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Now You Can Own Harry Potter's Monster Book of Monsters

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When Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid took over the school's Care of Magical Creatures course in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he picked a very unusual textbook: The Monster Book of Monsters, a furry, fanged, four-eyed tome that would aggressively attack anyone who tried to open it. The key was to stroke the book along its spine, after which it would shiver and open calmly. Now, fans of the Harry Potter films looking to spruce up their bookshelves can buy their own copy of the book, created by Sideshow Collectibles, for $295.

According to CNET, the 12 inch by 9.25 inch by 2.25 inch furry replica has fangs, eyes, teeth and tentacles, just like the movie version. (Hopefully it won’t take off and hide under your bed!)

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The book comes with Harry Potter: The Creature Vault, a limited edition guide to the creatures of the wizarding world that features concept illustrations and behind-the-scenes photography, plus a removable bestiary poster, an interactive Eyelops Owl Emporium catalog, and a new poster with concept art of the film’s dragon breeds. You can preorder the book here.

If you love Harry Potter but don’t have $300 to spend on the book, you can make your own—which doubles as storage!—using this DIY tutorial from Samantha at “Let’s Create Something Great”:

[h/t CNET]

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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