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7 new spider species get their names from ‘Game of Thrones’ and other hits

Varys from Game of Thrones. Shelob from Lord of the Rings. And, of course, Charlotte. 

They can all be found in caves in Pará, a state in northern Brazil. There, scientists discovered seven new species — and named them all after spiders in pop culture. 

SEE ALSO: Oh nothing, just ‘spider lightning’ dancing across a stormy sky in Australia

No, none of them eat hobbits, or befriend curious piglets. But these six-eyed spiders are still pretty cool. Even though they live in caves, they haven’t lost their pigmentation or all of their eyes. (Most spiders, BTW, have eight eyes.) Some of them were even discovered outside of caves.  Read more…

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Emma Watson and Robert Pattinson reunite at Golden Globes, ‘Harry Potter’ fans go wild

If there’s one thing the internet loves almost as much as shutdowns and awkward moments, it’s reunions.

Enter Emma Watson and Robert Pattinson, finally together again a full 13 years after Cedric Diggory was cruelly snatched from us in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

SEE ALSO: Seth Meyers slams Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein in Golden Globes monologue

On Sunday, the pair presented the award for Best Limited Series or TV Movie to Big Little Lies at the Golden Globes — and the Harry Potter fandom understandably exploded.

Hermione Granger and Cedric Diggory.
Robert Pattinson and Emma Watson.

I never realized that I needed these photos until I saw them.#GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/HraLGSwtst

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Edinburgh pub changes its name to ‘The J.K. Rowling’ for a reason you’ll totally love

Some of us would love to raise a glass to the literary legend that is J.K. Rowling. But, lucky drinkers in Edinburgh can do one better now, after The Conan Doyle pub changed its name to The J. K. Rowling. 

SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling just tweeted the sweetest reply to a struggling writer

The pub’s original namesake Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born close to the pub’s location at York Place, Edinburgh, and a statue of his detective creation stands over the road. 

SPOTTED in Edinburgh 👀

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While many residents of Auld Reekie are scratching their heads at the sudden and somewhat confusing name change, there’s actually a pretty good explanation for it.  Read more…

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New Year’s Eve at Hogwarts Castle was a magical kaleidoscope of fireworks

While some of us were dancing our hearts out and glugging champagne, others were ushering in the New Year in the most magical way possible — at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

SEE ALSO: Cozy up inside the Hogwarts house of your choosing for the winter

They didn’t have to run through a wall at King’s Cross Station to get there, though. They went along to Universal Studios Hollywood, where Hogwarts Castle happens to be located. 

As the clock struck 12, people looked to the sky to feast their eyes upon a kaleidoscopic display of fireworks above Hogwarts Castle. 

Happy New Years from #universalstudioshollywood 🎉

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‘Harry Potter’ written by a bot is gloriously illustrated by a human

To be fair, how could you not illustrate Harry Potter and the Portrait of what looked like a large Pile of Ash?

SEE ALSO: ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ finally lets you fulfill your fantasy of attending Hogwarts

After a bot wrote an absolutely incredible chapter of Harry Potter, one artist saw the opportunity of a lifetime.

I have to draw some moments from this bot-written Harry Potter chapter#loudslowsoftbird https://t.co/YdKLyJd64o pic.twitter.com/3Xywuaa5uQ

— Megan Nicole Dong (@sketchshark) December 14, 2017

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This ‘Harry Potter’ activewear will guarantee you the House Cup

Someone give us a Triwizard Tournament to win, as we need an excuse to hand over our galleons for this new Harry Potter-inspired activewear.

A new range from Australian label Black Milk, “Team Hogwarts,” is something we’d actually wear — and maybe exercise in (or just rewatch the Prisoner of Azkaban).

SEE ALSO: ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ finally lets you fulfill your fantasy of attending Hogwarts

Choose your house, whether Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin, then pick from tank tops, leggings, tunic dresses and sweatshirts emblazoned with your colours. Each piece ranges from A$70-120 ($53-91), so it won’t empty your entire Gringott’s vault. Read more…

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A hilarious new Harry Potter chapter was written by a predictive keyboard — and it’s perfect

There’s a new Harry Potter chapter that was written using a predictive keyboard trained on the Harry Potter series. Let’s just say we’re glad it’s not canon.

SEE ALSO: These ‘Harry Potter’ ebook covers were never released (but should have been)

The team over at Botnik Studios, a community of creatives concocting weird project including the Predictive Writer, gave the world access to a predictive keyboard trained on all seven Harry Potter books. Botnik used those algorithmically constructed sentences to write a new chapter in the Harry Potter saga, and the results, including the name of the new book, are equally insane and hilarious. Read more…

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Apparently Drake is just as obsessed with ‘Harry Potter’ as you are

In the midst of Drake discussing his plans for a film and television takeover in The Hollywood Reporter, an interesting nugget of information was dropped: Drake is apparently a huge Harry Potter fanatic.

He’s such a stan, he might (or might have already) treat himself to a $160,000 first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—a copy he’s been trying to hunt down for four years now. 

SEE ALSO: This ‘Harry Potter’ sock advent calendar could free 24 house elves this Christmas

@hollywoodreporter 🎥🎞📽📺🦉

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Read the revelations, per Tatiana Siegel’s article for THR, below: Read more…

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This ‘Harry Potter’ sock advent calendar could free 24 house elves this Christmas

Free a house elf every day this Christmas, with this Harry Potter advent calendar filled with socks.

Perfect for wrenching poor ol’ Dobby from the Malfoys, Target’s new festive calendar contains 12 pairs of Harry Potter themed socks — that’s 24 freed house elves, people.

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It’s going for $15 in Target’s online store, pretty decent for 12 pairs of socks. They feature design references to the Marauder’s Map, quidditch and the Deathly Hallows. 

Look at those socks, they’re cuter than a niffler (nah, nothing is cuter than a niffler). Read more…

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5 moments when ‘Stranger Things 2’ was perfectly channeling Harry Potter

Stranger Things pulls from a known library of classic ‘80s movies, but it’s also a classic story of a ragtag team of scrappy heroes fighting the battle of good versus evil. That’s a tale as old as time —and the secret behind some of Hollywood’s most successful and resonant stories.

There are a lot of things you’d compare Stranger Things to before Harry Potter, but Season 2 has the kind of similarities that won’t escape an observant Potter fan. They’re not terribly obvious references, but that’s what makes them even more fun to spot and appreciate.

SEE ALSO: What was the deal with Mike Wheeler in ‘Stranger Things 2’? Read more…

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