LEGO Is Releasing Five New Harry Potter Sets


LEGO has given fans many opportunities to enter the world of Harry Potter, letting them explore the Great Hall of Hogwarts castle, play with the Hogwarts Express, and even build their own Harry Potter characters. Now, LEGO is expanding its Harry Potter universe with five new sets inspired by the books and movies.

Three of the new sets recreate scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. One features the triple-decker Knight Bus, and another includes Harry, Ron, and Hermione rescuing Buckbeak the Hippogriff outside Hagrid's hut. LEGO fans will also be able to recreate the climax of Prisoner of Azkaban with a set that comes with Harry's stag Patronus along with minifigures of Harry, Sirius Black, and two Dementors.

Harry Potter LEGO set.

Harry Potter LEGO set.

The other two sets borrow imagery from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In the Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge, Harry battles a dragon on his broomstick, with Cedric Diggory, Viktor Krum, and Fleur Delacour looking on. LEGO also recreates the Yule Ball with a set that includes the Hogwarts clock tower and the characters dressed up in formal wear.

Harry Potter LEGO set.

The five sets appear on shelves August 1, and they'll range in price from $20 to $90. Here are some more amazing LEGO sets you can build in the meantime.

Harry Potter LEGO set.

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture


This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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No Squawking, Please: A Backyard Bird Library Is the Star of This Livestream

Bird Library, YouTube
Bird Library, YouTube

Many people discovered backyard birding when they were quarantined in their homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you have a vibrant wildlife population in your area, the Bird Library webcam is worth checking out. As Atlas Obscura reports, the bird feeder at the focus of the livestream resembles a tiny library where feathered guests can misbehave.

Librarian Rebecca Flowers and woodworker Kevin Cwalina were inspired to build the Bird Library in 2015. Located in a backyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, it features a miniature reading chair, bookshelves, and a reception desk. The decorations are even updated to match the seasons; the feeder currently sports a banner that says "Summer Reading." The main differences setting it apart from a real library are the bird seed scattered on the floor and the avian visitors.

The Bird Library attracts a diverse collection of patrons. Sparrows, cardinals, and mourning doves have been recorded perching on the librarian's desk and checking out the reading materials. The occasional squirrel has also been known to stop by.

Live video of the feeder streams on the Bird Library's YouTube page and website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can play the video below to check in on the current guests. If the backyard Bird Library has inspired you to find birds closer to home, here's some gear for beginner naturalists.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]