Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Theme

Like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a fantastical adventure grounded in real-world themes of prejudice and acceptance. Like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them uses a powerful dark wizard to stand in for the tyrants and hatemongers who’ve rained down terror on minorities throughout history. Like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hinges on a group of more open-minded heroes, some of whom belong to those metaphorically marginalized groups themselves.

And also like Harry PotterFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them does all this with few actually oppressed minorities in sight. It’s time for the Potterverse to open up and become more inclusive. (Spoilers ahead for Fantastic Beasts.Read More »

Fantastic Beasts Obscurus

One of the most satisfying things about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is being able to watch a movie set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter where we don’t know what’s going to happen. Just like when we used to read the latest installment of J.K. Rowling‘s book franchise, we’re meeting new characters, discovering new details and seeing a story unfold for the first time. Even though the first film in this new franchise has some shortcomings, it certainly sets the stage for a promising series.

Another interesting aspect of Fantastic Beasts is that the movie introduces us to a new creature called an Obscurus that may help explain a certain event in the life of Albus Dumbledore that hasn’t been explored in the movies yet. Let’s dive into the Fantastic Beasts Obscurus connection to the Harry Potter series after the jump, but beware of some major spoilers for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read More »

Eddie Redmayne Hufflepuff PSA

Of all the Hogwarts houses, none gets picked on more than poor Hufflepuff. The Gryffindors get to be the brave heroes, the Slytherins the seductive villains, and the Ravenclaws the cunning masterminds. But Hufflepuffs? They’re the nice, diligent types who toil in the background and get none of the glory. They have the goofiest house name and the least exciting mascot. No wonder they’re the underdogs.

But House Hufflepuff won’t stand for that kind of treatment anymore. In a tearful video, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne declares himself a “proud Hufflepuff,” listing all the house’s strengths and rattling off the names of some other famous Hufflepuffs (including the coolest Hufflepuff of them all, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson). Watch the Hufflepuff PSA below.  Read More »

dumbledore gay

The seven Harry Potter books and the eight film adaptations never address the romantic life of Albus Dumbledore, the wise and eccentric headmaster at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Although the final book revealed some harsh truths about his past, the biggest revelation about the character’s backstory came outside of the fiction when author J.K. Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was gay during a 2007 book reading and Q&A at Carnegie Hall.

With a younger Dumbledore set to play a role in the five-part Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series, which takes place decades before Harry Potter’s parents were even born, the opportunity has arisen for Rowling and her collaborators to actually to actually address Dumbledore’s sexuality within the wizarding world fiction itself.

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Fantastic Beasts early buzz

It’s easy to understand why Warner Bros. wanted to make Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter movies were basically a license to print money. Done right, a spinoff could be the perfect way to keep the dough rolling in — and in fact, early box office tracking suggests this film is poised to do just that.

But the more relevant question for fans, of course, is whether the film can really conjure up that old Harry Potter magic again. Those who’ve been following this franchise for years have high hopes for this return to the wizarding world. So does it deliver? Does it deliver enough to justify the fact that Warner Bros. has a total of five films planned already? The first reactions to the film are in, and the good news is that they’re looking pretty upbeat. Get the Fantastic Beasts early buzz below.  Read More »

"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" now serves hot Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks.

If you’ve ever been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then you know that frozen Butter Beer is one of the best drinks of all time. Guests visiting Universal Studios Hollywood will now get the option of a hot version of the beverage to the seasonal menu at the Three Broomsticks. Hit the jump to learn more.
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fantastic beasts and where to find them tv spot

I need Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to be a good movie. I need it to be a good movie because I adore J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World and would love to see more films explore the fringes of this beautifully crafted and meticulously detailed fantasy universe. I also need it to be a good movie because Warner Bros. has pledged to make five of these things and I’d much rather look forward to sequels to a movie I like than dread a franchise built around a dud.

And so far, I’ve liked what I’ve seen from the film, which finds Rowling penning her first screenplay and veteran Harry Potter director David Yates stepping behind the camera once more. How about we all sit down and watch a new TV spot?

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harry-potter-photo

Who has the gall to turn down the Boss, you ask? None other than Harry Potter. Bruce Springsteen has revealed he wrote a song for the franchise during its early days. Unfortunately, the Academy Award-winning musician’s personal ballad went unused, but he still hopes we’ll hear it in a theater one day.

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

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Olly Moss Harry Potter Posters

In collaboration with Pottermore, artist Olly Moss is releasing seven officially licensed Harry Potter posters in a timed-edition. Last year Moss worked on a set of new Harry Potter books, giving the covers a new minimalistic look. This set of Olly Moss Harry Potter posters is being released in a timed-edition, , which means any Harry Potter fan that wants them (and has the cash) can own them. Find out more details, after the jump.

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Four ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequels Announced

fantastic beasts sequels

It’s no secret that Warner Bros wants to reignite the Harry Potter franchise with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Today at the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them fan event, author J.K. Rowling announced that they were making five Fantastic Beasts movies in total. Hit the jump for more details on the Fantastic Beasts sequels.

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