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Universal Studios Hollywood Upgrades Forbidden Journey Ride to 4K-HD
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Universal Studios Hollywood has revealed today that they have upgraded Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey to 4K-HD technology. The ride, which also exists in the Orlando theme park, takes riders on an adventure around Hogwarts and it’s grounds with Harry, Ron and Hermione. It is unknown if the Orlando version will also receive an upgrade. A press release about the update may be read below:

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood Elevates “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” to 4K-HD with State-of-the-Art Imagery Projecting at Twice the Frame Rate for an Even More Immersive Experience

Universal City, CA, March 23, 2017 – The spectacularly captivating and highly acclaimed “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” thrill ride at Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” takes a technological bow with the introduction of enhanced 4K-HD ride film projecting at an astounding rate of 120 frames-per-second and designed to offer guests an even more immersive glimpse into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

This progressive enhancement replaces the earlier 3D film component of the ride to create a seamless integration between the ride’s elaborate sets and its spellbinding media. The attraction’s storyline remains the same.

Originally projected at 60 frames-per-second, the new ride media now displays at twice the frame rate offering superior clarity and remarkably sharper images than previously shown, with imagery that is stunningly ultra-realistic.

Hailed by press across the globe as a tour-de-force, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” has enjoyed a vast array of critical acclaim, such as:

“The combination of the stunningly detailed queue and the state-of-the-art ride make Forbidden Journey the best dark ride in the world.”
“All roads lead to Hogwarts castle, home to possibly the most immersive, amazing and utterly convincing dark-ride and queue ever invented. The detail at every turn is exquisite.”
An achievement in pioneering theme park ride technology, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” is a multidimensional thrill ride located within Hogwarts castle. It features a groundbreaking robotics ride system, fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects designed to take guests on a once-in-a lifetime whirlwind adventure.

Spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees upon an elevated ride track, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ushers guests on a journey alongside Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley as they venture through some of the most memorable scenes from the movie, including a Quidditch match where they narrowly escape a dragon attack, as well as close encounters with Dementors and the Whomping Willow.

A spectacular attraction unto itself, the iconic and picturesque Hogwarts castle sits at the heart of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” providing access to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Hogwarts castle is a breathtaking reproduction from the movie, housing narrow stone passageways and chambers that invites guests to walk in the famous footsteps of the film’s heroic character where they will encounter many familiar places along the way, including the Mirror of Erised, Professor Sprout’s Herbology class and a selection of baby Mandrakes, Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Hall of Talking Portraits, the Fat Lady portrait at the entrance to the Gryffindor Common Room and the Sorting Hat.

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Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park, Universal Studios Hollywood
Timothy Spall & Anthony Boyle Starring in Episode of Electric Dreams
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Timothy Spall and Anthony Boyle - The Commuter

Harry Potter actor Timothy Spall and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child actor Anthony Boyle will be starring in an episode of Channel 4s new series Electric Dreams. It is a 10-part sci-fi anthology series, each featuring standalone episodes based on short stories by Philip K Dick. Timothy and Anthony will be playing father and son in an episode titled The Commuter. The episode has another Potter connection with Harry Potter And The Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne writing the episode.

Timothy Spall plays Ed Jacobson, an unassuming employee at a train station who is alarmed to discover that a number of daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist. When he investigates for himself, he comes face to face with an alternate reality that forces him to confront his own struggles around his relationship with his wife Mary (Rebecca Manley) and his very troubled son Sam (Anthony Boyle).

The show will air on Channel 4 in the UK later this year and on Amazon in the US.

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Filed Under: Anthony Boyle, Timothy Spall
Rupert Grint’s ‘Snatch’ Now Available on Crackle
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Rupert Grint’s new series Snatch is now available on the online streaming site, Crackle! All 10 episodes of the show are available to stream for free here. The series is based on the film of the same name starring Brad Pitt and Jason Statham.

The cult classic movie Snatch is now a high-stakes, high-octane Crackle Original Series. Get in on the heists, gangster action and rapid-fire dialogue that earned the original movie a shite-load of fans. Snatch streams free on Crackle March 16. Starring Rupert Grint (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Luke Pasqualino (Battlestar Gallactica: Blood & Chrome), Lucien Laviscourt (The Bye Bye Man), Marc Warren (Wanted, Hustle), Stephanie Leonidas (American Gothic), Phoebe Dynevor (Waterloo Road), Juliet Aubrey (The Infiltrator, The Constant Gardener), Tamer Hassan (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass), Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible III, Taken 3) and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl).

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SURPRISE! J.K. Rowling Reveals Title for 4th Strike Novel
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This morning on twitter, J.K. Rowling played a little game with fans to reveal the title for her 4th Cormoran Strike novel! It didn’t take long for one lucky fan to work out the puzzle and come up with “Lethal White.” There is still no release date for the book but at least now we have a little something to hold us over.

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Filed Under: JK Rowling, Robert Galbraith
Bloomsbury Releases Cover for Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition
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Bloomsbury has sent over the cover for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Once again Jim Kay does beautiful artwork showcasing the Knight Bus. Pottermore have also posted a few additional illustrations that you can see in the gallery. The book will be published in hardback on 3rd October 2017 (£30)and a Deluxe edition will also available (£150).

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Bloomsbury Publishing is excited to reveal the cover of the eagerly anticipated Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition written by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay.

Illustrated by Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal winner, the front cover image shows the iconic triple-decker Knight Bus that whisks Harry off to Diagon Alley at the beginning of the book.

Published globally on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 the hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and over 115 colour images. The illustrated edition will be published in more than 21 languages around the world. All will be using Jim Kay’s artwork and will join together to bring this beautiful edition to life.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition was published to huge acclaim in October 2015. Sales of the book exceeded 100,000 copies through UK TCM within the first six months of publication and the book was shortlisted for The Bookseller Children’s Book of the Year. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition followed in October 2016 and hit the No.1 position in the official UK Children’s TCM Chart. Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following with over one million copies sold worldwide.

Pottermore, the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, will exclusively reveal extra artwork from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition at 12:00pm on Tuesday 7th March 2016. Visit Pottermore.com to see more of Jim Kay’s beautiful art.

The Harry Potter novels have now sold over 450 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 79 languages. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was voted the nation’s favourite children’s book in a 2013 poll by reading charity Booktrust and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Illustrated Edition, Jim Kay
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Nominated for 11 Olivier Awards
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Nominated for 11 Olivier Awards

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been nominated for ELEVEN Olivier Awards, a record for a stage play. The Olivier Awards re the most prestigious theatre awards in the UK and are named after Laurence Olivier, famed actor and founder of The National Theatre Company. The winners will be announced at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9th April. Cursed Child was nominated in the following categories:

  • Best New Play
  • Best Director – John Tiffany
  • Best Actor –  Jamie Parker
  • Best Actress in Supporting Role – Noma Dumezweni
  • Best Actor in Supporting Role – Anthony Boyle
  • Best Set Design – Christine Jones
  • Best Costume Design – Katrina Lindsay
  • Best Sound Design – Gareth Fry
  • Best Lighting Design – Neil Austin
  • Best Theatre Choreographer – Steven Hoggett
  • Outstanding Achievement in Music – Imogen Heap
Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
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