Marketing company Unpopular Now recently released a stop-motion video which captured the magic of the “Harry Potter” books. The video shows a boy reading at night but being asked by his mother to go to bed. When he finally puts down Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the book suddenly comes to life and transforms into Hogwarts.
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Creator Peter Hancock told Buzzfeed that the video took a month to complete, and that it has been inspired by the opening sequence of Game of Thrones.
“I love the intro, but I always thought it would have been better if they actually made it by hand. After having made this video by hand, I now know why they made that intro in the computer.”
He explained that the project took a month because of the mistakes encountered along the way. They needed to scan and print the pages on cards because the actual pages were too thin and fragile to become the structures’ pillars.
“We had to experiment with glue and paper, and an evolving storyline. We messed up a lot. Simple things took a long time. Lighting the windows, camera movements and making an origami owl fly are actually big challenges.”
The team hopes that author J.K. Rowling will see the creation, which quickly went viral among fans.
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It’s been four years since the release of the final Harry Potter film but the legend still lives on for Potterheads. Although there’s no news yet if the British author will give in to the fans’ request for an eighth book, an enhanced digital version of the series was recently released by Apple.
J.K. expressed her excitement to Polygon for the new Harry Potter iBooks.
“I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realized on iBooks for the digital world, the artwork and animations in these enhanced editions bring the stories alive in a delightful new way.”
To add more fun, readers can now interact with the books because of their animations. The chapters also include exclusive annotations by J.K. herself. The annotations have been lifted from Pottermore where the author usually reveals unknown facts about The Boy Who Lived. The books may be purchased for $9.99 and will soon be translated to French, German, and Spanish languages.
Potterheads can also look forward to the Celebration of Harry Potter that will take place from January 29-31, 2016 in Universal Studios Orlando. Now on its third year, the event’s highlight is a question-and-answer portion with the cast. Special events like wand classes and sorting ceremonies will take place too.
Potterheads can attend the event, and they should be excited, especially after being disappointed that the tickets for the Christmas dinner in Hogwarts’ Great Hall was declared “Sold Out” within 24 hours. The festive feast is an initiative of London’s Warner Bros. Studio Tour.
The dinner, which will happen on December 3, is the first of its kind for the studio. Aside from a lavish two-course dinner, fans will be treated with Butter Beer and a dessert on the Platform 9 ¾. There will also be dancing until midnight. It isn’t known yet if the studio will add more dates because of the fans’ overwhelming response.
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