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Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the film adaptations of the book series, attended the fundraiser for Rowling's charity Lumos, which helps orphaned children.
The author's drawings of the famous sorting hat were auctioned off at the event, which took place at Warner Bros Studios in Watford, Hertfordshire, where the movies were filmed.
Since the films wrapped, the studio has been turned into a tourist attraction, showcasing the original sets and props from the hit franchise.
Watson tweeted a picture of herself posing next to a life-size figure of her character, along with the caption: "Still got it. #HarryPotterWorld #watford".
Earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced that they are planning a Harry Potter spin-off movie based on the fictional book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which both appears in the movies and the original J.K. Rowling novels. The studio just recently trademarked the title, along with two other unannounced books within the Harry Potter world, Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages, which may hint that more spin-offs coming.
J.K. Rowling wrote Quidditch Through the Ages under the pen name Kennilworthy Whisp in 2001, and it was meant to serve as a copy of the book referenced in the Harry Potter universe, which breaks down the history of this wizarding sport.
Tales of Beedle the Bard is another book featured within this magical world, which J.K. Rowling wrote in 2008. It features five popular bedtime stories in this particular world. The book was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, »
Jk Rowling is returning to the world of Harry Potter in a new team up with Warner Bros, it was announced yesterday (September 12). The author will make her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
The film will be based on the textbook of the same name featured in the Harry Potter series, and will follow the adventures of its fictitious author Newt Scamander. Rowling has described the new film as "neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world". It is planned as the first in a new movie series.
The announcement of Rowling's return to the wizarding world sent the internet into meltdown yesterday and fans, stars and critics have been sharing their opinions of the decision ever since. Digital Spy rounds up a selection of the online reactions below...
"Can't wait for this. »
The "Harry Potter" series didn't end in 2011 with the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" after all. In addition to the continued expansions of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal theme parks around the world, Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced on Sept. 12 that a new movie set in the world of "Harry Potter" is in the works.
The film will be based on the "Potter" companion book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which was first released in 2001 during the three-year gap between the book releases of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Much like it helped tide fans over during the agonizing wait to find out what would happen after Voldemort returned in the wizarding world back then, the "Fantastic Beasts" movie will help keep the magic of "Harry Potter" alive for a whole new generation. »
Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling's world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the adventures of the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcement was made by Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be an original story and will mark Rowling's screenwriting debut. It is planned as the first picture in a new film series. Set in the wizarding world, the story will feature magical creatures and characters, some of which will be familiar to devoted Harry Potter fans.
Here's what J.K. Rowling had to say about the project.
"Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, »
The muggle world rejoiced this morning with news that J.K. Rowling would be returning to her magical roots with a new movie franchise following Newt Scamander, the fictional author of one of the textbooks used at Hogwarts in "Harry Potter." While Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of their cohorts are beloved by readers and moviegoers the world over, Scamander is no doubt a bit of a cryptic character to most "Potter" fans.
Here's what we know so far about Scamander (courtesy of the Los Angeles Times), and some of what audiences can expect to see when his story hits the big screen.
He's a magizoologist -- a person who studies magical creatures -- and the author of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a textbook used by First Year Hogwarts students. Written in 1918, the book features 75 magical creatures from Scamander's travels across five continents, and its forward was »
- Katie Roberts
Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to G.B.F, or Gay Best Friend, which closed Outfest 2013 in Los Angeles on Sunday night .
“We look forward to working with [Vertical Horizon] and sharing this film with audiences everywhere,” said Stein.
G.B.F. is expected to open in early 2014. »
Vertical Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the high school comedy film "G.B.F." (Gay Best Friend). Directed by Darren Stein ("Jawbreaker") with screenplay by George Northy, the film has a cast of young up-and-comers including Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars"), Evanna Lynch (The Harry Potter Franchise), Natasha Lyonne ("Orange is the New Black"), Joanna "JoJo" Levesque ("Rv," "Aquamarine"), Paul Iacono ("The Hard Times of Rj Berger"), Michael J. Willett ("United States of Tara"), Molly Tarlov ("Awkward"), and Rebecca Gayheart ("Jawbreaker") and features Megan Mullally ("Parks and Recreation," "The Kings of Summer"). "G.B.F" plays with the concept of a G.B.F. (a Gay Best Friend) and how they have become a trendy and invaluable accessory for straight girls to have in their cliques. The film is being touted as a modern twist on the high school movie genre. The film premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was recently shown at Outfest. »
- Madeline Raynor
In the fine tradition of teen comedies like Clueless, Pretty In Pink, Mean Girls and even darker films like the original Carrie, comes the new film, G.B.F., which fabulously dives into the world of the Gay Best Friend. Directed by Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) from a script by George Northy, the film follows high schooler Tanner (Michael J. Willett) as he navigates the treacherous waters of high school after coming out.
In the world of G.B.F., there’s less opposition to Tanner being gay than the comedy found in how people want to be close to the cute gay guy. The popular girls compete for Tanner’s friendship, even helping him with a makeover; at least one closeted guy (the Bf of one of the girls) makes a pass at him and, at the end of the day, he »
- Jim Halterman
Centuries ago, American stunt performer Harry Houdini and his brother wowed audiences with their stunts, illusions and tricks. So we’re excited to hear that their story is being made into a show! Casting is already underway for the nine strong cast, with the announcement that Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch will be joining as Harry Houdini’s wife and stage assistant, but we can also announce that it was revealed today that Stuart Brennan, who won a Welsh BAFTA for his portray of Howard Winstone in Risen, will also be joining the cast as Houdini’s brother Theo Weiss.
Houdini has wide appeal; its extraordinary subject matter and true life story coupled with a great script, a nine-strong cast, thrilling stunts, inventive lighting and design, an original music score, plenty to thrill and promises entertainment for all. Everybody will be drawn in by the incredible story of this extraordinary »
- Lucy Cave
Universal Studios Orlando announced today that they are adding Diagon Alley and London expansions to their theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Take a look at an illustration of what these additions will look like, when they open in 2014, then read the press release for more details.
Building on the global phenomenon that is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion with the entirely new themed environment, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the world's first centrally themed, multi-park experience expands The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks and allows Universal's creative team to bring an unparalleled vision to this unique project. The new area will bring to life some of the experiences and places found in and around London in the Harry Potter books and films, »
Those tired of trying to make fetch happen, fear not: "G.B.F.," a.k.a. the next high school movie with enough quotable dialogue to produce Tumblr memes from now until forever, debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.
"You kind of come into it and you don't know what to expect. Then once you're in, it just gets better and better," star Michael J. Willett told HuffPost Entertainment about the teen comedy. "People came up to me and said, I was laughing so hard and then you made me cry. I thought that was perfect."
Directed by Darren Stein (whose last feature film was 1999's "Jawbreaker") and written by George Northy, "G.B.F." focuses on what happens after Tanner (Willett) is unwittingly outed by some nosy classmates and becomes the title "gay best friend," the acquaintance-cum-accessary who three high school queen bees (played by Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen and Xosha Roquemore »
- Christopher Rosen
In the beginning, God and Darren Criss created Harry Potter: The Musical, a madcap Harry Potter parody originally performed at the University of Michigan in 2009. The musical, cowritten by Matt Lang, Nick Lang, and Brian Holden and produced by StarKid Productions, arrived on YouTube that summer and quickly went viral, inspiring a 2010 sequel that helped to launch Criss into mainstream stardom. (Its popularity also inspired a name change meant to stave off the litigious Warner Bros; that’s why you now know the show as A Very Potter Musical.)
Potter’s Harry soon joined the cast of Glee, and StarKid »
- Hillary Busis
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