Captions for the photos, which can be seen in the gallery, are as follows:
Harry Potter, 19 years later. Jamie Parker from the new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling: “He simply is Harry now. There’s a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right.” First public preview is a week today!
Albus Potter, ready for his first day at Hogwarts. Played by Sam Clemmett in the new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling: “There’s much I could say about Sam-as-Albus, but we’d be into spoiler territory so quickly I’ll just say we couldn’t have cast better.”
Ginny Potter played by Poppy Miller, in the new play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. J.K. Rowling: “I think a lot of people would like to have Poppy’s Ginny for a mother. Kind and cool, exactly as I imagined her.”
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.
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.
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.
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: