Harry Potter

New Harry Potter footage shows the horrors in Gringotts

io9.com has three new featurettes about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, including one that focuses on Gringotts Bank and shows some amazing new footage. Follow the link to watch the videos.

New Harry Potter footage shows off the horrors within Gringotts’ Vault.

Random and Miscellaneous

Ditching the HoverRound for the Batmobile

What would make having to use a mobility scooter better? If your mobility scooter was, in fact, THE BATMOBILE! Check out the photo of Brian Vann below, then click the link for the full article over at MetroUK.

Thanks to GeekGirlCon
for tweeting this article!

Science, Space and Astronomy

Armageddon?? Nope, Just a Close Encounter.

Don’t worry, everyone. There is no need to call Bruce Willis in to save the world. Asteroid 2011 MD will make a very close pass to the Earth today at about 1:00 PM EST, coming within 7,500 miles above the planet (specifically, above Antarctica). While this is close enough to pass beneath some of Earth’s satellites, there is “no chance” that 2011 MD will enter our atmosphere and hit the Earth, according to scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The diameter of MD 2011 is estimated to be rather small – between 29 to 98 feet – so IF there was a chance it might enter our atmosphere, it would most likely break apart and burn up upon entry. If you are clever enough to be able to track moving objects with a medium-sized telescope, you might be able to spot 2011 MD in the sky.

So don’t worry about rushing down to your basements and preparing for the worst. Space.com has the full scoop, as well as a trajectory map of the asteroid’s path.

Random and Miscellaneous

Pixar FINALLY Offers Us a Female Lead!

Pixar has released the teaser poster for their 2012 film Brave, and has revealed that the lead character will be a female – a first for the Oscar-winning production company. YAY! Here’s hoping that they don’t follow the old Disney tradition of exploitation, and that she’ll be around to find something about herself other than who she wants to marry. View the new poster below. Here is the synopsis of Brave from co-director Mark Andrews:

“Brave’ is an epic adventure chock-full of action, humor and heart. There’s no more perfect setting for this powerful tale than the dark and rugged Scottish Highlands. Imagine: magic, mystery and danger—all set within a haunting and beautiful landscape. It’s like nothing you’ve seen before from Pixar.”

Head over to Huffington Post for the full scoop.

Harry Potter

Pottermore Mystery Revealed!

Good morning! Sorry about the lack of posts – I’ve been very busy, but I did want to report about the announcement from London by J.K. Rowling about the new Pottermore website. And yep, I’m damn excited. Basically, Pottermore centers around the series (finally) going digital, but the website is expected to be much more than that. AP has the full report, but here is just an excerpt:

The project unveiled in London lets Potter fans delve into the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sections let users shop for wands in Diagon Alley, travel to Hogwarts from the imaginary Platform 9 3/4 at London’s King’s Cross train station and be sorted into Hogwarts school houses by the perceptive Sorting Hat. Along the way are wand fights, games and new information about characters beloved around the world, including Harry’s reviled relatives, the Dursleys.

Head over to the AP link above for all the information, then visit Pottermore and submit your email. Make sure to check back on July 31 to see if you might get to enter the site early!
UPDATE: Mugglenet has the full transcript of J.K. Rowling’s press conference, but if you want to see her personal announcement on video, head over to the Pottermore YouTube site!

Harry Potter

Apple’s Exclusive Trailer of Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Yesterday afternoon, Apple.com released an exclusive trailer of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It’s a MUCH better trailer than the last one, though I must say there is too much screaming on Voldemort’s part. Still, the scene in which Lily Potter is telling baby Harry (above) to be strong as tears roll down his little cheeks made my heart ache. View the trailer in HD at the link below.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Movie Trailers – iTunes.

Random and Miscellaneous, Science, Women in Science

Should Women Be Doctors?

There is a very interesting article (and debate in the comments) over at the New York Times online about the stresses working women (and men) face when they have to split their time between work and family. This particular essay focuses on female doctors. On one side, it is mentioned that women need to consider how cutting hours to be with family might affect their patients, and on the other side it’s pointed out that perhaps the work stucture itself is archaic, and that changes need to be made to accomodate working parents, no matter their gender. What do you guys think? The link is below.

Should Women Be Doctors? – NYTimes.com.