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Jude Law Talks Young Dumbledore; NOT Transfiguration Teacher (Yet)
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In a new interview with EW, Jude Law discusses playing Young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In what will come as quite a shock to book fans, Jude says Dumbeldore is not transfiguration teacher (at this time.) Perhaps J.K. Rowling forgot to mention his stint as Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher in all her past interviews about Dumbledore. Only time, and seeing the film in November, will tell.

So what’s Dumbledore like at this age and how different is he than how we know him?
As I mentioned before, there’s a sense of humor and mischief, a dash of anarchy, a sense of what’s right and what he believes in, and a sense of mystery. There’s also how he comes around to get people onto his way of thinking — which is rather indirectly. He also has a certain heaviness about him that I don’t want to reveal too much about — and that’s something he has to overcome, or hopes to overcome. He’s also got a great passion for sharing his knowledge, he’s a powerful and inclusive teacher.

So he teaches Transfiguration, right?  
He doesn’t teach Transfiguration, actually, not at this stage.

Oh! Because in Potter lore, it was said he used to be a Transfiguration teacher before becoming headmaster…
At this stage in his career, he’s not. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say what he teaches… [Note: based on a previous photo we assume he teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts]

Jude Law also discusses Dumbledore’s sexuality in the interview:

There was some uproar earlier this year when director David Yates told EW the character not “explicitly gay” in this film. What’s your take on how apparent Dumbledore’s sexuality should be?
Jo Rowling revealed some years back that Dumbledore was gay. That was a question I actually asked Jo and she said, yes, he’s gay. But as with humans, your sexuality doesn’t necessarily define you; he’s multifaceted. I suppose the question is: How is Dumbledore’s sexuality depicted in this film? What you got to remember this is only the second Fantastic Beasts film in a series and what’s brilliant about Jo’s writing is how she reveals her characters, peels them to the heart over time. You’re just getting to know Albus in this film, and there’s obviously a lot more to come. We learn a little about his past in the beginning of this film, and characters and their relationships will unfold naturally which I’m excited to reveal. But we’re not going to reveal everything all at once.

Obviously, Dumbledore had a relationship with Grindelwald. What’s that relationship like at this point in time? And what was it like working with Johnny Depp?
I don’t actually have any scenes with Johnny. As I said before, this is only Part 2 of a longer story. I’ve always admired him from afar, but we don’t know each other, and I’ve not yet met him on this. In many ways that suits the relationship as it’s been many years since they’ve seen each other. So there’s complexity in that that’s fun to mine. Again, the past will reveal itself.

Read the full interview for more!

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2019 Revealed
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Bloomsbury have announced the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2019! Harry Potter Book Night returns for a fifth year on Thursday 7th February 2019 with the theme of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Sign up at www.harrypotterbooknight.com to register for an event kit and to make sure you’re one of the first to hear all the latest Harry Potter Book Night news.

Not everyone is lucky enough to attend a school where the staircases constantly move, portraits talk to each other and students get to study magical lessons such as Potions, Charms, Transfiguration and Herbology.

Bloomsbury will put this amazing school and all the exciting adventures that have happened within its walls at the very heart of Harry Potter Book Night 2019.

There have now been over 35,000 events organised since Harry Potter Book Night began in 2015 with over 13,000 organised in 2018 alone.

Bloomsbury aim to make Harry Potter Book Night 2019 the biggest yet.

With an updated event kit themed around Hogwarts and lots more exciting elements yet to be announced, once again fans of all ages will have the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels – and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books.

And remember to share your ideas and plans for Harry Potter Book Night on Twitter and Facebook using#HarryPotterBookNight.

Filed Under: Books
Two New Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Images Released
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Entertainment Weekly and Empire Magazine have released new photos from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald! The first shows a photo of Newt with his luggage open pointing his wand at something. The second shows Dumbledore teaching students about boggarts, including a young Newt Scamander! Both images can be seen in high resolution in the gallery!

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You can buy the August issue of Empire for more on Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The EW article also includes some new information on Leta Lestrange in the form of an interview with Eddie Redmayne:

“Leta, it’s one of those relationships where there was definitely great love there,” Eddie Redmayne, who plays grown-up Newt, tells EW. “But was it ever a full-blown relationship? I don’t know. But certainly, she’s somebody who has touched him hugely. At the beginning of this film you realize she’s now in a relationship with Newt’s brother so, of course, that comes with great complications.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16th.

Filed Under: Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game Introduces Duelling Club
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Wands at the ready! Players of the mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery have learned important defensive spells in their first few years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. From Expelliarmus, the disarming charm, to Flipendo, the Knockback Jinx, players have studied a selection of spells that are vital for duelling victory.

Today, players can put their spellcasting prowess to good use in the first of a series of multiplayer limited time events in the game, the Duelling Club. The first official Duelling Club event starts today for Facebook Connected players and runs through July 15th, 2018.

During this first event, players will receive three tickets, each granting them admission to participate in a duel. A worthy opponent will be randomly selected from other Facebook Connect users. The defeated player will forfeit one of their tickets, while the victor retains their ticket—and reaps a special reward after each and every win.

Additional Duelling Club events will take place in the game through the summer months. For more details on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and to connect with other fans, visit facebook.com/HPHogwartsMystery, twitter.com/HogwartsMystery, and for more information visit HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Robert Galbraith’s ‘Lethal White’ Gets Release Date, Synopsis & Cover
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Last March J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith revealed the title of the fourth installment in the Cormoran Strike series. Today we get to see the cover for Lethal White. Lethal White is currently available for pre-order and will be released on September 18th.

We also have a synopsis of the novel:

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy’s story, Strike and Robin Ellacott – once his assistant, now a partner in the agency – set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike’s own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been – Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that.

Waterstones is holding a contest where fans can win a signed copy of the book!

Filed Under: Robert Galbraith
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Heads to San Francisco
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is heading to San Francisco! The play opened in London’s West End in Summer of 2016, it came to Broadway in New York this Spring and will be opening in Melbourne, Australia in January 2019! Fans on the West Coast will get to see the play beginning in Fall of 2019 at the Curran theater! Performance dates, ticketing details and casting information will be announced at a later date.

Sign up to be updated here and follow the official Twitter account! You can also read the press release on the main article page. More

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
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