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Harry Potter Fans Deemed Too Heavy For ‘wizarding World’ Ride

 

Most people remember the feeling of not being tall enough to ride an amusement park ride, but some would-be riders of the signature attraction at Universal Studios’ new “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park in Orlando are being turned away because of their girth. The ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” employs individual restraints to keep each guest tucked in to his or her seat, but the restraints aren’t large enough to accommodate heavier riders.

Universal seems to have anticipated this issue, stationing staff “wizards” and test-seats along the line and at the entrance to Forbidden Journey. Riders test their “>ability to fit in the seats, as well as the restraint (which must click three times to be deemed safe and for the potential rider to be allowed into the attraction).

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One Harry Potter fan, Jeff Guillaume of Lansing, Michigan, expressed disappointment on his “Harry Potter” fan site after he failed the test. Guillaume is 5’8″ and weighs 265 pounds, and says the restraint wouldn’t fit over his torso, though he reports that other rides at the park have special cars reserved for bigger riders.

Universal, which doesn’t have “specific weight limits (just the test seats and a requirement that riders be at least 48 inches tall), says “>the “body dimension” restrictions are “to ensure the safety of our guests. It’s #1.”

That’s all fine and good, but considering the average weight of an American man is 191 pounds (and rising: in 1960 it was 166 pounds), “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” could be turning away quite a few potential revelers.

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Universal isn’t the first theme-park operator to deal with issues raised by the growing rate of obesity in the United States. In 2007, Disney had to modify the “It’s a Small World” ride after weighted-down boats began regularly getting stuck in the plume.

One Harry Potter fan who was unable to ride “Forbidden Journey” when his seat test yielded only two clicks of the restraint, is turning the incident into a personal motivational challenge. Banks Lee, who says he’s 6’2? and approximately 310 lbs, has decided to diet and exercise until he can get on the ride (and hopes to continue his quest even after meeting that goal.) He’s even started a blog: Banks Lee and the Three Clicks: My Journey to Fit on an Enchanted Bench, where the Orlando resident is documenting the long walks and sensible diet that he hopes will lead to a ride on “The Forbidden Journey.”

Source- Lindsey Robertson

Written by Andrea Waters
Freelance Writer

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Can somebody who has two Pottermore accounts please give me one?

Question by J.K. is our Queen: Can somebody who has two Pottermore accounts please give me one?
Hello!
I was just wondering if someone would be kind enough to give me a Pottermore account, if you have an extra. I have been trying SO extremely hard to get one, trust me! The first three days, my alarm clock didn’t work, so it didn’t wake me up. (EST time zone) The fourth day, I had a volleyball practice as long as the time period when the clue was supposed to be revealed. Today, the fifth day, I got up at 7:00 to keep refreshing Pottermore, hoping I would get it, but apparently we just HAVE to go school shopping today. I can’t even stay home; my parents won’t let me. The next two days, we will be out of town for a wedding. As you can see, I am very frustrated with myself for not getting into Pottermore, as I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. Harry Potter has been my childhood and it would mean the world to me if I could get into Pottermore. Please!
(P.S.- This is my first Yahoo! Answers-question, and so if I’m doing anything wrong, please tell me! And, oh yeah, if you need my email, please just ask. I really appreciate this!)

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I have an extra one if you’d like it. Obviously you won’t have the right name or age but it’s better then nothing, right? You can always make a new one in October if you’d like.
I’ll need your email so I can tell you the username and password.

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Amortentia Review: Eleven Scandals to Start… – Muggle


ELEVEN SCANDALS TO TO START TO WIN A DUKE’S HEART by Sarah MacLean
Series: Love By Numbers, #3
Publication Date: May 1st 2011 by Avon

Summary: She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.


Heroine: MacLean is a fantastic writer because no matter how hard you resist, you will end up cheering for Juliana. She is so easy to relate to because MacLean taps into that feeling of just wanting to belong.

Hero: Leighton is my kind of hero. He’s stubborn and he does think quite highly of himself, but it makes it all the more fun to see his facade crack.

Supporting Cast: A highlight of the entire series – not just this book in particular – is the interaction between the siblings. I love the scenes with Juliana, Gabriel, and Nicholas. I love the role that Gabriel played in this book, especially whenever he is in a scene with Leighton.

Plot: I didn’t enjoy the premise of Eleven Scandals as much as I had with Nine Rules, but overall the “scandals” that Juliana starts are so much fun.

Romance: Fantastic romance. MacLean kept me on my toes up until the very end of the book. Juliana and Leighton had the best chemistry. This wasn’t the steamiest novel I’ve ever read, but it definitely ranks high on sexual tension and chemistry.

Love Potion Strength:

Exceeds Expectations

MacLean is officially one of my favorite romance writers. If you loved any of her previous books or if you’re new to this author, definitely pick this up!

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Amortentia Review: Eleven Scandals to Start… – Muggle


ELEVEN SCANDALS TO TO START TO WIN A DUKE’S HEART by Sarah MacLean
Series: Love By Numbers, #3
Publication Date: May 1st 2011 by Avon

Summary: She lives for passion.

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips . . . and precisely the kind of woman The Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.

Scandal is the last thing Simon Pearson has room for in his well-ordered world. The Duke of Disdain is too focused on keeping his title untainted and his secrets unknown. But when he discovers Juliana hiding in his carriage late one evening—risking everything he holds dear—he swears to teach the reckless beauty a lesson in propriety. She has other plans, however; she wants two weeks to prove that even an unflappable duke is not above passion.


Heroine: MacLean is a fantastic writer because no matter how hard you resist, you will end up cheering for Juliana. She is so easy to relate to because MacLean taps into that feeling of just wanting to belong.

Hero: Leighton is my kind of hero. He’s stubborn and he does think quite highly of himself, but it makes it all the more fun to see his facade crack.

Supporting Cast: A highlight of the entire series – not just this book in particular – is the interaction between the siblings. I love the scenes with Juliana, Gabriel, and Nicholas. I love the role that Gabriel played in this book, especially whenever he is in a scene with Leighton.

Plot: I didn’t enjoy the premise of Eleven Scandals as much as I had with Nine Rules, but overall the “scandals” that Juliana starts are so much fun.

Romance: Fantastic romance. MacLean kept me on my toes up until the very end of the book. Juliana and Leighton had the best chemistry. This wasn’t the steamiest novel I’ve ever read, but it definitely ranks high on sexual tension and chemistry.

Love Potion Strength:

Exceeds Expectations

MacLean is officially one of my favorite romance writers. If you loved any of her previous books or if you’re new to this author, definitely pick this up!

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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Review

The long goodbye for the most successful film series of the century thus far begins with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, the darkest and least characteristic of the batch. Gone are Hogwarts and the sense of security that went with it, gone is any of the joy of youth, gone is more than just a measure or two of John Williams’ original music. With Harry, Ron and Hermione left largely to their own devices on often forbidding terrain, this grim beginning-of-the-end odyssey has a very different feel from any of its predecessors — a development slightly more disconcerting than it is welcome. That this holiday release will be a huge international attraction is beyond question, even if the real fireworks mostly await the finale’s second installment, which arrives July 15.

Perhaps the most pertinent question surrounding the way in which J.K. Rowling’s exceptionally intricate epic is being concluded onscreen is whether dividing the final book into two films was justified artistically or only financially. After all, the longest volume in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, became the shortest film, and parts of the long midsection of Deathly Hallows– when the kids sulk in the wild, not knowing what to do next — easily could have been abridged.

More than even the most faithful of the earlier episodes, this film feels devoted above all to reproducing the novel onscreen as closely as possible, an impulse that drags it toward ponderousness at times and rather sorely tests the abilities of the young actors to hold the screen entirely on their own, without being propped up by the ever-fabulous array of character actors the series offers.

Arguing in favor of the extensive treatment is the fact that in Deathly Hallows, screenwriter Steve Kloves must pull together multiple story strands and dozens of characters that, as especially will be the case in Part 2, date back to the series’ prepubescent days. To cram the essentials covered in Part 1 and to do justice to the climaxes that await would represent a very tall order for a single conventional-length film. So it seems reasonable enough to say why not do it all, shoot the works, show every scene millions of readers want to see, give every character his or her proper curtain call, be expansive rather than constrained? In this case, probably better a bit too much — even a dull scene here and there — than not enough.

Deathly Hallows opens boldly. “These are dark times, there’s no denying,” intones Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy, just now joining the series) in intense close-up, acknowledging the fact that archvillian Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his Death Eaters, having dispatched Dumbledore at the end of the previous installment, are on the verge of a complete takeover. For his part, Voldemort has gathered his minions to stress that it falls to him and no one else to kill Harry Potter, who must be hunted down at once.

Knowing his peril, Harry moves his immediate family (providing brief encores for Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw and Harry Melling) out of Privet Drive. But, sensing danger, Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson, fun to have back) insists upon replicating Harry sevenfold so that the Death Eaters won’t know which is the real one when they come after him — which they promptly do in a spectacular nocturnal airborne chase that ends up at the Weasleys’ isolated home for a furtive wedding.

As anyone who has followed the yarn in print or onscreen will know, Harry’s only hope of stopping Voldemort lies in his finding and destroying the Horcruxes that represent portions of the Dark Lord’s pestilential soul. Inscrutable clues have been left behind by Dumbledore, but an encounter with former house elves Kreacher and Dobby — themselves not seen in some time — reveals that one Horcrux is in the possession of the students’ former tormenter, the pint-sized lady in pink, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton).

The film’s most engaging sustained interlude involves the kids’ risky visit to the Ministry of Magic, where Umbridge works as a judge now that the goon squad has taken over. Transforming themselves physically into the bodies of minor wizards, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) sneak about in a bureaucracy strewn with posters branding Harry “Undesirable #1″ and so rife with threat and fear that Dr. Goebbels himself would have approved.

Then follows the long spell in the wilderness, the bleakness of which is alleviated only by a small satchel of Hermione’s that rivals that of Mary Poppins for its bottomlessness and by a dance to radio music that Harry and Hermione briefly enjoy after Ron bolts in a huff. The duration of this stretch, which sees the protagonists reach their lowest ebb of despair, might have been justified were the actors capable of suggesting more subtext and nuance to express the cumulative emotion of their long struggle. We get the idea, but there’s not enough going on moment to moment to stymie the urge to fast-forward.

But once Ron returns and they’re able to destroy the Horcrux, leaving three more to go, they visit their friend Luna Lovegood’s haunted father Xenophilius (Rhys Ifans), the upshot of which is a beguiling animated sequence that illustrates — not a moment too soon — what the Deathly Hallows are.

The friends are eventually captured and hauled into Malfoy Manor, where the maniacal Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter, as entirely captivated by the role as ever) would gladly finish them all off if not for the constraints imposed by the Dark Lord. The ending is not exactly a cliffhanger but, rather, an unambiguous promise of escalated mayhem to come in July.

With two previous Potter episodes under his directorial belt, anointed series finisher David Yates certainly knows what’s called for at this point but still doesn’t betray a special knack for inspired screen fantasy; it’s fair to say that, among Potter directors, he occupies a reliable, prosaic middle ground between the indulgent obviousness of Chris Columbus in the first two and the vibrant work of Alfonso Cuaron and Mike Newell on entries 3 and 4, respectively.

The marvelous technical wizardry on display can come as no surprise at this point; it seems to get better with each installment. Composer Alexandre Desplat makes his Potter debut with a turbulent, emotional score that borrows from the original theme-setting Williams only to musically identify Harry’s owl Hedwig on its brief appearance.

Notwithstanding that Harry Potter is not even 18 years old when Deathly Hallows begins, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and especially Rupert Grint look very grown-up now, the series having taken nine years to make rather than the seven that elapse across the span of the story. Most of the prime supporting players are allowed only a scene or two here, and their comparative absence is felt; it can only be hoped that at least some of them will be afforded final moments to shine in the follow-up.

Written by Chumm
Freelance Writer – www.chumm.co.uk

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12 Coolest Things Inspired by Harry Potter


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Lego Robotic Monsterchess

Steve Hassenplug and his friends John Brost, Ron McRae and Bryan Bonahoom built robotic Monsterchess from Lego inspired on the Harry Potter part one. This Monsterchess finished with more than 100,000 Lego pieces. They took standard Lego baseplates and designed robotic bases for each piece. To balance them they placed four caster wheels and two electric motor powered wheels that provide movement for every piece.
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Harry Potter Inspired Wedding

In honor of the final Harry Potter movie, we had to share these two amazing Hogwarts-inspired wedding!

This adorable couple actually met because of Harry Potter! Christine and Andy met online through a post about Harry Potter news, so it seemed only natural for their wedding to be influenced by the series.

Finding your seat has never been more fun… just leave it up to the sorting hat. The wands were personalized with the name and wedding date of the couple and each has a tag telling you which house you belong in. Don’t forget: “The wand chooses the wizard.”
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Harry Potter Inspired ‘Wand’ Remote

Harry Potter’s have ability to whip out his wand and make magic happen. Now you too can do the same, with the Kymera Wand.

The realistic looking remote-wand, is the brainchild of two British men, Chris Barnardo and Richard Blakesley, who were inspired, after seeing how enthralled the world was, with the Harry Potter series.

It can be programmed to perform 13 commands using different gestures. For example, the volume can be adjusted with just a flick of a wrist, while changing a channel can be done with a much more elaborated gesture.

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Real World Invisibility Cloaks

A team led by scientists at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering has demonstrated the first working “invisibility cloak.” The cloak deflects microwave beams so they flow around a “hidden” object inside with little distortion, making it appear almost as if nothing were there at all.

JK Rowling didn’t invent the notion of an “invisibility cloak.” The concept has existed for years in various media (most notably as a powerful item in the Dungeons and Dragons games.) But the cloak has taken on some central importance in Potter mythology, with it Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione use it to sneak around Hogwarts, the wizarding school, to create mischief and evade enemies.

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Cupcakes

Celebrate the release of the last ever Harry Potter movie with these cupcakes inspired by Harry’s days at Hogwarts and created exclusively for goodtoknow by cupcake queen Victoria Threader.
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Chess Set

This magical chess set featuring astonishing recreation as seen in the movie, consists of 32 enchanting pieces made of casting zinc measuring from 2.5 to 5.5 inches in height, the playing board is of plexiglass, a light transparent weather resistant thermoplastic measuring 20 x 20 inches. Harry Potter fans will cherish this chess set for a long time to come.
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602,000 Matchstick Hogwarts School

If you thought you built something that was impressive when you were younger, you probably shouldn’t show it to Patrick Acton. The matchstick pioneer and builder has created the most awesome replica of the Hogwarts School. It took Patrick three years and 15 gallons of wood glue to put it all together. Talk about true dedication!
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Quidditch College Sport

The most popular wizard sport in the Harry Potter Universe is, of course, Quidditch. In the game, teams of 7 players fly around on brooms chasing a variety of colorful balls, which they catch or shoot to score points, with “the Golden Snitch” standing out as the most significant prize of all. Catching “the snitch” automatically wins the game.

There is, in fact, an ACTUAL National Quidditch League and an International Quidditch Association. They even have a World Cup (like in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire). The International Rules are based on a game devised at Middlebury College in 2005, and it’s now the basic model used throughout the United Kingdom, the United States and much of the rest of the world. Obviously, no magical Golden Snitches (which are supposed to be quasi-sentient, flying balls) are available, so instead individual players take on the role. Everyone is still required to run around on brooms, however.

If you want to try a new sport and run around on broom handles like a wizard sports aficionado, then you can even purchase your own Quidditch kit and play with your friends like it’s a pick-up game of whiffle-ball.

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Hogwarts Cake

Created by Charm City Cakes for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
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Necklace

This funky necklace pays homage to one of the most influential book series of all time. Each of the seven books are handcrafted, sealed to prevent too much wear, and attached to an appropriate matte chain.
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Harry Potter Gryffindor Hat for Dogs

This is the season for Quidditch and Potion’s Class. This hat was inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwart’s house: Gryffindor. It is striped mustard/gold and burgundy with black pompoms.
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Half Blood Harry Potter Inspired Soap

If you have ever wondered what hogworts smells like than this soap is for you. I thought about it and tested out a few and I feel Half Blood really captures the essence of Harry Potter. It’s a little bit dark, earthy, sweet and mysterious. Made of a blend of dragons blood, pumpkins, rum with some buttery notes.
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