Potterhood

Sure, Richard Linklater might be the first to make a coming-of-age movie by shooting a single actor over a twelve-year period. But even as he was shooting his ambitious Boyhood, audiences around the world were breathlessly watching a different boy sprout up, fill out, drop his voice, fall in love, and endure a veritable parade of misguided father figures on the big screen.

That boy of course was Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe. Over ten years and eight films, we saw him grow from an innocent kid, into a gawky adolescent, and finally into a brave man. (And then into a brave man terrorized by bad old-age makeup, but let’s try to forget about that.) It seems only fitting that he should get his own Boyhood, so here’s the Potterhood parody trailer to help remedy that.

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Everything Wrong With Harry Potter

CinemaSins continues their film criticism series returning to the Harry Potter film adaptations with Everything Wrong With Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix. After the jump I have rounded up all five of their Everything Wrong With Harry Potter movies videos published thus far for those of you who have missed the prior entries.

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Harry Potter Black Lake

In today’s edition of theme park bits:

  • Exclusive attractions revealed for Universal Japan’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Universal Japan might build a new theme park with a Casino on an island
  • Five hour wait times for the new Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts ride.
  • Dubai Announces “Mall of the World” Project which would include an Indoor Theme Park, 100 Hotels, and more

Read more about it, after the jump.

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The Purge Anarchy 3

Just because J.K. Rowling returned to Harry Potter doesn’t mean Daniel Radcliffe has any plans to. Also after the jump:

  • Olivia Munn and Ken Jeong will tag along for Ride Along 2
  • Pirates 5 will go light on the monsters, says Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Bad Boys III will have a screenplay in the next few months
  • Yes, National Treasure 3 is still in active development
  • Jurassic World gets bloody in an intriguing new set photo
  • See a new batch of high-res stills from The Purge: Anarchy
  • Check out the first stills from SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead
  • Director Elizabeth Banks teases the plot of Pitch Perfect 2
  • Sharknado 2: The Second One releases a ridiculous trailer

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new Harry Potter Story

Seven years after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final installment of the series, the boy wizard is back for more adventure. Only he’s not a boy anymore.

In a new Harry Potter story posted this morning on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling sends Harry, now 34, to the Patagonian Desert for the Quidditch World Cup. Naturally, Ron, Hermione, Neville, and Luna are there with him — as is The Daily Prophet‘s Rita Skeeter, who still has plenty to say about the gang. More details after the jump.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

With all the hype surrounding the new Harry Potter theme park expansion at Universal Studios Orlando, it would have been odd not to include an easter egg or two. Turns out, one of those park teases is from the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. USA Today posted images from the theme park (you can see our extensive coverage here) and in one of them, a few of the creatures who are likely to appear in the film are on display. Check out the image below, and read about where the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie – written by J.K. Rowling herself – will shoot. Read More »

Slug & Jiggers Apothecary

This is the fourth and final in our series of posts giving you a tour of Universal Orlando’s new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion. Part one took a look at the London Waterfront, Diagon Alley Entrance and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Part two went into The Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley and Borgin and Burkes.  Part 3 took a look at Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Magical Menagerie and Gringotts Bank.

Today we circle back to the entrance to Diagon Alley and visit Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment, Scribbulus, Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment, The Performance Stage, Gringotts Bank Notes, The Hopping Pot, Wands by Gregorovitch, Quality Quidditch, Bowman E Wright Blacksmith, Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio, Quality Quidditch Supplies and other storefronts.

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Gringotts Bank

Today I bring to you part 3 of our 4-part  in-depth tour of Universal Orlando’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley expansion. I’m sorry its been split over 4 parts, but its taken some time to put all this info and photos together. Part one took a look at the London Waterfront, Diagon Alley Entrance and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Part two went into The Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley and Borgin and Burkes.  Today we walk further down Diagon Alley and explore Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Magical Menagerie and Gringotts Bank.

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