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Rupert Grint To Star in TV Adaption of ‘Snatch’
Posted by Megs

Deadline is reporting that Rupert Grint is set to star in the television adaption of Snatch. Snatch was originally a film by Guy Richie that starred Brad Pitt and Jason Statham. The 10 episode series will air online in 2017 at Crackle which is similar to Hulu and Netflix. According to Deadline:

Snatch will carry the spirit of the setting in the film, while creating a new world with new characters. Inspired by a real life heist in London, Snatch, centers on a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend.

Grint will play the dynamic, frustratingly chaotic and utterly posh con man, Charlie Cavendish. Scott plays Vic Hill, who continues the con game from inside prison; Westwick plays night club owner Sonny Castillo.

Filed Under: Rupert Grint
Universal Orlando Announces 2017 Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Celebration of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando Resort has announced dates and packages for the 2017 Celebration of Harry Potter. It will take place from January 27th – 29th, so in line with what it’s been the past few years. There are three different packages you can get for the weekend; Premium, Celebration and a special package for Annual Passholders. Full details can be found on Universal’s website. Guests for the event have not been announced.

Set against the backdrop of Universal Orlando’s amazing theme parks, you’ll explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida™. With park-to-park admission, you can even ride the Hogwarts™ Express to travel between both lands. Dine at the Leaky Couldron™ and the Three Broomsticks™, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders™, then experience Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other thrilling attractions.

A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter™ continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Celebration Vacation Package, which is the cheaper option includes:

  • 3-Night Hotel Accommodations
  • 3-Day Park-to-Park Ticket^ to Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™
  • Exclusive Evening at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ (includes access to both Hogsmeade™ and Diagon Alley™) with desserts and one complimentary Butterbeer™ – one per person (Friday)
  • Exclusive Talent Q&A session with select film talent
  • Early Park Admission? to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ one hour before the theme park opens to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando
  • Special Guest access to the Harry Potter™ Expo (Friday – Sunday)
  • Special Guest access to Panels and Demonstrations (first come, first served)
  • Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks™ in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ – one per person
  • Commemorative merchandise item from A Celebration of Harry Potter™ – one per package
  • Commemorative pin from A Celebration of Harry Potter™ and lanyard – one per person
  • Access to select live entertainment venues^^ at Universal CityWalk™
Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Harry Potter Theme Park
Last Chance to See Lumos Gala Performance of Cursed Child on Sept 18
Posted by Megs

J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, and the producers of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced today that a third and final online auction of tickets to the Lumos gala performance on Sunday 18th September would be released. This is a last chance to bid for tickets to attend the event. This final auction closes at 6pm on Sunday 21st August

Fans eager to see the two-part play will be able to bid on ticket packages for this special performance to benefit Lumos, which will be personally introduced by J.K. Rowling. Over 100 tickets are available in a selection of packages that are combined with extra gifts including signed copies of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book, Hogwarts maps created by graphic designers MinaLima and meals at London restaurants near to the theatre.

Opening bids for the performances of Parts One and Two on Sunday 18th September will start at the box office face value. The auction runs for just four days, from today until 21st August on the online auction website Givergy.

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, which will support 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.

The Lumos gala performance of both parts of the play is the start of a worldwide campaign for Lumos this Autumn called We Are Lumos Worldwide which aims to enhance awareness of the harm caused to children placed in orphanages, and raise funds for the Families Not Orphanages Fund. The campaign culminates with an advance screening of the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in New York on 12th November, with a chance to see J.K. Rowling in conversation on stage at Carnegie Hall, with the film’s main star and Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
Pre-Order Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition Through Bloomsbury for Exclusive Offers
Posted by Megs

 

Bloomsbury has announced that if you live in the UK and have pre-ordered (or will pre-order) the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition or the Deluxe Illustrated Edition through their store you will receive special merchandise. The book will be released on October 4, 2016 in the US and UK.

We are very excited to announce our Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition and Deluxe Illustrated Edition pre-order offers. There are three offers available to you. Please note, these offers are open to UK and ROI residents only.

1. Pre-order Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition to receive a Harry Potter wall sticker and 20% off the RRP.
2. Pre-order Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Deluxe Illustrated Edition to receive a Harry Potter tote bag and 20% off the RRP.
3. Pre-order both editions to receive a Harry Potter wall sticker and tote bag, as well as 30% off the RRP.

If you have already pre-ordered from one of the above sites, you will automatically receive the corresponding offer to your purchase.

If you live in the US you can pre-order the book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Scholastic.

Filed Under: Books, Jim Kay
New Harry Potter eBooks to Release in September
Posted by Megs

In some interesting news today we’ve learned that there will be three new ebooks released by Pottermore and J.K. Rowling this September 6th for $2.99 each.

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Information on each of the books, as well as links to pre-order them are as follows:

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

Thanks to Hypable for the tip!

Filed Under: Books, JK Rowling, Pottermore
EW Releases Photos and Details on Creatures from Fantastic Beasts
Posted by Megs

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As part of their Fall Movie Preview, Entertainment Weekly has released photos and descriptions of several creatures we’ll see in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Fans who have read the Potter books as well as the original Fantastic Beasts book will know a bit about these characters but now we have a little more context.

The Niffler
“Look something shiny!” That’s what’s going through the mind of a Niffler. The mischievous critter looks like a cross between a mole and a duck-billed platypus and loves anything that glitters. The Niffler will go after your jewelry and coins with burrowing and destructive ferocity. It’s treasures are stored in the pouch on its belly, which — like Hermione’s bag in the Harry Potter films — holds far more than seems possible. “One of the big inspirations was the honey badger,” Fantastic Beasts visual effects supervisor Christian Manz says. “We saw some great footage of a honey badger raiding somebody’s house with a completely insatiable desire to find food and nothing would get in its way.”

Bowtruckle
We’re told the sprig-like Bowtruckle can be difficult to spot in a natural environment, and that Newt has at least four of them: “The Bowtruckle eats only insects, and is a sweet and intensely shy creature, but extremely loyal, and it can be very handy to have around when there are locks to pick.” The Bowtruckle was also the toughest creature for the Beasts design team to crack, with 200 versions drawn until they decided on the final rendering. Star Eddie Redmayne says a Bowtuckle named Pickett is his favorite creature in the film. “Pickett has attachment issues, so Newt knows he shouldn’t have favorites, but like he loves Pickett to sit in his top pocket,” he says. “I felt for him quite badly.”

Thunderbird
Here’s what we’re hearing on this one: “The Thunderbird is a large, regal avian creature native to the arid climate of Arizona. Its head is similar to that of an eagle or, in the wizarding world, a Hippogriff. Its multiple powerful wings shimmer with cloud-and sun-like patterns and their flapping can create storms. Thunderbirds can also sense danger. After rescuing a Thunderbird from traffickers in Egypt, Newt named him Frank and promised to return him to his natural habitat in Arizona.” Also, the Thunderbird is the sigil of one of the American wizarding school Ilvermorny’s student houses.

Swooping Evil
J.K. Rowling is a master at naming, well, pretty much everything, and this is one of our off-kilter favorite beast monikers: “Looks like a cross between a reptile and an extremely large butterfly, when at rest, the Swooping Evil lives in a green spiny cocoon. But when it spreads its colorful, spiked wings, it is strangely beautiful. It can be dangerous, as it is capable of sucking out brains, but, conversely, if properly diluted, its venom can be quite useful to erase bad memories.”

Demiguise
The Demiguise is “a primate-like creature that resembles a silver-haired orangutan with large, doleful black eyes. It has the remarkable ability to become invisible at will, and has precognitive sight, so the only way to catch it is to do something completely unpredictable. The Demiguise is fundamentally a peaceful beast, but it will give a rather nasty nip when provoked or feels threatened. Unfortunately for the Demiguise, its long, silky, silvery hair can be spun into Invisibility Cloaks, making its pelt highly valuable.”

Occamy
This is the first semi-clear look at a very key creature who’s remained almost entirely obscured until now. “The Occamy is a plumed, two-legged, winged creature with a serpentine body, making it look like a cross between a dragon and a bird. It is hatched from eggs, the shells of which are made of the purest silver and worth a fortune. The Occamy is native to the Far East and India, and the size of its habitat matters a great deal, as the Occamy is choranaptyxic — meaning it will grow or shrink to fit available space.” Hmm, so what happens if you let one… outside?

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
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