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Cast Announced for 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando Resort has announced the cast for their 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter. Stanislav Yanevski, Oliver Phelps and James Phelps are scheduled to attend next year’s event and will participate in panels and more! A Celebration of Harry Potter will be held from January 26th-28th with packages available on the official Universal Orlando Resort website.

Celebration of Harry Potter Cast Members

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Chris Riddell to Illustrate J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard
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Bloomsbury have announced today that Chris Riddell is set to work on the illustrated edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Chris Riddell will be released on October 2 2018 for £25, £120 for the deluxe edition!

Bloomsbury Children’s Books today announce Chris Riddell as the artist who will create stunning images for an illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard sold in aid of the author’s international children’s charity Lumos.

Publishing on 2nd October 2018, this classic from the Wizarding World will be gloriously reimagined in a large colour gift edition by the multi-award-winning Riddell. He will mix his signature, beautiful watercolour with line and tonal illustrations, capturing the spirit of J.K. Rowling’s ingenious text with his trademark wit and elegance.

Chris Riddell is a bestselling author/illustrator and former Waterstones Children’s Laureate. On being commissioned for this project Chris said, “To be invited into the world of Harry Potter is an immense honour and incredibly exciting. These fairy tales are vivid and beautifully crafted and will resonate in the sumptuous format Bloomsbury have given me. But the true joy has been to discover the richness and texture of Dumbledore’s footnotes. I can’t wait to pull on my robes and begin my tenure as a supply teacher at Hogwarts!”

Rebecca McNally, Children’s Publishing Director, said of Chris’s selection: “It takes extraordinary skill and imagination to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s highly inventive and original book, which has both wonderful, classic-feeling fairy tales and the inimitable, witty and subversive notes of Albus Dumbledore. There was only ever going to be one person for this job – it just had to be the once-in-a-lifetime talent of Chris Riddell.”

Chris Riddell is an award-winning illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He is currently the only artist to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal three times, most recently for his illustrations in Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle. Chris Riddell was Waterstones Children’s Laureate from 2015 to 2017 and has recently been announced as a Booktrust Ambassador. Chris has illustrated the work of many celebrated children’s authors, including five Neil Gaiman titles. He is the author of the bestselling Goth Girl and Ottoline series and co-creator of the much-loved The Edge Chronicles.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard was first published in 2008. An essential read for any Harry Potter fan, it contains five classic fairy tales, including ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, which plays a key role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the tales are introduced by J.K. Rowling. Also included are Professor Albus Dumbledore’s notes on each tale, which appear by kind permission of the Hogwarts Archives. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity, which works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children around the world.

Filed Under: Books
New Characters and Cast Announced for Fantastic Beasts 2
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Pottermore has revealed a few new characters and cast members for the still unnamed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. The film is currently set for release on 16 November 2018. According to their post:

Nicolas Flamel, a character originally mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will appear in the new Fantastic Beasts film. Flamel, who is known in the wizarding world as an alchemist who discovered the Elixir of Life (based on the real-life alchemist of the same name), will be played by actor Brontis Jodorowsky. Flamel joins a big list of new characters confirmed to feature in the film.

So far, only a few names have been revealed, but some surnames will be familiar to Harry Potter fans. Joining the cast will be Wolf Roth as a character called Spielman; Call the Midwife star Victoria Yeates as Bunty; Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers; Poppy Corby-Tuech as Rosier; and Cornell S John as Arnold Guzman. The names ‘Travers’ and ‘Rosier’ stand out in particular; these last names turn up in the Harry Potter series and belong to two Death Eaters who served Lord Voldemort.

Actor and comedian Jessica Williams, best known for her work on The Daily Show, and Fiona Glascott have also been cast in the film, but their roles haven’t been revealed.

As we have posted in the past, a bunch of original characters and cast members are returning. Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski will all be back for the sequel. MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery, portrayed by Carmen Ejogo and Leta Lestrange played by Zoë Kravitz, will also be back!

Jude Law was previously announced as Albus Dumbledore and Callum Turner will be playing Newt’s brother Theseus.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition – Out Today!
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban may be one of the most beloved Potter books of the series. Today, the Illustrated Edition has been released in both the US and UK! Once again Jim Kay has done a spectacular job of bringing the book to life! Head to your favorite bookstore or order on Amazon and Amazon UK. A Deluxe Edition is also available in the United Kingdom!

An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide. This stunning new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters – including Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Professor Trelawney. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, faces Dementors, death omens and – of course – danger.

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Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition, Jim Kay
Un-boxing: USAopoly’s The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion for Hogwarts Battle
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Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Monster Book of Monsters Expansion

Last October we revealed USAopoly’s deck building game, Hogwarts Battle, which was received with rave reviews! Today we’re un-boxing the new Monster Box of Monsters Expansion! The expansion is available at your local game stores as well as numerous online locations (see below) for $29.95. Now let’s venture into the Forbidden Forest and help defeat Lord Voldemort along with all new creatures!

One of the most exciting parts of this game is that you can now play as Luna Lovegood in addition to Harry, Hermione, Ron and Neville. There are a few other surprises in store, which we won’t spoil for you here. You will need to complete the Hogwarts Battle game before starting to use this expansion pack. There are 4 boxes to go through, each adding more difficulty and they build off of Game 7 in Hogwarts Battle. You can also combine all the boxes to create any type of game you want! The options are (almost) endless.

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Monster Book of Monsters Expansion

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Monster Book of Monsters Expansion

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Monster Book of Monsters Expansion

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The official description is as follows:

Venture into the Forbidden Forest with The Monster Box of Monsters, the highly anticipated expansion to HARRY POTTER™: HOGWARTS™ BATTLE! Play as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville or Luna Lovegood™ as you face frightening creatures and challenging encounters. Beware of any wrongdoing that might earn you detention! Only working together to defeat the evil forces and protecting iconic locations will make the Wizarding World safe once and for all!

The box includes: 152 cards (40 small, 68 regular, 44 oversized) – 1 Die – 4 Game Boxes – 4 Game Rules – 21 Chip Pieces (12 Influence, 1 Harp, 8 More)

The Monster Box of Monsters Expansion can be purchased at Warner Brothers Shop, Entertainment Earth, BAM!, Amazon

Watch the game trailer below:

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“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” Coming to Universal Studios Hollywood
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Last month we revealed more information on Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Today Universal Studios Hollywood announces the debut of their all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” The festive experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic Hogwarts castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor. More information is included in the press release below:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk deck the halls for a wintry calendar of festive holiday experiences and an array of delectable treats that families and friends far and wide can enjoy.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience will resonate throughout the immersive land this yuletide season transforming the iconic HogwartsTM castle into a dazzling light projection spectacular, while the quaint town of Hogsmeade village shines brightly with décor uniquely themed to each of the individual storefronts.

The a cappella Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant throaty frogs, will perform all-new holiday themed songs.

A wide selection of all-new custom-made Christmas ornaments created especially for “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will also debut this season. Collectibles include a variety of decorative Hogwarts castle snow globes, Hogwarts crest and mascot ornaments representing each of the houses, as well as a collection of unique tree toppers and house pennant garland.

Newly introduced holiday-themed fare and the eagerly-awaited seasonal return of hot Butterbeer will further complement the overall experience.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

The all-new “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” experience invites guests to celebrate this special time of year in J.K. Rowling’s compelling Wizarding World for themselves.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts TM Castle” will illuminate Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with colorful imagery and impressive dimensional animations that dance across Hogwarts castle in tandem to a musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.

“Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” represents the immersive land’s first holiday themed program since opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos.  The annual event comes to life with a towering 60 foot tall whimsical “Grinchmas” tree where Martha May Who-vier and the Who Dolls will take center stage performing energetic musical sets to usher in the Christmas season in style.  The Who-liday Singers—a hip boy-band ensemble—will perform nightly a cappella concerts featuring a mix of Christmas favorites and pop rock.

“Grinchmas” will take place weekends on December 2-3 and 9-10, and daily from December 15 through December 31, 2017.

Spirited holiday décor and festive whimsy will permeate throughout the theme park including “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and the adjoining “Super Silly Fun Land” as a crew of very merry and mischievous Minions gleefully spread Christmas cheer to visitors of all ages.

A spectacular 40-foot tall Christmas tree will glisten with 200,000 LED icicles choreographed to the lights and sounds of the season in the 5 Towers plaza. Santa Claus will make nightly appearances and offer special photo opportunities at 5 Towers.

The iconic, dancing water fountain situated at the heart of CityWalk will also make a splash this holiday season. This visually dynamic fountain, displaying over 230 individual power jets, will project streams of choreographed water into the air complemented by red and green LED lights and an array of holiday-themed music.

Free concert performances at “5 Towers” and an eclectic ensemble of talented street performers will make CityWalk the ultimate L.A. holiday destination.

The spirit of the season continues with a wintertime transformation of Universal CityWalk, beginning the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 23, 2017.

The holidays at Universal Studios Hollywood is included in the price of theme park admission.  More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebookand follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Filed Under: Universal Holidays, Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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