Author Archives: Professor Penelope Presto

Nearly Legless Mick: from Muggle to Magic

As one of Australia’s most successful athletes Michael Milton is no stranger to a battle. He lost his left leg to bone cancer at nine, competed in his first Paralympic Games at 14 and won Australia’s first ever winter gold medal at just 19… a full decade before Steven Bradbury’s Olympic gold medal. In an […]

Universal Studios in Orlando to re-open Friday 5 June

Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida announced today that the resort will re-open on Friday 5th June. It’s welcome news to the resort’s legion of fans with a number posting they intend to visit as soon as possible, despite the United States recording one of the highest COVID-19 infection and death rates in the world. The […]

Puzzles and Spells new mobile game – first official trailer!

The first official teaser trailer for the new Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells mobile game has landed! Zynga Inc., a global leader in interactive entertainment – with official licensing from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and published under Portkey Games – has developed the match-3 puzzle game. Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories, it places the […]

I built the first ever Quizzic Alley Book Nook! A review by Bonkers Beth.

Quizzic Alley team member, Bonkers Beth is our go-to witch for all things creative so she was the obvious choice to assemble the Quizzic Alley book nook prototype. Here’s her review. I love art and craft and consider myself a bit of an artist so I was a little hesitant when I was asked to […]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Melbourne Suspension Extended

The suspension of performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre will be extended for another month to the end of June. The producers made the announcement today in line with the latest government advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Performances prior to 3 June had previously been postponed, with […]

“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” celebrates 64,000 years on its second birthday

Do you play Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery? Did you know that, since the game was launched two years ago, you and your fellow players have logged 64,000 years of game play? To mark the second anniversary of the popular mobile game, Jam City – the game’s developer – shared that Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery players […]

Man to face court today over Quizzic Alley ram raid

A 29-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today on a number of property offence charges, including an attempted ram raid on Australia’s most magical store, Quizzic Alley in Fyshwick. ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigation – Crime Disruption Team arrested the man on Saturday at a Kambah residence in relation to a number of ram […]

J.K.Rowling slept here

Have you seen the photos of J.K. Rowling’s childhood home? It’s a Gothic-style stone one-and-a-half-storey cottage, in the sleepy Gloucestershire village of Tutshill near Chepstow. It is surrounded by lovely, green, manicured cottage gardens and features things like stone windows, vaulted ceilings and an understairs cupboard. Church Cottage in Tutshill, Gloucestershire Right next door is […]

J K Rowling recovers from COVID-19-like symptoms

Wizarding fans the world over can breathe a sigh of relief after J.K. Rowling, author of the much-loved Harry Potter series, announced on Twitter that she has made a “full recovery” from what is likely to be COVID-19. “I’m fully recovered” the author tweeted, after explaining to her 14.5 million Twitter followers that she had […]