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

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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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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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Stan & Vince - Dark Hall Mansion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Print

The folks at Dark Hall Mansion have been churning out some incredible artwork inspired by your favorite movies and TV shows. Last year they did some stellar prints for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and coming tomorrow they have something really special for fans of a certain boy wizard.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is getting a spellbinding, officially licensed print from artist duo Stan & Vince. The image features Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort engaged in their final battle in the middle of Hogwarts, the spells of their wands blasting into each other. You’ll have a chance to get your hands on the Dark Hall Mansion Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows print tomorrow, and you can find out when after the jump.. Read More »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Geeki Tiki Glasses

In today’s edition of Cool Stuff, we take a look at a new line of limited edition t-shirts celebrating director Alfred Hitchcock, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tiki mugs, Parks and Rec Funko Pop figures, Hot Toy’s sixth scale R2-D2 figure, Disney VHS notebooks, a cute He-Man and Battlecat Dorbz Ridez, some great prints inspired by Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda, a Star Wars Death Star and TIE Fighter pin dot tie and a highly detailed sixth scale Star Trek Bones figure.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Nighttime Show

Taking a page out of Disney’s theme park playbook, it sounds like Universal Studios is looking to beef up the attractions at The Wziarding World of Harry Potter.

A new report indicates that Universal is developing a nighttime show that will take place within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Much like the nighttime spectacular shows at Disney theme parks, they will be using projection mapping to project a visual spectacular on the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry castle.

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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 »