Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

We’re still a little under five months away from seeing how the Harry Potter cinematic universe expands with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The spin-off takes place about 80 years before the events of the Harry Potter film franchise, but this time over in the wizarding world of the United States. From the beginning, the film was said to be the beginning of a hopeful trilogy, and now we have further confirmation that’s still the plan. Read More »

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay

This fall will bring the first in a hopeful new series of Harry Potter spin-off films with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It also marks the first time J.K. Rowling has written a screenplay adapting her own wizarding world for the big screen. And that’s enough for publishing companies Little, Brown & Company and Scholastic to package the script as a book for fans to add to their shelves alongside the rest of their Harry Potter books.

Find out when you can get the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay book after the jump. Read More »

fantastic beasts and where to find them trailer breakdown

I’m not shy about my love for the Harry Potter books and their film adaptations, which is why Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made my list of most anticipated films of 2016. I’m excited to explore another corner of J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world. I’m glad that director David Yates is back. I’m very curious to see how Rowling herself fares in her screenwriting debut. So naturally, I had to go through the new trailer frame-by-frame and collect my thoughts and observations on this still-mysterious movie.

Story details that have already been revealed and idle speculation lurk below, so proceed with caution.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer

According to the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, we are all invited by J.K. Rowling to go back to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. But this time we’re on the other side of the pond, in New York, in 1926, following wizard Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he enters the Big Apple with a mysterious suitcase of magical creatures. We don’t get to see much of any of the fantastic beasts that the title indicates, or where they were found, but this does look like the right way to spin-off the Harry Potter franchise.

Watch the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer after the jump. Read More »

a history of magic in north america

The basic storytelling in J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter novels is good stuff, a fairly typical “hero’s journey” tale told with wit and verve. However, Mr. Potter is not the main reason these books (and their film adaptations) are so incredibly popular – readers and viewers all over the world fell in love with the world he inhabits. Rowling’s wizarding world is so rich with detail and so impeccably imagined that you feel like you can somehow pay it a visit yourself. It feels real in a way that so many fantasy worlds do not.

With the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them looking to shine a light on a very different time and place in Rowling’s wizarding world, a new series of stories paving the way for this film have been announced. “The History of Magic in North America” will bring readers across the pond to take a deep dive into the American magical world, effectively setting the stage for the 1920s New York City seen in the new movie.

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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 »

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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 »

david heyman discusses fantastic beasts

The teaser trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was slightly underwhelming, but it did its job informing audiences they’ll soon have the opportunity to return author J.K. Rowling‘s wizarding world. The first chapter in the planned trilogy opens in theaters in less than a year, but according to producer David Heyman, they’re approaching these movies one picture at a time.

After the jump, David Heyman discusses Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and a potential adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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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 »