Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
In some ways, the setting of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them should seem familiar. We’ve already spent eight movies in that universe, after all. But this prequel unfolds 70 years and an ocean away from Harry Potter. And as a new Fantastic Beasts featurette reveals, the American wizarding world of the 1920s is something else entirely.
Oh sure, the wands and the spells and the CG creatures are still there. But when Porpetina (Katherine Waterston) asks Newt (Eddie Redmayne), “Do you know anything about the wizarding community in America?” she could be talking to us. And the answer would be “No, but we can’t wait to learn.” Feast your eyes on tons of new footage in the latest Fantastic Beasts featurette below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
2016 is going to be a big year for Potterheads. Not only is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — a play described as the eighth Harry Potter story — opening in London next summer, the big-screen spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will make its way to theaters next fall. Shooting on the latter is already underway, in fact, but it’ll be a while before we get the first trailer.
So to tide us over in the meantime, Warner Bros. has unveiled the new official Fantastic Beasts logo. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows kicked off a whole wave of two-part YA series finales, and now that trend has come all the way back around to the franchise that started it. J.K. Rowling has announced that her upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be split into two parts, because the story is just too “epic” to fit into one. Read the Cursed Child two parts announcement after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
We know quite a bit about Harry Potter at this point — enough to fill, oh, about seven books — but a lot less about his family. For that matter, not even Harry seems to know much about the Potters, since all of them are long dead by the time we meet him in Sorcerer’s Stone. Fortunately, author J.K. Rowling has remedied that with a new essay outlining the Potter family history. Find out three things we learned after the jump. Read More »
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UPDATE: Warner Bros. has finally made this official. Read the full press release, including quotes from director David Yates, below.
The Harry Potter film series had the opportunity to find young new talent to fill the major roles the series followed for years, but for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the casting choices are a bit different. Well-established actor and recent Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has been a top choice among several actors to play Newt Scamander, the lead character in author JK Rowling‘s book set in the Harry Potter world. Now the actor is in talks for the film, likely putting to rest speculation about who’ll lead the film.
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Did you see Michael Vick’s game on Monday Night Football this week? What? This is a movie website and we don’t cover sports? But what if those sports are based on a super popular film franchise who has its penultimate movie coming out this week?
We recently reported that the 4th annual Quidditch World Cup, based on the sport created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series, was being held in New York City. 46 teams ended up competing this past weekend in this huge exhibition of “muggle quidditch” (which you can read all about here) and Vulture has a fantastic run down of the entire event. They’ve got hilarious t-shirts seen in the crowd (“I got 99 problems but a snitch ain’t one”), incredible examples of merchandise, and even some celebrity sightings (Hello, Benjamin Linus!). But, really, it was all about the cup and the final match pitted the defending champions, and creators of the game, from Middlebury College in Vermont against a Cinderella team from Tufts University in Massachusetts. Read about how it went down after the jump. Read More »
Harry J. Potter claims to be the biggest fan of the Harry Potter book and film series. Not only is his name Harry Potter, but he has he filled three rooms of his house with merchandise, prop replicas, art and more. He owns three months worth of varied Harry Potter clothing and even has a JK Rowling autographed tattoo (one of four Potter tats with plans for more). Harry recorded a three minute video showcasing his obsessive fandom as an entry for Moviefone’s “America’s Biggest Harry Potter Fan” contest. Watch the video now embedded after the jump. Trust me, you need to see this.
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Harry Potter fans who happen to be in New York City this weekend can attend the fourth annual Quidditch World Cup. No, not the Quidditch World Cup as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire where Ireland played Bulgaria and Viktor Krum caught the snitch but lost the game. We mean the real thing: broomsticks, but no flying. “Muggle Quidditch.”
The Quidditch World Cup is the brain child of the International Quidditch Association, a registered non-profit organization that got its start in 2005 as an intermural league at Middlebury College in Vermont. Muggle Quidditch, which is adapted from the rules in the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, has exploded ever since and now about 400 colleges and 300 high school field teams. The World Cup on November 13-14 will have over 60 colleges and high schools competing at New York’s DeWitt Clinton Fields. We’re got more info on this crazy event after the jump. Read More »
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One of the questions all of our great storytellers now have to answer on a daily basis is, “Where is it all going?” Think of the writers of Lost. All anyone ever wanted to know from them was if they actually had everything planned out. Another person who has had to answer that question is J.K. Rowling, the billionaire author behind the Harry Potter franchise. Book after book, her story unfolded and critics would ask questions like, “Did you know about horcruxes when you were writing Sorcerer’s Stone?” Well, an awesome insider look at Rowling’s mind has just surfaced. It’s a piece of loose leaf paper where she outlines several chapters of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and, looking at this page, it’s quite obvious that Rowling knew exactly what was going on with everything in her books. Check out the full image after the jump. Read More »
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a children’s storybook that was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling decided to write the book within the book, and auctioned seven limited edition handwritten and illustrated copies to charity. One of the copies, the moonstone edition, sold to Amazon for $3.98 million. On July 31st 2008, it was announced that the book would be published and made available to the general public, with the proceeds going to charity.
The book contains five fairy tales, each with an Aesop-like lesson, illustrated by the bard herself. Amazon will exclusively be offering a luxuriously packaged Collector’s Edition designed to evoke the spirit of J.K. Rowling’s handcrafted original (pictured above).
“Tucked in its own case disguised as a wizarding textbook found in the Hogwarts library, the Collector’s Edition includes an exclusive reproduction of J.K. Rowling’s handwritten introduction, as well as 10 additional illustrations not found in the Standard Edition or the original. Opening the case reveals a velvet bag embroidered with J.K. Rowling’s signature, in which sits the piece de resistance: your very own copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, complete with metal skull, corners, and clasp; replica gemstones; and emerald ribbon.”
“But the true jewel of this new edition is the enlightening and comprehensive commentary (including extensive footnotes!) by Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, who brings his unique wizard’s-eye perspective to the collection. Discovered “among the many papers which Dumbledore left in his will to the Hogwarts Archives,” the venerable wizard’s ruminations on the Tales allow today’s readers to place them in the context of 16th century Muggle society, even allowing that “Beedle was somewhat out of step with his times in preaching a message of brotherly love for Muggles” during the era of witch hunts that would eventually drive the wizarding community into self-imposed exile. In fact, versions of the same stories told in wizarding households would shock many for their uncharitable treatment of their Muggle characters. Professor Dumbledore also includes fascinating historical backstory, including tidbits such as the history and pursuit of magic wands, a brief comment on the Dark Arts and its practitioners, and the struggles with censorship that eventually led “a certain Beatrix Bloxam” to cleanse the Tales of “much of the darker themes that she found distasteful,” forever altering the meaning of the stories for their Muggle audience. Dumbledore also allows us a glimpse of his personal relationship to the Tales, remarking that it was through “Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump” that ‘many of us [wizards] first discovered that magic could not bring back the dead.’ “
You can preorder the standard hardcover edition for $7.59 or the Exclsuive Collectors edition for $100 on Amazon.com.
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