The Starcourt Mall From Stranger Things Is a Real Mall in Georgia

The Gwinnett Place Mall in 2012
The Gwinnett Place Mall in 2012
Mike Kalasnik, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Warning: Spoilers for Stranger Things season 3 ahead!

After discovering that the Starcourt Mall in Stranger Things’s third season was actually part of the Russians’s secret base, it didn’t seem all that fun any longer. Even after watching Eleven go shopping for the first time with Max, and seeing Steve get rejected by multiple girls at Scoops Ahoy, it probably wouldn’t be many people's first choice for a hangout spot. But if you take away the Mind Flayer and the scary scientists, fans would certainly be flocking to the mall. That’s why a quick trip to Georgia might be on some people’s minds, after learning Starcourt is a real mall there.

As noted by Decider, the third season of the Netflix series was filmed in Georgia, just like the previous two. And while the mall they shot in doesn’t include a Sam Goody or Waldenbooks like it does in the show, the shopping center does exist. Gwinnett Place Mall is located in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, and is fully functioning for your shopping pleasure.

However, Decider points out that the mall might not be around for much longer, as a sports developer reportedly could be turning the location into a cricket stadium set to fit 20,000. Not quite a Stranger Things vibe.

But for now, Gwinnett Place Mall is still standing, so if you’re a diehard fan of the show and live nearby—or are looking for the perfect pop culture-themed road trip—you might want to check it out (while it's still standing).

[h/t Decider]

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images
Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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