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Summer may be over, but one Oklahoma teacher is keeping the fun alive thanks to an ingenious idea for her classroom: a "Harry Potter" theme.
Stephanie Stephens, who teaches elective math and reading classes for grades six through eight at James L. Capps Middle School in Oklahoma City, told ABC News that she was inspired to decorate with "Potter" in mind both in honor of her own love for the series, and to inspire a similar passion in her students.
"One of the toughest things as a reading teacher is instilling a love of reading in students that do not like reading," Stephens told ABC. "This year, I chose to go with a Harry Potter theme because if I am excited and enthusiastic, students tend to follow suit. My goal is to help students find at least one book or genre that they can find exciting and be as enthusiastic »
- Katie Roberts
It's been a whole 15 years (15!) since the Harry Potter cast was announced, and it's making us feel really old.
On this day (August 21) in 2000, we found out that a fresh-faced Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson had signed up to what would become one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.
15 yrs ago today #DanielRadcliffe @EmWatson #RupertGrint Harry Potter casting was announced. #15YearsOfDanEmmaRupert pic.twitter.com/YtVSmZZ9D0
— lizo mzimba (@lizo_mzimba) August 21, 2015
Harry Potter's 8 movie adventures ranked from worst to best
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will be a movie trilogy and has its principal cast assembled, with Eddie Redmayne taking the lead. Production has just kicked off in the UK this week, so we're bringing you everything there is to know about the upcoming franchise. What is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Fantastic Beasts is one of Harry Potter's textbooks at Hogwarts, which first appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (the first book of the series). Written by Newt Scamander, it's a guide for magizoology - the study of magical creatures - and educates young minds about 75 different species of creatures, all based on the observations of the author himself on his travels. It's required reading for all first-year Hogwarts students. When is it set? In the movies, we'll get the story of Newt and his life »
But the Potterverse will expand next year with the launch of a new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Below, we round up everything we know so far about the production.
Harry Potter's 8 movie adventures ranked from worst to best
1. It isn't a prequel
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 29, 2015
The play was first spoken about in 2013, just two years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 concluded the movie series.
It was long-rumoured to be a prequel to the events of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Not so.
"I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. However, I can say that it is not a prequel! »
Jk Rowling has been winning at life so consistently lately that her 50th birthday - which is today, July 31 (a birthday she shares with Harry himself) - feels like even more of a cause for celebration than it already would. To mark the conclusion of Rowling's fifth decade, Digital Spy is taking on the challenge of ranking the Harry Potter movies in order from worst to best.
Additional writing by Simon Reynolds
8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Lacking the 'brand new franchise' sheen and the sheer sense of wonder that Philosopher's Stone had, Christopher Columbus's second outing was always going to come up slightly short. But his sentimental approach really rubs up awkwardly against Chamber's sinister central mystery, »
Maybe hard to believe, but this Friday, July 31st, marks Harry Potter's 35th birthday. To celebrate the occasion Drunk Ron Weasley (Simon Pegg) visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to wish Harry Potter an early happy birthday. As you can see in the video, things did not go according to plan. And it seems Ron has had a rough go of it these past few years.
From the start, Ron seems distracted. He is obviously jealous of all the attention his best friend gets, especially with so much thought placed on the Wizard's 35th birthday. Weasley quickly gets sidetracked, attempting to show Jimmy Fallon his Fifty Shades of Ginger and his Chamber of Secrets. Jimmy tries to corral the unruly wand-waving slosh, but it's to no avail. The floundering wizard seems more interested in his bottle of Jack Daniels.
Will Ron throw up? Maybe. Will he cry? Yes, »
It's a long time since director Chris Columbus launched the Harry Potter movie series. He directed the first two films in the series - Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets - before handing the controls over to Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates for the subsequent movies.
Columbus is just about to release his new feature, Pixels, and while promoting that, he's revealed that he'd been keen to revisit the world of Potter.
Chatting to Entertainment Weekly radio, he said that "I would love to go back and do another one".
"Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing", he said, referring to the new spin-off trilogy about to go before the cameras, and set »
All aboard the Hogwarts Express! There could possibly be more Harry Potter movies in the works — at least if director Chris Columbus has anything to say about it. The filmmaker, who helmed 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, revealed in a new interview that he is interested in revisiting Harry Potter and his magical world on the big screen. Columbus, 56, caught up with SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio on Monday, July 20, and took a break from [...] »
Two questions: 1) How do you feel about the first two "Harry Potter" movies, which were directed by Chris Columbus; and 2) How do you feel about a new "Harry Potter" movie following what Harry, Ron and Hermione did in that 19-year gap between the main story's end and the flash-forward?
Some fans may think we should leave Harry Potter well enough alone, and for all we -- or Chris Columbus -- know author J.K. Rowling may be among the "leave it alone" crowd. So far, she hasn't addressed the director's pitch, which he just made to Entertainment Weekly Radio.
Chris directed the first two movies, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," which were very faithful to Rowling's books and the most childlike of the series. After Chris, things got increasingly dark, adult, and creative with the filmmaking and artistic license. Chris told EW »
- Gina Carbone
The ensemble of upcoming "Harry Potter" spinoff "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is shaping up nicely, with another key role cast.
Variety reports that actress Alison Sudol has landed the part of Queenie, and will make her feature debut in "Fantastic Beasts." Sudol, known more for her music as part of the band A Fine Frenzy, has been making waves on the small screen in recent months, thanks to appearances on shows such as "Transparent" and "Dig."
Now, Sudol will star alongside Katherine Waterston (who just nabbed the part of main love interest Tina) as a pair of sisters living in New York City who meet magizoologist Newt Scamander on his quest to document magical species across the globe for the film's titular textbook. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne is playing Scamander in the story, set some 70 years before the events of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."
According to Variety's report, »
- Katie Roberts
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture. Movie Promotion of the Day: While doing publicity for Magic Mike Xxl, Channing Tatum demonstrated seven dance moves in 30 seconds for Vanity Fair, including the "Running Man" and "Vogue": Tribute of the Day: CineFix honors the late composer James Horner with an 8-bit tribute to the movies he scored, complete with video game-style covers of those scores: Vintage Image of the Day: In honor of her 99th birthday, here's a pin-up of Gone with the Wind star Olivia de Havilland from the 1930s: Movie Parody of the Day: Do you wish Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone wasn't so much of a kids' movie? Here's an animated...
- Christopher Campbell
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? Find out what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating,Magic Mike gets an Honest Trailer, and check out Nicolas Cage as every Game of Thrones character. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Harry Potter gets R Rated
Ever wonder what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating? Fine Brothers Entertainment has put together a side-splitting five-minute animated video that takes memorable scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and gives this classic, family-friendly story an R-rated twist. In this video, Potter's aunt and uncle are far more physically abusive, the Sorting Hat is a racist prick and Quidditch gets deadly. »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Author J.K. Rowling announced a new extension of her beloved Harry Potter universe, with a London stage play entitled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play will debut at the Palace Theater in London's West End next summer, although the author won't divulge any specific story details. Here's what she had to say in a series of tweets earlier today about Harry Potter's immanent return on stage.
"Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago! I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be opening in London next year. It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. I don't want to say too much more, because I don't »
J.K. Rowling is continuing the saga of Harry Potter – as a stage production. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will premiere at London's Palace Theatre in summer 2016, with tickets going on sale this fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The author detailed the project on Twitter Friday morning, the 18th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, announcing that the play is a collaboration with writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and producer Sonia Friedman. "I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil »
The day that "Harry Potter" fans have dreamed of for years is finally here: J.K. Rowling announced early Friday morning that there's a new story in the works featuring The Boy Who Lived, and it's set to become a stage play in London next year.
Rowling revealed the news on Twitter, writing that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" would be a brand-new tale involving an "untold part of Harry's story." Though the author declined to provide any specific details about the play -- other than saying that it is "not a prequel" -- she did say that the work would be "a real treat for fans."
The announcement was timed to the 18th anniversary of the release of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (a.k.a. "Sorcerer's Stone" to American audiences) in the U.K., which snowballed into a blockbuster seven-book and eight-movie series that has enchanted fans the world over. »
- Katie Roberts
But will Ron Weasley return? Will there be a Quidditch match? More butterbeer?! So many questions! J.K. Rowling had yet another surprise for Harry Potter fans when she revealed on Thursday, June 25, that a story about the boy with the lightning-bolt scar is heading to a London stage! "Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago! I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter [...] »
"The greatest hits of arcade game characters in one movie - it's pretty insane." Sony has debuted a set of featurettes for Pixels, the video game invasion movie still due out this summer. The first one introduces us to the "arcade heroes" that we follow - Adam Sandler as Sam Brenner, Peter Dinklage as Eddie Plant, Josh Gad as Ludlow Lamonsoff, and Michelle Monaghan as Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten. Kevin James also co-stars. The other featurette focuses on Ashley Benson as Lady Lisa, another video game character come to life. She plays a badass villain of sorts, fighting Ludlow with swords most of the time. From Sony: "Watch the cast of Pixels describe what it was like working with their favorite 80s arcade characters." Enjoy! Check out these two featurettes for Chris Columbus' Pixels - one about the "Arcade Heroes" + "Lady Lisa": Pixels is directed by Chris Columbus (Home Alone, »
- Alex Billington
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, Home Alone) hasn't directed a film for theaters since 2010's Percy Jackson, and if Wreck-it Ralph proved anything, it's that audiences like to see video games in their feature films. Pixels aims to bring arcade classics into a live-action realm as aliens assimilate arcade heroes and villains in order to destroy us. Sounds... Read More »
- Sean Wist
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