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In today’s quick edition of sequel bits:

  • Two photos from the set of Jurassic World 2.
  • A new image from Transformers: The Last Knight.
  • The case of the missing Harry Potter prequel.

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/Answers: Our Favorite Movie and TV Parents

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition, tying in with this weekend’s Snatched and last weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, asks “Who are your favorite film or television parents?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

If you’d like to share your favorite mothers and fathers from the movies of TV, please send your thoughts to slashfilmpitches@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on the site. Find our choices below!

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harry potter and the cursed child broadway

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been winning critical raves and packing the Palace Theatre in London since the summer of 2016, encouraging many fans of J.K. Rowling‘s boy wizard to make a journey to the United Kingdom to experience the stage-bound sequel to the beloved novels. But soon, we’ll have a second option: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Broadway next year.

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young dumbledore

When we first meet Albus Dumbledore, the eccentric headmaster at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter series, he is a wizened old man with a complex past and a powerful reputation. We’ve known that the upcoming sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which takes place decades before Harry and his friends went to Hogwarts, would introduce a young Dumbledore. And now, we know who will play him: Academy Award nominee Jude Law.

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Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen is known for playing one of the greatest wizards in cinematic history as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. (What’s that? What Hobbit trilogy? Nice try – we both know that never happened. Good joke!) But the actor almost had the chance to play another beloved on-screen conjurer: Harry Potter’s Albus Dumbledore. It turns out the reason McKellen rejected the part was because of some beef he had with the original Dumbledore. Hit the jump to find out why Ian McKellen turned down Harry Potter.
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Fantastic Beasts

Universal Studios has been granted a couple of exciting new patents and they look like they could be for new Harry Potter-themed attractions being planned for their theme parks. Rumors continue to circulate that the Dragon Challenge coaster in Universal Islands of Adventure may be replaced with a new ride (or rides) based on the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Check out these crazy new patents and ponder whether or not they’re for new Fantastic Beasts rides below!

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Bruce Springsteen harry potter song

Bruce Springsteen is a Harry Potter fan. Perhaps the boss isn’t a Potterhead, but he enjoyed reading J.K. Rowling‘s stories to his son, Sam, enough to want to go out of his way and write an original song for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The song, titled “I’ll Stand By You Always” (which is definitely the title of a Bruce song), was rejected by Warner Bros. and never released, but after all these years, it’s now available for your listening pleasure.

Below, learn more about the Bruce Springsteen Harry Potter song.

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every friday the 13th kill

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The new Friday the 13th is still on and it’s apparently titled Friday the 13th Part 13.
  • Mission: Impossible 6 is looking to film in Paris.
  • Bryce Dallas Howard says Jurassic World 2 is about to begin filming.
  • Escape Plan 2 is still happening and it will be a Chinese co-production.
  • Tom Felton talks about returning as Draco Malfoy…in 20 years.
  • Trinidad James has joined the cast of Pitch Perfect 3.

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‘The Goonies’ LEGO Dimensions Set Revealed

the goonies lego dimensions gameplay

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has revealed three new LEGO Dimensions expansion packs. But most importantly we get our first look at The Goonies Level Pack — that’s right, Goonies LEGO minifigs! Hit the jump to see and learn more about The Goonies LEGO Dimensions set, alongside info on the two other packs, the Harry Potter Fun Pack and LEGO City Fun Pack.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Harry Potter Studio Tour Forbidden Forest Expansion
Warner Bros has announced that they will be expanding the popular Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter to include the Forbidden Forest. Learn the details of this new permanent addition to the studio tour and watch a video about the announcement.
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