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.
SOURCE: PASTAWIZ.COM

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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Newly Discovered Crab Named After Harry Potter Characters

Can crabs hold wands?

Meet Harryplax Severus!

The newly discovered crab breed is a tiny, beady-eyed crab who lives nestled in deep rubble beds all along the coast of Guam. This little guy is rarely seen, for they spend a lot of time huddled in the shadows, giving it its pale yellow shade due to lack of sunlight.

However, it must be noted that they didn't name the crab because of the character Harry Potter alone. This species of crab was actually discovered back in 1998, thanks to a 'hero collector' named Harry Conley.

Sadly, Conley died in 2002. His work as a collector didn't reach the hands of biologists at the National University of Singapore until nearly 20 years later. A self-described Potterhead named Jose Mendoza wanted to name the crab after Conley, but the biologists also also wanted to pay tribute to J.K. Rowling's famous characters - Harry Potter and Professor Severus Snape.

Magically, it worked out Potter and Conley both had the same first name.

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J.K. Rowling Releases the First of Four Original Short Stories Today

*checks mailbox for Hogwarts acceptance letter*

If you're getting tired of re-reading the Harry Potter series for the seventh time and watching the movies more times than is acceptable for a semi-grown adult (*slowly raises hand*), J.K. Rowling, keeper of all that is good and holy and wizard-y, has heard your (our) desperate pleas for MORE MAGICAL SHIT.

We know there's a play in the works, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, as well as a new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov. 18). But starting today, you can read the first of four short stories on Rowling's website Pottermore. Word is, History of Magic in North America is a precursor to Magical Beasts, meant to educate us on all our pressing questions regarding magic in North America.

You're welcome

P.S. I always knew there was a U.S. Hogwarts.

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J.K. Rowling Reveals New Wizard Houses

Potterheads must read.

On Tuesday, June 28, the Harry Potter website Pottermore released a new short story by J.K. Rowling which introduced the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This school is the North American equivalent of Hogwarts, and features a riveting backstory that sent Potterheads everywhere into a fan-frenzy.

Ilvermorny is released in conjunction with the highly anticipated film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which will hit theaters this November. The most exciting part of this release, however, is the new houses fans can be sorted into!

Hogwarts is known for it's four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. College students everywhere often define their entire existences around these houses. Harry Potter is so popular amongst college students that there's even a definitive list of the best colleges for Potterheads. Not to mention a collegiate quidditch league.

Whether you're a brave Gryffindor or a loyal Hufflepuff, you'll be super excited to determine which house you belong in.

Like the Hogwarts houses, the Ilvermorny sorting ceremony revolves around certain personality traits and a representative animal (or in this case creature).

The Ilvermorny houses were created by the four founders and their favorite magical beast. Here are the four magical houses you can be sorted into:

The Horned Serpent - Represents the mind and favors the scholar

The Wampus - Represents the body and favors warriors

The Pukwudgie - Represents the heart and favors healers

The Thunderbird - Represents the soul and favors adventurers.

Create a Pottermore account to begin the sorting ceremony. Which house do you belong in?

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TBH(Q), Ramen Isn't Good for You

Here's everything you didn't want to know about your favorite meal.

Cue the tears, because finding out that your favorite, the most inexpensive meal is the absolute worst for your health is like finding out puppies aren't real. How are you supposed to move on with your life? How will you afford higher-quality pasta? I mean, pasta is the staple to most meals. It's even the star of dinner-time nearly every night. What's more important, though? Your health... or this gourmet meal?

Ramen contains certain things that are necessary for them to be shelved for long periods of time, about five years to be exact. According to the nutrition facts from Nissin, the lowest amount of sodium in one of the packs is 760 mg. And that's only for half of the block of noodles and one teaspoon of seasoning. Ramen contains sodium alginate, which is a sticky substance obtained from legit algae. That's probably how the noodles stay together so well.

Ramen also contains something called TBHQ, which, is really not good for you. It's a preservative that can only be added to food in amounts of 0.02 percent or less, as regulated by the FDA. The reason why? In studies, it's shown to cause tumors in rats, vision problems in humans, and even have connection to ADHD in humans.

It's purpose in Ramen is to preserve and protect the noodles. And it's definitely not protecting you. Consuming a measly one gram of TBHQ can cause nausea and fainting. Consuming five grams is considered lethal. FYI, that much TBHQ is also found in eleven pounds of McNuggets. This is crazy talk!

Aside from the detailed particles of Ramen, it's overall ingredients of fat and sodium cause extreme expansion during digestion. If you can 'stomach it' (lol), watch this video of real digestion of Ramen.

Hopefully this prompts you to change your attraction towards Ramen. It's hard, and even though people have been telling us for years that Ramen isn't good for us, it never seemed that big of a deal until you do more research. Now I'll have to find something a little healthier to spend $2.40 on. Sad times for everyone.

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Your Internship as Told by Harry Potter

You're an intern, Harry!

It's finally July, and that means that if you haven't already begun your summer internship, it's probably about to start. No one understands being thrown into a strange world more than Harry Potter. He thought he was just a boy, but he was actually a wizard.

You thought you were just a college student on break, but you are actually a college student interning for little or no pay. See? Lots of similarities.

When you walk into the office on your first day.

When you meet your fellow interns.

When you get (and nail) your first assignment.

When your boss yells at you for the first time.

When your boss yells at you for the fifth time.

When you finally hook up with the intern you've had crush on all summer.

When you make it to the end of your last day.