These early reviews of ‘Harry Potter’ will make you grin

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In case this article is the first thing you’re seeing on the internet today, it’s been 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released. As the book (and subsequent books) grew in popularity, you’d be hard-pressed to find a negative review for Potter in its two decades on shelves. Many early reviews were in print form and not even archived well on the internet, and the earliest digital hot takes were — predictably — that the series was overhyped (see below).

So in the spirit of nostalgia and to 20 (and more) years of Harry Potter, we revisited some of those very first, pre-hype Sorcerer’s Stone reviews, below.  Read more…

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Angry cow crashes cricket match, probably just mad it couldn’t play

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Clearly, someone gave this cow bad directions to the Running of the Bulls festival.

A lost cow was spotted spectating a village cricket match between two English cricket clubs on Saturday, and for some reason, it really wanted to get involved. The Mossley Cricket Club shared a clip of the strange moment on Twitter. 

SEE ALSO: Lit AF peacock gets away with breaking $500 worth of liquor

At first, the players stayed chill as they watched the cow approach the field from a distance. But their chill didn’t last long when the cow appeared to charge, causing a brief moment of panic. It even appears to hit the umpire, who remained calm and collected against the charging beast. Read more…

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The best movies of 2017 (so far)

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We’re at the halfway point of 2017, so all this week Mashable entertainment will be rolling out our 8.5 (Get it, half of ’17?) picks for the best of the year – so far! – in movies, TV, music, and more. It’s our eight best picks for you, along with a bonus choice that, while not strictly one of the greats, deserves a guilty pleasure mention. Enjoy.

1Get Out

Get Out is Jordan Peele’s first film as a director, and it’s a doozy – a taut, terrifically entertaining thriller that doubles as one of the sharpest commentaries on race that we’ve seen onscreen in recent yearsGet Out encapsulates the experience of being black in America in a way that mere words never could. In the process, it also turns Daniel Kaluuya into a bonafide star, and makes better use of Allison Williams than we ever could’ve dreamed. This one deserves “instant classic” status. Read more…

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Here are all the tweets Donald Trump has deleted since becoming president

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Donald Trump has a Twitter problem. 

In addition to his penchant for delivering surreal, stream-of-consciousness rants at any time of day on the microblogging platform, Donald Trump can’t seem to stop deleting tweets. 

Many times, his tweets are deleted because of typos, including the infamous “covfefe” tweet. But the reasons behind deleting other examples, like one about his alleged appearance on Fox & Friends, remain a mystery. 

SEE ALSO: The ‘Covfefe Act’ is now a thing that exists, because of course it does

Regardless of the reason, a president deleting tweets is serious business. As we’ve noted before, any documentation from the president, tweets or otherwise, should be archived under the Presidential Records Act. And the White House says they’re doing just that. Read more…

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You could do so much better than those Sonic the Hedgehog shoes

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To celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 26th birthday this summer, Anippon teamed up with Sega to create some Sonic-inspired shoes for all the fans who took one look at Sonic’s classic red and white shoes and thought, “I need those.”

The shoes cost about $60, which honestly isn’t a terrible price, but you could do so much better than these shoes. Sonic fans have been creating their own, better versions of these Anippon shoes for years.

SEE ALSO: Tons of classic Sega games are coming to your phone (for free!)

First of all, if you truly want to emulate the world’s fastest blue hedgehog you probably shouldn’t be sprinting around in faux-leather loafers. What you should be wearing are these custom Jordans. Read more…

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Cool guy finds so many ways to play Toto’s ‘Africa’ on his keyboard

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We’re always stunned by the amazing things people can do with instruments, and this cool keyboard player is no exception.

In less than three minutes, Seth Everman manages to play Toto’s hit song “Africa” in 11 genres, using 11 different beats and sounds in his keyboard. The genres range anywhere from “Latin” to “90s pop” to our personal favorite “I’m scared,” which features a bunch of spooky ghost sounds. You’ll also here the song like you’ve never heard it before — sung by dogs.

Check out this talented musician, but be prepared to sing “Africa” nonstop for the rest of the day. You’re welcome! Read more…

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Flight simulator role-play goes horribly, hilariously wrong

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Flight Sim X is a pretty dry game. You fly the planes, you land the planes. That’s pretty much it.

But some people found a way to spice their game up with a little role-playing. 

See, here’s the thing: you can do more than be a pilot in Flight Sim X. There’s also the option of taking on the high-stress responsibilities of an air traffic controller in an odd, uniquely Flight Sim form of cooperative gaming.

Those factors set the stage for this wonderful online encounter, in which YouTuber Airforceproud95 — a highly competent virtual pilot and, by all appearances, an eternally patient man — deals with some… apathetic air traffic controllers (or ATCs). Read more…

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20 of the best one-liners in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’

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On this day 20 years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — the first of seven spell-binding novels — was finally published. You may have had an inkling somewhere along the line that there’s a few Harry Potter fans at Mashable, and they’re not without reason.

SEE ALSO: 5 articles that’ll only make sense to true ‘Harry Potter’ fans

Over the past 20 years the Harry Potter stories have touched, changed, and even saved the lives of a legion of young (and old) squibs the world over. Losing yourself in another world comes with a certain magic that can bring you through the darkest of times. I know it’s done that for me over the years. Read more…

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‘Harry Potter’ recut as ‘The Breakfast Club’ is an instant classic

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When you stop to think about it, the Harry Potter series has a few fundamental similarities to the coming-of-age dromedy The Breakfast Club. First and foremost, though the two classics occur during different time periods and in different worlds, both stand as iconic symbols of a generation. And both, though targeted toward a young-adult audience, are beloved by fans of all ages and from just about every possible demographic.

Our latest installment of “Trailer Mix” explores these similarities by giving Hogwarts an ’80s-inspired, high-school makeover.

Subscribe to Mashable Watercooler for new episodes of “Trailer Mix” every Monday. Read more…

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Jamie Foxx’s story about Ed Sheeran sleeping on his couch is hilarious

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If you needed further proof that Ed Sheeran is basically friends with every celebrity in the world, just ask Jamie Foxx. Or better yet, watch the clip above. 

SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran hits back at Glastonbury haters with super-sassy tweet

During Friday’s episode of The Graham Norton Show, Foxx told the brilliant story of how Sheeran slept on his couch in LA for six weeks before he was famous.

The best bit, without a doubt, is his description of Sheeran’s guest appearance at Foxx’s live music night. 

Foxx certainly has a way with words. Read more…

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