“The Killer Women Mentoring Scheme is a brand new initiative designed to support emerging female crime writers from BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) and working-class backgrounds. The scheme, which will offer mentorship, workshop and possible publication opportunities, has been backed by one of the most loved writers in the crime genre: J.K Rowling, otherwise known under her crime fiction alias, Robert Galbraith.”
Another Harry Potter site of interest is Pottermore at:
Our own fan club here in New York City is one of our favorites also, as well it should be. Hey, if you don’t love yourself how will others love you? Our web URL contains where we are from in abbreviation as seen here:
Hello PotterHeads, SpaceMan here with a special treat. An exclusive interview with Manhattan Magician. Manhattan Magician is a former performing magician, who now is both an inventor and writer on the topic of conjuring as seen on his website ManhattanMagician.com.
Passing on the Legacy
One of the aspects of being a Harry Potter fan that Manhattan Magician is enjoying, is passing on the legacy of the Harry Potter books through his wife and daughter. Just before bedtime they read to each other from the Potter series. Thus, that is where we start with our interview of the notorious fringe character…Manhattan Magician! I pass it over now to our guest blogger HPFCNYC.
Welcome Manhattan Magician.
Thank you, I am glad to be here.
So I hear that your wife and daughter are enjoying the Harry Potter series…
Yes indeed. Generation to generation the Harry Potter books do go.
What’s it like being both a stage magician and a Harry Potter fan?
I’m actually a former magician. Now mostly an inventor of magic and a blogger. Funny you should ask about the experience of being a former performing magician and a Potter fan. Because I have recently been studying the inspirations for the content of the books. For example, the term Avada Kedavra used in Potter. Avada Kedavra is the killing curse and tool of the Dark Arts and one of the three Unforgivable Curses. When cast successfully on a living person or creature the curse causes instantaneous and painless death, without any signs of violence on the body.
Yes. Quite. Whereas Abracadabra has an entirely different meaning. You see Avada Kedavra sounds much like Abracadabra.
I never noticed before.
And as I said, Abracadabra is different. It’s word said by magicians when performing a magic trick. Much like Hocus-Pocus, Open Sesame and the like. In fact, I used to say Abracadabra all the time in my act.
I used to as well.
People during Medieval Times actually believed in magic as an ongoing part of their lives. The word Abracadabra was useful for them to be used whenever they couldn’t explain something. They actually used the incantation ‘Abracadabra’ to ward off such bewitchment and as a remedy for poor health. The word was recited repeatedly, each time with the final letter being removed, until just ‘a’ remained.
It was believed that a person’s illness could be treated with the word in a triangular amulet as the as the word became shorter. I could use such an amulet right now as I am nursing a cold. J. K. Rowling was a genius with what she did with the Harry Potter series and the magic world created, sometimes borrowing ideas from history and other aspects that were, well, plucked out of thin air with a magic flourish!
I, SpaceMan, am your host once again here at the Harry Potter Fan Club NYC. Today we are exploring a topic that has Potterheads all over the world abuzz. We’re talking of course about “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the new play on Broadway!
About the Play
We’re starting at the beginning by showing you how the website for the production describes itself. Here’s an excerpt from the “About” page of HarryPotterThePlay.com:
“Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. This epic two-part event brings one of the most iconic characters of our time to life on stage – now as a husband and father of three – with his friends still by his side. Cursed Child sends the imagination soaring with awe-inspiring theatrical wizardry – the likes of which have never been experienced until now.”
“New York Times” Review
Since we’re based in New York, NY it only makes sense to give the #2 spot to the “New York Times.” Here’s a portion of what NYtimes.com had to say:
“Part of the generation-crossing appeal of Ms. Rowling’s novels lies in her ability to give operatic grandeur to the most universal and pedestrian hopes and fears — feelings harbored by anguished adolescents of all ages — by placing them in a wildly fantastical context. (In this sense, her fiction resembles that of Stephen King.) And this show more than honors that dichotomy.”
Now we’ll examine a tidbit from One of Hollywood’s rags, Variety.com:
“Once you get past the sensory (and commercial) blandishments and the show begins, it’s clear that director John Tiffany and his wizard designers have answered the big question: What can the theater do for the story of Harry Potter that the books and movie treatments haven’t done? In a word, the theater has brought its own brand of wizardry to the material. Visually and aurally, the show presents a panorama of dazzling effects that draw audible gasps from the audience.”
“For readers who stayed up all night to pore through the brick-sized books, the show’s five-plus-hour run time (over two nights) is only fitting. Our favorite characters (now adults and parents) all show up, and just as in the books, they’re different enough to show they’ve grown over the years, yet are exactly the same in their habits and hearts.”
“The time-travel effect is a marvel of deftly deployed lights and video that yields a big wow moment, prompting a surge of anticipation whenever it’s about to occur. But what’s most satisfying is the way the story expands as it trips back and forth between past and present to revisit much of the known Potterverse.”
Potterheads, if you haven’t seen “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” yet, do! And give us your own personal review!
Welcome fellow NYC and international PotterHeads of PotterMania. It’s none other than SpaceMan here. And I’m not only a Harry Potter fan but I myself practice the art of conjuring in another life. So imagine my excitement when I learned there is a place that has the best of both of my worlds: one aspect being Potterdome and the other legerdemain!
I am speaking of course about “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” that is cohabitating with the “Summer of Magic” program. Where? It goes without saying that both exhibits are occurring at The New York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West, New York, NY, (212) 873-3400. Also, here’s the website for more information.
I give you the necessary information up front because if you, like me, are interested in seeing BOTH exhibits, you’ll have to act quickly. Though Harry Potter will be around until January 27, 2019, the “Summer of Magic” happening is going to be leaving us, well, just like summer on September 16. Yes, disappearing. Poof!
Harry Potter Fun
Harry Potter I must admit is what I am most excited to see. I have heard it is wonderful. It is described as a journey to where magic and myth began! And as every wizard knows, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the United States publishing of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
“…Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, Harry Potter: A History of Magic unveils century-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of the British Library and New-York Historical Society—with original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins to the origins of the sorcerer’s stone, explore the subjects studied at Hogwarts and see original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling as well as Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay.”
The showing also boasts of such things as the first recorded mention of “abracadabra,” as a cure for malaria, in Quintus Serenus, Liber Medicinals. Courtesy the British Library Board. Neat!
And Then There’s the Second Attraction, in this Double Feature
“…Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection” June 15 – September 16. Travel to New York’s magical past and discover a world of treasures from the collection of Emmy Award-winning illusionist David Copperfield. Explore the careers and exploits of the legendary magicians that inspired him, see iconic objects used by Harry Houdini, and be amazed by the Death Saw from one of Copperfield’s most famous illusions!”
And Before I Vanish Just Like “Summer of Magic” Which I Will be Doing Soon, I’d Like to Thank Those of You Who Contacted Me Regarding…
The blog entry, just as the title describes, details five talented finger flingers who perform in our terrific city.
Kudos also go out to the Manhattan Magician for being accepted as a card carrying member (it actually says “Manhattan Magician” on his membership card) of the Society of American Magicians. And since MM is in New York, in September he’ll be attending meetings at the very first chapter of S.A.M. that was once presided over by Harry Houdini himself!
All right then. It’s time for SpaceMan to dematerialize…
Which Harry Potter Fan Experience is Right for You?
There are many Harry Potter fan clubs and experiences to be had, one for every taste. But sometimes it is not clear if a Harry Potter experience is right for you. That’s why I, SpaceMan, of Harry Potter Fan Club NYC (the unofficial Harry Potter fan club) have taken it upon myself to provide details regarding some of our favorite clubs and adventures. That way, you can judge which one you like the most as well as can consider becoming a part of it.
The Group that Shall Not be Named
We start of course with “The Group that Shall Not be Named.” This club is located in New York, NY like we are and is organized by J.Rosenthal and 6 others. It boasts over 3,500 members. They are united by their love of the books. They meet regularly on the 1st Thursday of every month and have special events, usually around 12 per year. They describe their organization as a way to meet new friends in this huge city.
Target is having a special Harry Potter event to showcase the new product lines for the 20th anniversary. This is a heavily cosplay encouraged happening at a Target in Brooklyn to help promote and showcase TGTSNBN. If you would like to attend please go to TGTSNBN meetup page. The event will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Target located at 45 Albee Square, Brooklyn, NY.
Harry Potter NYC – The Group that Shall Not be Named
New York, NY 3,512Harry Potter Fans
Welcome Harry Potter Fans!We are HP-NYC, “The Group That Shall Not be Named”. And Harry Potter isn’t over till we say its over.We are the largest HP fan club in the world wi…
Although this website has already been up for several years, it is a new and magical time for Harry Potter Fan Club NYC as we enhance our ability to communicate with fans all over the world, and dare we say, maybe even in another dimension. Yes, it is still me, SpaceMan, who is forging ahead with this H.P. incarnation. The Magic has never been stronger as we welcome new members like the Manhattan Magician himself. He is an actual prestidigitator who resides in NYC and makes magic on a regular basis at his blog. We at Harry Potter Fan Club NYC are finding now, more than ever, our connection to those who have selected illusion as being their vocation. This connection infuses Harry Potter fandom with a fresh new energy because no matter how long it’s been since the book series was completed, the Harry Potter mystique continues to be big business. Because when it comes to the Harry Potter franchise even when it is small it is big! For example, the third installment ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ was deemed to be the least successful one. Though, remarkably it still earned 90 million more than another famous movie – Twilight.
And speaking of big, it is a big agenda of many Harry Potter fans to join a fan club. But not all fans can attend in person as a member of Harry Potter Fan Club NYC via Lights Camera Read. Therefore we encourage you to start your own Harry Potter Fan Club. If you would like to do this we encourage you to watch Melody Her Highness on YouTube. She has some great tips for doing this.
Unofficial Fan Club & Fan Pathway to the Next Dimension…Create, Collaborate, Conjure