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Also in the news, Rowling is going to
publish another short story on Pottermore.  This one will
be Halloween-themed and Umbridge will play a role in it.  

She's also building Hagrid's Hut on her property to match the Hogwarts-esque treehouses she
has...no joke.  
Check it.  I'm not even going to lie - I'm a little jealous.  ;)

And you should vote in the
People's Choice Awards.  At this point, you're voting for the
nominees until Oct. 30.  Next up on Nov. 4 you can vote for the winners.  And not that I'm telling
you who to vote for, but you should write in The Quest at least under Favorite Competition
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Emma's covers and guest edit of Wonderland Magazine will be out on February 7.

Covers:









Taylor at the Grammy Awards - she should have won!  Her performance was amazing!















And in other side news: there was a Potter kid on Sherlock last night!  
Alfie Enoch the kid who
plays Dean Thomas in the movies guest starred in one of the cases Sherlock & John needed to
solve.  Way to go, Potter kids!
27 January 2014
If you've read the headlines and are wondering what our opinion is, we've pre-ordered our
copy of the
Wonderland Magazine that has the source article all these other articles are
excerpting and quoting.

We're reserving our opinion until we read it in full. ;)

Ril
4 February 2014
Happy Birthday, Danielle!

Emma's going to star in
Regression, a film by Alejandro Amenábar who also directed The
Others
.  She stars alongside Ethan Hawke.  The film is set to be released in 2015.

Read more
here.  Emma Watson: Taking over America, one movie at a time. ;)
5 February 2014
We've been live tweeting our reading of our friend Tom Sailer's The Chronicles of a Harry
Potter Fan
.

Today we have a completed book review, including pictures I still have
from the project we sent to Emma for her birthday.  Check it out and check
out the book.

Read it
here!
20 February 2014
A little over a week ago my older brother passed away - very suddenly & unexpectedly from a
heart attack.  Today is his birthday.  

To our big brother:

We love you.  You will always be with us.   You will forever be a part of this family.  Mommy &
Daddy are heartbroken, but we’ll find a way to get through this together.  You leave behind so
many who loved you for years.  You were blessed with love, as we were all blessed with you.  

You were the best big brother a kid could ask for…Danielle got to get in trouble with you, and
you always took the blame for her.  I got sheltered and defended.  We were all driven insane by
you at times, but there isn’t a thing any of us wouldn’t do just to hear you ramble on about cars
or those RC quad copters again.

Thank you for always being there.  Thank you for your
consideration and your toleration.  Thank you for the love
and the fun and the good times.  Thank you for being with
us through the hard times.  And thank you for never really
letting anyone of us down.  

You are a collection of random information and special
skills, but you are uniquely and adamantly your own man.

Our hearts are engraved with your name, your voice will be in our ears, and our minds will
forever echo your memory.

I don’t know how to end this, because I can’t say goodbye.  For me, you will always be in
Florida.  Rollerblading to work at the coffee shop, swimming well into the night, biking,
dancing, chasing storms, building cars and copters and light kits, detailing – doing all the things
you love.  Always smiling, never in pain.  Always the smartass, never giving in.  Always with
us, never far from reach.

Danielle found this poem that is totally appropriate.

    A Fisherman’s Prayer
    God grant that I may live to fish,
    Until my dying day,
    And when it comes to my last cast,
    I then most humbly pray,
    When in the Lord’s safe landing net,
    I’m peacefully asleep,
    That in his mercy I be judged,
    As big enough to keep.

I only wish we could have kept you longer.

There will never be a day, Chance, when you are not thought of and loved.

With love always.


If you pray, please say one for him today.  I’ll be making a donation to
St. Jude’s in his name as
well.
21 February 2014
So yay for Emma at the Oscars.  She looked great.  







There is a lot of controversy over
Noah, even disclaimers at the end of some of the TV spots,
because of the environmental themes in the movie.  

Some crazy Christians think that God doesn't want the Earth taken care of by humans so they're
flipping out that those "modern" themes were interjected into the bible story.  This report is
from some nice Christians who've actually seen the film.  As usual, it's all blown out of
proportion.  

Thanks to Grace Hill Media for sharing the link.  Read the article
here.


And a very special thank you to all of you for the prayers and well-wishes for my family.  It
means a lot.
10 March 2014
The premiere of Noah was held in Berlin yesterday.













Here's Emma introducing a new trailer for the film.
14 March 2014
For those of you who don't follow our Twitter (which you should because we're very funny),
we've been live tweeting our reading of the new young adult
fantasy book
Grishma.

Today, we have the full
review up for everyone to read.

The book is part one of a series and it makes for a very good
start!  
18 March 2014
House of Secrets 2 is out and we are pleased to report we are awaiting our copy in the mail as
we speak.

In the meantime, check out these stories...

Apparently, it's a slow news week because several major newspapers like the
Daily News and Us
Weekly
are reporting that they've just discovered that the Fantastic Beasts movie JK Rowling is
working on will be a trilogy - could've sworn we already knew that...?  

And amidst all the strife & controversy,
Noah premiered at Number 1 bringing in $44 million.  It
cost $125 million to make so they've still got a ways to go, but it seems negative press works
almost as well as positive press when releasing a movie.  

    Read more Rowling here.                                      Read more Noah here.
31 March 2014
Good news today that is not a joke or prank, to our knowledge ;), Book 7 of Ridley Pearson's
Kingdom Keepers is being released.

A rough draft of the first 30 chapters and the cover have already
been revealed to the public, but today the finished book finally
goes on sale.  This one,
The Insider, is the last installment in the
KK series and the end promises to be epic.

Go check it out:         
Hardcover        Nook        Kindle

RGW can't wait to get her hands on it!
1 April 2014
Today is a day of celebration!  No, forget tax day.  This is the most magical birth date ever!

It's a special day for Emma Watson, Emma Thompson and... US!  Happy Birthday to
Books &
Wands
!  Happy Birthday to Emma squared.  And thank you to all of our dear readers who keep
us going!  You should have yourselves a cupcake today to celebrate. =D

Our gift to you, our wonderful friends, is the official B&W review of
Kingdom Keepers 7: The
Insider
!  

Go
check it out and give us a like, follow or shoutout on Facebook and Twitter today!

And thank you, sincerely, for all the support.
15 April 2014
In honor of Earth Week, we went GREEN!  You can too!  Check out cool ways you can help the
environment
here!

We always switch off power strips, recycle & do laundry in cold water.  How do you live green?
23 April 2014
We tweeted our friends at Potted Potter to see if they'd be coming back to NYC this summer.  
They replied that they couldn't make it to New York because they're working on a new show,
Potted Sherlock - to premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest this summer.
6 May 2014
Emma Watson graduated Brown University this weekend!  Read more here.
26 May 2014
I literally was locked out of my computer for a few days, but now I'm back!

Here are a few items we've picked up through social media:

Rupert Grint is in Brussels filming his new movie
Moonwalkers.

The first still from Emma's new movie
Regression (which hits theaters in 2015) has been posted
to imdb.com.

And JK herself made news by giving her two cents in the debate for Scottish independence.  She
wants Scotland to remain within the UK.  People questioned the validity of her comments based
on the fact that she was born & raised in England.  She said questioning a person's lineage was a
little too "Death Eaterish" for her.  HA!

Moonwalkers                 Regression                                              JK's Scotland Stance
12 June 2014
Just wanted to let everyone know that we are now up to 1776 followers and I'm in love with that
because I'm a history nerd!

Special thanks to our followers.  Truly the best twitterers in the world!
24 June 2014
Enjoy the new Mockingjay Part 1 teaser trailer: President Snow addresses the districts - with
Peeta by his side!
25 June 2014
Today is Matthew Lewis's birthday!  

He played Neville Longbottom for 10 years and now he's 25!  

Here's a recent picture of him with Tom Felton.  They went golfing together.











Happy Birthday, Matt!
27 June 2014
RGW's cousin's wedding...
28 June 2014
Happy Independence Day, America!
4 July 2014
Sending much love to Britain today.  This is the ninth anniversary of the bombings.


On a brighter note, both Emma and Jennifer were at the Christian Dior Fashion Week show
earlier today in Paris.
7 July 2014
Today is the opening of Diagon Alley in Universal Orlando and I am so jealous it hurts!  I just
want to drink a butterbeer and wave a wand around without looking out of place - is that too
much to ask!?  Hope all the lucky rat bastards who are there are having fun and choke on a
chicken finger.  Lol.  Not really.

Rowling wrote a gossip column as Rita Skeeter about Harry, Ron & Hermione and their bad hair
and posted it to Pottermore, you can read the summary
here.

Emma Watson was named
UN Women's Ambassador and will help promote gender equality.

Here are some additional photos from the Dior event (the last three are from the Valli show):
8 July 2014
Mockingjay Part I - Teaser Trailer 2 is out today!
9 July 2014
New trailer for Ghosts of the Pacific - a true story survival tale from WWII, starring Tom Felton
& Jake Abel from the
Percy Jackson movies.
16 July 2014
Updates:  New Trailers for Mockingjay Part 1 and The Maze Runner have been released.  
President Snow won best villain at the Teen Choice Awards and the fans have him the three
finger salute.  

We were favorited on
Twitter by Sophie Sumner, winner of America's Next Top Model and
bestie to Emma Watson.

Emma protested a Turkish minister's idiotic statement about women laughing in public by
laughing in public.

The official best thing that has ever happened on earth has been aired on television!  Check out
The Quest on Thursday on ABC.  It's awesome!  Every nerd's dream come true.  Living the
fantasy.  

Aaannnnddd...we are now over 2000 followers strong on Twitter!  Woot! Woot!  And thanks to
all of you!  =D
11 August 2014
So proud of Emma and just wanted to say thank you to her for really standing up and being a
role model.  It's like she took the words right out of my head and said them on a world stage
and got millions of people to listen and respect.  Love her.   Support her.   So eloquent.  Way to
go, Emma!


















If not us, who?  If not now, when?

Go support the
HeForShe Campaign.  Learn more here.
14 October 2014
24 October 2014
Happy New Year, everyone!  

Sorry for the lack of activity.  We've been dealing with some technical difficulties with the
program we use to update this site, I had surgery and RGW literally just had twins!  Just wanted
to let you know that we still love you.  And thanks for sticking with us!

You can always check our twitter feed for the latest from us.  
Twitter.com/booksandwands
7 January 2015
Emma is at it yet again.  First with another empowering speech for UN Women's HeForShe
campaign.  This time launching the new Impact10x10x10 in Switzerland.  Watch here:

















She also just announced on her
Facebook page that she'll be playing Belle in Disney's new
live-action remake of
Beauty and the Beast!  This being one of our most favorite of Disney
movies, we're very excited!  Here are some more articles about it.

Disney.com                                          IMDB

Congratulations, Emma!  We're very proud of you!
26 January 2015
Happy Birthday, Danielle!

A very special thank you to our 52 Facebook likers and our 2500 Twitter followers!  You guys
are awesome!

In other nerd news, Felicity Jones (big news this year for playing Mrs. Hawking in The T
heory of
Everything
) has been cast in the lead role in the new Star Wars spin-off movie.  While I'm totally
fine with Brits playing everything, are we no longer hiring American actors for things?

The American pride side of me is annoyed, but then my ears which rather fancy the fancy-pants
British accent is very happy.  Ah me, such a dilemma!
5 February 2015
Some genius on the Internet decided to put together all of Snape's scenes into one chronological
thread.  You can truly see the beauty of his storyline.  Epically sad - so sad it'll make you forget
all about Harry.  Check it out
here.

Another pretty clever blogger made a list of 21 times the Potter book series was smarter than
most people.  You can read that
here.

There's a Hunger Games
Exhibition on its way to NYC this year at the Discovery Times Square
place they had the HP Exhibit.

To promote his new film,
Ghosts of the Pacific/Against the Sun, Tom Felton asked his fans to
take this
Buzzfeed test and tell him how long they'd survive in the wild!  

We took it and shockingly got six months - but I think it's really more like six minutes.
16 February 2015
Happy Birthday, James!  Hope you have a very special day today!

Awesome news: We had a tweet favorited by a Tony Award
winning Broadway star!  James Monroe Iglehart, who won for
playing the Genie in
Aladdin, guest starred on an episode of
Gotham.  Andrew spotted him and we tweeted the nerdy news
and Iglehart liked that!  ;)

It may be a little after the fact but I'm still fascinated by this
"what color is the dress" controversy.  Kelly Clarkson tweeted that
she had "magic eyes" because she saw both colors, so instead of
being creeped out since I saw the dress change color right before
my eyes I'm going to say I have very magical eyes!

This is an
article explaining the science behind it.  And below is a
test to figure out how many cones you have in your eyes.  
(The cones are what allow you to perceive color.)








Most people (50%) have 3 cones.  Only  25% have 2 and a special quarter have 4 which allows
you to see even more color!  Enlarge the image and count how many bands of color you see.  
Don't cheat - count before you check the results below.


Up to 20 = 2 cones
20-32 = 3 cones
33-39 = 4 cones
6 March 2015
Tom Felton has made his directorial debut
with a documentary about superfans.  It aired
on BBC Three last night to rave reviews from
fans (and his former co-stars - many of whom
appear in the film).  

He's been on Twitter obviously promoting
the heck out of it.  

We tweeted him congratulations and
he responded!

We are so idiotically excited and happy about
this that we had to share it with everyone!

Since last night it's been retweeted 6 more
times and favorited 20 more times!

For us, that's viral!

It's called
Tom Felton Meets the Superfans!
Check out some clips
here! (fixed)
24 March 2015
Hope everyone had a festive weekend celebrating Easter & Passover!

There is an event in the UK called Red Nose Day.  It's basically a big telethon to raise money for
Comic Relief and a few different charities.  It's become a big deal over the years.  This year
Emma performed in a skit with another HP alum Dawn French (who played the Fat Lady in the
portrait covering the entrance to Gryffindor tower).  One of the twins shared a photo of his
support as well.

It's such a success they're doing one here in America on May 21.  Read more
here.

Also shared on social media was a mini reunion of three Weasleys and a Malfoy!  The three with
sm streams each shared....














You can watch Emma's skit
here (it's about a quarter of the way down the page).
6 April 2015
It is our 8th Birthday!  And, no, I cannot believe it's been eight whole years since we started this
site.  It's completely incredible.  As a team we'd like to thank all of you for supporting us
through the years, voting for us, and coming back for more.  Special thanks to Roe and RGW.

This is also the first time in eight years that the celebration post has been late and that was
because Staples had my computer to de-virus-ize it.  :( Hopefully, all is good now. :)

In case you missed it on social media, Josh Gad
- everyone's favorite snowman - posted to his Instagram
account a picture of the cast of
Beauty & the Beast mugging
for a selfie in rehearsals.  

Yesterday also happened to a special day for two of the
selfie-ers.  Emma Watson turned 25, Luke Evans (aka: Bard
the Bowman from the
Hobbit, aka: Dracula, aka: Gaston)
turned 36.  Another
Beauty & the Beast cast member -
not pictured - who shared in the birthday festivities was Emma Thompson who will play Mrs.
Potts.















Pictured in front: Josh Gad, Emma Watson, Keven Kline (in back) Dan Stevens (the Beast) &
Luke Evans.
16 April 2015
Happy Earth Day!  Here are some tips for how you can be nicer to the Earth.

Other big news:
Stanley Tucci and Ewan MacGregor have been cast in Beauty & the Beast.  
Tucci will play a new character 'Cadenza' which is a grand piano and neurotic maestro - as
described by Tucci.  MacGregor will play Lumiere, candlestick extraordinaire and singer of
Be
Our Guest
.

Ian McKellan also showed up to rehearsals in time for the table reading which was apparently a
production in itself.  He described it on Twitter.
22 April 2015