Monday, January 2, 2017

Harry Potter exhibition in Brussels

On the last day of 2016, I went to see the Harry Potter exhibition in Brussels. Judging from the pictures, it looked a magical experience. It truly was.

Here are a few photos...

The exhibition starts like any Harry Potter adventure: with the Hogwarts Express. 

You pass this iconic train in an atmospheric, beautifully lit room where snow falls upon you. You are instantly immersed in Harry Potter's magical world.


harry potter costumes and props

You are led into the Gryffindor area. Gryffindor is one of the four departments of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Here you can look at a large number of costumes, props, and set pieces. There's Harry Potter's magic wand, the love potion-infused chocolate cauldrons used in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a copy of the book A History of Magic, the Time-Turner used by Hermione Jean Granger and Harry Potter to go back in time in The Prisoner of Azkaban, objects from Sybilla Zwamdrift's classroom, and much more.

You also walk past Harry Potter's dormitory, complete with a collection of objects such as Harry Potter's bed, mirror, curtains, and bedside table.

You can also pull your own Mandrake in the Herbology classroom.


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harry potter original costumes
harry potter costumes
advanced potion making book
harry potter clown

Next, you're in the Quidditch area.

Quidditch is the most popular sport in the world of wizardry. It's played with broomsticks – in the air – and with four balls.

In this area of the Harry Potter exhibition, you find movie props such as garments, flags, pennants, broomsticks, hats, binoculars, and goblets used during the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,.

You can even practice tossing a Quaffle ball yourself.


harry potter broomstick

Soon thereafter, you enter an atmospheric room dedicated to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Some things you'll see here are original costumes, Buckbeak the hippogriff, and pumpkin head.

Related post => David Cronenberg expo in Amsterdam


harry potter buckbeak pumpkin head

Then you walk into a cozy representation of Hagrid's Hut.

Rubeus Hagrid is the keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts, and lives with his dog, Fang, in a hut bordering the edge of the Forbidden Forest.


rubeus hagrid hut
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harry potter exhibition props

Around the cabin, you'll meet some of the strange creatures from the Forbidden Forest: the Hungarian Horntail Dragon, the Centaur, and Aragog the giant spider.

After going through a room featuring the Death Eaters you arrive at the last part of the Brussels' exhibition – the Great Hall. This room contains the Phoenix, Christmas dinner props, Harry Potter candy, the Quidditch board game, a giant Christmas tree, and more original costumes.


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dobby elf harry potter phoenix

Then comes the souvenir shop by which point you're ready to buy lots of overpriced goodies such as wands, candy, mintsmugs, glasses, costumes, T-shirts, booklets, books, and more.


harry potter quidditch board game
harry potter mints


Is the Harry Potter exhibition worth the money?


Absolutely. I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but the exhibition manages to convey a truly magical feeling. You're totally immersed in the world of witchcraft and wizardry for at least one hour and a half.

Because it's so good, I also wanted to stay a little longer. While the Harry Potter exhibition is definitely not small, I wished they would have featured more sets (such in the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London).


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albus dumbledore
wanted fenrir greyback


Practical information


The Harry Potter Exhibition started in Chicago and is touring from city to city, including Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Paris, Shangai, and Brussels.

As the exhibition is popular, timed-entry tickets are required.

You can opt for a tour with or without audio commentary.

Have you been to the Harry Potter exhibition? Did you like it?


harry potter exhibition brussels

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The animals are loose

the animals are loose

The animals are loose!


When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals is now officially available as paperback and eBook.

Some of the contributing writers include Jon Kitley, Christine Rains, Jay Clarke, Dave Anderson, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Oksana Osachiy, and many others.

When Animals Attack is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, etc.


Giveaway


Friday, November 25, 2016

When Animals Attack | Cover Reveal

nature strikes back movies


I'm thrilled to reveal the cover of my new release When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals. The design is by Gilles Vranckx who also made the covers for Avalon, Next to Her, and GPS with Benefits.

Blurb


The definitive horror movie guide for fans of killer animals and “nature strikes back” movies.

When Animals Attack: The 70 Best Horror Movies with Killer Animals provides a fascinating and entertaining insight into the cinematographic world of animals on the rampage. From well-known predators such as sharks and lions to unusual killing machines like turkeys, elephants, frogs, cats, and rabbits, there is no shortage of the species on display in this book.

Leading horror writers and filmmakers present their favorite “animals attack” films through in-depth essays. Some of the films are touching, some are repulsive, and some are just plain silly. Not all of these horror movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they have made the heart of the writer beat faster with excitement.


Writers


Seventy leading horror authors, bloggers, and filmmakers have contributed to the book. To name a few: Paul Kane, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Christine Rains, Jonas Govaerts, Aaron Christensen, Warren Fahy, Matthew House, Stuart R. West, Kate Larkindale, Doug Lamoreux, Michael McCarty, Mark McLaughlin, Beverly Gray, Chris Hewson, and many others.


Avalon


Did you notice that Avalon graces the cover?



GoodReads


Add When Animals Attack to your "to read" list on GoodReads.


Pre-order


When Animals Attack can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK, Amazon US, Amazon FR, and many others.


Giveaway



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Let me know what you think of the cover in the comments or on Twitter using the hashtag #WhenAnimalsAttack. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

K-Shop Q&A

Tonight I'll be hosting a Q&A for the movie K-Shop at the Razor Reel Fantastic Film Festival. My guests are Dan Pringle (director), Adam J. Merrifield (producer), and Ziad Abaza (actor).

The screening of K-Shop takes place at Cine Liberty at 10 pm, and the Q&A is right after the film. I hope to see many of you there.

k-shop

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Exploring Brussels with Books

Travel blogger Ingrid Dendievel from Road Tripping Europe photographed Avalon and Drowned Sorrow against the backdrop of famous Brussels' attractions. Here are some of her pictures. To see the full, original post, visit: Exploring Brussels with a Horror Writer. Enjoy!

brussels monument everard 't serclaes
monument everard serclaes brussels

The "Monument aan Everard 't Serclaes" sits near the Grande Place. Legend has it that when you rub the statue, it will bring you good luck.

sint katelijneplein brussels

Sint-Katelijneplein is one of Ingrid's favorite places in Brussels. It's also where the yearly Christmas market takes place.

brussels manneken pis
brussels beehouwersstraat restaurants
brussels beehouwersstraat

The restaurants of the Beenhouwersstraat draw many tourists... and cats.


brussels grasmarkt charles buls

The Grasmarkt is a small square near La Grande Place. The statue of Charles Bules turned out to be a nice resting place for Avalon.

tropismes brussels

Ingrid describes the bookshop Tropismes as "a bookshop with grandeur," as the ceiling is a work of art. Can you spot Avalon in the selection of books?

brussels le cerceuil
le cerceuil brussels

Le Cerceuil is French for The Coffin. It's a dark café where you sit around coffins and drink beer and cocktails out of skulls. A perfect place to photograph a supernatural thriller such as Drowned Sorrow.

Have you ever explored Brussels? What are your favorite places and attractions?


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Halloween horror stories

halloween horror verhalen

Hi, everyone!

Any readers from Belgium or the Netherlands here?

One of my short stories, 9, has been included in the Dutch anthology Halloween Horror Verhalen, published by Luitingh Sijthoff. It's a collection of 13 different horror stories, perfect for Halloween. Some of the other writers include Barend de Voogd, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Martijn Lindeboom, and many others.

Pre-order Halloween Horror Verhalen at Bol.com, Amazon UK, or Amazon FR.

halloween horror stories