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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Announces 2020 Features
Posted by Megs

We’re almost at the end of the year and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has announced their features for 2020! Some fan favorites like Dark Arts and Hogwarts in the Snow will return and new features, like A Celebration of Slytherin will be introduced!

Introducing the Art Department (14th February-24th February)

Original filmmakers demonstrate how they brought the wizarding world to life and visitors will have the opportunity to take a closer look at original props from the film series such as wands, copies of The Daily Prophet and Hogwarts acceptance letters.

A Celebration of Slytherin (3rd April – 6th September) 

Dark and sinister forces take centre stage for a brand new feature this year, shining a spotlight on the most cunning and ambitious of all Hogwarts’ houses – Slytherin. All Harry Potter fans are invited to discover the secrets behind iconic Slytherin costumes and props used in the films throughout the tour and for the first time, the Great Hall will be dressed to celebrate a Slytherin victory of the House cup. A grand feast and original hanging banners are just some of the features visitors can expect to see…

Dark Arts (25th September – 8th November) 

To mark the return of Halloween, Dark Arts will return to Studio Tour where visitors can feast their eyes on a 100 floating pumpkins and a seasonally-themed feast in the Great Hall. Other additions include live duels to demonstrate how battle scenes were directed, a spookier version of Diagon Alley and mysterious followers of ‘He who must not be named’ roaming around.

Hogwarts in the Snow (14th November – 17th January 2021) 

The magical Hogwarts in the Snow returns next year, when fans will be see iconic sets from the film series transformed for the festive season. The Great Hall will receive a sparkling Yule Ball makeover, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed with presents and decorations as well as the Hogwarts castle model covered in a sheet of filmmaking snow.

Tickets for the Studio Tour must be pre-booked at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk or by calling the attraction’s Visitor Services Team on 0345 084 0900. All extra activities are included in the ticket price.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
New Details on Fantastic Beasts 3 Revealed
Posted by Megs

In a new post on WizardingWorld.com, Warner Bros. has revealed some details on Fantastic Beasts 3. One of the biggest reveals was that the film will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was actually confirmed a while ago but this is the “official” announcement.

Steve Kloves is listed as a co-writer along with J.K. Rowling for this third installment of the series. Previously J.K. Rowling was the only writer for the Fantastic Beasts films.

Eddie Redmayne will return as Newt Scamander, Jude Law as Albus Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald along with Ezra Miller (Credence/Aurelius Dumbledore), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein).

The post also shares that Jessica Williams will have a bigger role in this film. Her character, Professor Eulalie ‘Lally’ Hicks, is a teacher at Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and was featured very briefly in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The third installment of Fantastic Beasts will start production in Spring 2020 and will release on November 12, 2021.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts 3, Fantastic Beasts Films
More Details on Wizarding World Gold’s Personalized ‘Keys and Curios Journal’
Posted by Megs

Fans who join the Official Harry Potter Fan Club – Wizarding World Gold receive a few very special gifts with their purchase. The most exciting being a personalized Keys and Curios Journal.

The journals were meticulously designed by the MinaLima – Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina – graphic designers of the Potter and Fantastic Beasts series.  Wonderbly stepped in for the personalization factor of the books. Founded in 2014, they have sold over 5 million books and were the fastest-growing startup in 2017.

Wizarding World Digital, a joint venture between Pottermore Ltd and Warner Bros, has today revealed a new, innovative and personalised journal for fans of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, created in collaboration with Wonderbly, the global leader in personalised children’s books. 
The journal, titled Keys and Curios, forms part of the magical welcome gift fans receive when they subscribe to ‘Wizarding World Gold’ – a newly launched, annual paid subscription that enhances the Official Harry Potter Fan Club experience with early access, exclusive products, and enhanced experiences – as well as all seven eBooks of the original Harry Potter stories.
The Keys and Curios journal is packed full of interactive surprises and secrets that can be unlocked using the Wizarding World app. It takes personalisation to magical new levels, incorporating a fan’s name, house traits and more to take them on a unique journey through the wizarding year. With contents written and designed by the Wizarding World Digital team, and featuring images from across the Wizarding World, artwork by illustrator Jim Kay and specially designed Hogwarts house covers by MinaLima (the graphic designer design team behind some of the most iconic and memorable visuals from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films), the journal offers fans the chance to experience the Wizarding World all year round. 
An award-winning start-up, Wonderbly has turned personal publishing into an exciting creative canvas. As the world’s leading publisher of personalised books, they exclusively partnered with Wizarding World Digital to offer expertise in design, technology and manufacturing to produce this innovative journal. 
Tom Greene, Wizarding World Digital’s Chief Operating Officer says: “The Keys and Curios brings a new level of personalisation to fans of the Wizarding World. Through imagination, creativity, and technology we were able to create a truly magical journal, that is not only unique to every fan but will delight them with new interactive features such as our Enchanted keys unlocks. The team at Wonderbly were fantastic in helping to deliver this innovative experience that can be enjoyed time and time again.”
Asi Sharabi, CEO of Wonderbly adds: “As real innovators, we could not ask for a better-suited partner than Wizarding World Digital. They came to us with an exciting vision for a type of publishing product that had never been done before. It’s been an absolute pleasure to collaborate with them and bring to life this beautiful journal, for millions of Harry Potter fans around the world.

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Dark Arts Comes to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Posted by Megs

In addition to Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite’s Halloween updates, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is also getting in on the action! They’ve released a new trailer sharing the updates!

This October in the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery RPG mobile game, Jam City is unveiling new content and exclusive events to celebrate Dark Arts month! Fenrir Greyback, a notoriously savage werewolf, is making his terrifying return at Hogwarts, while Chiara, one of the most mysterious students at Hogwarts, asks for the players’ help on her “howling” struggles leading up to the night of the full moon. Special Unveil: the most famous werewolf in the Wizarding World, by the name that rhymes with Lemus Rupin, will be making an appearance as well!

This year, not only the Great Hall, but the hallways, dungeons, and House Common Rooms will all be adorned with spooky decor, greeting students with creepy smiling pumpkins at every corner. Players will have the opportunity to partake in events that will award fun costumes and scary face paint looks, so that everyone can look the part for the haunting holiday!

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Portkey Games
Something Sinister Comes to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite This Halloween
Posted by Megs

From Wednesday, October 30 at 11 a.m. PT to Friday, November 1 at 11 a.m. PT, using Dark Arts Runestones, players of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite can gain entry into a special Harrowing Halloween Chamber where something sinister lies in wait. Full information can be read below:

Are you brave enough to take on a spine-chilling Special Assignment this Halloween to earn exclusive limited-time rewards? First encountered in the Chamber of Secrets, Slytherin’s Basilisk will be making a limited-time appearance this Halloween… just make sure to avoid eye contact with anything slithering in the dark!
Using the Dark Arts Runestones you’ve been saving up all month, you’ll be able to gain entry into a special Harrowing Halloween Chamber in Fortresses, where something sinister lies in wait… The more Dark Arts Runestones you and your friends use, and the higher their levels, the greater your chances of encountering the exclusive Slytherin’s Basilisk.
From Wednesday, October 30 at 11 a.m. PT to Friday, November 1 at 11 a.m. PT, be prepared for the following:
– A limited-time Halloween Special Assignment with exclusive rewards, including a new Title and Badge for your Ministry ID.
– Harrowing Halloween Chamber where Dark Arts Runestones will unlock unique foes including a Dark Witch, a Dark Ministry Official and Slytherin’s Basilisk, all of which grant increased Dark Arts Family XP.
– Increased sightings of Dark Arts Family Traces, as well as Moaning Myrtle and Young Ginny Weasley Traces.
– A free store bundle will be available in the Diagon Alley shop with Dark Arts Runestones and Spell Energy.
– Partner Fortresses grant bonuses, including increased chances of encountering Slytherin’s Basilisk, bonus Dark Arts Family XP, and increased Spell Energy in Chambers level 4 and higher.
Share your achievements along the way using #WizardsUnite on social, and make sure to follow along on our official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for the latest updates. While you’re at it, visit the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite community and discuss your Halloween plans with others!

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games
Wizarding World Gold Subscriptions Available for Pre-Order
Posted by Megs

As we posted earlier this month, the Wizarding World app’s Harry Potter fan club and new sorting hat test were launched for Harry Potter fans everywhere! Today fans can pre-order a Wizarding World Gold subscription. Fans who pre-order their subscription today will be among the first to receive their magical welcome gift – which includes the interactive and personalised Keys and Curious journal, a collectible pin badge and a postcard print of J.K.Rowling’s Hogwarts sketch.

For just under $75 Wizarding World Gold gives fans access to Wizarding World Originals, all 7 Harry Potter e-books, Special Events, Discounts, merchandise and more!

The full press release may be read below:

Today, we are delighted to announce further details about Wizarding World Gold, an annual, paid subscription which will unlock early access, exclusive benefits and enhanced experiences when it officially launches later this autumn.

This spellbinding, new subscription will offer fans the opportunity to enhance their free Official Harry Potter Fan Club experience and is available to pre-order from today. Subscribers to Wizarding World Gold can look forward to a host of new benefits, including a magical welcome gift, currently not available anywhere else! The gift includes the interactive Keys and Curios journal, featuring a specially designed cover by MinaLima – the graphic design team behind some of the most iconic and memorable visuals from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.

This beautiful and intricate journal will arrive personalised with your name, Hogwarts house and more – meaning no two journals will be the same. Inside, you’ll discover interactive secrets and surprises, which are updated monthly and are unlocked as you explore the new Wizarding World app.

Also included in the gift is a postcard print of J.K. Rowling’s original Hogwarts sketch and an exclusive collectible pin badge, which features the Enchanted Key emblem!

As well as your welcome gift, a year’s Wizarding World Gold subscription will unlock: 

·       Wizarding World Originals – Immerse yourself in our new video series which is set to unravel the mysteries and uncover the secrets from all corners of the Wizarding World. Learn about the creative talent and craftspeople who bring you closer to the magic in The Workshop and discover our pick of behind-the-scenes content in From The Archive.
·       eBooks – Take the magic of J.K. Rowling wherever you go with all seven eBooks of the original Harry Potter stories, available on the Wizarding World app for the duration of your subscription. 
·       Collectible pin badges – You’ll receive the first pin badge in your welcome gift. Plus, claim collectible pin badges from selected Wizarding World UK and US locations including:  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theatres in London, New York & San Francisco, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and Hollywood as well as at the iconic Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross Station, London.
·       Special events – Get access to Gold subscriber events throughout the year, such as the Wizarding World Christmas Party in the Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London later this year.
·       Exclusive discounts – Enjoy discounts from the new Wizarding World.com shop, the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾ in King’s Cross Station, London, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ Exclusive Vacation Package at Universal Orlando Resort, as well as Warner Bros. Studio Tour stores in both London and Hollywood. 
·       Priority booking – Look forward to priority access to tickets for the most popular Wizarding World events and locations, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child shows in London, New York and San Francisco as well as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
·       Early access – Unlock early access to limited-edition Wizarding World Gold merchandise ranges and curious collectibles  – before they go on general release. 
·       Plus, plenty of perks – including new quizzes and puzzles, chances to win once in-a-lifetime experiences and much, much more! 

Fans can enjoy all this for just $74.99 (US) or £59.99 (UK) per year.  In addition, Wizarding World Gold will soon be available to purchase as a gift box subscription – the perfect present for any Harry Potter fan! It launches this autumn online at WizardingWorld.com, the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station in London as well as Warner Bros Studio Tour Gift Shops in London and Hollywood.

Want to be among the first to get your hands on a Keys and Curios journal? Fans can pre-order their Wizarding World Gold subscription from today on WizardingWorld.com, with full benefits unlocked later this autumn.

Filed Under: Official Harry Potter Fan Club, Wizarding World Gold

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