The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, visit the creature shop from behind the scenes of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, listen as a robotics expert breaks down the accuracy of movie scenes featuring androids, robots or droids such as HAL-9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey and R2-D2 from Star Wars, and listen to the commencement speech Tom Hanks gave to the students of Wright State University in Ohio. Read More »
Last year, Hallmark expanded their Keepsake Ornament collection with a new line of Harry Potter ornaments featuring interactive light and sound elements. The original line-up included the young trio of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as well as a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry tree topper. Now the collection is expanding with the addition of headmaster Albus Dumbledore and groundskeepers Rubeus Hagrid, as well as the half-giant’s hut, and more. Read More »
Horse-drawn carriages can be seen making their way to the black castle of Hogwarts, drenched in thick fog and a glimmer of moonlight. Sheaths of rain torrent down into sloshing puddles on the cold earth. A single crow emerges into the scene and perches atop a sign in-frame that reads “Hogsmeade.” “Something wicked this way comes,” a choir of witches and wizards trills in unison, cradling big fat toads that croak along with the haunting, but jubilant tune.
Indeed, something wicked does come quite quick in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a major franchise installment so drenched in distinct silky style laden with the comforts of a crisp fall day, it is regarded by many as the best film in the series due to director Alfonso Cuarón’s unique vision and genuine artistic flair. With the only director of any Harry Potter film to really lean into the standard sensibilities of a narrative marked by magic and ghosts, the film ends up reading as a love letter to October, to Halloween, and to the entire season of autumn.
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New York Comic-Con 2019 has come to a close, but if you weren’t able to make it to the Big Apple for the pop culture convention, you can still get your hands on some of the outstanding artwork that debuted there. This year’s collection from Hero Complex Gallery included pieces paying tribute to The Lost Boys, Seinfeld, Starship Troopers, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hellraiser, Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Ghostbusters, and more.
Check out the Hero Complex Gallery NYCC 2019 artwork available for sale right now. Read More »
LEGO is keeping their new Harry Potter line of building brick playsets going strong with an addition of five more buildable scenes inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
New Harry Potter LEGO sets include another section of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that connects to one of the previously released sections of the castle, Hagrid’s Hut, one of the tasks from the Triwizard Tournament, a signature vehicle from the third Harry Potter film, and an all-too-important scene involving Harry’s godfather Sirius Black. Read More »
When the Harry Potter franchise was at the height of popularity, there were plenty of LEGO sets taking advantage of the merchandising opportunity of millions of kids looking for every piece of wizarding world memorabilia they could get their hands on. However, the quality of LEGO sets has increased since then, and it’s time for new Harry Potter LEGO sets that are better than the old ones in every way, including a new LEGO Hogwarts Express. Read More »
Though vinyl is now enjoying quite a resurgence among music fans as a popular format for listening to music, during most of the time that the Harry Potter franchise was hitting theaters, it was an almost entirely dead form of media. That means most of the soundtracks for each of the movies never got released on vinyl. But that’s about to change.
Rhino has announced a new Harry Potter box set that will include the scores from the first five films in the franchise on vinyl for the first time ever. Find out more about the Harry Potter vinyl soundtrack set coming in November. Read More »
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 »
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What Alfonso Cuaron lacks in quantity of films made, he damn sure makes up for in quality. He’s only made seven movies over almost 25 years but it’s as if he somehow gets exponentially better with each and ever one.
I admit to not knowing much about his first feature, Love in the Time of Hysteria, but it allowed him to two whimsical crowd pleasers, A Little Princess and Great Expectations. From there, he directed the sexy, provacative Y Tu Mama Tambien then switched gears entirely by doing arguably the best (and most influential) Harry Potter film of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. From there, he blew minds with the masterpiece, Children of Men and finally won the Oscar for Best Director for his amazing work on Gravity.
It’s a short but insanely impressive list and below you can relive them all in a tribute to Alfonso Cuaron films. Read More »
Didn’t fork over $500 for 2012’s limited edition Harry Potter box set? Warner Bros. has got you covered. On April 29, they’ll be releasing the Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection, a 31-disc Blu-ray set featuring all the special features from the previously released, and now sold out, Wizards Collection, this time in new packaging. Check out the full specs and images below. Read More »