Christmas comesa little earlythis year!Ifyou are among themillions of fansthat the judgment ofthe Harry Potter sagawasorphanedand dreamto plungein the heart offabulous worldcreated byJK Rowling, get ready to be amazedby theexhibition to bedevoted to it.Majestic,playfuland exotic, it will be heldat the Cité duCinéma deParis,April 4had 6September 2015.If itstilltakes a littlewaitbeforethe doors opened, there is howeverno timelosingto book youradmission ticket. Tomorrowat 10 am,visitwww.ticketmaster.frandwiththe usualdistributors(Fnac, Auchan …) torelive theadventures of the famouswizard anddiscoverthe backstageofoctalogieto globalsuccess.
Whether you area fan ofthe first houror simply curiousMuggleto discover the worldof Harry Potter, this exhibition is for you! Hosting the firstFrench eventdedicated entirely to thesurvivor, the City Cinemais about toenchantits visitors witharea of2,000m², which allow the public tosoak upthe magic of theirheroesby browsingtwofilm setsredevelopedcolorsthe saga.
The program offestivities: introduction to the artofpotions,Quidditchandvisit full of surprisesbetween theiconic settingofHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone(2001) and the following album,inthe waylike9¾,the HogwartsExpress,Hagrid‘s hut or dormitoriesGryffindor. Open youreyesoveryour journey, round glassesHarrytheMarauder’s MapandNimbus2000are a mustnot to be missed.
Bystage inthe capital,this traveling exhibitioninvites viewers tobetter understandthe scenesof the films thathavetranscendedthecinema,bringing togetheran impressivepanelof costumes, accessories and authenticdecor elements. So that theimmersionis complete, the techniques and skillsusedso that themagicoperateswill be explainedin detailto visitors.
Havingattracted over3 million visitorsworldwide, stopping in Chicago,Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and Cologne, Harry Potter:TheExhibitionwill takeup residence inthe City of Lighttospring.“The audience will be captivated by thesize of the collection,” says KarenMcTier(ExecutiveVice PresidentWarnerBrosConsumer Products.) Confident:“We arepleased to offera uniqueHarry Potterexperiencemore.”
An idealexperience foryoung and old,to livewith family orfriends and, above all, giving freerein to his imagination. Tobest prepareyour arrival,some practicalinformationare required:
-The exhibitionwill be openfrom 10:30 am to19hMonday to Fridayfrom 9:30 am to20hon Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and during school holidays. Nocturnesuntil 21:30every firstFriday of the month.
-Theinput is fromslots andmust be bookedin advance,the last accesswill take place90 minutes beforethe closingof the exhibition,the ratesof 19.99€ for adults/€ 15.99for children(4-14years)/ 65€for families(max.2 adults and2 children).
-Audio guidesavailable,limited to aday.Theperfect gift fora magicalChristmas!
Anddo not forgetthe scenes ofHarry Potteralsovisitedthroughoutthe yearin the UK, thanks to Warner Bros.Studio TourLondon. The theme parkdedicated to thefamous wizardwelcomes you withplenty of entertainmentfor young and oldand a newattraction:theDarkArtssection.Enjoynowthepromotional rateof17h and18hnichefor youin the adventureand visit‘Hogwarts in the snow.’
This afternoon it was revealed that BBC One would be producing a TV series based on Robert Galbraith’s novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling. As we all know, Robert is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling that was outed last year, which led to the heightened popularity of the novel (which was already a great seller.) Jo herself revealed the news on her Twitter account by saying:
My friend @RGalbraith‘s first novel is going to be a TV drama on @BBCOne. He’s very excited, but expressing it with characteristic silence.
This will be the second of Rowling’s books to be adapted for television. As we reported a couple years ago, BBC would also be producing a three part mini series for her first post-Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy. That will be aired some time next year.
Earlier this week, Pottermore announced that Christmas is coming early to the site with #PottermoreChristmas. Starting on December 12th, and for each day leading up to December 23rd, there will be new content made available on the site. These new tidbits will be released at 1pm GMT (8am EST). Many news outlets are reporting, incorrectly, that there will be 12 new stories. The site originally posted:
With wonderful writing by J.K. Rowling in Moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two, make sure you don’t miss out – just visit pottermore.com and answer our rhyming riddles to unwrap a #PottermoreChristmas surprise every day.
But after the major news outlets (meaning not Potter fan sites) started getting the story wrong they decided to clarify by saying:
As true Potter fans worked out straight away, our 12 days of festive surprises and accompanying rhyming riddles refer to new potions and Moments in addition to several new entries by J.K. Rowling that will be posted on pottermore.com between 12th and 23rd December. Sorry to disappoint fans, but there will not be a set of 12 new short stories, one for each day of Christmas. Even Pottermore wouldn’t be that generous.
You may remember, back in October, we reported that Katie Leung’s two-part special One Child would be premiering this month. Well, today is the day! At 9pm ET/PT, tune into SundanceTV for Part 1 of the two-night special.
SundanceTV’s latest original scripted drama “One Child” will have its world premiere as a two-night special event on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th at 9pm ET/PT, each night featuring a two-hour episode. The mini-series stars Katie Leung (Harry Potter), Emmy® nominated actress Elizabeth Perkins (“Weeds”) and Donald Sumpter (“Game of Thrones,” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and is penned by Guy Hibbert, known for his work on Five Minutes of Heaven and currently working on Eye in the Sky, starring Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren. This riveting dramatic thriller plunges into the heart of contemporary China – in all its contradictions – and takes a fresh, cross-cultural look at what it means to be family.
“One Child,” following the summer’s critical success for SundanceTV’s “The Honorable Woman” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, tells the story of a young Chinese-born woman, Mei (Leung), adopted at birth by a couple in the UK, who suddenly gets called back to her native Guangzhou by her birth mother. Her son Ajun – and the brother Mei never knew existed – has been wrongly accused of murder and is facing execution. The real killer is a rich Chinese ‘princeling’ with a well-connected, wealthy father who has corrupted the witnesses into lying.
Little, Brown Book Group will be publishing a new book from J.K. Rowling in April 2015. The book is an illustrated edition of a speech she gave at Harvard University’s graduation ceremony back in 2008. Very Good Lives will be published in hardback e-book format on 14th April 2015 and will cost £9.99. Proceeds from the book will go to Rowling’s charity – Lumos.
Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination uses the speech Rowling made to graduating students at Harvard in 2008.
It will be illustrated by Joel Holland, with 90% of the proceeds from the sales of the book going to Lumos, Rowling’s charity which helps disadvantaged children. The remaining 10% will be donated to university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.
Little, Brown Book Group and Little, Brown & Company in the US are also making a donation to Lumos.
Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust said: “I have heard and read many commencement speeches, none more moving and memorable than J K Rowling’s. Years after her visit to Harvard, people still talk about it—and still find inspiration in her singular evocation of the idea that living a meaningful life so often means daring to risk failure. What a powerful example she embodies, and what a remarkable gift her speech was, and is, for all of us privileged to hear it then—and to read it now.”