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Universal Orlando’s Dragon Challenge Rumored to Close

Rumors have recently resurfaced that the Dragon Challenge roller coaster ride in Hogsmeade at Universal Studios Orlando just might be shutting down. Richard Bilbao of the Orlando Business Journal reported that an unnamed industry source has given them reliable information that Universal is planning to do away entirely with the roller coaster and replace it with a darker ride that would have a track that goes both indoors and outdoors. It is unknown at this time if the ride will be related to the Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise.

The source states:

“From what I was told, it may have a portion as if you are in a forest — with part of the ride outside — and other parts indoor designed to make you feel like you’re outside. It sounded more like a dark ride using technology like The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man as opposed to a true coaster where the G-forces guests feel come from the track.”

Universal refuses to comment at this time.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Blunder

This past week many fans found a printing error in their new Hogwarts Library set edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Scholastic apparently omitted an entire paragraph of text about the Hippogriff that was included in the 2001 edition of the book. This error did not occur in the single Fantastic Beasts book, only in the Hogwarts library set.

Scholastic released an official statement on Sunday, March 19th:  

In the first printing of the newly updated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, released by Scholastic, three sentences were inadvertently omitted. We regret this error and we want to assure our readers that those editions are no longer being shipped and a corrected edition is now in print and being shipped for all current orders.

We want the Harry Potter fans who eagerly secured their copies on the initial release to be fully satisfied with their purchase. Therefore, any book with the missing sentences can be exchanged for the newer version by returning the book to Scholastic.

Many Potter fans are fully satisfied with this mistake and keeping their copies, however. Misprints are a collector’s dream; misprints of the original Philosopher’s Stone (where wand was written twice on the Hogwarts school supply list) may be worth thousands!

Be sure to check your edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them if you bought the Hogwarts Library set!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wins Empire Awards

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them won big at Sunday’s Three Empire Awards! The film walked away with four awards for best costume design, best production design, best make-up and hairstyling, and best actor (Eddie Redmayne).

Eddie Redmayne accepted the award via video, while David Yates was at the awards.

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The DVD is still available for pre-order and will be released on March 28th.


Hogwarts Deck Building Expansion Pack Announced

Fans of the popular Hogwarts Deck Building game have something to be excited about this week! USAopoly, creator of the game, has announced that sometime this fall they will be releasing the first expansion pack for Hogwarts Battle.

The expansion pack, The Monster Book of Monsters, will include 150 new cards for the game. A “new hero,” magical creatures, and new locations will be included.


Evanna Lynch Makes Vegan Harry Potter Treats

Partnering with PETA, Evanna Lynch “shows the magical side of vegan cooking” in a recipe video where she makes a few Harry Potter fan favorites – “butterybeer”, chocolate frogs, and pumpkin pasties – with a vegan friendly twist.

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