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Review: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Makers, Mysteries and Magic
Posted by Aimee Krenz

For a book lover such as myself, who insists on purchasing a physical book because the feel and smell of the pages are everything to a book nerd, experiencing an audio adventure from Audible Originals and Pottermore Publishing is something I would normally never do!

Whether it was the draw of the wizarding world or the engaging antics of narrator Dan Fogler, who portrays the loveable No-Maj Jacob Kowalski in the Fantastic Beasts film series, I absolutely fell in love with this audio documentary, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: Makers, Mysteries and Magic. How magical is it that my first Audible experience is focused on the wizarding world I love so much?

Read on for Aimee’s full review of this behind-the-scenes audio documentary, recorded on the set of the movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

More Filed Under: Dan Fogler, Fantastic Beasts Films, Review, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Review: Puffs Filmed Live Off Broadway is Now Streaming!
Posted by Alyssa J

Since its initial run at the Peoples Improv Theater, PUFFS or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic has hopped from The Elektra Theater to New World Stages, where it currently resides, and its popularity has only climbed, achieving international attention and excellent reviews.

Thankfully, for those viewers who might not have access to the New York City theater scene, PUFFS can now be viewed by anyone around the world. The play, filmed live, is available to stream (and download!) on BroadwayHD, iTunes, and Amazon as of November 22nd.

Written as part of the School of Theater and Dance program at the University of Florida, playwright Matt Cox and his original production team, director Kristin McCarthy Parker, Stephen Stout (who plays Ernie Mac), andColin Waitt brought PUFFS to the Peoples Improv Theater in 2015.

Read on for Alyssa’s full review of PUFFs Filmed Live off Broadway!

More Filed Under: Other Potter Related, Review
Deck the Halls for Christmas in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Posted by Megs

From December 6 to 12, fans can vote for their favorite holiday ornament in the “Christmas with Hogwarts Mystery” Event in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. In Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery players have their first opportunity to create a character and attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

In celebration of Christmas in the Wizarding World, each House’s common room at Hogwarts will feature its own Christmas tree adorned in its respective House colors: red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw and yellow for Hufflepuff.
 
Beginning today, players are invited to join in the holiday decorating at Hogwarts by casting a vote on their favorite tree ornament. From December 6 through 12, fans can visit the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery FacebookTwitter or Instagram to view and vote on a selection of holiday ornaments. The most popular selection will be featured on
each of the House Christmas trees unveiled in-game on December 13.
 
Bringing the excitement of Christmas at Hogwarts to the Muggle world, a video will be released on the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery social channels in tandem with the in-game tree reveal, spotlighting all of the holiday decor and theming in-game this December. The video will also tease a time-limited sidequest featuring the Wizarding World’s beloved clan, the Weasleys. Taking a cue from the family’s history with handmade gifts, the video will also give fans do-it-yourself instructions to create a
real-world replica of the winning tree ornament featured in this festive, in-game activity.

To participate in the “Christmas with Hogwarts Mystery” ornament activity, and to connect with other fans visit Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information visit www.HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com/.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Portkey Games
Georgina Leonidas Stars in Awful Auntie, Coming to London
Posted by Megs

Georgina Leonidas, Katie Bell in the Harry Potter series, will be starring in the Birmingham Stage Company’s production of Awful Auntie as Stella. Written and directed by Neal Foster, the play will run from 12 Dec – 5 Jan at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!

Awful Auntie was published by HarperCollins Children’s Books in September 2014 and has sold over 1.2 million copies. It has helped to make Walliams the country’s best-selling children’s author

Tickets are £31.50 for Premium and £24.50 for Standard. You can also buy 4 standard tickets for £90. You can book your tickets here!

Dates and times of shows are as follows:

December
Wednesday 12 – 7pm
Thursday 13 and Friday 14 – 10.30am & 1.30pm
Saturday 15 – 2.30pm & 6.30pm
Sunday 16 – 11am & 2.30pm
Tuesday 18 – Thursday 20 – 10.30am & 1.30pm
Friday 21 and Saturday 22 – 10.30am & 7pm
Sunday 23 and Monday 24 – 11am & 2.30pm
Wednesday 26 – Saturday 29 – 2.30pm & 6.30pm
Sunday 30 – 11am & 2.30pm
Monday 31 – 2.30pm

January
Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 –  2.30pm & 7pm
Saturday 5 –  2.30pm & 6.30pm
Sunday 6 – 11am & 2.30pm



Filed Under: Other Actors (Female)
LEGO Brings Fantastic Beasts Magic to London, Edinburgh and Cardiff with Seven Nifflers
Posted by Megs

To celebrate the launch of the latest film in the Fantastic Beasts series, The Crimes of Grindelwald, LEGO have created seven Nifflers made out of LEGO bricks and put them out for display across London, Edinburgh and Cardiff. Each Niffler has been created using more than 11,000 LEGO bricks, and weighing approximately 30kg each, measuring over 75cm tall!

To mark the 16th November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ new big-adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The LEGO Group has brought several mischievous LEGO® brick Nifflers – the furry treasure-hunters with a penchant for anything shiny from the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling – to real world locations in the U.K.
 
The LEGO brick Nifflers have caught causing mischief in U.K. locations to celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The Nifflers have been spotted near some of London’s best-known hot spots for treasure, including the infamous diamond district Hatton Garden; and the keeper of the Crown Jewels, The Tower of London; before finishing their tour at their LEGO home, Leicester Square Retail Store. 
 
Two more Nifflers also sought out shiny things in Edinburgh and Cardiff on the day of the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald regional premieres on 13 November.
 
Each Niffler has been created using more than 11,000 LEGO bricks, and weighing approximately 30kg each, measuring over 75cm tall and requiring 60 man hours to build.

 “We wanted to inject some LEGO magic into the hearts of Wizarding World fans across the country, and what better way to celebrate the creativity and fun of LEGO bricks than to create mischievous Nifflers in brick form,” said Rory Unwin, Brand Manager for LEGO Wizarding World. “The reaction from the public has been fantastic, up and down the country – and we hope Wizarding World fans enjoy seeing them as much as we did building them!”

NIFFLERS – FACT-FILE:

  • Nifflers are long-snouted, burrowing creatures native to Britain with a penchant for anything shiny
  • Their special abilities are finding treasure and they have a pouch in their bellies where they hide their loot such as jewelry, coins or other sparkly objects 
  • The naughty LEGO brick Nifflers have been created by LEGO to celebrate the release of the new Fantastic Beasts film
  • The special LEGO Nifflers were created using more than 11,000 LEGO bricks each, and weighing approximately 30kg, measuring over 75cm tall and requiring 60 man hours to build
Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, LEGO Harry Potter, The Crimes of Grindelwald
WB Games and Niantic Debut Trailer for AR Mobile Game – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Posted by Megs

Niantic, creators of Pokémon Go, and WB Games have unveiled the first teaser trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™,  the upcoming augmented reality mobile game that will put magic in the hands of players worldwide. The game launches in 2019.

“Why are traces of magic appearing in the Muggle world? Enlist immediately to help uphold the Statute of Secrecy and protect the wizarding world!”

Co-published and co-developed by Niantic and WB Games, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is part of Portkey Games, a games label dedicated to creating video game and mobile experiences inspired by the Wizarding World.

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players will be able to explore real-world surroundings to unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way.

To stay up to date on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, sign up to receive the latest information at www.wizardsunite.com and follow the game on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. We’ll be posting an updates as they come.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games
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