Funko’s New Harry Potter POP! Pez Dispensers Are Coming

Funko, Amazon
Funko, Amazon

Funko has embraced the world of Harry Potter with a line of vinyl figures and an Advent calendar featuring J.K. Rowling's creations. Fans will soon have a new set of magical items to add to their collection: Harry Potter Funko POP! Pez dispensers modeled after their favorite characters are now available to preorder, according to Comicbook.

The line of Pez dispensers includes Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Luna Lovegood, and Dobby the house elf. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are each sporting the Sorting Hat, and Luna has on her colorful Spectrespecs. Unlike Harry Potter Pez dispensers released in the past, this set depicts the same button-eyed versions of the characters seen in the full-sized Funko POP! figurines.

Funko Pez dispenser of Dobby the house elf.
Funko, Amazon

The new products from Pez and Funko were announced at the London Toy Fair in late January. Funko teased a few more additions to their Harry Potter collection at the event, including new figures for their Vnyl line and a set of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Fawkes plush dolls, all of which are slated for release within the next few months.

To get your Harry Potter Pez dispensers when they're available on April 15, you can preorder them now on Amazon for $6 each. And while you're waiting for those to arrive, here are some more Harry Potter-themed products to browse.

Funko Pez dispenser of Ron Weasley.
Funko, Amazon

[h/t Comicbook]

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

ThinkGeek
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
ThinkGeek

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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