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Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week Unintentionally Creepy Halloween Costumes, Space Rovers, and All the Best Toys You Missed This Week

Ending the week without a list of new ways to blow your paycheck just feels wrong, so welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the coolest toys we’ve seen on the internet. This week we’ve got some Star Wars-themed costume ideas that will unintentionally terrify your neighborhood, a fun Squirrel Girl doll…

Never Make Fun of Harry Potter to Guillermo Del Toro's Face, He Will Destroy You Never Make Fun of Harry Potter to Guillermo Del Toro's Face, He Will Destroy You

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón learned the hard way: You don’t dismiss the idea of working on Harry Potter when hanging around Guillermo Del Toro, or admit you haven’t read or seen any of the series. Because you will get yelled at. A lot.

Pottery Barn Is Going to Bankrupt Harry Potter Fans Wanting to Redecorate Like Hogwarts

Almost a year after Pottery Barn revealed a massive collection of Harry Potter-themed paraphernalia, the decor-focused chain is back with new additions to the collection that will have lustful muggles wanting to redecorate all over again. But this isn’t Ikea, and even just a handful of these lavish items is enough to…

The Oft-Forgotten Architecture of Pop Culture Franchises The Oft-Forgotten Architecture of Pop Culture Franchises

A memorable setting is a key component in any memorable story. This is especially true in popular science fiction and fantasy tales, where settings and locations have become as famous and crucial to their worlds as the characters in them.

Cyclops' Best Design Gets a Great Figure, and More Xcellent Toys of the Week Cyclops' Best Design Gets a Great Figure, and More Xcellent Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of the best toys we’ve seen that are currently trying to swipe our hard-earned wages (earned by writing about toys, of course). This week: Tyrion Lannister gets the booze-wielding figure he deserves, Funko gets overtly muscular with retro Thundercats figures, and more!

A Wakandan Princess, the Dude, a Big Satisfying Pooh, and More of the Most Wallet-Draining Toys of the Week A Wakandan Princess, the Dude, a Big Satisfying Pooh, and More of the Most Wallet-Draining Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of all the lovely toys and merchandise we’ve spotted on the internet recently. This week, Shuri gets the incredible action figure she deserves, Christopher Robin’s take on Winnie the Pooh gets an adorable toy, and the Dude almost certainly abides. Check it out!

The Harry Potter: A History of Magic Audiobook Will Be Narrated by the Dulcet Tones of Natalie Dormer The Harry Potter: A History of Magic Audiobook Will Be Narrated by the Dulcet Tones of Natalie Dormer

If you’ve ever wanted to listen to Natalie Dormer talk about magic, you are about to get very lucky. The Game of Thrones star has been tapped to narrate an audiobook all about the wizarding world and more called Harry Potter: A History of Magic.

I Hope I Get an Acceptance Letter to Lego's New 6,020-Piece Hogwarts Castle Set I Hope I Get an Acceptance Letter to Lego's New 6,020-Piece Hogwarts Castle Set

If you thought Lego was out of surprises after all the sets it revealed leading up to San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, today the plastic brick-maker revealed it had one last giant Hogwarts-shaped ace up its sleeve with a new 6,020-piece Harry Potter castle set that includes 27 microscale figures.

This Kit Uses a Motion-Sensing Wand to Teach Kids Code - No Hogwarts Required

Kano’s first product was a computer that kids could build as easily as a Lego set, helping to demystify the technologies we obsess over. The company’s next product is a buildable, motion-sensing wand that swaps spells for simple programming making it easy for kids to conjure up magical interactions with a flick of the…

In the New Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer, Danger Is Brewing for Wizards and Muggles In the New Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer, Danger Is Brewing for Wizards and Muggles

As popular as the Harry Potter films are, they oddly were never much of a mainstay at Comic-Con. That’s changed with the new Fantastic Beasts franchise, though, as the second film, The Crimes of Grindewald, arrived with a new trailer to dazzle the crowds.

Dumbledore and Grindelwald Won't Share a Single Scene Together in Fantastic Beasts 2 Dumbledore and Grindelwald Won't Share a Single Scene Together in Fantastic Beasts 2

The Fantastic Beasts sequel is diving into the past of one of the Wizarding World’s biggest non-Voldemort bads: Gellert Grindelwald, who has a deep history with another titanic presence in the series, Albus Dumbledore. And yet, according to Jude Law, neither character will actually directly interact in the film.

Lego's Next Minifigure Collection Is a Harry Potter Treasure Trove Lego's Next Minifigure Collection Is a Harry Potter Treasure Trove

It’s time to hone your squeezing and feeling skills because Lego’s next blind-bagged minifigures collection arrives August 1 with 22 new characters from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If only “Aparecium,” the revealing charm, worked on tiny foil bags, too.

Warner Bros. Is Starting to Crack Down on Harry Potter Fan Events Warner Bros. Is Starting to Crack Down on Harry Potter Fan Events

Without much in the way of officially-sanctioned Harry Potter conventions, fans of the wizarding world have spent years running their own cons celebrating J.K. Rowling’s beloved book and film series—but that’s starting to change, thanks to a new crackdown being enforced by Warner Bros.

A Deadpool Figure Fit for the Dance Floor, and More of the Greatest Toys of the Week A Deadpool Figure Fit for the Dance Floor, and More of the Greatest Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the neatest toys around. This week, Hot Toys gives us a Deadpool with killer footwear, the incredible Batman Ninja gets an equally worthy action figure, and more Harry Potter Lego than you can shake a whomping willow at. Check it out!

Lego's Harry Potter BrickHeadz Are Going to Avada Kedavra You With Cuteness Lego's Harry Potter BrickHeadz Are Going to Avada Kedavra You With Cuteness

Lego is about to take its biggest bite yet out of Funko’s domination of the adorably-deformed, collectible figurine market with the addition of its first Harry Potter BrickHeadz characters. The new figures include Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore, Harry himself, and his snowy owl, Hedwig.

Feel the Hufflepuff Pride in This Clip From the Upcoming Movie Theater Screening of Puffs Feel the Hufflepuff Pride in This Clip From the Upcoming Movie Theater Screening of Puffs

I admit I’m a Harry Potter fanatic. And while I’m officially a Ravenclaw, I bear no ill will against the Hufflepuffs (like some other people). So when I found out about an off-Broadway comedy where those seven overly-dramatic years at Hogwarts were told from a different perspective, I was all in. Though the theater is…

Harry Potter Alumni Will Journey to Outer Space in YouTube Red Series Origin Harry Potter Alumni Will Journey to Outer Space in YouTube Red Series Origin

Harry Potter veterans Natalia Tena and Tom Felton are trading their wands for phasers, as they’re set to star in YouTube Red’s scifi thriller Origin, with Paul W.S. Anderson (the Resident Evil series) directing the first couple of episodes.

Dame Maggie Smith, Warwick Davis and More Harry Potter Teachers Are Back for Hogwarts Mystery Dame Maggie Smith, Warwick Davis and More Harry Potter Teachers Are Back for Hogwarts Mystery

On April 25, fans are going to get the chance to go back to J.K. Rowling’s school for sorcerers in the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile game. When they get there, they’ll be welcomed by familiar voices from the Harry Potter films.

A Very Chill Dumbledore Is the Star of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's First Trailer A Very Chill Dumbledore Is the Star of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's First Trailer

Because the first Fantastic Beasts was a fish out of water story about Newt Scamander traveling to America, there was only so much of the iconic English wizarding world to be seen. But that’s all changing in The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Hufflepuffs Are Actually Great, and Allow the Cast of the Play Puffs to Explain Why Hufflepuffs Are Actually Great, and Allow the Cast of the Play Puffs to Explain Why

Everyone knows the four houses of Hogwarts: Braves, Snakes, Smarts, and Puffs. What? That’s not what you call them? The Harry Potter satire Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic does and it’s funnier than anything you’d find in the Weasley’s joke shop. The off-Broadway…

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