New Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet Available for Pre-Order

FireHDKidsOn Wednesday, Amazon introduced the Fire HD Kids Edition in both 6-inch and 7-inch tablet sizes. This children’s tablet comes with a two-year guarantee, as well as a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which provides access to books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games featuring characters such as Harry Potter, Lightning McQueen, Dora the Explorer, and more.

The Fire HD Kids Edition features a quad-core processor, a vivid HD display, front- and rear-facing cameras, Dolby Digital audio, and access to Amazon’s content ecosystem of more than 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps, and games. The Fire HD Kids Edition also comes with Amazon FreeTime, which offers parental controls that encourage learning before play and that help manage screen time.

The Fire HD Kids Edition is now available for pre-order and will start shipping in October.

Sony to Release First Wonderbook Title Featuring New Writing from J.K. Rowling

Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios London Studio will release Wonderbook: Book of Spells on November 13. The first title available for Wonderbook, the new PlayStation 3 peripheral that incorporates the latest augmented reality technology as a way to tell and share stories for children and families, Book of Spells contains new and original writing from J.K. Rowling and brings the world of wizardry to life by introducing players to the Harry Potter universe using the PlayStation Move motion controller and the Eye camera.

By bringing the Wonderbook to life onscreen, Book of Spells teaches players how to cast spells based on those from the original Harry Potter series of books, including Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa, Expelliarmus, and more. Players will be able to interact with the Wonderbook and engage with the content as they use the PS Move motion controller as their very own magic wand. With Wonderbook: Book of Spells, the secrets of wizardry and the art of spell casting will be unveiled as players learn and practice exercises, just like the students at Hogwarts. [Read more...]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Video Game Releases

Don’t worry Harry Potter fans, the film’s magic is not over yet. Fans can now step into their favorite character’s shoes and face Voldemort for a final time, thanks to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 video game by Electronic Arts Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive. The game allows fans to experience what they saw on screens in the final movie installment.

For the first time, players can assume the role of their favorite wizard heroes—such as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Seamus, Neville, Molly Weasley, and Professor McGonagall—in the final battle of Hogwarts. The player’s mission in the game is to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes to defeat Voldemort. The enhanced game play features an all-new spell casting mechanic and intuitive cover system, which makes dueling seem even more realistic for players.

Players also have the chance to break into the high security vaults of Gringotts Bank, escape Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement, and battle Voldemort’s allies as they defend Hogwarts.

The game is available now for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, Wii, Nintendo DS, and Windows PC.

Harry Potter Makes a Pit Stop in NYC

Harry Potter fans in New York City can soon experience the magic of Hogwartz with a new exhibition at Discovery Times Square, set to open April 5. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is a 14,000-square-foot event where visitors can view the craftsmanship behind the authentic costumes and props, including artifacts inspired by those in sets such as the Great Hall, Hagrids Hut, and the Gryffindor common room.

The exhibition, which was developed in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), made its world premiere in Chicago in April 2009 before traveling to other cities. New York City is serving as the final North American destination before going international.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at DiscoveryTS.com, at the Discovery Times Square box office (226 West 44th Street), or by calling (866) 987-9692.

Harry Potter Licensees Announced for Upcoming Movies

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has announced its licensing roster so far for the upcoming feature films Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and Part 2, in theaters November 19 and July 15, 2011 respectively.

Coinciding with the release of Part 1, Lego will debut an array of Lego Harry Potter construction sets, including Hogwarts Castle, Freeing Dobby, Quidditch Match, Hagrid’s Hut, The Burrow, and Hogwarts Express. Other licensees include The Noble Collection (wands, chess sets, high-end sculpts), Tomy, Panini, DeAgostini, Hasbro, Rubie’s Costume Co., Artbox Entertainment, Gentle Giant, Giant Merchandising, Jibbitz, BioWorld Merchandising, Inc., Hallmark, Andrews McMeel Publishing, Tonner Doll, and more.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 marks the first part in the final chapter of the series. Directed by David Yates from a screenplay by Steve Kloves (based on the book by J.K. Rowling), the movie is produced by David Heyman, David Barron, and Rowling.

Costume Changes Continue for Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and Rubie’s Costume Co. (RCC) have announced that they have renewed their global licensing contract. The agreement gives RCC the right to continue producing costumes based on Warner Bros. products, which it’s held since 1999.

RCC’s contract with WBCP includes the North American, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, Asian, and various other markets, with products ranging from franchises such as DC Comics super heroes and Harry Potter, to The Lord of the Rings and The Wizard of Oz.

Warner Bros. Signs New Deals for Harry Potter, Expands Looney Tunes Program

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has announced licensing agreements with Creative Imaginations and The Noble Collection in anticipation of the upcoming theatrical releases Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2. The Noble Collection will expand its collection of Harry Potter merchandise by adding 40 new wands, including wands used by each and every character in the Harry Potter film series, bringing the total wand collection to more than 60.

The Noble Collection, who worked closely with the Harry Potter film production team to ensure that the products are authentic and true to the films, will have approximately 200 Harry Potter products, including wands, jewelry, chess sets, and other collectibles. The products will be available by the end of the year at www.noblecollection.com.

WBCP also signed a two-year licensing deal with Creative Imaginations. The company, which provides custom manufacturing of scrapbook products via licensed artist and brand designs, will create a new line based on the Harry Potter films, including scrapbooking paper, stickers, albums, kits, autograph books, embellishments, and more.

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Harry Potter Park Will Open This Spring

Although Universal has not announced an exact date, the new Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Fla., has been scheduled to open this spring.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will include rides for thrill seekers, such as “Dragon Challenge,” and more family orientated attractions such as “Flight of the Hippograff.” The park will also include themed shops and restaurants inspired by the Harry Potter series, such as “Honeydukes,” which sells chocolate frogs, and a British themed restaurant named “Three Broomsticks.” Above is the first picture of the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade Station.

The official website for the Harry Potter park allows users to take a virtual tour of the park, using a combination of real-life and computer-generated images to show what the park will look like when it is completed.

LEGO to Release Harry Potter Sets and Games

As the anticipation for the theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (November 19) builds, LEGO is partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to release new construction sets and games based on the property.

Based on the stories and characters of the Harry Potter films, the new line includes six construction sets featuring iconic scenes and locations.  The sets–which include the Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid’s Hut, Hogwarts Express, and Quidditch Match–will be available in October and feature decorated minifigures, such as Bellatrix, Lestrange, and Luna Lovegood.
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Tomy Europe Named Regional Master Toy Licensee for Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has appointed Tomy Europe as the new regional master toy licensee for the upcoming Harry Potter two-part movie. As part of the three-year licensing deal, Tomy Europe will develop a range of action figures, games, electronic toys, and role-play items for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which will be released as a two-part series in November 2010 and July 2011. The agreement will cover the UK and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.