Warner Bros. has announced today that the LEGO Harry Potter games are now available on PlayStation 4 in a new bundle, LEGO Harry Potter Collection, which includes LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. The set retails for $49.99 and is available NOW!
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced the launch of the LEGO® Harry Potter™ Collection, bringing LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4 and LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7 to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system for the first time with both top-selling videogames remastered on one disc.
Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the LEGO Harry Potter Collection unites the creative prowess of LEGO® and the expansive world of Harry Potter with an exciting journey full of spell-casting, potion-making, puzzle-solving, lessons, dueling and much more for players young and old to enjoy. Gamers can now experience the entire LEGO Harry Potteradventure featuring content from seven books and eight films with enhanced graphics, environments, lighting and visual effects, along with two downloadable content (DLC) packs.
“The LEGO Harry Potter Collection is a wonderful opportunity to experience these magical LEGO adventures inspired by such beloved characters and iconic locations,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “Through this compilation, players young and old can embark on a light-hearted, humorous and interactive journey through all of the Harry Potter books and films, sure to delight fans and newcomers alike.”
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is based on the first four books and films—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™—allowing fans to experience Harry’s first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in full LEGO form.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 transports players through the final three books and final four films—Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™—to experience Harry’s last years at Hogwarts™ and his battle against Lord Voldemort™ in the ultimate fight between good and evil.
This action-packed adventure also offers two DLC packs on disc, including a Character Pack featuring Godric Gryffindor, Harry (Yule Ball), Helga Hufflepuff, Lockhart (Straightjacket), Luna (Lion Head), Peeves, Hermione (Pink Dress), Ron Weasley (Ghoul), Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin, as well as a Spell Pack featuring Cantis, Densaugeo, Ducklifors, Melofors and Tentaclifors.
The LEGO Harry Potter Collection serves as a perfect holiday gift for fans of J.K. Rowling’s ever-expanding Wizarding World eagerly anticipating the upcoming film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Consumers can also relive the magic by purchasing the recently released Harry Potter Two-Disc Special Edition, complete with all eight films plus bonus content, available now at participating retailers. The LEGO Harry Potter Collection is rated “E10+” for everyone 10 and older by the ESRB and is now available for the PlayStation®4 system at a suggested retail price of $49.99.
Bloomsbury Publishing has revealed new covers for The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages. The jackets, which are illustrated by Harry Potter cover artist Jonny Duddle, show new images from both books. Both new editions are published on 12th January 2017 in hardback and paperback formats.
The front cover of The Tales of Beedle the Bard shows a wizard being chased by the hopping pot, and the front cover of Quidditch Through the Ages features Roderick Plumpton who famously caught the Golden Snitch within three and a half seconds in 1921.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Quidditch Through the Ages are based on books from the Harry Potter series, and were written by J.K. Rowling in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages in aid of Comic Relief, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in aid of J.K. Rowling’s children’s charity Lumos.
This winter, Hogwarts in the Snow will be returning to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London due to popular demand! Across the festive season Saturday 19th November – Sunday 29th January 2017 – fans are invited to experience Christmas time at Hogwarts and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London undergoes a magical makeover. Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model – all for the Hogwarts in the Snow feature. As always, tickets must be pre-booked and all extra features are included in the ticket price.
Christmas feature will run from Saturday 19th November – Sunday 29th January 2017
This festive season, Harry Potter fans are invited to experience Christmas time at Hogwarts and discover how film-makers created fire, ice and snow that never melts as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London undergoes a magical makeover for Hogwarts in the Snow.
From 19th November – 29th January, visitors will have the opportunity to see the Harry Potter film series’ most iconic sets decorated for festive scenes. Christmas trees will line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room will be dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow will be meticulously applied to the majestic Hogwarts castle model.
After stepping onto the original stone floor of the iconic Great Hall, visitors will spot wreaths, garlands and trees decked with golden baubles that are topped with witches on miniature broomsticks. The long dining tables will be dressed as they were for seasonal feasts at Hogwarts with prop versions of roast turkeys, hams studded with cherries and even flaming Christmas puddings.
The Gryffindor Common Room and Boys’ Dormitory will be decorated with the original props including handmade Christmas cards, some of which were made by the cast members during production.
Fireplaces throughout the Studio Tour (including those in the Leaky Cauldron and Great Hall) will be ‘lit’ with special effects fire, created by John Richardson and the SFX team using a combination of water vapour and lighting effects. Visitors will also see the hand-knitted jumpers that Molly Weasley gave Ron and Harry for Christmas in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Other costumes on display will include one of the first Christmas presents Harry ever received at Hogwarts, his Invisibility Cloak and, for the first time, Madame Maxime’s costume from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The Hogwarts castle model will be transformed for the occasion by a team led by Model Effects Supervisor José Granell, who worked on the Harry Potter film series. During filming, a member of the crew climbed aboard an elevated work platform and sprinkled the ‘snow’ mixture of granulated paper and grains of salt onto the model by hand with a sieve – like dusting sugar onto a cake. The same process will be used at the Studio Tour this November. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.
Hogwarts in the Snow will run from Saturday 19th November – Sunday 29th January 2017. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra features are included in the ticket price.
Last week our correspondent Alyssa was able to attend Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic in New York City. PUFFStakes a second look at everyone’s favorite world of wizards through the eyes of the Puffs, a lovable group of magical misfits. The full company features Langston Belton, Madeleine Bundy, Jessie Cannizzaro, Nick Carrillo, A.J. Ditty, Julie Ann Earls, James Fouhey, Andy Miller, Zac Moon, Eleanor Philips and Stephen Stout.
Puffs is playing now through the end of the year at The Elektra Theater (300 W. 43rd Street, second floor); Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30pm. http://www. puffstheplay.com/
Warning: some mild spoilers within. Disclaimer: the reviewer is a Hufflepuff herself, and may be liable for some bias.
Since the advent of Pottermore, Hufflepuffs have had a surge in popularity. Originally framed as the ‘leftover’ house by the author and Potter fans alike, Hufflepuffs have recently been recognized and lifted up for their unglamorous but very worthy identifying traits.
During the Global Fan Event for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, fans at IMAX theaters across the globe were able to see a special featurette on the film. Watch below: Before Harry Potter. Across an ocean. A new world of magic awaits!
It was also revealed, by J.K. Rowling, that the Fantastic Beasts series will be made up of FIVE films. Many are speculating that the main theme of the films will be the rise and fall of Grindlewald. Watch the feature below and see if you agree.
The Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them Global Fan event has begun. Join the cast from Fantastic Beasts for a live Q&A and be the first to see exciting new footage from Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.