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Lumos Wand Installation Officially Open in London
Posted by Megs

This morning was the official opening of the Lumos Wand Installation in London! The Grenadier Guards performed a live rendition of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, as nine giant wands lit up Peter’s Hill in London for the first time when Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos opened to the public earlier today. Unfortunately we were unable to attend the event due to timing but Lumos have sent over some wonderful photos from the event that you can see on our Facebook

The new installation, part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, was created to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity Lumos in the lead-up to the 16th November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new Wizarding World™ adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Head prop maker Pierre Bohanna, who created the wands used in the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films in close collaboration with J.K. Rowling, was at the event and spoke about how it felt to see his props transformed into fifteen-foot models to be enjoyed by the public.  “It’s amazing to see something you’ve worked on for two decades celebrated in such an awe-inspiring way,” Bohanna stated.  “Each of these wands were born in the extraordinary imagination of J.K. Rowling, and bringing them to life has been a labour of love for Stuart Craig, myself, and all the filmmakers, artists and actors who’ve had a hand in their creation for the films.  To now see them realized in truly larger-than-life fashion for fans to enjoy is truly gratifying, and I thank Wild Creations for their wonderful work.”

Beginning today, the giant wands will illuminate Peter’s Hill from 6:45 p.m., with a short light display to music every 30 minutes, and deluminate at 10:45 p.m. each evening until 13th November.

Fans visiting the installation can also attend the following activities taking place at the site each Wizarding Wednesday:

  • Wednesday, 24th October: Bring your wands and watch wand demonstrator Paul Harris reveal how to cast spells;
  • Wednesday, 31st October (Halloween): Come and listen to a talk on the wands, with a particular focus on the Dark Arts;
  • Wednesday, 7th November: Watch a military marching band perform music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.

For further details and timings, please visit www.fanatsticbeasts.co.uk/wandsready

The partnership with Lumos, whose mission is to end the harmful institutionalisation of children around the world, is being commemorated by a limited edition wand pin badge that will be sold to the public to raise vital funds for the charity’s work. For more information, or to purchase the exclusive pin badge, which features Newt Scamander’s wand and the Occamy serpent, please visit www.wearelumos.org/fantasticbeasts

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Launch Event for Fantastic Beasts Wand Installation in Support of Lumos
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. has announced a launch event for their Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos. As we posted last month, there will be nine fifteen foot tall wands illuminating the walkway between the Millennium Bridge (seen in Half-Blood Prince) and St. Pauls Cathedral in an effort to raise awareness of J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos.

Starting at 6am on Thursday October 16th fans can get ready for the launch of the installation which will be at 7am!

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PETER’S HILL, BY MILLENNIUM BRIDGE OFF QUEEN VICTORIA STREET

Live performance by the GRENADIER GUARDS of the music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films

PIERRE BOHANNA – Interviews with Head Prop Maker, who created the wands used in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films in close collaboration with J.K. Rowling

PAUL HARRIS – Wand Choreographer, providing wand demonstrations and training on red carpet

The full press release may be read below:

As excitement builds for the 16 November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new Wizarding World adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, an installation of nine giant wands will illuminate the walkway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.

Standing fifteen feet tall, the wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – are the centrepiece of the new installation, Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos.  It is set to light up Peter’s Hill every night at 6:45pm from 18th October to 12th November.

Created in association with Lumos as part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, the
installation also kicks off a series of exciting activities for fans every “Wizarding Wednesday,” including wand training and a live performance of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films by a military marching band.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain, and President, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development said: “We are thrilled to partner with Lumos on this landmark installation, which is sure to delight fans and the tens of thousands of commuters and tourists passing through Peter’s Hill each day.

“London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the Wizarding World, from King’s Cross Station to Millennium Bridge, not to mention the nearby Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all ten films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.

“Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos is emblematic of this unique relationship, celebrating the magic of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts here in London while raising awareness for the vital work being done by Lumos on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Soundtrack Announced
Posted by Megs

Details for the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald soundtrack have been revealed today. Releasing in digital, CD and Vinyl the soundtrack features new music from Grammy & Emmy Award-winning composer James Netwon Howard.  Two songs from the soundtrack may be previewed below.

The album is scheduled to be released digitally on November 9, a week before the film’s release. It will be released on CD on November 30, 2018 and on vinyl in January 2019. The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald soundtrack is now available for pre-order (vinyl pre-order coming soon.)

WaterTower Music today announced the details of the original motion picture soundtrack for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second of five all new adventures in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling. The film will be in theaters November 16, 2018.

Grammy and Emmy Award winner and multiple Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Hunger Games franchise) returned as the Fantastic Beasts composer, creating a robust, 25-track soundtrack which will be available to stream and purchase digitally November 9, 2018. Fans are able to hear two of those tracks early, as WaterTower Music has just released both “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “Salamander Eyes” for streaming and purchase.

In addition to the score, the soundtrack will treat fans to three solo piano cues performed by James Newton Howard and not heard in the film: “Dumbledore’s Theme (Solo Piano)”, “Fantastic Beasts Theme (Solo Piano)” and “Leta’s Theme (Solo Piano).” Those three tracks are scheduled to be released October 26, 2018.

“To work on Fantastic Beasts is a wonderful musical opportunity,” describes composer James Newton Howard. “The movie is delightful, substantial, and complex; and [director] David Yates focuses very seriously on the music and is a truly passionate and enthusiastic collaborator.”

The track list is as follows:

1 The Thestral Chase
2 Newt and Leta
3 Dumbledore
4 The Kelpie
5 Newt and Jacob Pack for Paris
6 Nagini
7 Newt Tracks Tina
8 Queenie Searches for Jacob
9 Irma and the Obscurus
10 Blood Pact
11 Capturing the Zouwu
12 Traveling to Hogwarts
13 Leta’s Flashback
14 Salamander Eyes
15 Matagots
16 Your Story is Our Story
17 Leta’s Confession
18 Vision of War
19 Spread the Word
20 Wands into the Earth
21 Restoring Your Name
22 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
23 Dumbledore’s Theme (Solo Piano)
24 Fantastic Beasts Theme (Solo Piano)
25 Leta’s Theme (Solo Piano)

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Lumos Releases Limited Edition Newt Scamander Pin Badge
Posted by Megs

In honor of the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Lumos has announced a limited edition Newt Scamander pin available for purchase (for just £5.99) through December 31st. The pin features Newt’s wand and an Ocamy. If you purchase before October 31st you may win a pair of tickets to the UK premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on November 13th. The full press release may be read below:

Wizarding World fans will soon be able to own an exclusive limited edition pin badge featuring Newt Scamander’s wand. Every purchase until 31st October includes a chance to win tickets to the UK premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in cinemas 16th November from Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Newt Scamander wand pin badge, exclusively available until 31st December, is being sold on behalf of Lumos, the children’s rights charity founded by J.K. Rowling to end the institutionalisation of millions of children around the world.

Priced at just £5.99, the badge can be purchased at wearelumos.org/fantasticbeasts and in person at Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos, a breath-taking wand installation on Peter’s Hill in London to celebrate the forthcoming film and help raise awareness of Lumos’ work. From 18th October until 13th November, nine 15ft wands will illuminate the walkway between Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral every evening at 6.45pm until they deluminate at 10.45pm.

Those who buy a badge before 11.59pm on 31st October will also have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the UK premiere of the highly anticipated new Wizarding World adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on 13th November.

This is a rare chance for Wizarding World fans to own this limited edition Newt Scamander pin badge and be part of Lumos’ movement to bring light to children’s lives.

Lumos CEO Georgette Mulheir said: “Lumos is delighted to be able to give wizarding fans this very special chance to own their very own piece of magic and support our vital work helping vulnerable children around the world.

“This beautiful pin badge features Newt Scamander’s wand and an Occamy and will make a wonderful addition to any fan’s collection.”

Made from spin cast zinc alloy and nickel plating, this limited-edition pin badge is available to pre-order now.

Available to those living in the UK, Europe, US and Canada, this badge is a limited edition run and will only be available until 31st December, 2018.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Final Posters for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Released
Posted by Megs

The final posters for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald have been released this morning! The first poster features all the main characters facing Grindelwald who seems to be approaching him. The rest are group character posters featuring Grindelwald & Credence, Newt & Dumbledore, Queenie & Jacob, Leta & Theseus, and finally Tina and Arnold Guzman. All the new posters may be seen in high resolution in the gallery!

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™.

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).  But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.  Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling.  The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.  Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers.

Rated PG-13 and set for release on November 16, 2018, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game Celebrates the Dark Arts in October
Posted by Megs

To celebrate October and the changing seasons, mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is celebrating the Dark Arts! “This October, we’re exploring the darker side of Hogwarts,” said Josh Yguado, Jam City President and COO. “From the Hallowe’en feast in the Great Hall, to our in-game events and side quests, players will have the chance to experience a full month of October festivities, ranging from fun to fearsome.”

From the press release:

In the hit mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery , players are exposed to the darker side of the Wizarding World, facing many dangers during their Hogwarts education. While attending classes, players delve into an unfolding investigation of their brother’s disappearance, leading them to the mysteries of the Cursed Vaults. From facing treacherous Boggarts in Year Three, to exploring the perils of the Forbidden
Forest in Year Four, the Dark Arts are present amidst the safety of classes and celebrations at the venerable school.

October begins in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery with festive flair as students, staff and spectres prepare for the Hallowe’en feast. The Great Hall is now adorned with pumpkins and spooky decor, and the ghosts of Hogwarts – Nearly Headless Nick, the Fat Friar, the Bloody Baron, and the Grey Lady – have assembled for this highly anticipated annual event. But a shadow falls on the proceedings as a seasonal side quest begins mid-month, introducing a sinister, time sensitive twist to the story. Players will need to utilize their full arsenal of defensive spells, from Hex-Deflection to the stunning spell Stupefy, as dark forces arrive on Hogwarts’ grounds upon the full moon.

As this seasonal sidequest takes hold, players can also put their defensive skills to the test in a special Duelling Club event. Using the Melofors Jinx, players will be able to temporarily transform their opponents’ heads into a pumpkin, bringing autumn flavor to this recurring in-game event.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Portkey Games
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