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Matthew Lewis & Tom Felton Face Off for the launch of Nintendo Switch Sports
Posted by Megs

To celebrate the launch of Nintendo Switch Sports, Matthew Lewis and Tom Felton faced off in a series of challenges. The duo juked it out in front of a crowd of onlookers, which saw the cinematic rivals go toe-to-toe, reminiscent of their past on screen fictional rivalry.

The duo juked it out in front of a crowd of onlookers, which saw the cinematic rivals go toe-to-toe, reminiscent of their past on screen fictional rivalry.

Onlookers witnessed Felton and Lewis compete in a ‘best of three’ across a variety of sports featured in Nintendo Switch Sports – the follow up game to Wii Sports, which allows players to use real-world movements to compete in six sports, including Football, Tennis, Bowling, Badminton, Volleyball and Chambara. 

Tom Felton said: “We both know Potter fans love our fictional rivalry and so do myself and Longbottom (Matt). It’s always a pleasure to reunite, especially when we get to meet over some really fun games and (friendly) competition!”

Matthew Lewis said: “It’s been such great fun to reunite with Tom today and settle some old scores. I love that we still have a friendly rivalry between us, and it was great to play that out with a game of the new Nintendo Switch Sports here at Westfield today.”

Nintendo Switch Sports is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch at all major retailers and on My Nintendo Store on 29th April 2022. 

Filed Under: Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton
“Harry Potter: Magic Awakened” Reveals Pre-Registration Rewards
Posted by Megs

In celebration of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, WB Games and NetEase have announced that players in the Americas, Europe and Oceania Territories can pre-register to receive an exclusive in-game card pack for Harry Potter: Magic Awakened featuring Fantastic Beasts from the film. The game will be released on iOS and Android later this year.

In Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, players will learn spells and charms that can be cast through the form of cards in wizarding duels and battles with monsters.Summons are a special class of cards that call magical creatures, artefacts or effects onto the battlefield to attack enemies or assist allies. Through strategic deck-building, combining Spells and using Summons, players can overcome the toughest challenges in the Duelling Club or Forbidden Forest.

Inspired by the infant Manticores introduced in “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” the in-game Baby Manticore Summon Card is equally menacing and quite formidable when grouped together. With their curled tails, jointed appendages and spiny heads, Baby Manticores somewhat resemble crustaceans, and just like their fully grown counterparts, they are both aggressive and carnivorous. Witches and wizards who are unfortunate enough to encounter a Baby Manticore in Harry Potter: Magic Awakened may quickly find themselves overwhelmed by an entire aggressive swarm.

The Niffler is a magical beast with a long snout and a coat of black, fluffy fur. It lives in burrows deep below ground and is attracted to shiny things, which makes it outstanding at locating treasure. Their affinity for shiny objects often gives them the reputation of being rather sneaky and mischievous – and they’ll have this same predilection for purloining precious objects in Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, helping witches and wizards restore their magic points by seeking out treasure in-game. 

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, Portkey Games
Harry Potter Studio Tour Announces ‘Mandrakes and Magical Creatures’ Feature
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter has announced a brand new feature coming to the experience this Summer – Mandrakes and Magical Creatures. The herbology greenhouse is making it’s studio tour debut for fans to learn all about the magical creatures from Hogwarts Herbology classes. It will a permanent fixture for the tour beginning on July 1st.

Various magical creatures will be sprinkled throughout the tour and fans will learn how Thestrals and Mandrakes were brought to life. This Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature will run from 1st July – 12th September 2022.

In addition to the Herbology greenhouse, the model of The Burrow will also be on display to show fans how the filmmakers did external shots of the Weasley home. Fans will also be able to enjoy the Frog Choir in the Great Hall.

The full press release with more details may be read below.

Brand-new for 2022, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is opening the glass doors of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse for the very first time. The greenhouse is a fan-favourite set from the Harry Potter film series, where students were taught their Herbology lessons with Professor Pomona Sprout. Built by the original Harry Potter filmmakers, the greenhouse is home to many exotic and magical plants. Just like a Hogwarts student, visitors to the Studio Tour will be able to step into the greenhouse and stop to pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display.

Based on the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, visitors will recognise the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling as they walk through the greenhouse. During filming, various techniques were used to achieve the movement of the magical plants. The sinuous grasping movement of the Tentacula’s tendrils was computer-generated however, the movement of the Mandrakes was achieved using animatronic controllers hidden beneath the table.

The greenhouse is a permanent addition to the Studio Tour and will open as part of a brand-new feature, Mandrakes and Magical Creatures, which will open on 1st July 2022. As part of the feature, visitors will be welcomed into the Great Hall to the Frog Choir scene as seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring the costume of conductor of the choir, Professor Flitwick, as worn by Warwick Davis.

Keen-eyed fans should be on the lookout for their favourite magical creatures as they explore the Studio Tour, as Cornish Pixies, Dumbledore’s beloved Fawkes and the animatronic Monster Book of Monsters can be spotted during their visit. In addition, fans of filmmaking will learn how Thestrals and Mandrakes were brought to life using a mixture of scale models and CGI in the Creatures Workshop.

In addition to the exciting addition of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be expanding the exterior sets in their backlot with new additions including the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard and a 1:3 scale-version of the Weasleys’ Burrow.

The scale-model of The Burrow is an exciting addition to the Studio Tour’s backlot area as film-making fans will learn the camera trickery behind the external scenes of the family home, seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. During production, The Burrow took filmmakers 14 weeks to build but only six minutes to burn down in the iconic scene where the Death Eaters set the home ablaze.

Professor Sprout’s greenhouse, the courtyard fountain and the exterior of the Weasleys’ Burrow will be permanent additions to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London. The Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature will run from 1st July – 12th September 2022.

Filed Under: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter
WB Games Shares Official Gameplay for Hogwarts Legacy
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Games and Playstation hosted a “State of Play” livestream earlier this evening and shared the Official Gameplay Reveal for Hogwarts Legacy. Hogwarts Legacy is an “open-world, action role-playing-game set in the 1800s wizarding world.” Scheduled for a holiday 2022 release, the game will be available for PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch™ and PC. Warner Bros. Games have sent over a couple videos which can be watched below.

Hogwarts Legacy is filled with immersive magic that puts players at the centre of their own adventure. Joining as a brand new fifth year student with a unique ability to manipulate powerful ancient magic, players will live the unwritten and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world. Throughout their adventure, they will grow their character’s abilities by mastering powerful spells, brewing potions, and harvesting magical plants as they face off against deadly enemies. Along the way, they will meet new friends who can accompany them, interact with school professors, and confront dangers that could jeopardize the future of wizardkind.

The State of Play video gives an in-depth look into the gameplay, including character customization, and some of the different spells, adventures, missions, locations, and characters players will encounter as a student at Hogwarts.

An Official Behind the Scenes video featuring comments by the creative minds making the game was also shared.

Filed Under: Hogwarts Legacy, Portkey Games
Return to Hogwarts 20th Anniversary Special Premiering on Cartoon Network & TBS
Posted by Megs

After it’s initial HBO Max premiere on New Years Day the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special will be premiering on Cartoon Network and TBS on April 10th.

The enchanting retrospective special will air first at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT as part of Cartoon Network’s ACME Night with an encore presentation on TBS at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers tuning in to each broadcast will be treated to a special sneak peek of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which is set to hit theaters on April 15. 

For those that missed it, the trailer can be watched below

Filed Under: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Special
WB Games & NetEase Announce Mobile Game – Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Games and NetEase have announced Harry Potter: Magic Awakened is coming to the Americas, Europe and Oceania Territories after success in Chinese Mainland. Harry Potter: Magic Awakened is a free-to-play immersive collectible card (CCG) and massively multiplayer (MMO) wizarding dueling game featuring a blend of strategy roleplay (RPG.) Fans can pre-register to play or provide their email for updates on magicawakened.com. You can also follow along on Facebook,TwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Set ten years after the Second Wizarding War, witches and wizards will embark on a riveting new story in Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, featuring familiar faces from the original series and new characters alike. As players progress, they will learn spells and charms that can be cast through the form of cards. Players need to accumulate magical knowledge to master these spells, devise unique strategies and form winning combinations – learning what to cast and when – as they venture through increasingly challenging trials, duel other players and master the magic in their own illustrious wizarding journey.

During gameplay fans can experience:

  • Become a Witch or Wizard – Experience all the hallmarks of a wizarding education after customizing your character, attend the Sorting Hat Ceremony, enjoy student life with dorm mates and compete for the House Cup
  • Spell Book & Collectible Cards – Master 70+ spells & summons from taking classes, visiting the Library or from rewards and further customize your deck with Companion and Echo cards for special effects and buffs
  • Duelling – Compete against players in friendly student wizarding duels. Choose from 1v1, 2v2 or a third special duelling mode
  • Unique Art Style – Immerse yourself in the game’s beautiful and distinct art style
  • Immersive Massively Multiplayer World – Explore iconic locations like Diagon Alley, Hogwarts and Hogsmeade; Join House Teams (guilds) and help players take on difficult Classes or Forbidden Forest stories
  • Classes – Attend five classes including Charms, Defense Against Dark Arts, Care for Magical Creatures, History of Magic and Divination – classes rotate daily and can be attended together with friends
  • Story – Experience an all-new original story, featuring familiar faces from the original Harry Potter series and new characters alike – each year at Hogwarts will come with its own story arc
  • Forbidden Forest (Solo or Multiplayer Co-op PVE) – Explore the Forbidden Forest and acquire clues to unlock different stories for rewards, cutscenes and events encountering different creatures like Centaurs, Acromantula, etc.
  • Book With No Name – Play through stories from the original series as Harry, Hermione and Ron – most of these stories will be in the form of a puzzle and will require more than brute force to overcome
  • Quidditch Training – Fly at the Quidditch pitch, practice scoring and utilize different broomsticks, each with special effects
  • Student Ball – Dance with other players in a mini-game where students must tap beats at the right time in order to dance well
Filed Under: Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, Other Potter Related, Portkey Games
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