Looking to Up Your Harry Potter Game? You Can Take Virtual Classes at Hogwarts for Free

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Artem Maltsev, Unsplash

You can't spend the upcoming school year at Hogwarts Castle, but this online resource offers the next-best thing. As Travel + Leisure reports, Hogwarts Is Here has made the fictional classes from the Harry Potter books into a real virtual learning experience.

The fan-made website, which has been around since 2014, offers a course catalog that mirrors Harry's Hogwarts curriculum. In Defense Against the Dark Arts: Year One, remote students can learn about imps and bowtruckles and magical exhaustion. Potions covers cures for boils and brewing tools, and History of Magic looks at the world from a wizarding perspective.

Muggle students may not be able to cast the spells they learn at home, but they can come as close as possible to getting a real Hogwarts education. The classes include detailed syllabuses and lesson plans, and as they progress through the curriculum, students can test their knowledge with homework, quizzes, papers, and a final exam.

The online classes are free, but you do have to sign up to enroll. When creating an account, Hogwarts Is Here asks for your name (or character's name), birthday, and Hogwarts house. And if you don't picture yourself as a full-time student, you can choose another role to play in the wizarding world, like an Auror, Ministry of Magic worker, or even a Hogwarts ghost. Your character and backstory will come in handy when participating in the forums and role-play sessions the website has to offer.

To start your magical education, you can sign up for an account here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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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KFC's Fried Chicken-Scented Firelogs Are Available at Walmart This Year

Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.
Forget the smell of warm cookies. Your home can now smell like fried chicken.
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The famous 11 herbs and spices recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) remains a closely guarded secret. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take home a firelog that will crackle with the aroma of a fresh bucket of fried chicken this holiday season.

All the smell, none of the calories.Walmart

The KFC 11 Herbs and Spices Firelog ($16) has been a popular novelty purchase for the past two years, and this year, it’s available exclusively at Walmart. Made in partnership with Enviro-Log, the flammable product releases a scent reminiscent of KFC’s distinctive seasoning combination, which the company promises will last around two and a half hours while burning.

KFC originally sold the log directly through their website in 2018 and 2019, but now it's available at Walmart ($16), either on the company’s website or in select stores while supplies last (if it's sold out, Amazon or eBay may be your only other options). Considering KFC is owned by Yum! Brands, which also operates Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, perhaps a Crunch Wrap firelog is in our future.

[h/t MarketWatch]