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Celebrating 10 Years Online
Posted by Megs

Magical Menagerie - Celebrating 10 Years Online

We can’t believe it, but Magical-Menagerie launched TEN YEARS AGO today. Back then we were called Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titilandus, DDNT for short, good thing we changed the name a year later, what a mouthful! Take a trip down memory lane and look at our first layout, HAH! P.S. Did you know you can still switch layouts? The default is Deathly Hallows 1 but we still have Deathly Hallows 2, Half-Blood Prince and Order of the Phoenix working! Although there may be a few bugs on the last 2!



When we say we, it’s actually just me, Megan, the founder/owner/only staff member. I started this site in my senior year of high school after taking an HTML class and I’m so glad to see how it has grown over the years. Since then I have started the best *wink wink* Matthew Lewis fan site and made a career out of being online.

I work as a freelance web/graphic designer in addition to my own websites. You could say that Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling helped me to find my calling in life and I will be forever grateful. I rarely share photos of myself on here, but in honor of the 10th anniversary, enjoy:



Since starting the website, we have been to multiple Potter premieres, the Grand Opening of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and attended many events at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ve also had to “force” a few friends to go to events for the site when I couldn’t take the time off to fly, they were so upset. 😉 News may have wavered over the years but, now that we have Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child, I have a feeling it will go back to the good old days of multiple news stories every day!


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I want to thank all of you for your support over these 10 years, here’s to 10 more!

Also a big thank you to Jenny who has made almost all of our site layouts over the years!

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Colin Farrell Talks Working on Fantastic Beasts; Sequels
Posted by Megs

In a new interview with ComingSoon, Colin Farrel talks about his experience working on the first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film as well as the possibility of returning for the sequels.  The first film will be released on November 18, 2016.

You’ve got “Fantastic Beasts” coming out. Have you seen any of it?
Colin Farrell: Nothing. Just the trailer.

Are you already lined up for Part 2?
Farrell: No, I don’t know what’s happening. As far as I knew it’s standalone. I don’t know what their intentions are.

From what I’ve heard the intention is to do another one two years later and then Part 3 two years after that.
Farrell: Oh really? Yeah, I’d be surprised if they didn’t. (laughs)

But you’re only signed for one movie?
Farrell: Jeez, I can’t even think straight now. Not quite sure. I’ll text David Yates and find out.

You’ve done your fair share of franchise roles. Does this feel like the most “sure thing” you’ve ever done?
Farrell: I mean you put that theme music up and J.K. Rowling and welcome back to a world of magic… It’s part of the Harry Potter universe. There’s no sure things. There are sometimes things that are surprise successes and there are things that were designed purely for box office success that don’t work. This would be as sure a thing as possible but there are no sure things.

It was a good experience, though?
Farrell: I loved it, yeah! I had fun doing it.

Working with Eddie.
Farrell: Yeah, he was great, Eddie and Ezra. David Yates is an extraordinary man and filmmaker who kinda feels like a protector of the kingdom. He’s so well-versed in the mythology of that world and has a deep affinity for the characters and the lore of it. He was great to be around.

Filed Under: Colin Farrell, Fantastic Beasts Films
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay to be Published
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has announced this morning that J.K. Rowling’s screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be published this coming November to tie in with the film’s release. Fans will recall that a similar strategy has been used for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with the play’s script being released in book form this July.

[…] this year will mark the first time the author has published a screenplay, which you’ll be able to buy as a print edition from Little, Brown (UK) or Scholastic (US and Canada), or as an eBook [on] Pottermore.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows the exploits of magizoologist Newt Scamander in 1920s New York, and the screenplay will be published on 19 November – hot on the heels of the movie’s release on 18 November (as if you don’t have that date in your calendar already!)


Filed Under: Books, Fantastic Beasts Films
Video: J.K. Rowling Goes Behind the Scenes of Cursed Child
Posted by Megs

In a new video released by the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Facebook, J.K. Rowling takes fans behind the scenes of the production!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opens at the Palace Theatre London in July 2016, with preview performances from late May 2016. It is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. Tickets may be purchased on the play’s website.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
Dan Fogler & Eddie Redmayne Talk Fantastic Beasts at CinemaCon
Posted by Megs

UPDATE: The videos have since been removed, probably due to containing major plot points so we have replaced the Dan video with a transcript (thanks to SS)

Dan Fogler and Eddie Redmayne were interviewed at CinemaCon earlier this month and both discussed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Dan gives a lot more detail about the plot of the film and how his character Jacob and Newt meet/become friends.

I play Jacob, just a regular guy back from [World War I], in Fantastic Beasts.

[J.K. Rowling] writes this story about Newt coming to New York to buy a gift, and he has this case, which is essentially a zoo full of these creatures that he’s collected over the years.

He and I literally bump into each other, our cases get switched up. I open my case, thinking that inside are gonna be pastries, and it’s actually an entire zoo of magical creatures that comes stampeding out. One of them bites me.

Newt, who’s more of a misanthropic character and closer to the animals than he is to humans, he feels responsible for me. He doesn’t want me to die because of this bite, so he takes me along and tries to heal me as we collect all these creatures in the city. Over the course of that, he and I become friends. It’s like Sherlock and Watson, the origin story.

In the video below Eddie and Colin Farrell briefly talk about the film.

Filed Under: Colin Farrell, Dan Fogler, Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films
New Trailer for Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Posted by Megs

A brand new trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them was shown at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards! The trailer, which is over 2 minutes long, gives us a much bigger glimpse into the American Wizarding World and gives some back story to Newt Scamander.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films

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