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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.

Funko to release three new 2019 Comic-Con exclusive ‘Harry Potter’ Pop! Vinyls

Funko will release three new Wizarding World Pop! Vinyl figures as part of this year’s iconic San Diego Comic-Con convention, the 50th year of the pop culture event.

The convention exclusives will also have a conventional release: Rita Skeeter and Nagini will be available at Barnes and Noble, while the flocked version of Fawkes the Phoenix can be found at Hot Topic.

All three figures will be available in stores and online from 19 July.

McFarlane Toys to produce official range of ‘Harry Potter’ action figures

Figurine company McFarlane Toys will produce a range of intricate and highly-detailed Harry Potter action figures after securing an official licence for the ‘Potter’ brand.

Each figure stands at seven inches tall and will be released in July.

The first wave of figures will be available in July and include Harry, Ron, Hermione and Lord Voldemort in their Deathly Hallows: Part 2 costumes. The trio are accompanied by their Patronus figures, while Voldemort is accompanied by a replica Nagini. A Buckbeak figure completes the wave.

Exhibition inspired ‘Harry Potter: A Journey Through…’ eBooks coming next month

Pottermore will publish a new series of non-fiction eBooks called Harry Potter: A Journey Through… from next month. The stories will be adapted from the Harry Potter: A History of Magic audiobook, which is itself a companion piece to 2017 British Library exhibition.

According to Pottermore, the series features ‘four bitesize reads, each themed by Hogwarts lessons, and will take you back in time once again to learn about the traditional folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, accompanied by some new, gorgeous line drawings from London-based artist Rohan Daniel Eason’.

The stories and respective release dates are:

  1. Harry Potter: A Journey Through Charms and Defence Against the Dark Arts (27 June)
  2. Harry Potter: A Journey Through Potions and Herbology (27 June)
  3. Harry Potter: A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy (25 July)
  4. Harry Potter: A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures (22 August)

All four eBooks will be available in English, French, Italian and German, and can be pre-ordered over at Amazon (UK/US), Apple and Kobo.

Bloomsbury to publish deluxe version of ‘Goblet of Fire’ illustrated edition

Bloomsbury will publish a deluxe version of the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire illustrated edition alongside the standard edition on 8 October of this year.

According to the publisher the deluxe edition features, ‘real cloth cover and slipcase, intricate foiled line art decorating both case and slipcase; an opulent large format; gilt edges, illustrated endpapers, head and tail bands [and] two ribbon markers.’ It also includes a never before seen sketch of Hogwarts by artist Jim Kay.

Fans who pre-order the deluxe edition will receive an exclusive black and gold tote bag adorned with a dragon sketch. You can pre-order both editions over at Bloomsbury’s website.

New details and photos from Universal’s upcoming Hagrid theme park attraction

New story details and imagery for Universal Orlando’s latest addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park have been revealed. The Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure immersive rollercoaster attraction opens on 13 June and takes visitors on a high-speed magical creature journey with the Hogwarts gamekeeper.

Riders will follow the Care of Magical Creatures teacher on an immersive ‘story coaster’ experience and travel through sets and locations made popular by the ‘Potter’ films. Unique to this experience is a trip to the edge of the Forbidden Forest to explore new ruins that have been ‘abandoned for centuries behind Hagrid’s hut’.

Harry Potter production designer Stuart Craig and art director Alan Gilmore brought the authentic ruins to life, which house ‘materials from Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class’ (including dragon eggs) and a pre-show experience with Arthur Weasley and both Hagrid and dog Fang.

Visitors will then board Hagrid’s iconic flying motorbike where they’ll be taken deep into the Forbidden Forest and encounter a horde of magical beasts. The coaster also features ‘the most launches [seven] of any roller coaster in the world’ (that’s the whole slow to fast bit) and is ‘the first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop,’ with a plunge of nearly 17 feet (around 5 metres).

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the longest roller coaster in Florida (the theme park capital of the world), measuring ‘nearly a mile in length’. Visitors also have the option of riding in either Hagrid’s motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar (ridden by Harry in Deathly Hallows). (Of course, the attraction wouldn’t be complete without a ‘backwards bit’ — that comes after a 65 foot ‘catapult’ in the air at a more than 70 degree angle. Eep!)

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opens at Universal Orlando on 13 June and replaces the Triwizard-themed Dragon Challenge attraction.

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