California's Wizarding World of Harry Potter Has Issued a Casting Call for Performers

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Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images

Attention aspiring wizards and witches: Your Hogwarts letter has finally arrived in the form of a casting call. According to Fansided, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is seeking performers to enchant park guests.

In addition to thrill rides, high-tech wands, and magical meals, Harry Potter World in Los Angeles, California, relies on a staff of magical cast members to bring the universe of the books and films to life. Universal Studios' new wizards should be "energetic dancers and talented performers" who are at least 18 years old. Like Harry and his Hogwarts crew, the characters at Harry Potter World hail from the UK, and new hires must be able to "speak in a specified British dialect for sustained periods of time."

When the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in Orlando, Florida, in 2010, it dazzled fans with its level of detail. The park features interactive Easter eggs, recreations of props from the movies, and butterbeer approved by J.K. Rowling herself. Any actors joining the cast will likely be held to high standards when it comes to committing to the theme.

The casting call is for ongoing seasonal roles, with training taking place and February and March of this year for applicants who make the cut. Check out the full posting to learn more and apply.

[h/t Fansided]

If March 15 Is the Ides of March, What Does That Make March 16?

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Everyone knows that the soothsayer in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar was talking about March 15 when he warned the Roman emperor to "beware the Ides of March." We also all know Caesar's response: "Nah, I gotta head into the office that day." But if March 15 is the Ides of March, what does that make March 16?

At the time of Caesar's assassination, Romans were using the Julian calendar (introduced by Julius Caesar himself). This was a modified version of the original Roman calendar, and it is very similar to the one we use today (which is called the Gregorian calendar). A major difference, however, was how Romans talked about the days.

Each month had three important dates: the Kalends (first day of the month), the Ides (the middle of the month), and the Nones (ninth day before the Ides, which corresponded with the first phase of the Moon). Instead of counting up (i.e., March 10, March 11, March 12), Romans kept track by counting backwards and inclusively from the Kalends, Ides, or Nones. March 10 was the sixth day before the Ides of March, March 11 was the fifth day before the Ides of March, and so on.

Because it came after the Ides, March 16 would’ve been referred to in the context of April: "The 17th day before the Kalends of April." The abbreviated form of this was a.d. XVII Kal. Apr., with "a.d." standing for ante diem, meaning roughly "the day before."

So, had Julius Caesar been murdered on March 16, the soothsayer's ominous warning would have been, "Beware the 17th day before the Kalends of April." Doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

This story first ran in 2016.

Show Houseguests Who's in Charge With This Game of Thrones Doormat

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ThinkGeek

If you’re prone to houseguests who shed crumbs on your sofa and use all the toilet paper without replacing it, it might be time to demand a little respect. This Game of Thrones doormat from the merchants at ThinkGeek offers some guidance. Emblazoned on the mat is an order to “bend the knee” before entering your home.

A doormat from the HBO series 'Game of Thrones' is pictured
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The 17-inch long by 29-inch wide mat arrives in time for the eighth and final season of the popular HBO series, which is set to debut April 14. Chronicling the lives of disparate characters vying for control of the Iron Throne, the show has often depicted Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the Mother of Dragons and played by Emilia Clarke, ordering subjects to “bend the knee” before addressing her. In season seven, King in the North Jon Snow famously refused to do so before eventually capitulating. Had she laid out the doormat, it’s possible he wouldn’t have taken as long.

The mat retails for $24.99 and can be purchased online here.

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