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REVIEW: Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

Oct 15, 2018

Posted by: Emma Pocock

Exclusives, Fun, Games, News, Products, Review, Science, Tech

The Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit released this month, and Leaky were lucky enough to review the kit in its entirety, which contains a first-of-its-kind motion sensor wand, helping you learn how to code whilst completing Potter-themed challenges! I was super impressed with the kit overall, with highlights being the art style throughout the game, …read more!

Accio JavaScript! New Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit available for pre-order

Jul 24, 2018

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Education, Fun, Interactive, News, Products, Science, Tech, Warner Bros.

Educational tech company Kano is combining Muggle technology and magic in unprecedented fashion. Kano has created an app and software to enable you to learn coding magically, using your wand.  Actually, you have to use their wand, but it IS a wand, and it creates code when you wave it at your computer screen.  Yes, we were told that …read more!

Waspish Malfoy Discovered in New Zealand

Oct 11, 2017

Posted by: Sophia Cotraccia

Fans, HP Cast, Isaacs, News, Science

In an effort to draw the public eye towards a misunderstood sector of wasp species, a doctoral student at the University of Auckland has scientifically described a native species and named it after Lucius Malfoy. Like the majority of wasp species in New Zealand, Lusius malfoyi does not sting, and is a potentially beneficial control against a …read more!

A New Spider Species is Named After Aragog!

Jul 13, 2017

Posted by: Ashley Kurtz

Info, Misc, News, Potter News, Science

According to, researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran have named a recently discovered species of wolf crab spider after Aragog, Hagrid’s giant arachnid that lives in the Forbidden Forest. The discovery was of a spider that’s an inch long, with two black and three white stripes of hair on its upper body. …read more!

‘Harry Potter’ Moving Portraits Could Become a Reality, Says New Research

May 23, 2017

Posted by: Emma Pocock

Films, J.K. Rowling, Movies, News, Science

Moving photos and portraits much alike those seen in Harry Potter could become a reality as a result of new research. The project aims to develop paper which can be enhanced with hyperlinks, animations and music from the web. Professor David Frohlich from the University of Surrey was recently awarded £1.17 million in funding from the Digital Economy program to …read more!

New Fantastic “Beast” is Potter Namesake

Jan 25, 2017

Posted by: Kim McChesney

Contests, Education, Fantastic Beasts, News, Science

Recently Leaky reported on a new species of spider discovered in India that bore a striking resemblance to the Hogwarts Sorting Hat and was appropriately named “Eriovixia gryffindor”. Now researchers at the University of Singapore have found a tiny crab they have dubbed “Harryplax severus”. Yes, both the newly identified genus and species of this …read more!

Could Lumos Have Made a Difference for Tom Riddle? Discussing Voldemort on His 90th Birthday

Dec 31, 2016

Posted by: Kim McChesney

Character Birthdays, Fans, FAQs, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, Lumos, News, Pottermore, Science

As Harry Potter aficionados know, the sixth installment in the series is “riddled” with details of Voldemort’s family history. A few weeks ago J.K. Rowling and creator of the blockbuster musical Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda, exchanged tweets about their respective fondness for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: HBP is my favorite PRECISELY because …read more!

Newly Discovered Spider Named After Hogwarts Founder

Dec 11, 2016

Posted by: Sophia Cotraccia

Books, Education, Fandom, Fans, Films, HP References, Info, J.K. Rowling, Media, Misc, Movies, News, Science

A new species of spider discovered in India was named  “Eriovixia gryffindori” after Godric Gryffindor, one of the four founders of Hogwarts, and original owner of the Sorting Hat. Researchers discovered the spider in forestlands of the central Western Ghats, Karnataka, India. The spider camouflages itself by mimicking dry-foliage, and (as an added bonus) resembles …read more!

‘Invisibility Cloaks’ to become a reality?

Sep 22, 2015

Posted by: Emma Pocock

News, Science

A new microscopic invisibility cloak has been created! This venture in science builds on previous cloaking experiments from 2006, 2012 and 2013. According to the source in Science (which you will need a subscription or institutional access to view), the new tested device is made of an extremely thin layer of rectangular light-scattering antennae blocks (like a microscopic skin), which adapts …read more!

Hogwarts Houses Correspond To Real Psychological Personality Traits, New Study Finds

Jun 23, 2015

Posted by: Alysha McLeod

Education, News, Science

A new study has determined that there is a correlation between a person’s personality traits and the house in which they are sorted on Pottermore. reports: In the study, which is due to be published in the journal Personality and Individual Difference, researchers looked at the sorting quiz on the official Harry Potter site …read more!

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