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Funko to release two ‘Harry Potter’ tabletop strategy games

Funko will release two ‘Funkoverse’ light strategy tabletop games, allowing players to battle head-to-head with Wizarding World Pop! Vinyl characters in locations and scenes from the books.

Both sets can be combined for more exciting gameplay, and games will last between 20 to 60 minutes.

Both games include a set of miniature Pop! figures, as well as a base board and a number of thematic cards and items for gameplay. The base set (titled ‘Harry Potter’ 100) includes Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Bellatrix Lestrange and Lord Voldemort Pop! figures, and sees players battle it out in both Diagon Alley and the Room of Requirement.

The expansion (‘Harry Potter’ 101) includes Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy figures, and gives players the chance to battle in both the Forbidden Forest and Hogwarts Potions Classroom. Both sets can be combined for more complex gameplay, and the packaging notes that games are suited to between 2 and 4 players and will last between 20 and 60 minutes.

Both the base set (100) and the expansion (101) can be pre-ordered for $39.99 and $24.99, respectively, ahead of an October release.

Bloomsbury announce Triwizard-themed ‘Harry Potter’ Book Night for 2020

Next year’s annual Harry Potter Book Night will take place on 6 February 2020.

Bloomsbury have announced that Goblet of Fire’s iconic Triwizard Tournament will be the backdrop for next year’s Harry Potter Book Night. The annual event will take place on Thursday 6 February 2020 and gives readers the chance to celebrate and discover the magic of the ‘Potter’ series.

Each Harry Potter Book Night is themed around a significant character, location or scene from the books.

The Harry Potter Book Night concept began in 2014 and encourages schools, shops, libraries and groups of friends to host co-ordinated ‘Potter’-themed parties that celebrate the seven books and introduce the stories to new generations of readers. Each year is themed around a different location or scene from the books.

You can can register an event over at Bloomsbury’s website, and check out a map of events happening on the day. If you register an event before 15 November you’ll have the opportunity to receive a printed media kit including posters and stickers, and a digital media kit will be made available after that date. Those media items will include materials and activity ideas themed around the magical wizarding tournament.

Thinking of planning an event for next year? Check out the #HarryPotterBookNight hashtag on social media for inspiration.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ behind the scenes book coming in October

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Production will be released in October.

Little, Brown Book Group (UK) and Scholastic (US) will publish a 224-page behind the scenes look at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child later this year with Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Production. The new publication includes previously unseen interviews, sketches, notes and stories exploring the play’s development and journey to the stage.

According to the publisher, the new book explores the play’s, ‘earliest phases of development with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, to the crafting of the eighth Harry Potter story with J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany, and playwright Jack Thorne, and ultimately to the gathering of an extraordinary team of artists and actors who, together, bring this new part of Harry Potter’s story to life’.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Production will be released on 31 October and is available for pre-order today (US or UK).

Funko to release second wave of Yule Ball Pop! Vinyl figures

Funko will release a second wave of Yule Ball themed Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl figures, with Ginny Weasley, Professors Snape and McGonagall, Igor Karkaroff, Cho Chang and both the Weasley and Patil twins joining the lineup.

These new figures will be available in November, while the first wave of Yule Bull Pop! Vinyls hit stores next month. A 2019 Advent calendar (unsurprisingly also Yule Ball themed) was announced last month and will available from September.

Bloomsbury to auction Patronus postcards to celebrate ‘Azkaban’ 20th anniversary

Bloomsbury will auction 26 original postcards of Patronus animals, with proceeds going to the UK’s largest reading charity, BookTrust. A number of famous artist and illustrators — including ‘Potter’ designers Jim Kay, Chris Riddell, Emily Gravett, Levi Pinfold and MinaLima – have contributed to the project.

The auction, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the UK publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, will run for 10 days. For UK fans, the postcards will be on display at Waterstones Piccadilly over the next week.

Funko to release 2019 ‘Harry Potter’ Yule Ball Advent calendar

Funko will release a 2019 Harry Potter Advent calendar themed around Goblet of Fire’s Yule Ball scene. The calendar will include 24 mini Pop! figures in their iconic Yule Ball costumes — one behind each door.

Funko are releasing a number of full size Pop! Vinyl characters in their Christmas costumes next month, and this calendar gives us a first look at the some of the newer Yule Ball Pop! Vinyl figures that will join the lineup later this year. Those additional figures include the Patil twins, Igor Karkaroff, Snape, McGonagall, the Weasley twins, Ginny and Cho Chang.

You can pre-order Funko’s Advent calendar over at Amazon ahead of a September release.

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