This Harry Potter-Themed Airbnb Rental in Atlanta Can Sleep Up to Eight People for Less Than $100 Per Night

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Whether you’re a certified Harry Potter fanatic or an “I’ve seen some of the movies” type of Muggle, it’s not hard to find yourself wishing your own life had a little more wizarding-world magic in it. This Airbnb rental in Atlanta is doing its best to make that wish come true for you and up to seven of your coolest friends.

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The property is one full floor in a condominium, complete with two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, and its own street entrance. It sleeps up to eight people, provided that several guests don’t mind bunk beds, and costs roughly $79 per night, depending on the travel dates, and not including fees. That’s quite a bit cheaper than building your own personal Hogwarts castle.

Virtually every corner of the condo is adorned with decorations and accessories straight from the beloved book series. Some highlights include candlesticks hung from the kitchen ceiling, similar to those bewitched to hover above the Great Hall; a bedroom wall papered with clippings from the wizarding newspaper The Daily Prophet; a toilet seat decal that reads “This way to the Ministry of Magic”; three Quidditch broomsticks fixed to the wall; and Hogwarts House-themed bedclothes.

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The enchanting decor is only part of the property’s appeal—it also contains everything you need to partake in wizard-worthy activities, too. Whip up Harry’s favorite treacle tart or Mrs. Weasley’s classic meat pies with the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, and then retire to the sitting room to play a rousing round of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit or Clue. There’s also, of course, a complete collection of Harry Potter books and DVDs for a binge session of your choosing.

Amenities include all the usual modern-day Muggle trappings like Wi-Fi, cable television, air conditioning, a coffee maker, a microwave, and a washer and dryer in the building. And there’s a small side yard if you’d like to host an outdoor dinner à la the Weasleys at the Burrow.

With a wave of your wand (or, more literally, a couple clicks of your mouse), you can book your vacation now on Airbnb. If you find all seven hidden magical objects on the premises, you’ll unlock a 10 percent discount off your next stay. Bringing kids? Check out Mini Boden’s new Harry Potter clothing line here.

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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How Anoka, Minnesota Became the Halloween Capital of the World

A photo of Main Street in downtown Anoka, Minnesota.
A photo of Main Street in downtown Anoka, Minnesota.
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On November 1, 1919, the residents of Anoka, Minnesota, a suburb about 20 miles north of Minneapolis, woke up to what Smithsonian calls a “prank of epic proportions.” Outhouses were overturned, wagons were parked on roofs, and cows roamed through the streets.

The prank was part of an epidemic of Halloween-related hijinks that seemed to grow more extreme with each passing year. Civic leaders decided that the time had come for the city to do something to dissuade such mischief—or at least to keep would-be pranksters so busy that they couldn’t dream of causing trouble.

So in 1920 a Halloween committee, fronted by local businessman George Green, planned one of the first—and largest—community-wide Halloween celebrations in the United States. The 1920 celebration, featuring a parade, a bonfire, and free candy for children, and was so successful that the police received no reports of pranks.

The celebration only grew in subsequent years, and Anoka leaders wanted people to know it. In 1937, 12-year-old Anoka local Harold Blair was one of 200 Minneapolis Journal newspaper carriers to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Members of the Anoka Commercial Club seized on the opportunity, sending Blair off with a request to Congress that Anoka be formally designated as the “Halloween Capital of the World.” A fire in Anoka destroyed many of the city’s earliest documents about the Halloween celebration, so it’s hard to know whether Congress approved the moniker back in the 1930s. But in 2003, Minnesota state representative Mark Kennedy restated the proclamation, officially cementing Anoka’s title.

“It’s like a pebble being dropped into a pond,” Karen George, a member of the board of directors of Halloween, Inc. (the nonprofit organization that plans Anoka’s yearly festivities), told Smithsonian in 2019. “It’s really the people of Anoka who want to enjoy this hometown festival, and then they bring along relatives and friends who tell others about it.”

Today, Anoka’s Halloween festivities have expanded to three parades instead of one, and includes other community activities such as a house decorating competition, bell ringing, and a group pumpkin smashing. In 2020, Anoka’s Halloween festival is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. By most accounts, the holiday has become a part of Anoka’s identity.

“I would say Halloween is in my bone marrow,” Anoka resident John Jost told CBS Minnesota. “Being an Anokoan, the Halloween experience is tied directly to that.”

This story has been updated for 2020.