I also read about this awesome wand (you should check out the link...very well-designed website* representing the magic wand!) that works as a remote. You can set it up to control your lights, ipod, tv...who knows what else!
"The wand is certainly functional. He taps the side of the wand with three fingers, and announces it’s now in learning mode. He then jabs the wand forwards, picks up my Sky remote control and points it at the wand, pressing the ‘Menu’ button. This process is repeated for a clockwise twist, a jab backwards, and a huge swish, and then the fun begins.
He whips the wand through the air, like a snake. My television turns on. No, I’m not kidding. He jabs the wand forwards and the TV guide appears. A quick flick down, and we highlight the ‘Sports’ option. A jab backwards and we’re in the Sports menu, then a jab forward and the football comes on. I’m impressed. Chris whips the wand through the air again and my television turns off."
Very cool, but probably not worth the 50 pounds since I don't have a television. Or pounds. Also, I might have accidentally made up the thing about it turning on the lights.
Also, Wizarding World, the Disneyland for Harry Potter fanatics, opens Spring 2010! I have mixed feelings. I love the idea of it, but I'm afraid the reality will be too commercial, too targeted towards little kids and that it will have no heart. The beautiful watercolor mock-ups don't reassure me. It looks like lots of shops and few rides and places to explore. All I want are places to explore!
Map of Wizarding World. Click on it to see it larger. Not too many rides yet. I'm sure they will add one a year for the next twenty years.
Zonkos - They don't require galleons. They take Visa and Mastercard.
The comments on the MuggleNet article for the amusement park update crack me up.
"OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG Totally taking off from school, and ditching my trip to Costa Rica! Hogwarts, I've waited so long to recieve my letter. My 11th birthday was a letdown. My 20th will be amazing!"
"Three words: Audio-Animatronic Snape."
A mother of a six-year-old boy and a 20-year-old fight back and forth over who will enjoy it more. The mother says her son will enjoy it more because he thinks it's real. The 20-year-old says, "It is real."
*Tangent: I love the new websites with the RPG style. They remind me of playing Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle when I was wee. Here is another example of website with this style. It's for the book I keep pushing at everyone, Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I love websites for books! I'm very excited about the movie they are making of this book as well.