapidly approaching and summer is quickly ending, I thought it would be a good time to ask if you guys think that you could survive a year at Hogwarts? And yes, that means passing Potions. Haha. Anyways, what do you think? Leave comments.