Harry Potter Scrabble Accepts Wizarding Words Like Hogwarts and Dobby

USAopoly
USAopoly

Patronus, Hogwarts, and Dobby may not be words found in the official Scrabble dictionary, but they are very real to Harry Potter fans. Now there's finally a board game that lets players win points using the magical vocabulary made famous by the Harry Potter books and movies. SCRABBLE: World of Harry Potter from USAopoly is a new edition of Scrabble that recognizes characters, place names, spells, and potions from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.

Like traditional Scrabble, players use the letter tiles they pick up to spell out words on the board, with different words earning different point values. Any word you can find in an up-to-date Merriam-Webster Dictionary is still fair game, but in this version, terms coined in Harry Potter qualify as well. First and last names, whether they belong to characters (Albus or Dumbledore, for example) or actors from the franchise (Emma or Watson), are playable. You can also spell magical place names (like Hogsmeade), spells (accio), and objects (snitch).

Harry Potter version of Scrabble.
USAopoly

Showing off the depth of your Harry Potter knowledge isn't the only reason to put wizarding words on the board. Magical words are worth bonus points, with players earning more points the longer the word is. SCRABBLE: World of Harry Potter also includes cards with special challenges for players—a feature that can't be found in any other version of the game.

This Harry Potter edition of Scrabble will be available for $30 at Barnes & Noble and other retailers this spring. Until then, there are plenty of Harry Potter-themed games, including wizarding chess, out there for you to play.

Harry Potter version of Scrabble.
USAopoly

Dairy Queen Is Celebrating Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary With Its Zero Gravity Blizzard

Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen is now offering your taste buds an out-of-this world experience. The fast food chain recently announced the release of its Zero Gravity Blizzard, a new frosty snack honoring the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing this summer.

According to the brand’s Twitter account, the intergalactic delicacy is “made with Oreo cookie pieces, sparkly cosmic swirls, and sweet cotton candy topping blended with our world-famous soft serve and topped with colorful galaxy sprinkles.” Lucky for Earthlings, it’s not freeze-dried.

The treat honors the Apollo 11 mission in more ways than one: Dairy Queen promises the shake will stay put if it’s turned upside down, as one does in zero-g. The company also created an accompanying Spotify playlist featuring 29 space-related songs. Yes, Elton John’s “Rocket Man” is on there.

“Consumers have had an unwavering fascination with outer space since America’s landmark achievement nearly half a century ago,” says Maria Hokansan, executive vice president of marketing at Dairy Queen. “Fans can feed their imaginations and taste buds alike with the Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat—sending their red spoon spaceships into a deliciously iridescent soft serve galaxy.”

Dairy Queen isn’t the only brand honoring the Apollo 11’s historic mission. You can wash down the Zero Gravity Blizzard with the Budweiser Discovery Reserve American Red Lager, a limited edition brew that celebrates the “pioneering American spirit.” LEGO has also released its Apollo 11 Eagle lunar lander set, developed with NASA.

The Zero Gravity Blizzard is available at select locations for a limited time.

New The Walking Dead Series Is Casting Extras in Richmond, Virginia

Frank Ockenfels 3, AMC
Frank Ockenfels 3, AMC

Watch enough episodes of The Walking Dead on AMC and you may start to wonder how you would fare in a zombie apocalypse. If you live in the Richmond, Virginia area, you now have an opportunity to act out those fantasies in real life. As WTKR reports, Kendall Cooper Casting is seeking extras to appear in a new spin-off series of The Walking Dead.

The yet-to-be-titled series set in The Walking Dead universe will be the show's second spin-off following Fear the Walking Dead, which is currently in its fifth season. Filming begins in Richmond and the surrounding area in July 2019 and will continue though November.

Ahead of filming, the show is seeking background actors. The casting call posted on Kendall Cooper Casting's Facebook page states that the production is looking for "people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, and types to play various characters throughout the series." Actors with experience in movement and dance are preferred. The job description doesn't specify whether actors will be playing people fleeing from the undead, the zombies themselves, or some other type of character on the show (though that note about experience in movement might hint at the need for some extra walkers).

SAG-AFTRA members as well as non-union actors are encouraged to submit their information, but only SAG-AFTRA actors are invited to the open casting call that's being held on Saturday, June 29. Union members can email OpenCallDetails@gmail.com for more information. Regardless of your union status, you can send an email with your contact information, measurements, experience, and schedule flexibility along with three current photos to RVAextras@KendallCooperCasting.com.

For many shows, background acting isn't complicated work, but being an extra on The Walking Dead requires some training. Actors have to attend "zombie seminars" where they must perfect the walk of the undead before graduating to the makeup chair.

[h/t WTKR]

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