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Michael Gambon to Play Winston Churchill for ITV
Posted by Megs

Digital Spy is reporting that Michael Gambon will be taking on the role of Winston Churchill in ITV’s feature film, Churchill’s Secret. The project will focus on the late Prime Minister’s health problems during his second term in 1953. A few more details may be read below:

The story will be told from the point of view of the Prime Minister’s young nurse Millie Appleyard, who cared for him after he suffered a life-threatening stroke.

The drama is based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book The Churchill Secret: KBO, and will be adapted for the screen by Stewart Harcourt.

ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November, said: “Churchill’s Secret is the extraordinary and compelling story of how one of our country’s most famous political figures battled back from life-threatening illness to hold on to power.

“We’re delighted to commission Churchill’s Secret from Daybreak Pictures and to be working with Michael Gambon as Sir Winston Churchill and Lindsay Duncan as his wife Clemmie.”

Filed Under: Michael Gambon
Bloomsbury Releases New Philosopher’s Stone Illustration by Jim Kay
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury have sent over a new illustration showing Harry Potter in the cupboard under the stairs from the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The book, illustrated by Jim Kay, is out on 6th October 2015. Pre-order your copy now at Amazon (US) or Bloomsbury (UK)!

This will be the first fully illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s original Harry Potter novel. The hardback edition will include ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and colour on every spread. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition will be published in more than twenty-one languages around the world. All co-editions will include Jim Kay’s stunning artwork and join the UK and the US in bringing this edition of the book to life. It is set to be the landmark publishing event of 2015.

Fiona Noble of the The Bookseller has said: “I’m willing to call this the most handsome and desirable gift book of the year. It is stunning … with full colour illustrations throughout from Greenaway Medal winner Kay, who breathes incredible life into these much-loved characters and locations, staying faithful to Rowling’s vision but revitalising the story for a new generation.”

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Filed Under: Books
Wizarding World Hollywood News Coming During Livestream on June 2nd
Posted by Megs

Universal has announced that they will be holding a livestream on June 2nd to reveal some information about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood!

The Countdown has begun for the Much-Anticipated 2016 Southern California Arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” and Universal Studios Hollywood Has Exciting News to Share

On Tuesday, June 2 at 1PM ET / 10AM PT, Universal Studios Hollywood will reveal exciting news about the much-anticipated 2016 arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™”.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
TIME: 1PM ET / 10AM PT
WHERE: Here

For more information, visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood and for all the latest news, “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @UniStudios.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
Daniel Radlciffe Starring in ‘Young Americans’
Posted by Megs

It has been confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe will be starring in Young Americans, a film he has been hoping to make with Kill Your Darlings co-star Dane DeHaan for a few years. Last year we tweeted about a petition to help get the film made, and the wishes of fans have been granted!

Daniel will portray Lee Atwater with Dane as Karl Rove, and Amanda Seyfried will play Kate King. Filming will begin this Fall directed by John Krokidas, who also directed Kill Your Darlings.

A quick synopsis of the film may be read below:

Based on true events from the ’70s, Radclilffe and DeHanne play two ambitious college students on a cross-country road trip who, during the course of this buddy movie, tarnish the American dream one state at a time. Rove was the straight-laced and ambitious student who was running for the head of the College Republicans under the guidance of the free-wheeling Atwater. The latter took Rove on a wild road-trip through the South all the way to the White House in a crash course of dirty tricks and politics. Seyfried plays Kate King, a young political femme fatale they meet along the way who secretly threatens to beat the boys at their own game.

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe
ABC Renews ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and ‘Galavant’
Posted by Megs

ABC has renewed a bunch of their shows for more seasons and two Harry Potter alums and their television series are included! First up is Alfie Enoch in How To Get Away with Murder which had a very successful first season!

Next up is Luke Youngblood who stars as Sid in the musical comedy.

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Review & Giveaway: Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit
Posted by Megs

The lovely folks over at USAopoly have sent us a copy of their new game, World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, for review. They also provided a second for a giveaway! Sadly it is only open to our fans in North America.  Details on the review are at the bottom of this post, now it’s time for the review.

Comprised of 600 trivia questions that span across the entire Potter universe, Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit features 6 categories including: The Dark Arts, HOGWARTS™, Magical Spells & Potions, Magical Objects, Magical People, and Animals & Magical Creatures.  Now you can answer questions like, “What is the full name of the driver on the night bus?” from the Magical People category, or questions like “What does Dumbledore conjure to protect himself and Harry from the Inferi in the cave?” from the Dark Arts category.

World of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit - USAopoly

The great thing about this game is that it’s portable. It comes in a small triangular shaped box with the cards and a die so you can play anywhere you want. Long road trip ahead? Pack the game! Babysitting some Potter fans? Bring it along and teach them your ways.  Another cool thing is you can use the cards along with your full version of trivial pursuit as well.

Since this is a mini version of the game, it is also completed much quicker than the classic version. There are a few ways to play depending on the speed you want it finished.  I am the Harry Potter genius in my local group of friends so, when we played, it was a little bit one sided. However, even though I was the champion, obviously, everyone really enjoyed the game! We didn’t get through all cards, but there are some that can challenge even the smartest Potter fan.

I can’t wait to play the game with my die-hard Potter friends. Sadly we live all over the country so it may be some time before that happens. But when it does, it will be a battle royale!

And now, the giveaway! The only mandatory entry is leaving your email so we can contact you if you are the winner. Everything else is optional.

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Filed Under: Giveaway, Products, Review
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