Harry Potter Themed Pasta Restaurant Is Now Open
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Harry Potter Themed Pasta Restaurant Is Now Open

Open to all, regardless of house.

A restaurant in Brooklyn named Pasta Wiz has turned itself into a themed restaurant inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies. It hopes to offer a place where lovers of spaghetti and Harry Potter can eat a meal with the kind of small experience you get from sitting in the Great Hall.

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It may not be as large as the Great Hall, but just like Brooklyn, you get to have that intimate experience with other livers of Harry Potter.

Pasta Wiz has been decked out with candles, chandeliers and other accessories that wouldn't look out of place in Hogwarts. The owners of the restaurant want that fans to be most impressed by its extra-speedy service.
It's a create-your-own pasta menu that starts at $10 and includes four bases: spaghetti, fettuccine, fusilli, and radiatori. Food on the menu includes many things from Magic Meatballs to Dragon's Blood smoothies. There is also a Vegan Mediterranean section for any non-meat lovers.
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Unfortunately, don't expect to find anything like chocolate frogs or every flavored beans. Maybe someday, but not for the moment.

The space is located on 60 North First St. If I were a Harry Potter fan and a lover of pasta, I would head down to Brooklyn and get on this as soon as you can.
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Will The Harry Potter Series Be Able To Stand The Test Of Time?

I say, "Yes."

It's officially been two decades since the first Harry Potter book came out. That's right, the original copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone are old enough to vote and legally drink in the UK -- I might be crying about it.

The iconic fantasy series was created and written by J.K Rowling back in the 90s, but we almost missed out on reading it. Rowling has stated on multiple occasions that she was rejected by numerous publishers (bet they're regretting that choice now) before the series was finally published by Bloomsbury on June 26, 1997.

Most people of a certain age have read or watched something from the Harry Potter series -- apart from my boyfriend, but he's a strange guy -- and the reasons are easy to understand.

Harry Potter has a sort of timeless quality that other movie and book series don't. It's one of the few series that still holds up no matter how many years pass by. The movies, despite being made by an assortment of directors, still look cohesive and don't suffer from horrible CGI and terrible fashion choices like other films of its time do.

One of the many reasons the series did so well is mostly due to J.K. Rowling's brilliance. The books are one of few that shows a character's personality and development throughout the years. From the age of 11 to 17 Harry changes from a naive preteen bullied by his family to a hardened and experienced wizard who somehow still has faith in the world.

You root for Harry throughout the series, but acknowledge that he's still just a kid in a crazy world who makes mistakes -- something all of us could identify with when we were younger.

The growth of his friendships and romances throughout the series mimicked what we all went through during our adolescence. There are the awkward kisses -- hey Cho Chang -- the friendly fights, and the struggles of taking classes with horrible professors. While most of us don't have to fight and kill a dark wizard as teenagers, we did have our own battles to deal with and conquer.

If you compare it to The Hunger Games or Twilight it's easy to see why Harry Potter is the only movie series with the potential to be marathoned year after year -- hell, I still rewatch Harry Potter every Christmas without fail.

In a way, Harry Potter is the Star Wars for millennials. Both have expansive universes, hardcore fans, and films people want to watch over and over again. I hope in another 20 years I'll be able to watch Harry Potter (for the thousandth time) with kids of my own and have them love it as much as I do.

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ICE Eats At A Restaurant, Then Raids It

To the surprise of absolutely nobody.

The highly controversial ICE has struck again. At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, several ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers sat down to eat a meal at Sava's Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan before they then raided the restaurant, taking three employees into custody. The officers were originally there to investigate an employee that wasn't working that day, and left with three other employees.

The employees they took into custody all had proper documentation, but did not have it with them at the time of the raid. The owner of the restaurant sent it after they were taken in, and they were released and have returned to work.

It's incredibly disheartening to hear about ICE carrying out what appears to be traumatizing raids, as the restaurant owner stated that the situation was sad and that the raid "scare[d] the whole community". It shows that even at work, things can happen.

What I personally want to talk about, though, is how the heck the officers decided they should sit down and eat there before raiding it. It just plays out like a ridiculous scene in my head.

"Yeah, I'll take the breakfast plate sunny-side up with hash browns and bacon, thanks," an officer says to the server, who walks away to put the orders in. The officer sips his coffee, then turns to one of his colleagues. "Alright, Joe, I don't think our guy is here. Should we just leave after we eat?"

Joe shakes his head, stirring cream and sugar into his mug. "Nah, I'm sure we can find somebody else here we can take in. It's not like we have anything better to do."

As the orders of toast arrive, the third officer pipes up, "What if they have their documentation?"

"Don't be stupid, Bob," Joe scoffs, biting into his toast and talking with his mouth full. "We'll just take them back for investigation anyways."

The rest of their food arrives and they dig in, discussing what entrance they should make to look cool like in their favorite cop movies like Rush Hour 3 and Lethal Weapon 3. After they finish, briefly discussing whether they should even pay the bill, Joe claps the first officer on the back. "Alright, Dick, let's do this."

"It's Richard," Dick whines, standing up begrudgingly as they went to barge into the kitchen, where the employees were peacefully and legally working, to start the raid and traumatize innocent people.

It's just so absurd, and I hope all the best for the people who had to deal with these officers and ICE in general.


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Reading The "Harry Potter" Series In College Will Change You

Or re-reading it. That's also recommended.

Last summer, I decided to read the entire Harry Potter series for the very first time. As a self-identified book worm, I felt utterly disrespected by my parents' negligence in never having me read Harry Potter.

My mom's excuse was that I seemed uninterested in it, and that it was too long for my attention span. Like, excuse me mother, that's rude! My attention span is perfectly average, thank you very much.

I began reading the first book at the end of my finals period and read the rest of the series throughout the summer. And WOW was that a rollercoaster ride of a series if I've ever read one.

To write a successful series, typically a trilogy, of books is extremely difficult. To construct an entire world that feels so utterly tangible as an eight book series is absolutely unheard of. Harry Potter began as a series for children, but as someone who read the series in college, it is so much more than that.

Harry's experiences hit very close to home as he deals with typical teenage dilemmas while also cracking open cans of wizard whoop-ass left and right. The struggles and undeniable teenage angst (of which there is quite a lot) Harry and his friends combat with experiences every college student goes through. The life advice you gain from the books is pretty remarkable. Dumbledore spit bars of wisdom that we can all benefit from, not just Harry. For example:

"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that."
"Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it."
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."

You don't need to be a witch or wizard to appreciate and reflect on the profundity of these statements. During your summer away from school, it's nice to be reminded that it's important to feel pain to be able to move past it. To recognize that actions speak louder than words. To remember that living in the moment is just as important as dreaming of what is to come.

As you read the brave and selfless acts of Harry, his friends, and supporters, contrasted with the horrific acts of dark magic enthusiasts, you inevitably find yourself rooting for the good guys. You witness and take part in all of their courage, and find yourself desiring to challenge yourself to be more like that. When mistreated creatures are shown tremendous kindness, you feel genuine happiness for them.

The craziest part of Harry Potter is how politically relevant it is: The concept of 'pure blood' versus 'mudblood,' the concept of house elves as slaves, the continued power struggle and, thanks to Rita Skeeter, the endless fake news.

Reading Harry Potter will teach you things about yourself and our world, show you the importance of kindness, provide you with strategies to cope with your own life and most importantly, fill your summer with the most brilliantly crafted series you'll ever lay your eyes on.

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Freshman Year According to Harry Potter

Hermione is my spirit animal.

Who isn't completely obsessed with the Harry Potter series? My college takes the books so seriously that we even devote an entire month to its greatness. As an English major, I worship J.K. Rowling for her literary prowess. As a college student, I relate to her characters on a whole different level.

The Harry Potter series captures what it's like to be a freshman like no other magical story can.

When you realize you're one of the smartest in your intro class

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When you actually wear something other than sweatpants to class

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Trying to sleep when it sounds like there's a stampede outside

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Showing up to your first party like

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Trying Jungle Juice for the first time

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Social media stalking your crush

Studying for an exam

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Pretending you like your advisor

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Checking your grades

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Listening to the teacher's pet

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Trying to keep it together all the time

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Becoming addicted to coffee

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Realizing the Freshman 15 isn't just something people say

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Making the best friends ever

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The Best Dick Shaped Foods You Can Make At Home

Yum?

We all remember the opening scenes of Super Bad when elementary school Seth couldn't stop drawing dicks on everything. When I first watched it, middle school me was absolutely horrified... but having seen the movie more than 19 times (and not to mention now well experienced in the dick department), I now cry from laughing at that scene.

More importantly, Seth was right- all the best kinds of food are shaped like dicks!

While they might not naturally come that way like our good ole fruit banana, there is a plethora of dick shaped delights out there for you to purchase and make yourself! I took no note of this magical phallic food world until I went to a bar in Budapest called Szimpla (highly recommend), and they were selling.. you guessed it. Dick Shaped Bread. And for only 500 forints (that's like.. no money).

But you don't have to fly across the globe to get your hands on some doughy dick; many phallic food items are available online!

Penis Cookie Cutters
These stainless steel cookie cutters even come in three sizes, making it all the more realistic and perfect to bite down hard on a dick! We suggest adding some frosting to really complete the... look.

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Rainbow Penis Lollipop
I think the website's description really says it all: "it's so much fun to suck on!"


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Penis Cake Pan
You'd be surprised what creative masterpieces people have come up with using this cake pan. Wizards, palm trees, alligators, a farm... but there's also no harm in just sticking with the plain ole dick in a [cake] box. Perfect for your next big birthday.


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Eat a Bag of Dicks
Gummy dicks is a genius gift to send anonymously to anyone. It even comes with a *nice friendly* message that says "Eat A Bag Of Dicks." Say no more!!


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Penis Pasta
The first time I saw penis pasta was in Rome. Thankfully you don't have to go to Italy to have a mouthful. Oh, and the best part? It's a grower!


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