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We all knew that this whole "there not being Harry Potter" thing wouldn't last for long. Fans had not only grown in love with the characters for what's now almost 20 years, but they'd fallen just as much in love with the world itself. Sure, an actual Harry Potter story on film seemed unlikely -- at least in the immediate future -- but another story set in the Wizarding World seemed very likely. And it was.
Then Warner Bros. surprised no one when the revealed they'd be, in fact, be creating a spinoff film series. After all, WB had relied on Harry Potter to make them a sizable amount of cash for the better part of a decade. If there was an opportunity to prolong the franchise, you knew they'd take it. Couple that with author J.K. Rowling's enthusiasm to revisit the world she created, and you knew another film was inevitable. »
- Joseph Medina
If you don't know what your Patronus is yet, your Internet must have cut out for the entire day yesterday. In case you are late to the game, J.K. Rowling announced an amazing Patronus test on her Twitter account, and everyone lost it. It looks like not everyone was very pleased with their Patronus, however. One of those people being Harry Potter's own Evanna Lynch, aka Luna Lovegood. "I don't geddit @pottermore," she Tweeted. "All of my happiest memories are spent in the presence of cats. Why oh why is my Patronus a Salmon?!" I mean right? What's a salmon going to do? Flop around in the face of danger? It gets worse. She continued, "The tragic thing is Salmon was my second (more »
Yesterday, the beloved Pottermore website revealed a feature where fans can discover their own Patronus charm. While the feature has been quite popular, some fans created a meme that supposedly revealed the gorilla Harambe is a Pottermore patronus, which was retweeted by J.K. Rowling herself. She then clarified that Harambe is not an actual patronus, although she thought the meme was "hilarious."
The new Pottermore feature lets users answer a few questions about themselves, which results in their own specific patronus charm, just like Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) uses in the beloved movie series. The Harambe meme first surfaced on The Chive Twitter account, which tweeted it to the author with the message "too soon." Here's what the author had to say, in response to the meme.
"I've been asked to make it clear that Harambe is not a Patronus you can actually get on @pottermore. The previous Rt is a joke. »
Tracey Ullman hilariously sends up Dame Judi Dench and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the trailer for the debut season of the sketch series Tracey Ullman's Show. As Densch, she keys a car and gets away with it by saying, "I'm a national treasure." And as Merkel, she accepts the compliment of being called a "white Beyoncé" and a "sturdy German pussycat doll."
The six-episode season, which aired earlier this year in the U.K., kicks off October 28th at 11 p.m. Est on HBO. In addition to Densch and Merkel, »
Harry Potter fans are going to go nuts over this one. (Actually they already are). Fan site Pottermore has released its latest feature to mass appeal! #ExpectroPatronum started trending on social media channels after “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling, made sure fans knew the new feature was available on the site with a simple tweet […] »
Omg, you guys, Pottermore's Patronus Test is finally here. Harry Potter fans are flippin' the freak out on social media and it's been trending on Facebook, Twitter and everything ever. J.K. Rowling revealed the test on her Twitter this morning, and the crowd went wild. If you have a Pottermore account (and if you don't you can make one), just log on and follow the prompts to find out your Patronus. Honestly, how long have you been waiting to know this life changing piece of information? Rowling revealed her own Patronus, explaining on Twitter, "I took the @pottermore test (which I wrote) ages ago when it was a work in progress and got a pine marten Patronus. I was happy because my fondness for »
J.K. Rowling has made no secret of the fact that “Harry Potter” is largely about intolerance and prejudice, concerns shared by many of the actors who’ve brought her famous characters to life onscreen. Daniel Radcliffe, in a recent BBC interview, said that despite being seen as “very, very progressive,” the film industry is “lagging behind in all kinds of areas” and “pretty undeniably” racist.
The actor’s discussion with Victoria Derbyshire came in conjunction with the release of “Imperium,” in which he plays an FBI agent who goes undercover with a group of white supremacists whose insults are presumably worse than “mudblood.” He also speculated that homosexual performers might be reluctant to come out publicly, perhaps because “then people just want to cast you as gay”.
Read More: Why Daniel Radcliffe Deserves an Oscar »
- Michael Nordine
Loved the “Harry Potter” movies? Got a spare $616,000 and need a new crib? You might be interested in this real-estate deal. The house that served as Harry Potter’s childhood home in the films based on J.K. Rowling‘s books is up for sale, the Associated Press reports. The home, in Bracknell, England, was featured as a location in 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” though a studio set replicated the home in later installments of the hugely successful film franchise. Also Read: Jk Rowling Rips Wand-Shop Owner for 'Harry Potter' Fan Ban The property — located at 12 Picket Post Close, »
- Tim Kenneally
Funko has revealed its upcoming range of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Pop! vinyl figures which includes Newt Scamander, Tina Goldstein, Queenie Goldstein, Jacob Kowalski, Seraphina Picquery, Percival Graves and a Niffler; take a look below…
Newt Scamander, wizarding world Magizoologist, is joined by Tina Goldstein, Queenie Goldstein, Jacob Kowalski, Seraphina Picquery, Percival Graves, and a Niffler, a beast with an irrepressible predilection for anything shiny!
You can also collect a flocked Niffler, available exclusively at Hot Topic, and a Niffler holding a coin purse, only available at Target!
Coming this fall!
See Also: Meet the magical creatures of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Amie Cranswick
In J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, the eponymous boy wizard grew up under the care of his aunt and uncle, Petunia and Vernon Dursley, at Number 4 Privet Drive. He famously resided in the cupboard under the stairs until he learns that he is a wizard and can finally attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Though the character resented growing up on Privet Drive, the home used as the set in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is now currently up for sale.
Though the house in Chris Columbus’ film and Rowling’s book is described as a drab prison for Harry, the actual home has modern decorations and furnishings, including three bedrooms, a two-car driveway, and a south-facing garden with a new patio. It’s located at 12 Picket Post Close in Martins Heron, »
- Vikram Murthi
Here’s your chance to exist in the actual world of Harry Potter. Step through the same doorways as J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable characters. Walk through the same halls as the famed boy wizard. Before you get too excited, though, bear in mind that we’re not talking about the grand medieval castle that serves as the home for Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft And Wizardry, although that would be really cool. We’re talking about the modest suburban home in which Harry Potter spent his formative years being psychologically abused by his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon. As the Daily Mail reports, that stand-in for the soul-crushing mundanity of our materialist world is currently on the real estate market.
“Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac location, this detached property has recently undergone complete renovation to an extremely high standard,” says the $600K (£475K) listing for the two-story house in Martins ...
- Dennis DiClaudio
Right now, Game of Thrones fans are certainly chomping at the bit for extra content. This year's season has long since wrapped up, next season has been delayed until next summer, and who knows when writer George R.R. Martin will be able to finish The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth book in the series. To make matters worse, the next two seasons will both be reduced in size, with Season 7 clocking in at seven episodes and Season 8 clocking in at around six to eight episodes, instead of the usual 10 episodes we've been getting.
If Hollywood has proven anything, however, it's proven that they're willing to find creative ways to utilize the material they're working with. In certain cases, they've managed to stretch a story from a single book over multiple films (The Hobbit), and in others, they've opted to create loosely-related spinoffs to help keep the rabid fans hungry »
- Joseph Medina
Look to buy a house and own a piece of movie history? Well, now you can kill two birds with one stone, with the use that stood in for Harry Potter's childhood home, 4 Privet Drive, going under the auctioneer’s gavel. While in the movie it was located in Surrey, the house's real life address is 12 Picket Post Close in Martin’s Heron, Bracknell, and while it was only used in the first movie (a Privet Drive set was built for the preceding instalments in the franchise), it will be well known to any fan of J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard. The house’s listing is strangely devoid of any it’s cinematic lineage, as well as nary a mention of the specious cupboard underneath the stairs, but if you are in the market for a new home, and have a spare £475,000 (that’s €555,399 0r $619,45) handy, the Boy Who »
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J.K. Rowling is urging all her fans to think twice before donating money or volunteer efforts to an orphanage, warning that a well-intentioned donation could be “contributing towards real harm” for children. The “Harry Potter” author appeared on Facebook Live on Saturday to discuss her charity Lumos, and spoke with broadcaster Lauren Laverne about the […] »
- Brent Furdyk
The Cold Feet actress talks about the shock she and her siblings felt after her father left home and, again, on his sudden death
My parents divorced when I was five leaving my mother on her own with four children under the age of six. I have an elder sister, Sarah, and then younger twins, Laura and Mike. Both my sisters are teachers. My brother was a lawyer but is now a vicar. From my father’s second marriage, I also have two half-sisters, Harriet and Josephine, a lawyer and a vet.
I spent my childhood having to repeat my Christian name and then having to spell it. My mother’s called Helen and, in the Greek myth, she had a daughter called Hermione so my father, being a romantic, thought it would be a good idea to give me that name. Not for me it wasn’t. Thank God for Jk Rowling. »
- Interview by Richard Barber
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is going to be a welcomed return to the wizarding world, even though it will be very different from the Harry Potter movies themselves. As it turns out, it could have been even more different than the movie that we are getting in November. How different? Well, the movie was originally conceived as a documentary-style movie based on the Fantastic Beasts book by J.K. Rowling.
Recently, Collider released an interview that took place with producer David Heyman during a Fantastic Beasts set visit last December. In the interview, he revealed that the original concept for the movie was very different and would have been a mockumentary about Newt Scamander, the magizoologist who "wrote" the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Here is what Heyman had to say about it.
"We were thinking about what to do and Lionel Wigram, who was »
Ezra Miller is set to play The Flash for Warner Bros. in both Justice League and his solo film, but he's also working with the studio on the Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. How was he able to make that work? With a little help from Humphrey Bogart. It's been a long time since the Golden Age of Hollywood when the studio system was still in use. While actors and other creatives are free to work with whomever they choose, we still see a type of brand loyalty these days whether that's due to contracts or just enjoying the team at a certain studio (Disney/Marvel comes to mind). Miller is currently set to play in two of Warner Bros' biggest franchises. Growing up a big Harry Potter fan, the actor thought he'd never get a chance to play in that world telling Pottermore, "I thought it was over. »
- Jill Pantozzi
The Harry Potter books and film series may be over, but J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World continues to live on. There are the short stories and essays published on Pottermore. There is the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which explores this familiar universe in a different time and place. And then there […]
- Jacob Hall
This is part one of our three-part Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them set visit. For part two, on key places in the movie, go here. For part three, a look at the creatures in the movie, go here. After the release of 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, author J.K. Rowling released two companion books to further expand her wizarding world. One was Quidditch Through the Ages, a record of the ins and outs of the broomstick sport featured heavily in her main book series....
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A couple of weeks back, a rumour surfaced claiming that Warner Bros. is planning to turn J.K. Rowling’s stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child into a movie trilogy, with the studio keen to have Daniel Radcliffe reprise his role as the (former) Boy Wizard.
Although WB has since denied the claims, stating that there are “no plans” to adapt the play for the big screen, one has to imagine that the studio will be itching to extend the lucrative franchise beyond the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spinoff trilogy, and during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Radcliffe has suggested that he could be open to a return.
“I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do,” said Radcliffe. “But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it. At »
- Gary Collinson
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