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Universal Studios Hollywood’s West Coast version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to have its grand opening in just a couple months (though if you’ve visited the park last week you might have caught one of their early soft openings). It’s no secret that Universal would like their theme parks around the world to mirror each other, thus providing the same “universal,” pun intended, experience.

And one of the worst kept secrets in the theme park world is that Universal Studios Hollywood is supposedly planning to expand their Wizarding World to include the Diagon Alley expansion that opened in summer 2014 in Universal Studios Orlando. But where will Diagon Alley Hollywood be located and what attractions will it include? Will guests be able to ride the Hogwarts Express in Hollywood?

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

J.K. Rowling‘s original Harry Potter book series ended in 2007, and the Harry Potter film series followed not too long after in 2011. But the Harry Potter franchise is as robust and productive as ever. In fact, 2016 is already shaping up to be a huge year for Potterheads. Not only do we have a spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, coming this fall, we’ve also got the imminent opening of Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this spring and the West End debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer.

Of course, all that magic tends to add up. And if your Gringotts vault isn’t exactly overflowing with Galleons, you’ll make sure you want to spend your money wisely. So today, we’ve got a closer look at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, and some news about the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book due to hit shelves. Yes, you read that right: we’re getting an eighth Harry Potter book.  Read More »

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Featurette

Last year, a teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them introduced us to the American magical world that we’ll see on the big screen this fall. Now a new featurette on the film shows off even more of the Harry Potter spin-off, including our new adult main characters played by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol. However, we don’t find out much more about Colin Farrell here. Still, it’s a cool glimpse behind the scenes of the wizarding adventure that takes place in New York City in 1926. Watch the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them featurette below! Read More »

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter

Alan Rickman inhabited several now-classic roles over the course of his 30-year career, from Hans Gruber to Alexander Dane. But his younger fans in particular probably best knew him as Severus Snape, the surly Hogwarts professor who turns out to have hidden depths. Since Rickman’s death last week, his fans, friends, and colleagues been sharing their favorite memories of him, and this week J.K. Rowling herself — the woman who invented Severus Snape — revealed the “secret” detail she slipped to Rickman to help inform his performance.  Read More »

remembering alan rickman

We never gave Alan Rickman enough credit.

When he passed away yesterday at the age of 69, you could feel the tremors throughout all of film fandom. Wave upon wave of memories emerged: nuanced characters, brilliant performances, and an incalculable number of quotable lines. Rickman’s unique presence and one-of-a-kind voice imprinted itself on countless movies. Like so many great actors, especially those so skilled at providing their skills just off-center from the movie stars at the center of their films, we took him for granted.

With the passing of Alan Rickman, we have lost a quiet titan. However, the beauty of cinema is that he can live on forever in his work. His performances will never fade away. We will never stop watching him. Future generations will always discover him. Rickman, a master of raw humanism, chilling viciousness, and droll comedy alike, will be remembered.

So let’s start now.

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Olly Moss Harry Potter Book Covers

One of our favorite artists is Olly Moss. He’s the one who made those incredible silhouette posters for the original Star Wars trilogy, which were recently perfectly parodied for a series of Spaceballs posters by Joshua Budich, on sale now. And at one point, he created a cool little piece for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I for Empire Magazine.

Now Moss has delivered some even more impressive Harry Potter artwork, for all seven of the books in J.K. Rowling‘s fantasy series. And you’ll be able to get your hands on them pretty easily, because they’re the new covers for the Harry Potter eBooks that are available right now. Check them all out below! Read More »

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Fantastic Beasts trailer announcement
Warner Bros has today announced that the first announcement trailer for the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be revealed next week, on December 15, 2015 at 6am eastern time. The trailer promises to “give audiences the first glimpse at a never-before-seen part of the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling.” You can watch an announcement trailer tease video embedded after the jump, followed by the full Fantastic Beasts trailer announcement press release.

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

West Coast Potterheads, the day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. Or rather: the day you’ve been waiting for won’t arrive for another four months, but at least we finally know when it is.

Universal Studios Hollywood has finally set a spring 2016 opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Watch the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood opening date announcement, and get more details, after the jump.  Read More »

Harry Potter Audition

It’s been 14 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit theaters in November of 2001, and since then the young stars of the franchise have grown up in front of our eyes, blossoming into fine young actors (though some are doing more than others). And if you’re looking for a trip down memory lane this weekend, you might want to check out this Harry Potter audition video, showing young Daniel Radcliffe being as cute as ever as he plays opposite director Chris Columbus. Read More »