Lord of the Rings Artwork

It’s no secret that we love great artwork inspired by film and television, and today we have a smorgasbord of fantastic new prints from three different artists for three different beloved movies from the sci-fi and fantasy genres, all of which happen to be adaptations of beloved books as well.

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Jurassic Park all get gorgeous art tributes from Dan Mumford, Gerhard and Kilian Eng respectively. You can see all the prints below, including details on how to get your hands on (most of) them, and how much lighter they’ll make your wallet. Read More »

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Harry Potter Concert

For fans of Harry Potter, this year was already going to be a big one. A hopeful new franchise set in the wizarding world will begin with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and there’s a play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on the way as well. Plus, let’s not forget that Universal Studios Hollywood is getting their own Harry Potter attraction.

Now fans have something else to look forward to this year as CineConcerts has announced a new partnership with Warner Bros. to bring a series of Harry Potter concert events to various parts of the country with the first one beginning this summer. Find out more below. Read More »

dragon alley hollywood

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 »

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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 »

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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