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Universal Studios Hollywood Offering Limited Time Holiday Feast
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a special holiday feast available at The Three Broomsticks to help you get in the spirit of the season! Celebrate the holiday season at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™! Come now to complement your cup of hot Butterbeer™ with the new Holiday Feast at Three Broomsticks™! Sample treats like a gourmet Butternut Squash soup and a new dessert called Eton Mess all this month.

  • Holiday Feast – The first course will be a Butternut squash soup with crème fraiche. The main course will be a combination of Beef Wellington served with a tarragon aioli sauce & oven roast turkey served with gravy, sage stuffing, roast sweet potato, dried cherries with winter vegetables.
  • Specialty Chicken Sandwich- Honey Ale marinated baked chicken breast with melted cheddar cheese, Applewood bacon, roasted roma tomatoes, lettuce, and béarnaise sauce on a toasted brioche bun.
  • Eton Mess (Dessert)– A traditional English Dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, broken meringue, and whipped heavy cream.

Holiday Feast at The Three Broomsticks

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park, Universal Studios Hollywood
International Trailer for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Released
Posted by Megs

The first international trailer for Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast has made it’s way online and can be watched below. Beauty and the Beast, which also stars Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor and Potter-alum Emma Thompson hits theaters on March 17th 2017.

Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) directs this live-action retelling of the Disney animated classic from 1991. As before, this fairy tale centers on a young woman named Belle (Emma Watson) who is forced to live with the Beast (Dan Stevens) in his enchanted castle. The film co-stars Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Ian McKellen as Cosgworth.

Filed Under: Emma Thompson, Emma Watson
Warwick Davis’ Wizarding World Documentary To Air This Weekend
Posted by Megs

A new documentary by Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis will be premiering on ITV. Fantastic Beasts and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World will air from 4.30pm – 5.30pm this Saturday, November 26th. Warwick interviews cast, crew, J.K. Rowling, and fans. Be on the lookout for our founder Megan who may be shown at the Fantastic Beasts New York premiere.

Warwick Davis explores the phenomenal popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, with exclusive access to the cast and creators of her new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He meets star Eddie Redmayne on the set of the new movie, and catches up with J.K. Rowling at the world premiere in New York.

A clip of Warwick interviewing fans at the Fantastic Beasts premiere may be seen below or on our brand new Facebook. Go like it!

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Movies, Warwick Davis
Watch: BBC Radio 1 Documentary ‘The Secret Of The Wizarding World’
Posted by Megs

With the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Eddie Redmayne and Daniel Radcliffe help Radio 1’s film critic Ali Plumb discover why the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has become one of the biggest and most beloved franchises ever. Watch the half hour documentary below:

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, Movies
Introducing ‘Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World’ Mobile Game
Posted by Megs

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Get ready for your new favorite mobile game! Today, Warner Bros. Interactive has released a brand new app – Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World!  In this new hidden object game you’ll investigate magical cases as a new recruit with the Ministry of Magic. Search for clues at familiar locations like Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron and Hogsmeade and report to the scene of mysterious incidents with a magical creature at the center of every case.

We were able to preview the game and can tell you that it is really immersive. The game starts out by walking you through your first few steps to help you get the feel of the game. Fans who love playing first person games will enjoy the experience of searching scenes and talking to Ministry officials and witnesses.

You’ll search for identifiers, which help you discover the creature you’re hunting, as well as other clues, and move your way through different scenes looking for hidden objects. Each loading page includes a beautiful notice poster to enjoy while waiting for your next mission.

Fantastic Beasts: Cases of the Wizarding World is available on iOS and Android so everyone can try their hand at some wizarding investigation!

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: Cases From the Wizarding World enlists fans to join the Ministry of Magic and investigate unexplained happenings that could only be caused by magical creatures. In this hidden object game, players will rise from recruit to top Magizoologist as they unravel mysteries, discover hidden clues, interview witnesses, analyze evidence and cast spells while upholding the International Statue of Secrecy. Atmospheric music, beautifully illustrated enchanted environments and intriguing mysteries draw players into the wizarding world in a new way.

GAME FEATURES:

  • An Experience Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World – Join the Ministry of Magic, cast familiar spells, encounter fantastic creatures and journey to beloved settings such as the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley; Fantastic Beasts: Cases From the Wizarding World offers fans new adventures in the enchanting world of J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter.
  • Solve All-New Magical Mysteries – Players take on the role of a new recruit investigating mysterious happenings, and, by finding objects hiding in plain sight, analyzing clues, brewing potions and interviewing wizards, witches and Muggles, protect the creatures of the wizarding world.
  • Meet a New Cast of Wizards and Witches – From an Auror in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement to an expert in the history of magical objects, original characters help players solve cases and learn more about the magical creatures they seek.
  • Protect the Fantastic Beasts – As a witch or wizard in the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, Beast Division, players will encounter some of the most fascinating mystical beasts – from Nifflers to unicorns, centaurs to dragons – and work to protect them
  • Become Part of a Magical Community – Connecting to Facebook, players can make magic with their friends and unravel the secrets of the wizarding world together. Compare progress against fellow recruits, and even lend a helping hand as they make their way through cases.

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Products
Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them [Spoiler Free]
Posted by Megs

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
This past weekend we were lucky enough to be in attendance at the Lumos screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them along with 3000 other excited fans. The anticipation in the room was palpable and the moment the Warner Bros. logo came on screen we were transported back into J.K. Rowling’s world. While still in the magical world, Fantastic Beasts delivers on a new level.

Since we don’t have previous source material to look back on the experience of watching this film is more suspenseful. While we’re familiar with wizards and magic, Fantastic Beasts is completely new. Learning about the way American’s view magic and no-majs (muggles for us used to British terms) is an adventure.  Fans will get to discover a whole new world with it’s own dangers. Wizards are on the brink of being discovered by muggles and the community is on high alert. Newt’s appearance, along with the escape of his creatures, couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are all perfectly suited to their characters. Eddie Redmayne’s charismatic performance perfectly captures the awkwardness of Newt Scamander, who spends more of his time with creatures than humans. He pairs up with no-maj and native New Yorker Jacob Kowalski, played by Dan Fogler, whose comedic timing adds fun to the film’s darker moments. Alison Sudol and Katherine Waterston add depth to sister duo Queenie and Porpentina (Tina) Goldstein who are more than just pretty faces. These four combine into a ragtag team of so called “outsiders” to uncover a great mystery.

The cast is rounded out by Carmen Ejogo as President of MACUSA Seraphina Picquery, Colin Farell as auror Percival Graves, Samantha Morton as the Second Salemer’s head Mary Lou Barebone and Ezra Miller who masterfully portrays her oppressed adoptive son Credence. There are also wonderful performances by Ron Perlman as Gnarlack and Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty. We can’t forget two of our favorite creatures – Pickett the bowtruckle and Newt’s niffler – who are sure to be fan favorites. We have a few other favorites but will leave their reveals for the film. One moment in particular made this reviewer, who is normally silent while at the theater, laugh out loud.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Speaking of creatures, watching Newt interact with his creatures is one of the many highlights of the film. While there are many funny moments with them, we also see how much he deeply cares for every creature, even the misunderstood ones. The love and care he shows for these beings that most wizards would destroy is one of his best qualities. It is this characteristic that reminds us a bit of Hagrid, who also had an affinity for dangerous creatures.

The fact that Fantastic Beasts is completely new material and not adapted from a book is what makes it such a  great experience. We were able to fully immerse ourselves in the world without any prior biases from imagining the characters in our own minds. It really allows fans to appreciate the characters and story that much more.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts is also completely separate from Harry Potter. So if you have family or friends that haven’t read the books or seen the films, they can safety watch Fantastic Beasts without any prior knowledge. Of course Jo Rowling has put a few nods to the Potter films that fans will appreciate. We won’t spoil them for you here, but do keep an eye out for at least a few Easter eggs, and we’re not just talking about name-dropping Dumbledore.

In short – we laughed and we cried, we cried laughing, we gasped, and we have a renewed love of the wizarding world. If you see one film this holiday season, make it Fantastic Beasts!

Don’t forget to get your tickets to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ahead of it’s release on November 18th!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Review
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