Harry Potter: Witches And Wizards Used To Poop Themselves And Then Use Magic To Clean Up

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While the mainline Harry Potter books are over and done with, more details about the wider magical universe continue to come to light. The latest reveal came from the Pottermore Twitter account, and it has to do with the way that witches and wizards peed and pooped. At one point in history, the magical school Hogwarts didn't have bathrooms. So what did witches and wizards do when they needed to relieve themselves?

Unsettlingly, they just peed and pooped themselves wherever they were standing, and then used magic to "vanish" the evidence. Hogwarts eventually, and probably for the best, decided to adopt the Muggle way of plumbing to allow for a more traditional bathroom experience. Hopefully "vanishing" the evidence also included wiping, but we don't know for sure. It's also unclear if this method of pooping and peeing was contained to Hogwarts, or if the entire magical world did their business in this manner.

Hogwarts didn't always have bathrooms. Before adopting Muggle plumbing methods in the eighteenth century, witches and wizards simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence. #NationalTriviaDay

Danny DeVito Joins The Jumanji Sequel

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Veteran actor Danny DeVito is joining the sequel to Jumanj: Welcome to the Jungle. Variety reported and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson confirmed that DeVito will have a role in the film that's due out at the end of the year. The news about DeVito joining the sequel comes just days after it was reported that Awkwafina will also appear in the movie.

Plot details are being kept under wraps for the Jumanji sequel, and this includes details on who DeVito will play. But it appears DeVito will be among the people who get sucked into the Jumanji video game and become someone new once inside the game.

“The magic of Jumanji is who becomes who," The Rock told Variety. "And the idea of Danny DeVito joining our cast was too irresistible and something we knew we wanted to deliver to our audience this upcoming Christmas. Dwanta Claus loves everyone."

Half-Life, Portal Writer Erik Wolpaw Still Working With Valve

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Writer Erik Wolpaw, who worked on a number of popular Valve games like Half-Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two, as well as Portal and the two Left 4 Dead games, is back working with the studio again. He confirmed to Polygon that he's returned to Valve as a contractor, not full time. His name was spotted in the credits for Valve's new Dota card game, Artifact, and Gabe Newell himself reportedly confirmed Wolpaw had returned.

Wolpaw was at Valve since 2004 before initially leaving in 2017. After leaving Valve, Wolpaw worked with Double Fine on Psychonauts 2. He's now back working with Valve again, but it's not clear what he's contributing to besides Artifact.

He told Polygon that he never really left Valve, as he's maintained his contractor agreement with Valve since he left the company in 2017. He's helping out with other writers Jay Pinkerton, Steve Jaros, and Sean Vanaman.

Red Dead 2 Leads GDC Awards Nominations

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The annual Game Developers Choice Awards will be returning for another year this March. Ahead of the show, organizers have now revealed the list of this year's nominees in each category, with Red Dead Redemption 2 leading the way in total nominations.

Rockstar's critically acclaimed open-world western is up for seven awards, including Best Audio, Best Design, and Game of the Year. The title is certainly no stranger to accolades; it took home four awards during The Game Awards this past December, and it was selected as GameSpot's overall Game of the Year for 2018.

Not far behind are two of PS4's biggest exclusives of 2018: God of War and Marvel's Spider-Man, each of which has earned six nominations. Indie hits Celeste and Return of the Obra Dinn are also each up for multiple awards, including Game of the Year. You can take a look at the full list of nominees and honorable mentions in each category below.

Bandersnatch's Time Travel Is About Fixing Yourself, Not The Past

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Bandersnatch's Time Travel Is About Fixing Yourself, Not The Past

Note: This post contains tons of spoilers for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, so if you haven't watched it, read on at your own risk.

One of the earliest choices in Bandersnatch is a bit of a trap. The feature-length Black Mirror episode is also a choose-your-own-adventure story, and this early choice works to teach viewers unfamiliar with the concept of branching narratives about how the concept works. It's effectively an immediate game over that results in restarting the story, but the dead-end branch early in Bandersnatch also hints at one of the interactive episode's most interesting underlying ideas.

The choice is only the third that viewers come across, when Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) first arrives at Tuckersoft and is offered a chance to work with the company, and his game developer idol Colin Ritman (Will Poulter). Stefan has been working on an intricate game called Bandersnatch that's all about making choices and following various branching paths. When the Tuckersoft guys offer Stefan the chance to work with them, viewers can either choose for Stefan to throw in with the company or continue working on the game alone.

Aquaman's Patrick Wilson Hopes Ocean Master Can Be Redeemed In Future DC Films

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Actor Patrick Wilson turned plenty of heads with his over-the-top performance as Orm, the self-proclaimed Ocean Master, opposite Jason Momoa's Arthur Curry in the DCEU's buckwild superhero adventure movie, Aquaman--and he's ready to come back for more, if he ever gets the chance. While Aquaman 2 is unconfirmed at the moment, the movie's box office success and favorable reviews seem to be leaning in a positive direction, meaning Wilson might just get the chance to don the extravagant silver mask again in a redemption arc.

In speaking with GameSpot, Wilson laughed, "I don't really know anything--I mean, I know some things, but I'll speak as a fan. When you look at that scene before the Ring of Fire, when he says 'go home, Arthur,' you see a guy that honestly loves his brother and wishes he didn't have to do this. Then at the end you see with his mother, you see the payoff and you see a guy, a son, that is broken and beaten but not out. I think the question is, can you trust him? But I certainly think he's got some good things to do."

CES 2019: Here's What To Expect From The Year's Biggest Tech Show

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CES 2019: Here's What To Expect From The Year's Biggest Tech Show

CES 2019 kicks off January 8, bringing all kinds of new products and prototypes to Las Vegas for one of the biggest tech industry conferences of the year. With 4,500 tech companies in attendance, the show is a great way to get a sense of how the technology of all sorts of industries is developing, from transportation to computer hardware, virtual reality, and more. CES is a showcase for things you can expect to buy in 2019, as well as pie-in-the-sky ideas that may or may not ever be a reality, but are always interesting.

We're slowly seeing information leak out about what to expect at CES this year, but a lot of what will appear at the show is still speculation--undoubtedly, it'll be a place of continuing trends while spawning some whole new ones. One thing's for sure: CES will offer a look at how we use technology in the year to come, and beyond. Here's what we think will be on offer in Las Vegas during 2019's Consumer Electronics Show.

New Netflix Trailer For Carmen Sandiego Reimagines The Video Game Villain As A Young Hero

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The first trailer for Netflix's Carmen Sandiego is out, and it introduces us to very different version of the master thief. Acting as an origin story for Carmen, the series reimagines the mysterious villain as a misunderstood anti-hero.

Gina Rodriguez stars in the new series as the voice of Carmen, and she's joined by Finn Wolfhard who portrays Player, Carmen's chief accomplice and friend. Carmen Sandiego begins airing on January 18.

Carmen Sandiego was first introduced in an educational video game series as the antagonist that you had to chase around the world while learning about geography. Although she's the villain, the games have rarely portrayed her as a bad person. Instead, she's usually just playfully stealing valuables for the sport of it. However, her reasoning behind it has always changed, as Carmen has retold her backstory rather differently throughout the two decades of her games, books, comics, and cartoon. This Netflix series aims to change that, by shifting into the past when Carmen was much younger and telling her origin story.

14 Days Of Fortnite Event Coming Back Next Week After Mix-Up

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The holiday-themed 14 Days of Fortnite event ended earlier than many players anticipated, as developer Epic Games admitted it shared the wrong end date on its social channels. As an apology, the studio said it would offer a free item for all players who participated in the event, but now it has decided to go one step further and bring the entire event back for a limited time.

"We communicated an incorrect end date for the 14 Days of Fortnite event and did not feel the Equalizer Glider compensation was the right approach," Epic wrote on its website. "After further discussion, we've decided to bring back this event early next week through January 15 at 3 AM ET (0800 UTC). We'll also be enabling some of the most popular Limited Time Modes that were available during the event."

As part of 14 Days of Fortnite, Epic offered a new challenge to complete and reward to unlock every day. The developer says all of these will be available for the duration of the event when it returns next week, giving players another chance to unlock any rewards they may have missed. However, Epic notes that any progress players had made on partially completed challenges will be reset.