A Miniature Harry Potter Manuscript, Handwritten by J.K. Rowling, Could Sell for More Than $180,000 At Auction

J.K. Rowling’s handwritten and illustrated Harry Potter book, featuring content from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
J.K. Rowling’s handwritten and illustrated Harry Potter book, featuring content from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
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A very, very tiny Harry Potter book handwritten by J.K. Rowling herself is headed to auction—and, as far as we know, it hasn’t been the object of a Shrinking Charm.

Bustle reports that the book measures just 1.6 inches by 2.4 inches and contains 31 pages of notes and sketches that correspond to the information Harry receives upon discovering that he’s been admitted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first novel. One page, for example, bears the inscription “Students may also bring an Owl OR a Cat OR a Toad [sic]” beside an illustration of an empty owl cage, while another reads "Parents are reminded that first-years are not allowed their own broomsticks.” The book also lists other school supplies necessary for new Hogwarts students, lines from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Rowling’s drawings of wands, cauldrons, witch’s hats, and more magical items.

miniature harry potter book handwritten by j.k. rowling
Could this be Harry Potter's own phoenix feather wand?
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Rowling created the pocket volume for a charity event in November 2004, where it fetched around $12,000 at an auction filled with tiny tomes written by Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, and about 20 additional celebrities. The proceeds were donated to 999 Club, an organization that benefits the homeless population in south London.

Back then, fans were still waiting on the release of the final two books in the series (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), and the third film (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) had just hit theaters that summer. Nearly 16 years, a theme park, a second film franchise, and a Tony-winning prequel play later, Rowling’s one-of-a-kind collector’s item is expected to sell for more than $180,000 this time around.

miniature harry potter book handwritten by j.k. rowling
J.K. Rowling's starry autograph at the beginning of the book.
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If you’re willing to empty your Gringotts vault to get your hands on a Rowling original, you can place a bid through JustCollecting’s site here.

[h/t Bustle]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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6 Things We Know About the Game of Thrones Prequel Series, House of the Dragon

HBO
HBO

By the time Game of Thrones wrapped up its record-breaking eight-season run in 2019, it was a no-brainer that HBO would be producing another GoT series to keep the success going. The first announced show in the works, which was reportedly picked from a few prequel ideas, was going to chronicle a time thousands of years before the start of GoT, and was set to star actress Naomi Watts. Unfortunately, that project was eventually scrapped after the pilot was shot—but a new prequel series, House of the Dragon, was announced in October 2019. Here's what we know about it so far.

1. House of the Dragon will be based on George R.R. Martin's book Fire & Blood.

George R.R. Martin's novel Fire & Blood, which tells the story of House Targaryen, will serve as the source of inspiration for the plot of House of the Dragon. The first of two volumes was published in 2018, and takes place 300 years before Game of Thrones.

2. House of the Dragon will likely chronicle the Targaryen family's tumultuous past.

Game of Thrones showed that the Targaryen family has a long-standing history of inbreeding, secrets, betrayal, war, and insanity. Fire & Blood covers topics like the first Aegon Targaryen's conquest of the Seven Kingdoms and his subsequent reign, as well as the lives of his sons. Seems like we'll probably be meeting Dany's ancestors, and Martin confirmed there will definitely be dragons present—maybe even Balerion the Black Dread, the biggest dragon in all of Westerosi history.

3. George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal are co-creators of House of the Dragon.

Co-Executive Producer George R.R. Martin arrives at the premiere of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California
George R.R. Martin
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Martin shared on his blog that he's been working with writer and producer Ryan Condal (Rampage, Colony), on the show. "Ryan Condal is new to Westeros, but not to me," the acclaimed author wrote. "I first met Ryan when he came to New Mexico to shoot a pilot for a fantasy western that was not picked up. I visited his set and we became friendly ... He’s a terrific writer … and a fan of my books since well before we met." In another blog post, Martin said that the show's script and bible were "terrific, first-rate, exciting." Sounds like we'll be in good hands.

5. A Game of Thrones director is returning for House of the Dragon.

Per a tweet from the Game of Thrones Twitter account announcing the show, Miguel Sapochnik, who directed many of the original HBO series' biggest episodes, such as "Battle of the Bastards" and "Hardhome," will be returning for House of the Dragon as showrunner alongside Condal. Sapochnik is also known for directing a handful of other notable shows, such as True Detective, Masters of Sex, and Altered Carbon.

6. House of the Dragon could be coming in 2022.

HBO ordered 10 episodes of House of the Dragon, and HBO president of programming Casey Bloys said he thought that the show would debut "sometime in 2022." However, with the film industry facing major delays due to safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, there's no word on when the show will begin filming.

Meanwhile, Martin revealed that he won't be writing any scripts for House of the Dragon until he finishes The Winds of Winter, which has been in the works since A Dance With Dragons, his most recent book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, debuted in 2011. The good news, however, is that Martin says he has been "writing every day" while keeping indoors and social distancing, leaving fans with the hope that The Winds of Winter will come soon.