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Teaser Trailer for Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast
Posted by Megs

The first trailer for the live action version of Beauty and the Beast has been released by Disney this morning. The film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle, will be released on March 17 2017.

Beauty and the Beast also stars Dan Stevens as Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

Filed Under: Emma Watson
Sarah Jessica Parker Presents Jo Rowling with PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award
Posted by Megs

Tonight, actress Sarah Jessica Parker presented J.K. Rowling with the 2016 Pen/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award. The video may be watched below starting at 1 hour and 40 minutes, the embed should start at that point.

J.K. Rowling has used her talents and stature as a writer to fight inequality on both a local and global level. Herself the frequent object of censorship in schools and libraries across the globe, as well as online targeting, Rowling has emerged as a vocal proponent of free expression and access to literature and ideas for children, as well as incarcerated people, the learning-disabled, and women and girls worldwide.

Filed Under: JK Rowling
J.K. Rowling to Attend Special Performance of Cursed Child to Benefit Lumos
Posted by Megs

J.K. Rowling will be attending a special gala performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two to benefit her children’s organisation Lumos on Sunday 18th September. Tickets are now available for auction on Givergy. The tickets are being auctioned off in sets with additional incentives.

Lumos and the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play are hosting a special gala performance of the new stage play to benefit the author’s children’s charity. J.K. Rowling will personally attend and introduce the play.

Tickets to see performances of both part one and part two of the play on Sunday 18th September in London’s West End, are now available by auction at givergy.com/charity/lumos They are combined with special prizes and experiences and are expected to sell out quickly. More information can also be found at wearelumos.org/worldwide.

Thanks to the generosity of the play’s producers and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, every penny donated and raised in the auction will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund that will help children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life. Donations do not go towards administration, fundraising or overhead costs of the organisation.

The special gala performance of both parts offers a unique opportunity to see the much-anticipated play introduced by J.K. Rowling, and is the first of several events yet to be announced for the autumn as part of the Lumos global We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign in the UK, United States, and around the world. The campaign invites people and groups all over the world to join a growing movement to end the harmful and unnecessary practice of placing children in orphanages.

An estimated eight million children around the world live in orphanages and institutions, despite 80% having at least one living parent that could care for them with some support.

Georgette Mulheir, CEO of Lumos said: “Intuitively, we know that children need families to thrive, but it’s the decades of evidence that shows us the profound harm that being deprived of a family life and placed in an orphanage can do to a child’s intellectual, physical and psychological development.

“This special gala performance is not only a wonderful opportunity for fans to see the play but it will help raise awareness of the vulnerable, voiceless children living in orphanages around the world and play its part in helping to get them home and back to a loving family, where they belong.”

Visitors to the wearelumos.org/worldwide website are invited to sign up now to the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign, which will launch at the same weekend of the play gala in September. Those registering now will receive early notification of further exciting announcements.

Over the past decade, Lumos has helped thousands of children – from infants to older children – return to family life in Central and Eastern Europe and more recently in Haiti. Now, in its second decade, Lumos is expanding its work in Latin America and the Caribbean, and other regions around the world with the aim to end institutionalisation of children globally by 2050.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
Videos: Fiona Shaw at Special Preview of Privet Drive at WB Studio Tour
Posted by Megs

The WB Studio Tour Facebook shared a few videos of Fiona Shaw at a special preview event of Privet Drive at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London last night. The Privet Drive set will be open to the public from May 27th – June 6th.

For a limited time only, as part of our celebrations of the 15th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone film release, we are offering you the chance to step inside number four, Privet Drive and peer into the Dursleys’ living room. Hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters created by MinaLima, the graphic designers for all eight Harry Potter films, will be suspended in the air as though they’ve flown through the fireplace!

Also on display for the first time will be the Dursleys’ costumes which proved to be a rich source of inspiration for Costume Designer Judianna Makovsky. She remembers them being the most fun to dress, creating clothes that appeared out of date and pretentious for Mr and Mrs Dursley, as well as hideous jumpers for young Dudley.

In addition to the opening of number four, Privet Drive, we will be showcasing the equipment that was used to shoot Harry’s Hogwarts letters through the letterbox. The machine, which was specially created for the film by award winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson, will be on display in the Studio Tour during the feature between 27th May – 6th June.

A video that was recorded live at the opening my be viewed below:

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
Celebrating 10 Years Online
Posted by Megs

Magical Menagerie - Celebrating 10 Years Online

We can’t believe it, but Magical-Menagerie launched TEN YEARS AGO today. Back then we were called Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titilandus, DDNT for short, good thing we changed the name a year later, what a mouthful! Take a trip down memory lane and look at our first layout, HAH! P.S. Did you know you can still switch layouts? The default is Deathly Hallows 1 but we still have Deathly Hallows 2, Half-Blood Prince and Order of the Phoenix working! Although there may be a few bugs on the last 2!



When we say we, it’s actually just me, Megan, the founder/owner/only staff member. I started this site in my senior year of high school after taking an HTML class and I’m so glad to see how it has grown over the years. Since then I have started the best *wink wink* Matthew Lewis fan site and made a career out of being online.

I work as a freelance web/graphic designer in addition to my own websites. You could say that Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling helped me to find my calling in life and I will be forever grateful. I rarely share photos of myself on here, but in honor of the 10th anniversary, enjoy:



Since starting the website, we have been to multiple Potter premieres, the Grand Opening of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and attended many events at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ve also had to “force” a few friends to go to events for the site when I couldn’t take the time off to fly, they were so upset. 😉 News may have wavered over the years but, now that we have Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child, I have a feeling it will go back to the good old days of multiple news stories every day!


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I want to thank all of you for your support over these 10 years, here’s to 10 more!

Also a big thank you to Jenny who has made almost all of our site layouts over the years!

Filed Under: Site
Colin Farrell Talks Working on Fantastic Beasts; Sequels
Posted by Megs

In a new interview with ComingSoon, Colin Farrel talks about his experience working on the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film as well as the possibility of returning for the sequels.  The first film will be released on November 18, 2016.

You’ve got “Fantastic Beasts” coming out. Have you seen any of it?
Colin Farrell: Nothing. Just the trailer.

Are you already lined up for Part 2?
Farrell: No, I don’t know what’s happening. As far as I knew it’s standalone. I don’t know what their intentions are.

From what I’ve heard the intention is to do another one two years later and then Part 3 two years after that.
Farrell: Oh really? Yeah, I’d be surprised if they didn’t. (laughs)

But you’re only signed for one movie?
Farrell: Jeez, I can’t even think straight now. Not quite sure. I’ll text David Yates and find out.

You’ve done your fair share of franchise roles. Does this feel like the most “sure thing” you’ve ever done?
Farrell: I mean you put that theme music up and J.K. Rowling and welcome back to a world of magic… It’s part of the Harry Potter universe. There’s no sure things. There are sometimes things that are surprise successes and there are things that were designed purely for box office success that don’t work. This would be as sure a thing as possible but there are no sure things.

It was a good experience, though?
Farrell: I loved it, yeah! I had fun doing it.

Working with Eddie.
Farrell: Yeah, he was great, Eddie and Ezra. David Yates is an extraordinary man and filmmaker who kinda feels like a protector of the kingdom. He’s so well-versed in the mythology of that world and has a deep affinity for the characters and the lore of it. He was great to be around.

Filed Under: Colin Farrell, Fantastic Beasts Films

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