Happy 15th Anniversary to Harry Potter (In America)!

Today is a VERY, viagra 40mg VERY, health VERY special day, at least to me. Today is the 15th anniversary of the US release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!

This past Tuesday, the 27th, a new Harry Potter box set was released in the United States. In order to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of the first iconic Harry Potter book in the States, Scholastic commissioned artist, Kazu Kibuishi, to redesign the book covers. Kazu has done work all over the place, most notably his middle grade graphic novel series, Amulet.

When I first heard about this, I was skeptical. As a huge Potterhead, I love everything about this book series, including the movies and the merchandise, and I love the artwork that Mary Grandpre created for these books. Its just beautiful.

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But as they began to release the covers for the new editions, and as each one came out, I felt more and more excited about this box set. Check out the covers below.

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They even went all out, and designed the beautiful box that they come in, and the spines so that they create a panorama of Hogwarts when they are all lined up.

And I love them. I think Kazu is an extremely talented artist, who really took the visions that already existed for Harry Potter and expanded on them. Meeting him on Wednesday night was such an awesome experience, especially since he sort of walked us through his career as an artist, and he showed us how he accomplished his artwork, using Photoshop. Yeah, you heard me right, all of the artwork for the new Harry Potter covers, including the back covers and the actual box they come in, were done in Photoshop with a pen and different computer created brushstrokes. Watching him create something using the same method was absolutely impressive and stunning. I really am so glad I was able to meet him. I got a couple books signed by him, and I also got a lithograph of some Half Blood Prince artwork signed by him, that I completely plan on getting framed for my wall.

This coming Sunday, the 1st of September, will be the exact 15th anniversary publishing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic in the United States. While the book was obviously already gaining huge popularity before this, the publishing here in America really helped propel it to what it is now.

It also makes me feel really old.  I first picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was 11 years old (so appropriate), and this was only the year after it was published in America, 1999. I have been reading this books for 14 years of my life.

So this is an incredibly important day for me. At eleven years old, I think I was struggling with reading. And by struggling, I mean, that I wasn’t really equipped to find books that were suitable to my reading level, and to my interest level. There was no easy access internet back then, or GoodReads or blogs like this to help me find the next book to read like there is now. If you want to pick a new book to read, its the simplest task in the world. Go on GoodReads, Twitter, Facebook, a blog, etc. But back then, I was reading Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High, things that just were not my reading level. I could finish a couple of those books in a day. But it wasn’t challenging, it wasn’t expanding my mind, or showing me the world of books.

I have to thank two people for bringing these books in my life. First off, I have to thank Mrs. Doane, who was a substitute teacher when I was in school, who played the Jim Dale audiobook for the class during SSR and I fell in love. We only got through the first chapter, but I was already hooked. Coincidentally, my dad had taken my siblings to go buy books, and he knew that he couldn’t come home from Borders without a book for me, his little reader. Somehow, I don’t even know how, but my dad bought me Harry Potter and brought that home from me. I think my dad expected a happy response, because I love free books, but I don’t think he expected me to jump up and down in excitement.

The rest is history.

Without Harry Potter in my life, I would not be the person that I am. I would not be as openminded and tolerant and outgoing. I would not believe the things that I do, and the things that I don’t as well. I wouldn’t have the values or morals that I feel so strongly about and I wouldn’t have the courage, or the courage I’m learning to have.

Without Harry Potter in my life, I wouldn’t be able to believe in myself as a writer. I think for so long that I thought of writers as people who were so above me, that not an average person could sit down and tell an awesome story, until I read Harry Potter, and until I heard the story of JK Rowling. She has inspired me as a writer, both with her story and her actual writing, and she helps me to believe that I can do it.

Without Harry Potter, I wouldn’t have met as many awesome people that I have. I have made so many friends due to my love of this series. I have met so many bloggers because of my love of this series. I wouldn’t have met the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army, which is a group of some of the BEST people I have ever met in my life. Seriously, there are 600+ members and growing and I love bonding with all of them, and knowing that they are an amazing group of friends.

Lastly (for the purpose of this post, because I could go on and on and on and on), without Harry Potter, I would have never thought to get something permanently tattooed on myself. I now have four Harry Potter tattoos, one Star Wars, one Mortal Instruments and one Doctor Who and I love each and every one of them. They are all so special to me, and I think they are beautiful on my body. I love displaying these beautiful pieces of the fandoms on my body. Without Harry Potter, I would never had done it, and I wouldn’t know how awesome and wonderful it makes me feel.

So Happy Birthday Harry Potter! Its been 15 years and I know that 15, 30, 100 years from now, people will continue to talk about these books, and the impact they made on us and the impact they will continue to make. We are so glad that you’ve been such a success and I look forward to so many more generations discovering the beauty that is Harry Potter.

Happy Reading everyone!

WhatANerdGirlSays Comic Con Wrap Up!

This past weekend was the San Diego Comic Con extravaganza in San Diego, recipe California. Comic Con has been going on for over forty years. I have gone before, cialis 40mg of course, and this year, I was unable to attend. I was really bummed at this for a very long time, but I was a bridesmaid in my best friend’s wedding, and honestly, it was an amazing time. I caught the bouquet and it was amazing, and I’m incredibly happy for her.

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But I know so many of you guys were unable to attend as well! So I wanted to gather as much news as I possibly could to share with you guys, who couldn’t go or may have been too busy to keep up, or just couldn’t keep up with the crazy amount of news that was coming our way this weekend.

Just a note: all articles linked will be from Hypable, which is one of my favorite sites to follow, and kept me SO updated during Comic Con.

So here we go:

Catching Fire Full Length Trailer is Released

We finally got our first full length trailer for the next installment of the Hunger Games movie! This movie will be hitting theaters in November. Cast members like Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Lenny Kravitz, Jena Malone and more were available during the panel and also for signings as well. They talked about different scenes they filmed and the various development of their characters.

Supernatural and Supernatural Spin-Off Series in the Works

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I don’t know much about this show to be completely honest, because I’ve only watched the first couple seasons. From what I can tell, they talk a lot about the return of some characters, the idea of fallen angels, and the relationship between Dean and Sam. If you click the links above, you can find out way more information than I am able to share!

Details are in the bare minimum for the newly announced spin off show but apparently a new character will be introduced toward the end of the season that premieres on October 15th and the spin-off series will be based on this character.

The Marvel Panel Blows Everyone Away!

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So Tom Hiddleston LITERALLY comes out, in FULL Loki costume, and milks it up, acting in his character for the entire couple minutes that he is up on stage. This was literally the only appearance he made so what an amazing rare treat that was. Of course, after, new footage of the Thor sequel was shown, the movie slated for a November release.

There was also cast appearances made for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and a full trailer shown. Hopefully we get the trailer VERY soon, because this is a movie I am definitely looking forward to.

The cast of Guardians of the Galaxy also made a SURPRISE appearance, where Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame debuted her new hairstyle, and there was also a trailer.

Joss Whedon also came out and revealed the title of The Avengers sequel: The Avengers: Age of Ultron. He came out, showed an extremely short trailer that basically showed the Avengers reflected in the helmet of the villain, Ultron, and the title, and that was it. The film is set to release in May of 2015.

Surprise! Cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past Make an Appearance!

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This is so exciting. I absolutely LOVED the first movie (its the only X-Men movie I own) and I haven’t heard much of what is going on for the second movie. A huge number of cast members made a surprise appearance at Comic Con, as well as director Bryan Singer. Appearances included: Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Peter Dinklage, Sean Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, and Ellen Page.

Peter Dinklage, of Game of Thrones fame, has confirmed that he will be paying Bolivar Trask in the movie.

You can watch the entire surprise panel, which I believe, includes the full length trailer. It is low res but its better than nothing!

Doctor Who and Matt Smith’s Last Appearance

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So Matt Smith basically is emotional feels the entire Comic Con weekend as he says good bye to everyone, as he just announced recently that he is leaving the show. The main focus of Doctor Who at Comic Con was the seriously anticipated 50th Anniversary special, which will be featuring Matt as the 11th Doctor and Jenna Louise Coleman as the current companion, but also David Tennant as the 10th Doctor and Billie Piper returning as former companion, Rose Tyler. Steven Moffat was on board to tease like crazy, telling us that he’s been lying his ass off for months about the special and that we could all be presuming wrong. They showed a trailer for the special, which hasn’t been released to the public yet, that includes banter between the two doctors, comparisons between their sonic screwdrivers, Daleks and more.

The Vampire Diaries: Season 5

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Nothing overly new was announced at this, but they talked about the stuff that happened in season four, and talked a little bit about season four, what they liked about what happened, how they are going to explain some of the stuff, how other things are going to work out. I know this is super vague but I glanced through it quickly because I haven’t finished season 4 yet! Paul Wesley says he’s enjoying being a little evil, they have a plan for Jeremy’s story and more.

The Originals: A Vampire Diaries Spin Off

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I don’t want to say too much because this article has a TON of spoilers if you haven’t finished watching the previous season of The Vampire Diaries but they obviously talked a lot about how this show came about and what to expect from it. The show was really built from the love that Daniel, Joseph and Claire have garnered in their characters on TVD. There is going to be a lot going in this spin off show, including episodes of flashbacks in previous TVD episodes, but told from different points of views. Read more above for full details!

Once Upon a Time-Season 3

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Several videos were shown during the Once Upon a Time panel, including a preview for Season 3 and a parody of Good Morning, America but instead, Good Morning, Storybrooke. The teaser trailer shows an interaction between Leroy (Grumpy) and what is presumed to be Ariel (SO exciting). I am SO excited about this show, especially with so many of the characters traveling to Neverland, and a spinoff show premiering as well. You can watch all the different videos at the link above!

Ginnifer Goodwin says that Snow is focusing on herself this season, finding a balance to the good and bad in her. Lana Parilla says Regina makes her favorite kill this season. A love triangle between Emma, Hook and Neil is HEAVILY hinted and we will see Peter, the Darlings, Neverland and Tinker Bell. They also discuss including a LGBT relationship, but doing it in a very real and genuine way!

Good news as well: there won’t be so much mish-mash episodes like last season. There will be 11 episodes, a midseason break and then 11 episodes. Thank goodness.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

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We learn more about the Once Upon a Time spin off show. We focus more on Alice, but in the adult version of the character that we have grown to know in the adaptations that have already been made. The show is more of a cousin to Once Upon a Time, and less of a spinoff show. They say for now, there won’t be crossovers, but they haven’t completely ruled it out. An announcement that was made was Naveen Andrews, of Lost fame, is going to play Jafar.

Divergent: Movie News and Book News!

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The cast and author, Veronica Roth, gathered to talk about the movie and the last book coming out in November. The film has just finished up, and will be releasing in March of 2014. They talked about favorite moments during filming and who has been signed on for part two, Insurgent, though they couldn’t say too much, due to spoilers. Veronica Roth also confirmed that Allegiant, the last book, will be told in due point of views, Tris and Four. They also showed the very first footage of the film to be shown, though this has NOT been posted online.

Straight from Hypable, a description of the footage shown: The extended clip began with Tris’ jump onto and from the train as a new Dauntless with her friend Christina, and then continuing to volunteer and jump off the roof into Dauntless headquarters. The clip also introduced Four helping Tris off of the net, and Tris’s selection of her new identity. The clip continued into a sizzle reel of Dauntless training, complete with impressive flips, gunfighting, and crowdsurfing. Other snippets included a shot of Tris taking the Faction test and receiving her tattoos, and a shot of Kate Winslet as Erudite leader, Jeanine. The reel ended with Four hurling his knives at Tris, the final knife leaving her with blood on her ear.

Superman and Batman Movie Crossover!

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It was announced by director, Zack Snyder, this weekend that a Batman and Superman crossover movie, entitled World’s Finest, was in the making. It is being said as a sequel to the recently released Man of Steel, and Henry Cavill will be back as Superman. No word on who would play Batman, but Christian Bale has already he will not play the Caped Crusader again. Not much else is known, though this is the official logo, but they are aiming for a 2015 release.

Joss Whedon and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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One of the most highly anticipated shows, Agents of SHIELD made a surprise premiere of the pilot episode of the show, which will premiere on September 24th. Joss Whedon and the other guests were a bit reluctant to reveal details but Hypable did have a chance to sit down with them, and you can read all about it, if you click the link above.

The Amazing Spiderman 2

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The directors, and a few members of the cast including Andrew Garfield and Jamie Foxx, hit Comic Con and discussed some of the questions that have been lingering in fan’s minds about the sequel. Jamie discusses what he wanted to accomplish with his character, Electro, and they talked about the need for both Gwen, played by Emma Stone, and Mary Jane Watson, played by Shailene Woodley. Woodley says she won’t return for part 3, but the producers say “time will tell.” Andrew Garfield also talked about Peter’s relationship with Gwen, and the possibility of Spiderman being gay, and exploring his sexuality. Read more above, for some really amazing insights to the new movie. The movie comes out May 2nd, 2014.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Panel

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Not much was revealed as far as the movie goes, with the release date only weeks away, but the cast discusses filming and playing their different characters and things like that. Jamie talked about the vulnerability of Jace and how Clary brings that out in him. Kevin mentions how they all sort embody their characters and Godfrey Gao confirmed this weekend that the Magnus and Alec kiss that occurs during the time of City of Bones, but was written as an outside story, will be in the film. Very exciting. Check out the entire panel.

Game of Thrones

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The cast and author George R.R. Martin gathered to talk about the previous season, the nominations that were handed out to them for the Emmys and what we can expect in the future. They mostly talked about all the drama and tragedy that occurs at the end of the previous season, entitled the Red Wedding,w here basically all the characters die. Martin says killing all these characters really gives actors more opportunities to explore their characters more, and break boundaries. Emilia was surprised to find out she had garnered a nomination and the actor who played her on-screen husband came up on stage to congratulate her. They talked a little about Sam and Jon, and how their characters are, and their motivations. George also talked about the two remaining books in the series and the possibility of a prequel. If he makes it that far ;)

The Legend of Korra Season Two

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Now, I just saw Michael DiMartino a few weeks ago, and he was so tight lipped about The Legend of Korra, season two, but now I realized they were waiting to reveal all of this at Comic Con. They showed the entire first episode of season two, and announced that the show would return in September and will be called “Book 2: Spirits”.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Cover Reveal!

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I wrote a couple weeks ago about the anniversary covers of Harry Potter, with new artwork done by Kazu Kabuishi. I showed you all the covers that had already been revealed and now we finally have book six! The books are being released on August 27th, in a paperback box set. The last cover, for Deathly Hallows, will be shown at a party in New York City, celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday (and Jo’s!) on July 31st. It is open to the public, so if you are a Potterhead, and in the area, head on over!

Ender’s Game

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New footage of Ender’s Game, a Comic Con exclusive, was shown at the convention, with appearances by the director, producer, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, and Asa Butterfield. The trailer is mostly about Ender, of course, and his training, but apparently there are glimpses of other characters as well. The audience asked a lot of questions about the film, especially of Orson Scott Card, but those were deflected easily. There were also a lot of questions aimed at Harrison Ford about Star Wars and Indiana Jones but those were deflected as well, but that makes a lot of sense. The guy is SO ready to move on.

Sherlock Season Three!

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Neither Benedict Cumberbatch nor Martin Freeman were able to attend Comic Con but they had recorded a video message for the fans in attendance. However, Steven Moffat and the other guests, like Mark Gatiss who plays Mycroft Holmes, made up for it. Moffat says that Sherlock’s “death” has already been hinted at in season two and that the John and Sherlock reunion was his favorite part to make. However John is NOT going to be happy with Sherlock, of course, but his anger will be resolved by the end of episode one; they don’t want to drag it out. Moriarty is actually dead, and we will see more of Mycroft and Sherlock’s relationship as well as the relationship (not romantic) between Molly and Sherlock. The stars have also signed on for season 4, but of course, no word on that.

Firefly Video Game!

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Oh yes, you heard that right, Browncoats. There is officially going to be a Firefly video game, releasing in the Summer of 2014. It is called Firefly Online and will be available on Android and iOS devices. There is not much more information besides that, but if you click the link, you can watch the trailer and you can find out how to register on the website for official updates!

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There was SO much more on Comic Con, and I’m sure I only covered a drop in the bucket of what I’m sure was an amazing weekend. I hope that this was still helpful for everyone who was unable to make it to the convention or able to keep up with the constant updates.

I just wanted to shout out to my friend Becky for trying to get me Divergent and Hunger Games swag, what a rock star you are for even trying! I want to do a HUGE shout out to my girl, Erin, from That One Geek Girl, for thinking of me this weekend and doing the most amazing thing in the world by getting me a personalized autograph by the flippin gorgeous Godfrey Gao himself. Yes, the sexy man playing Magnus Bane in City of Bones. You are amazing, Erin, and I love you! You are such an amazing friend.

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Hope you all enjoyed this recap and stay tuned for more awesome coming this week!

Please remember that most of this information was researched at Hypable and to visit their website for more information and articles all about Comic Con. They are one of my absolute favorite sites, so definitely check them out!

Harry Potter Anniversary Editions!

So some of you may already know this but I have yet to announce here on WhatANerdGirlSays, approved so here we are.

Back in February of this year, website like this Scholastic announced that in celebration of Harry Potter hitting the United States in 1998, buy information pills they would be releasing all seven books in all paperback with all new covers.

The covers would be designed by Kazu Kibuishi, the author and illustrator of the children’s graphic novel series, Amulet.

When I first heard of this, I will admit that I was quite hesitant. I grew up with Harry Potter. I first read Harry Potter when I was ten years old, the year that the first book was released here in the US and it was the highlight of my childhood, waiting for the new book, reading the new book and seeing the covers for the first time. I ADORE Mary Grandpre‘s artwork and think its absolutely beautiful.

In the months since they announced this, they have released the cover art for the first four novels, Goblet of Fire just released a couple days ago. Take a look.

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I must admit, I was proven so very completely wrong. I think Kibuishi‘s artwork is visually appealing and extremely talented and it is supremely beautiful. I absolutely ADORE the Prisoner of Azkaban cover, and I really can’t wait to see the rest of the covers.

The books are releasing as standalone editions, or in a box set, on August 27th, according to the release date on Amazon. You can preorder the box set at this link, for only 58.50, which is not a bad deal in the slightest. You are also able to preorder each individual book, as well.

I love these covers, much more than I thought I would, and as a huge Harry Potter fanatic, I must add these to my collection.

Scholastic also has plans for releasing a smaller box set in November, including Quidditch Through the Ages, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I am definitely looking forward to these as well.

What do you guys think of the book covers? Do you like them, or dislike them? Will you be adding them to your collection? As always, let me know in the comments!