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Beloved author J.K. Rowling may be best known for her books about wizards, but it seems like her former assistant had mastered some magical powers of her own -- namely, the ability to "accio" her boss's money into her own pocket without being detected.

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As the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter in the United States continues, the wizarding adventures continue to grow with an even broader assortment of fun products for kids and grownups of all ages. The folks at JAKKS Pacific are all about the magic, entering The Great Hall with a new collection of Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands (each casting 11 different spells across five modes of play) and an assortment of blind-bagged diecast wands. This Friday, you're invited to join The Toy Insider & JAKKS Pacific for a magical #JakksHarryPotter Twitter Party - an hour full of fun, trivia, and giveaways! The action happens on Sept. 14 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT. You MUST RSVP and participate in the party to be eligible for prizes, so hit this link to get your name into the sorting hat! Check out The Toy Insider's Play by Play video below to see these awesome Harry Potter wands in-action...

September 1, 1998 marks the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and to celebrate the milestone anniversary, Scholastic has released a commemorative video that captures the excitement of readers of all ages and the impact of the iconic series by J.K. Rowling. The video will appear on a billboard in Times Square starting today, but you can also check it out below, right here on The Rock Father™ Magazine!

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Back in February, one of the most buzzed-about new products at the 115th North American International Toy Fair was being shown behind closed doors in a private viewing room. Wow! Stuff had created the most realistic Golden Snitch that anyone had ever seen, and a few folks were lucky enough to see it in-action, and some, like my colleagues at The Toy Insider, were able to catch some video. Today, The Rock Father™ can exclusively announce that the Mystery Flying Snitch will make its debut first from Entertainment Earth at Comic-Con this month where it will be offered alongside a few incredible Harry Potter products from Wow! Stuff. Available now for pre-order, check out all the details below... but stay tuned! I'll be catching up with the crew from Wow! Stuff at The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite 2018 in New York City later this week and will be sharing more. This new collection of must-have Harry Pottter items is going to be hot, and you can get them first from Entertainment Earth!

As the micro collectibles movement continues to grow, one recent entrant owes a lot to the past. Back in the early 80s, a decade or so before Micro Machines did plastic miniature figures, Kenner toys released the Star Wars Micro Collection - small, diecast figures and playsets. The figures weren't articulated, and the line never caught on, but there were other diecast figures out there, and they became more appealing to collectors as time went on. This year, Jada Toys expanded their METALS Diecast series by shrinking it down. Nano MetalFigs are tiny diecast figurines from a variety of pop culture licensees. There's Harry Potter, DC Comics (perfect for Justice League), Disney/Pixar, Marvel, WWE and more - and the individual figures start at just 99 cents, making them a perfect stocking stuffer!

When I'm in Los Angeles, one of my favorite places to visit is Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood. Since I often stay at the Sheraton Universal, it's just a short walk up the hill and a place that comes with a couple of constant reminders: 1) I need to take my entire family to L.A. soon (my wife and kids have never been to California), and 2) we have to visit Universal Studios. In fact, ever since I saw construction of Hogwarts begin a few years back, the wheels on a trip have been turning, particularly since my wife is a massive Harry Potter fan (she has the wands to prove it). Now comes news that really gives me the bug because it taps into my unusually-high love of Christmas. This year, "Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is happening, but that's just one piece of what's promised to be "a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy" at Universal this coming season. Here's the rundown on what visitors can expect for 2017...

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