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J.K. Rowling Appearing on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’ This Weekend
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A new interview with J.K. Rowling will be airing on CBS Sunday Morning on September 24th beginning at 9am. Mark Phillips talks with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling about the sensation of the London stage (and coming soon to Broadway): “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The show is 90 minutes long and Jo’s segment could air at any point during the show.

This episode launches the 40th anniversary of the show. According to the press release:

America’s #1 Sunday morning news program, will launch its 40th anniversary season with a new set and an exciting lineup of stories that includes profiles of Shania Twain and J.K. Rowling, along with a look at the fall season in art, movies, books and music, on Sunday, Sept. 24 (9:00 AM) on the CBS Television Network.

The broadcast will mark the first reimagining of the signature set since CBS SUNDAY MORNING launched on Jan. 28, 1979.

“The new set is evocative of the one viewers have come to love since the launch of the broadcast,” said CBS SUNDAY MORNING executive producer Rand Morrison. “The goal is to enhance the visual experience for our viewers, while not shocking them with dramatic changes. The colors are refreshed, the building materials updated, and we have a bit more flexibility in what we can do in the studio.”

The previous set was dismantled and the new set constructed in place over the course of a week leading up to the season premiere. The new set (designed by Jack Morton Worldwide) is a round, multi-level creation that provides multiple positions for anchor Jane Pauley. Additional elements, such as thin tower video panels, will be added in the coming weeks.

In addition to profiles of country star Shania Twain by Lee Cowan and “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling by Mark Phillips, the Sept. 24 broadcast will feature Susan Spencer’s cover story on the trend in children being given unusual names; 60 MINUTES correspondent Lesley Stahl’s chat with author and bookstore owner Ann Patchett; David Edelstein’s preview of the fall season in movies; Anna Werner’s look at what’s ahead in art; Serena Altschul’s report on a museum filled with artifacts found by sanitation engineer; and Tracy Smith’s interview with Iain Armitage, star of the new CBS comedy YOUNG SHELDON.

Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the tip.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
A Celebration of Harry Potter Returning to Universal Orlando in January
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Universal Orlando Resort revealed on Twitter that their fifth annual Celebration of Harry Potter will be taking place from January 26-28, 2018! No further details have been announced at this time but the three day event is always worth attending. Members of the cast and crew participate in panels and Universal hosts a Harry Potter Expo where venders such as Scholastic, Warner Bros Studio Tour London and more share what’s new!

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
BBC Announces ‘A History of Magic’ Documentary; Exhibit Coming to New York
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BBC has announced a new documentary, A History of Magic, which is based off The British Library’s exhibition opening next month. This documentary features  an interview with J.K. Rowling where she discusses items she has personally donated to the exhibit. Harry Potter: A History of Magic opens to the public on October 20th at The British Library. The exhibit will also be making it’s way to New York in October 2018, making a stop at the New-York Historical Society.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Exploring the subjects studied at Hogwarts, the exhibition will include original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay – all on display for the first time.

And as it travels from London to New York, the exhibition will evolve to include US-specific artefacts and items from the collection of US Harry Potter publisher Scholastic.

BBC has released the following information on the documentary which will air on BBC Two. An air date has not yet been revealed.

It’s 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first cast its spell on readers across the globe, thanks to the charm, warmth and imagination of its wizarding world. But Rowling’s fantastical creation wasn’t entirely make-believe…

To mark the 20th anniversary of her book, the BBC presents an enchanting new documentary, uncovering the real life traditions of magic at the heart of Harry Potter.

A thrilling journey through legends, belief and folklore, this film goes behind the scenes with the British Library as they search to tell that story through objects in their collection, in an ambitious new exhibition: Harry Potter: A History Of Magic. J.K. Rowling, who is lending unseen manuscripts, drawings and drafts from her private archives (which will sit alongside treasures from the British Library, as well as original drafts and drawings from Jim Kay) talks about some of the personal items she has lent to the exhibition and gives new insight into her writing, looking at some of the objects from the exhibition that have fired her imagination.

Readings from famous fans playfully recreates some of the best loved spells, potions and magical moments from the books, and, as we follow the process of the exhibition, we discover modern magic’s counterparts (from real life wandmakers to Quidditch enthusiasts). In doing so we discover an unexpected relationship between magic, belief and science: from the Anglo-Saxon spells that cure MRSA; to the so-called witches who pioneered contemporary medicine; to the ancient stargazers who first mapped the wonders of the night sky.

It was commissioned for BBC Two by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Mark Bell, Head of Commissioning BBC Arts, and the Executive Producer is Janet Lee. The Producer/Director is Jude Ho for BBC Studios.

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter: The Exhibition
New Details on Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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This morning, Universal Orlando Resort issued a press release on their holiday happenings, including the brand new Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Universal Orlando Resort’s Holidays celebration will run daily from November 18 to January 6. According to the press release:

Starting Nov. 18, holiday cheer – and a little mischief here and there – will take over Universal Orlando Resort for its destination-wide Holidays celebration. Guests of all ages will enjoy a festive celebration like no other with more dates than ever before. At Universal Orlando guests can witness the magic of Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, watch all-new larger-than-life balloons and incredible entertainment fill the streets during the all-new Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s, uncover the true meaning of Grinchmas, rock around the Music Plaza Stage to Mannheim Steamroller – and more.

NEW! Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

For the first time at Universal Orlando Resort, Christmas is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Guests will be surrounded by uniquely themed Christmas decorations, garlands and lights as they walk the streets of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. They will also enjoy special Christmas themed food and holiday performances by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. And as night falls – state-of-the-art projection mapping and lighting will wrap Hogwarts castle, bringing incredible Christmas moments inspired by the Harry Potter series to life.

The Holidays will also include:

NEW! Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s

Universal Orlando Resort is partnering with Macy’s, the global leader in balloon entertainment, to bring a brand-new parade to Universal Studios Florida. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will feature more than a dozen new festive balloons and over 15 incredibly detailed floats that can’t be seen anywhere else – all designed exclusively for Universal Orlando.  The parade will also include appearances by the Minions and other favourite characters from Despicable Me, Madagascar and Shrek – and the jolly man himself, Father Christmas.

Grinchmas

Guests will watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes during a live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic in the “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular” and join the merry Whos from Who-ville as they celebrate the true meaning of the season and bring Grinchmas to life throughout Seuss Landing at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. And, on sale now, guests can enjoy a festive breakfast with the Grinch and his friends on select dates.

Mannheim Steamroller

Holiday music sensation, Manheim Steamroller, returns to Universal Orlando to spread cheer for all to hear during live concerts at Universal Studios Florida on Nov. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.

Holidays at Universal’s On-Site Hotels

Staying on-site is the best way to experience the Holidays celebration at Universal Orlando Resort. All five hotels will glisten with festive decorations and offer holiday activities, including tree lightings, menorah lightings, and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve buffets.

EVE at Universal CityWalk

To celebrate the New Year, guests can dance the night away at EVE, Universal CityWalk’s dazzling New Year’s Eve celebration. Guests can celebrate the New Year in style with the largest dance floor in Orlando, live entertainment and endless decadent dishes and signature drinks.  Tickets go on sale soon.

Filed Under: Universal Holidays, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Support Lumos and Get a Chance to Visit the Fantastic Beasts Set
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Earlier this week Lumos had a live Facebook video with Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler as well as Lumos CEO Georgette Mulheir. They urged fans to get involved with Lumos Foundation USA – and offered a chance to win a visit the set of the new film at the same time. Visit their crowdrise page to donate and enter! To gain 1 entry you must donate $12.

Contest details are as follows:

You and a guest can win the chance to join the Producer and Director for a behind-the-scenes VIP experience:

  • Visit the set of the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Meet members of the cast and crew of the film.
  • Round trip air transportation for two to London, England courtesy of
  • 3-night stay in a Four-Star hotel in London, generously supported by
  • 2 individual tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London- The Making of Harry Potter with a tour interactor

Additional Prize:

  • 1 lucky winner will win an original painting of Newt Scamander, the Magizoologist hero in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Mouth Artist, Henry Fraser, signed by J.K. Rowling, Eddie Redmayne and cast members of the film.

More information on Lumos:

Imagine being separated from your parents, simply because they were too poor to look after you.

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Imagine not having a choice – or a voice.

An estimated 8 million children around the world live in harmful orphanages. Many suffer abuse and hardship as a daily reality. Shockingly – 80% are not even orphans; they have at least one living parent.

These vulnerable children need families, not orphanages. Lumos has the proven solution to transform the future for children in orphanages.

Here’s the story of Ilove and her brother, rescued by Lumos from an orphanage in Haiti and now happily reunited with their family.

Filed Under: Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Fantastic Beasts Films
Video: First Look at ‘Strike’ TV Series
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A first look at the Strike series has been released by BBC and The Associated Press. Strike is based on the Cormoran Strike novels and will be premiering August 27th at 9pm on BBC One ! The series stars Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott. The first three episodes are based on The Cuckoo’s Calling, Galbraith’s first novel in the series.

Filed Under: Holliday Grainger, Robert Galbraith, The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, Tom Burke
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