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If those Marvel Tsum Tsum toys can score their own comic, you’d think these equally adorable — and undoubtedly far more delicious — superhero rice balls could do the same.
They’re the creation of Thai food artist Nawaporn Pax Piewpun, aka Peaceloving Pax, who devotes her Instagram feed and Facebook page to “cute foodies” — whimsical rice balls, delightful dumplings and silly dumplings made to resemble characters ranging from Captain America and Superman to Harry Potter and Pikachu.
Sorry, Muggles, you missed your chance to own a piece of Harry Potter history.
The chair author J.K. Rowling sat in while writing the first two novels in the bestselling series sold at auction today for a staggering $394,000. For comparison, the last time it was on the block, in 2009, it fetched a little more than $29,000.
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is a genius at coming up with new languages, foreign lands, and unusual names. Her ability to create compelling fantasy stories is aided by the fact that she accounts for every detail. The same could be said for the system of currency she developed for the world of “Harry Potter.”
While chibi versions of Harry Potter characters have been around nearly as long as the novels themselves, the illustrations have never been official — until now. Needless to say, they’re adorable.
Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling have given their blessing to a line of anime-style Harry Potter merchandise, available exclusively in Japan (although we imagine enterprising fans in other countries will discover a way to conjure the products). It debuted with a pack of 12 cards/files, featuring such characters as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco and even Hedwig.
Even as fans gear up for the release of the movie prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Funko has unleashed another wave of Harry Potter Pop! vinyl figures.
Arriving in March, the new series features Harry Potter in his Triwizard Tournament uniform, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in their Yule Ball garb, Dobby the house-elf with a freeing sock, Sirius Black, Luna Lovegood, Draco Malfoy, a Dementor and Albus Dumbledore.
Designer Olly Moss, well known for his striking movie posters and his occasional work for DC Comics, has created new covers for the worldwide digital release of the Harry Potter books, and they’re of course amazing.
U.K. company Rawlins Paints & Coatings has released “An Illustrated Guide to Iconic Fictional Locations,” showcasing memorable settings ranging from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and Stark Tower to the Simpsons’ home and Walt and Jesse’s RV from Breaking Bad.
As a tribute to author J.K. Rowling, and the magical world of Harry Potter, the stop-motion animators at unPOP built a replica of Hogwarts using pages from The Prisoner of Azkaban.
They worked for more than a month on this charming short film, in which a boy sets aside the novel at bedtime, only for the spires of Hogwarts to rise (as if by magic!) from within, leaving enough paper to create an owl. Presumably Hedwig.
Accio new images from the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition.”
Entertainment Weekly conjured up four new pages from the upcoming illustrated edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which arrives in stores October 6. The images features a look at the hooped goals of the quidditch field, Albus Dumbledore and more.
Like something out of a particularly geeky dream, Wayne Manor played host over the weekend to a quidditch tournament.
It wasn’t just any quidditch tournament, however: It was the second British Quidditch Cup, played at Wollaton Hall and Park in Nottingham, the centuries-old country house that doubled as Bruce Wayne’s home in The Dark Knight Rises. (Perhaps not so coincidentally, Wollaton Hall is located just five miles north of Gotham.)
If you’ve never really gotten into soccer, it’s may be due to the sports disappointing lack of optic blasts, lightsabers and magic spells. Luckily for you, this video “Super Hero Soccer” remedies all of that.
Produced by Four32Productions and Dark Pixel, the short brings together a disparate group of heroes — from Superman and Wonder Woman to Neo and Desmond Miles to Spider-Man and Hermione Granger — for a no-holds, and no-powers, barred soccer match. It’s unclear who wins, or if they were even keeping score, as the game is called because of … well, you’ll see.
Prepare your jealousy: For the first time ever, Warner Bros. Studios allowed a reporter and camera crew inside its super-secret warehouse on the outskirts of London.
CNN’s Max Foster got to explore an archive with more than 10,000 props and 3,000 costumes from the studio’s various franchises and big-budget blockbusters, including Batman, Harry Potter, Gravity and Edge of Tomorrow. After trying on a mech suit from Edge of Tomorrow and sitting in Sandra Bullock’s space shuttle from Gravity, Foster even went inside The Dark Knight Trilogy’s fully functional Tumbler.
Although there will probably never be sanctioned comic adaptations of the Harry Potter series, beginning this fall fans will get the next best thing: fully illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling fantasy novels.
Today Scholastic and Bloomsbury UK debuted four illustrations by Jim Kay (A Monster Calls) from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Rubeus Hagrid, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley. The new hardcover will be published globally on Oct. 6.
Just in time for Banned Books Week, the Cleveland, Texas, city council declined to act on a local pastor’s request that the public library remove all occult-themed books, including the wildly popular Vampire Knight manga series, from its young-adult room.
As we previously reported, Rev. Phillip Missick of the King of Saints Tabernacle Church addressed the city council on Aug. 12, demanding the “occultic and demonic room be shut down, and these books be purged from the shelves, and that public funds would no longer be used to purchase such material, or at least require parents to check them out for their children.”
He also complained about the decor of the Young Adult room, which includes a Sorting Hat and a figure of Dobby the Elf, both from Harry Potter, and a bouquet of dried roses. (We’ll get back to the roses.) Missick filed a formal Statement of Concern with the library, asking for the removal of five specific books, and he wrote a letter requesting a general ban on anything with an occult theme, saying, “As ministers of Christ, it is our responsibility to ‘watch’ and ‘warn’ against Satanic assaults against the hearts and minds of our children.”
I’ve never given any thought to which state might be considered the “nerdiest,” but if pressed I may have guessed California, with Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Comic-Con International, or Massachusetts, because of MIT and Harvard. However, it turns out I would’ve been way off.
Estately, the real estate blog that recently ranked the states most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, has now turned its attention to the nerdiest states in America, and — surprise! — Utah comes out on top. I guess that helps explain why Salt Lake Comic Con and its FanXperience spinoff pull in such large crowds.