Harry Potter and his fellow witches and wizards are in trouble in the new game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, that's similar to the wildly popular Pokemon Go. Wizards Unite pits you against dark wizards and magical beasts to save beloved characters from the Harry Potter books from the Calamity -- an unexplained event scattering magical items across the Muggle, or No-Maj, world -- as you walk around your real-world environment to follow the game's map on your phone.Here's how to get started playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the mobile game now available for download in nearly 150 countries for Android and iPhone from the creator of the wildly popular Pokemon Go. The mobile Harry Potter: Wizards Unite AR game is a combined effort from WB Games San Francisco and Niantic under the Portkey Games label. Its pedigree shows. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite builds on Pokemon Go and Ingress, also from Niantic, to offer combat situations and varied locations, such as Inns, Greenhouses and … [Read more...] about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite: How to play the new wizarding game
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For those of us Muggles who can't attend Hogwarts, there'll soon be a chance to go deeper into our favorite Harry Potter wizarding subjects, with the release of four new e-books.Pottermore Publishing said last week that it'll release a series of short e-books that explore the "traditional folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter series."The new books, which will begin being released in June, will go deeper into subjects offered to wizarding students at Hogwarts. The four titles include: "Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts," "Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology," "Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy" and "Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures." The collection may offer insight into the origin of the Patronus charm, which provides individualized guardians for wizards, or the best way to quiet Mandrakes, whose screams can literally kill you.JK Rowlings, creator of Harry Potter, … [Read more...] about New Harry Potter books to provide deep dive into wizarding world
Editor’s note: For this story, we commissioned The Takeout ’s art department for original illustrations inspired by Harry Potter and the food depicted in the series. I’m in a noisy, crowded place. Parents are yelling. My mouth tastes like batteries, my skin is clogged with sunscreen. This is a landscape of plastic, price tags, and corporate synergy; in the last 90 seconds, I’ve heard the voice of the donkey from Shrek and the theme from The Simpsons. Places like this are hell for someone like me, but here I am at Universal Studios Hollywood, lonely and terribly anxious, feeling fat and old and conspicuously alone. I’m standing here, in this place that makes me itch, to enjoy the view before me: a gate, and a train, and Hogwarts. My little brother tossed J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone on top of the living room bookshelf, unread, sometime in 1999. He didn’t even shelve it. It sat there for months, gathering dust, … [Read more...] about A muggle eats her way through Harry Potter’s magical universe
This half-blood may have started off inexperienced, but he's no apprentice anymore. Gamma-Rapho/Evan Agostini/Getty Images What's a young wizard like Harry Potter to do now that he's vanquished his foe Voldemort? Perhaps he should turn his wand towards the American political arena. According to a new study published in an election-themed edition of the journal PS: Political Science & Politics, reading Harry Potter books diminishes Americans' opinions of Donald Trump. Additionally, the more books in the fantasy novel series an individual has read, the lower his or her opinion of the Republican presidential candidate becomes. In 2014, communications professor Diana Mutz, of the University of Pennsylvania and the Annenberg School for Communication, polled a nationally representative sample of 1,142 Americans to ask about their Harry Potter consumption and their take on political issues of the day — topics such as the treatment of Muslims and gays, waterboarding, capital … [Read more...] about Reading ‘Harry Potter’ Influences How Americans View Donald Trump
This 15th century Gutenberg Bible is pretty old -- but not nearly old enough to hold the record as the oldest book in the world. AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho Right now, the book known as the oldest in the world is a several-page-long volume held by the Bulgaria's National Museum of History. The book is comprised of six pages of beaten 24-carat gold covered with Etruscan script, one of the few writing systems scholars have yet to decipher [source: BBC News]. According to reports, the book, exhibited in 2003, was estimated at about 2,500 years old. It was found along the Strouma river in southwestern Bulgaria "in an old tomb," and was donated to the museum by the finder, who remained anonymous. Its age and authenticity were confirmed by two independent scientists, whose names also remain unknown. Case closed, and a boon to the world of literature, right? Wrong. The question of what is the oldest book in the world will likely never be answered. History isn't static, as most … [Read more...] about What is the oldest book in the world?