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The wizarding world of Harry Potter is about to get a whole lot bigger. While the original children’s fantasy franchise remained firmly in the close-knit magical community in Britain, its spin-off series, Fantastic Beastshas made a concerted effort to move beyond the comfy confines of Hogwarts.

First, the series went West, with the franchise setting foot on American soil for the first time in the New York City-set Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, will go a tad more international, primarily taking place in Paris. But this isn’t the only globe-trotting that our intrepid magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) will be doing — the next three Fantastic Beasts movies will all take place in a different city.

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Morning Watch - Voldemort: Origins of the Heir

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the full unofficial Harry Potter fan film Voldemort: Origins of the Heir, providing more details about Tom Riddle’s turn to the darkness. Plus, enjoy a chat that Paul Thomas Anderson had about Boogie Nights and more on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and enjoy all of the questions Mark Wahlberg asks throughout the entirety of The Happening. Read More »

Fantastic Beasts sequel images

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the sequel to the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, recently wrapped shooting, and two new photos have arrived to tide fans over until the 2018 release date. The images depict Jude Law as Hot Dumbledore, and Johnny Depp as Villain With Terrible Hair, aka Grindelwald. See the Fantastic Beasts sequel images below.

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Harry Potter mobile game

While fans can walk around inside a physical recreation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios theme parks, there’s nothing that simulates the experience of being a student at the school from the Harry Potter books and movies. But a new role playing game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery aims to change that by allowing players to create their own characters and “choose their own path as a student at the school.”

This is different from the augmented reality game that was announced recently, so it looks J.K. Rowling’s magical world is about to break into the gaming space in a big way next year. Read more about the newest Harry Potter mobile game below.
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Say goodbye to your Harry Potter weekends: the Harry Potter movies are leaving Freeform.

The network, formerly known as ABC Family, was famous for their unending Harry Potter movie marathons – regardless of the holiday. However, Freeform is ending its deal with the Harry Potter films after NBC Universal acquired the licensing rights to the film starting in 2018. So instead of Harry Potter weekend on Freeform, you’ll get to watch Harry Potter on HBO.

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olly moss unreleased harry potter cover art

Harry Potter has gone through several rounds of book covers, each of them more stylized than the last. But what about the cover art that didn’t make the cut?

Olly Moss, one of /Film’s favorite pop culture artists, has revealed several sets of book covers that never officially made it onto the front of one of the new Harry Potter editions. As a hardcore Potterhead whose official Harry Potter covers graced the 2015 editions of all seven J.K. Rowling books, he didn’t seem too choked up about the fact that these rejected cover arts didn’t get to see the light of day. But as a Potterhead, he also saw it as his magical duty to share with fans some of the sets he created — with the appropriate permission, of course.

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fantastic beasts the crimes of grindelwald

Whip out your wands: the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel has a title and a plot synopsis.

Warner Bros. revealed the Harry Potter prequel sequel (that’s going to get confusing) title as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, along with the first story details. The film will follow the events of the first Fantastic Beasts, which found the evil wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Colin Farrell before being revealed as a bleach-blonde Johnny Depp) captured thanks to Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) efforts. And the new title is not the only magic that Warner Bros. has in store for us: the announcement of the title comes in the form of a video teaser masquerading as a magical moving picture of the cast.

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the augmented reality game Pokemon Go took the world by storm, but that game’s developers are now working on something a little more magical.

A Harry Potter ARG called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is in the works from Niantic Labs, Warner Bros. Interactive, and Portkey Games. Read what we know about it below.
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Disney's Ventana Short - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, watch an animated short film called Ventana, created by the interns who worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios this past summer. Plus, check out a video essay examining the different kinds of time travel in movies, TV and books over the years, and check out a metal cover of the Tales of the Crypt theme song. Read More »

LEGO Dimensions Discontinued

It goes without saying that /Film is not a video game site. But whenever there’s news regarding video games with ties to our favorite movies and TV shows, we think it’s worth reporting. That’s why we’re here with a disappointing update from The LEGO Group regarding their building block multiverse in the video game LEGO Dimensions.

After creating a video game that combined the worlds of Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic World, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, The Simpsons, Back to the Future, Knight Rider and many more, The LEGO Group, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have decided not to create anymore new expansion packs for the video game. Find out more below. Read More »