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Daniel Radcliffe’s Imperium Gets Digital Release in UK
Posted by Megs

Daniel’s Radcliffe’s latest film Imperium is now available digitally for fans in the UK. Digital streaming platform Colony has released the film today. Imperium is a bruising, unsettling thriller which sees Harry Potter star Radcliffe take on the role of a young, idealistic FBI agent, who goes undercover to take down a radical right-wing terrorist group. You can purchase the film via Colony and check out the trailer below:

Since the film is only available in the UK, our correspondent Charlotte was kind enough to review the film for us.

In Imperium, Daniel Radcliffe plays Nate Foster, a young, driven FBI agent, who goes undercover to foil a white supremacist group, and their radical terrorist plot. A reclusive administrator, Nate is involuntarily thrust into field, at the request of his boss, Angela Zamparo (Toni Collette).

Imperium seems to be more concerned with the organizational structures of anti-Semitic groups, than the terror plots themselves. As a result, this allows for enormous character development, and an intense, dark and dramatic piece of filmography.

Whilst the plot is a slow-burner, Radcliffe’s performance is enthralling. During his first, complex scene, Nate reasons with a suspected terrorist in Arabic, once again highlighting Radcliffe’s multifaceted acting talent.

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe
J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore Patronus Quiz Is Live!
Posted by Megs

Fans have been waiting quite a long time for this day, but J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore has finally released it’s official Patronus quiz!  As we all know from the books,

The Patronus is the most famous (and famously difficult) defensive charm. The aim is to produce a silvery-white guardian or protector, which takes the form of an animal. The exact form of the Patronus will not be apparent until the spell has been successfully cast. One of the most powerful defensive charms known to wizardkind, the Patronus can also be used as a messenger between wizards. As a pure, protective magical concentration of happiness and hope (the recollection of a single talisman memory is essential in its creation) it is the only spell effective against Dementors. The majority of witches and wizards are unable to produce Patronuses and to do so is generally considered a mark of superior magical ability.

The quiz is very quick and surprisingly accurate. Megan’s Patronus is a Nebelung Cat, which is very accurate with her personality. Friends who have also taken the quiz either said it was what they thought it would be ore was very fitting. Enjoy and share your Patronus with us on Twitter – @MM_Official!

Filed Under: Books, Pottermore
LAST CHANCE – 15th Anniversary Celebrations at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Posted by Megs

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This winter, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter are giving Harry Potter fans a final chance to experience The Philosopher’s Stone Fifteenth Anniversary Celebrations.  From Saturday 15th October to Friday 4th November, visitors to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London will be given a last chance to see the original Sorting Hat and peer into the Dursleys’ living room as the exterior set of number four, Privet Drive is re-opened. With many more features showcasing the best of the year so far, this is an opportunity not to be missed! You can purchase your tickets to the studio tour here.

Between 15th October and 4th November, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is giving fans a final opportunity to see the best of the year so far. The Studio Tour is bringing back the favourite props and costumes as voted for by fans on social media. The favourites will be returned to the Tour as a special feature to celebrate 15 years since the cinematic release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Fans voted in their thousands to bring back a favourite from this year’s half-giant Hagrid feature; Hagrid’s deconstructed costume. This specially designed version of Hagrid’s costume even incorporated a cooling system to help body double Martin Bayfield cope with the heat during long days of filming.  Visitors will see the tubes which were hand-stitched into the fabric that had cold water running through them to bring down the temperature.

Our interactive special effects ‘UP’ broomstick was also chosen by fans. Visitors will be able to stand next to the broomstick, shout ‘UP’ just like a Hogwarts student, and watch the broomstick fly into their hands.

In addition, the iconic Great Hall set, as seen in all but one of the Harry Potter films, will be dressed for the occasion with a section of its long tables laden with a Hallowe’en feast including red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. Eagle-eyed visitors will also spot the costume of Defence against the Dark Arts Professor Quirrell. Voldemort’s face was digitally added to the back of Quirrell’s head and a model of this can be found in the Creature Effects area.

This will also be the last chance for visitors to see the original Sorting Hat and stool in the Great Hall and peer into the Dursleys’ living room as the exterior set of number four, Privet Drive is re-opened especially for the Studio Tour’s 15th anniversary celebrations of Harry’s first year at Hogwarts.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
Last Tickets on Sale for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Carnegie Hall
Posted by Megs

Starting today at 11:00am ET, the last remaining tickets for a special screening of the new Warner Bros. Pictures film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th St. and Seventh Avenue in New York City, and online at http://bit.ly/291ylvs. The screening takes place on November 12th at 6pm with J.K. Rowling, Eddie Redmayne and more set to attend.

Prior to the exclusive screening benefitting Lumos USA, the film’s screenwriter and author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, will join Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne on stage at the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 6:00 pm for a conversation. The remaining tickets for the family event (age recommendation 10 years+), which have been in high-demand, range from $50-$500. This exclusive event, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and publisher Scholastic Inc., will follow the film’s worldwide premiere, being held earlier that week in New York, and will precede the UK premiere in London the following week. The film opens in theaters on November 18th 2016, and on November 18th, Scholastic will publish the original screenplay of the film in the United States and Canada.

The film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a new and original story by J.K. Rowling and marks her screenwriting debut. In addition to Eddie Redmayne, the film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell.

Ticket revenues will support the WeAreLumosWorldwide campaign in the United States, UK and across the globe. The campaign launched last weekend (17th September) with a Facebook Live global broadcast with J.K. Rowling, opening sales of limited edition “Be the Light” t-shirts, and a gala performance of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End.

Thanks to Lumos’ 100% Pledge, all funds raised by the event will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund. The Fund will help children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life. No portion of any donations will go to administration, fundraising or overhead costs of the organization. Lumos is grateful to Warner Bros. and Scholastic for their support.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Unlock Lockhart from Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition
Posted by Megs

 

Bloomsbury has launched a fun new contest, Unlock Lockhart, where fans can help to unlock an illustration of Professor Gilderoy Lockhart from the new Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition. The new edition of the book will be released on October 4h. They will Jim Kay’s charming image of Professor Lockhart in three stages and will be giving away three copies of the book too! For a chance to win, share #UnlockLockhart on Twitter or Facebook. Read the terms and conditions here.

Unlock this exclusive illustration of Professor Gilderoy Lockhart by Jim Kay!

On October 4, 2016 we are releasing J.K. Rowling’s
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition, but you can get a first look at Jim Kay’s celebrity wizard here.

Share more. Unlock more.

#UnlockLockhart

Filed Under: Books, Jim Kay
‘Be the Light’ TShirt Available to Benefit Lumos; Video Interview with JK Rowling
Posted by Megs

J.K. Rowling revealed a new limited edition tshirt at this weekend’s Lumos Gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The ‘Be the Light’ T-shirts feature inspirational words from the author’s Very Good Lives Harvard commencement speech in 2008: “We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already”. They are available to buy now at www.represent.com/lumos. At least 60% of the retail price will go to support Lumos programmes around the world.

The author addressed an audience of Harry Potter fans of all ages prior to the special gala performance to benefit Lumos, the non-profit organisation she founded to help end the institutionalisation of children globally by 2050.

“Children need, deserve and have a right to families,” she said. “Thank you, from everyone at Lumos, for helping us achieve our ambition of bringing eight million children back into the light. It is, to paraphrase Albus Dumbledore, not easy, but it is right.”

Thanks to the generosity of the play’s producers – Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions – and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, all funds raised at the gala performance will go directly to Lumos’ work to transform the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged children. The special gala performance today is one of a series of events in the We Are Lumos Worldwide global campaign to raise awareness and urge people to get involved with the non-profit organisation’s work to bring the hidden children to light and get them home to families. The campaign was officially launched with a Facebook Live interview the previous evening (Saturday 17 September) between J.K. Rowling and writer and broadcaster, Lauren Laverne.


Poppy Miller, Paul Thornley, Stuart Ramsey, Sam Clemmett, J.K. Rowling, Anthony Boyle, Noma Dumezweni, and Alex Price. Photo by Dave Benett / Getty Image for Lumos.

Jo also took part in a Facebook Live video to talk about Lumos and their new initiative this past weekend. The interview marks the official launch of We Are Lumos Worldwide; a global campaign to raise awareness of the eight million children living in orphanages around the world, and the work that Lumos is doing to help them return to family life.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
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