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LEGO Reveals New ‘Grindelwald’s Escape’ Set
Posted by Megs

Following the premiere of the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer this morning, LEGO has revealed a first look of one of the construction sets inspired by the upcoming film – Grindelwald’s Escape. The set is retailing for $19.99 and has 132 pieces and will be available on August 1st. Fans can recreate iconic scenes from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie, with Gellert Grindelwald and Seraphina Picquery minifigures – plus, a Thestral figure with posable wings.

  • Includes Gellert Grindelwald and Seraphina Picquery™ minifigures, plus a Thestral figure with posable wings.
  • Features a buildable articulated carriage with opening doors and a removable roof.
  • Flap the Thestral’s wings to make a flying escape!
  • Also includes shooting spell accessories on the hands of Seraphina and Grindelwald.
  • Recreate iconic scenes from the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
First Trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Released
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald! They have also revealed a new poster featuring Albus Dumbledore and Newt Scamander.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. The cast also includes, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and Poppy Corby-Tuech.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Get Your #WandsReady for the Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer
Posted by Megs

The first trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will debut tomorrow, Tuesday, March 13. Warner. Bros has launched #WandsReady to celebrate the release.

Fans everywhere are encouraged to join together, via social media, as the adventure in the Wizarding World continues in the new Fantastic Beasts film—either by posting a photo of themselves with their own wand with the hashtag, or by using the #WandsReady photo uploader on FantasticBeasts.com, which will allow them to create a personalized magical video to share on their social channels.

Everyone who has been on this exciting journey through the Wizarding World would love to see you share YOUR best #WandsReady photo!  As always, we thank you for your support and look forward to sharing the movie with all of you this November.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” Returns to Hollywood For a Limited Time
Posted by Megs

Universal Studios Hollywood springs into March with the return of the dazzling light projection spectacular, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” for a limited engagement.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky.

The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.


Saturday, March 3 – Sunday, March 4

Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 11

Saturday, March 17 – Sunday, March 18

Saturday, March 24 – Saturday, March 31

Filed Under: Universal Studios Hollywood, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
LEGO Announces New Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast Themed Sets
Posted by Megs

LEGO Systems, Inc. has announced a collection of LEGO building sets and collectibles inspired by The Wizarding World, bringing the film worlds of both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts to life in LEGO form! More information on the sets can be read in this press release:

The LEGO Wizarding World-inspired building sets call on families’ creativity and imagination to recreate the action-packed storylines from the films and feature a cast of fan-favorite wizards, Muggles and magical creatures in LEGO form – from Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger to Newt Scamander and more. Fans of all ages will also be able to collect their favorite Wizarding World characters in new LEGO BrickHeadz building sets.

During the annual Toy Fair in New York, the LEGO Group will unveil a special sneak peek of the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts™ Great Hall ($99.99) building set, which will launch August 1st. Additional building sets and figures will launch in the second half of the year, with more details to come soon.

Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for the LEGO Group said, “When it first launched in 2001, LEGO Harry Potter was a global sellout due to its broad appeal and ability to spark imaginative play, so we’re thrilled to go deeper into the Wizarding World to bring even more magic and excitement to LEGO play. The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories are perfectly suited to construction play, and our designers cannot wait for fans to see how the films are reimagined in our new collection of building sets and collectibles.”

Maryellen Zarakas, senior vice president of franchise management & marketing for WBCP said, “Together with our long-standing partners at the LEGO Group, we’re excited to bring Harry Potter back into LEGO form and expand the world with the addition of Fantastic Beasts sets. These new sets allow us to strengthen the emotional connection our fans have with the Wizarding World as they bring to life their favorite characters and memories from the films.”

The first of these sets, inspired by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is being revealed at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. LEGO have sent over a preview of the castle set. Photos May be seen below:

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Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Films, Products
Review: Magic Alley Harry Potter Shop
Posted by Megs

In need of a gift for any upcoming holiday? Valentine’s Day *hint hint* 

If your special someone loves Harry Potter, Magic Alley is the place for you! Magic Alley carries officially licensed Harry Potter products of all types. They offer watches, necklaces, scarves, wands, tote bags, sweets and much more at great prices! They launched in 2015 and wanted to create a space with Harry Potter pieces you can’t find just anywhere. The founders also attend various conventions to sell their products and mingle with fans.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch

Magic Alley very kindly sent over a Platform 9 3/4 watch and Golden Snitch necklace for us to review. They’re perfect everyday pieces for those who love the Harry Potter series and want everyone to know. Both pieces are also great for the fashion conscious girl (or guy!) who doesn’t want their Potter accessories to be too large and flashy.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch

As a fashion blogger as well as a huge Potterhead, this watch and necklace will definitely be making their way into my daily outfits without me having to feel embarrassed about them being “geeky.” Not to say that being geeky is a bad thing, I love to go all out with my Potter gear as well. But in my day to day life I like to keep it a bit more reserved.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace and Platform 9 3/4 Watch

The watch is very thin and has a burgundy faux leather strap and face showing the Platform 9 3/4 logo. The strap has a nice pebbled texture that really makes it look expensive. It’s the perfect understated piece for the fan who wants to show their Harry Potter love without screaming it.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Watch Magic Alley Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 Watch

The golden snitch necklace comes on a silver plated chain with a very small (8 mm tall and 37mm wide) golden snitch charm. It is a perfect replica of the snitch used in the films. In the photos below it is shown with a rare Golden Snitch replica from promotion for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You can see how closely it resembles the real thing.

Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace Magic Alley Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace

Even though they are in the United Kingdom, shipping to the United States only took a week. Always a plus to have quick shipping if you’re buying last minute gifts!

*I was gifted with the necklace and watch in exchange for reviewing them, but that in no way affected my review. My thoughts are my own. Thanks so much to Magic Alley for partnering with us on this post!

Filed Under: Products, Review

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