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Video: Exclusive Cast Q&A at A Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Welcome to the first of our post-Celebration of Harry Potter videos! To start off we have the press exclusive chat with Evanna Lynch, Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright and Katie Leung from Friday January 29th.

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Celebration of Harry Potter, Evanna Lynch, Katie Leung, Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint, Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
7 Things We’re Looking Forward to at Universal’s Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

In a few days we will be headed down to Florida for Universal Orlando’s 3rd annual Celebration of Harry Potter. We’ve gone every year and are excited  to see what Universal has in store for fans this time around! Vacation packages are sold out, but admission to the event is included with any Park-to-Park admission ticket or Annual Pass. The schedule of events for A Celebration of Harry Potter can be found here. Here is what we are most looking forward to. We only listed 7 because that’s the most magical number, but be sure to share what you’re excited about!

1. Then amazing cast lineup! This year we get to spend some time, with Matt Lewis, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Write, Katie Leung and Evanna Lynch! They will be participating in two Q&A panels and also signing autographs and taking photos with fans who bought Premium Vacation Packages.  In the past the cast panels have brought some great conversations and amusing filming stories.

2. The Harry Potter Expo.  The expo is always full of fun. This year there will be booths for Harry Potter™ The Exhibition, Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter™.

3. Pottermore. I know this is included in the Harry Potter Expo, but Pottermore has teased they will have something very exciting during the weekend! On their website they say:

If you’re coming along to the Celebration in person, be sure to pop down to the Pottermore booth with the free augmented reality app Blippar downloaded to your smartphone or tablet. You never know what you might find…

4. The Scavenger Hunt. This year Universal have set up a fun Harry Potter scavenger hunt that fans can participate in throughout the weekend! There are eight clues for you to find and take photos of/with.

5. Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima! Our owner Megan is a graphic & web designer by day so seeing how the design team came up with the designs and props for the film is always a highlight! Who knows, we may even get some Fantastic Beasts tidbits! Fingers crossed!

6. Kids Beauxbatons and Durmstrang lessons. We may not be kids, but we can’t wait to see kids learn to dance Like a Beauxbatons student & battle Like a Durmstrang with a Universal Orlando choreographer.

7. Paul Harris’ Duelling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass. It’s always a blast learning how to duel with Paul, especially during the first year when Mark Williams demonstrated a battle sequence!

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Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Celebration of Harry Potter, Evanna Lynch, Katie Leung, Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Celebration of Harry Potter Schedule Released By Universal Orlando
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando has released the schedule for their third annual Celebration of Harry Potter. Events for the Celebration will be taking place at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. You can download the schedule and read more about the event here.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2016

  • The Harry Potter™ Expo: 9AM – 6PM | Soundstage 33
  • Movie in the Park: 1:30PM – 4:30PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Opening Night Event: 7:30PM – 8PM | Music Plaza Stage

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2016

  • The Harry Potter™ Expo: 9AM – 4:30PM | Soundstage 33
  • Kids’ Duelling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris: 10AM – 10:30AM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Kids’ Harry Potter™ Film Trivia: 10:45AM – 11AM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Bringing the Harry Potter™ Films to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™: 11AM – 11:30AM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang: 11:30AM – 12PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • The Global Impact of Harry Potter™: The Exhibition: 1PM – 1:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Harry Potter™ Film Trivia: 2PM – 2:15PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter™ Films with MinaLima: 2PM – 2:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang: 2:45PM – 3:15PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Harry Potter™ Props Showcase with Acclaimed Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna: 3PM – 3:45PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter™ Film Talent Q&A Session: 4:15PM – 5PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • House Rally: 5:30PM – 6PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Harry Potter™ Film Tribute: 6:45PM – 7:45PM | Music Plaza Stage

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2016

  • The Harry Potter™ Expo: 9AM – 6PM | Soundstage 33
  • Kids’ Duelling Demonstration & Wand Masterclass with Paul Harris: 10AM – 10:30AM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Kids’ Harry Potter™ Film Trivia: 10:45AM – 11AM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Harry Potter™ Props Showcase with Acclaimed Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna: 11AM – 11:45PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang: 11:30AM – 12PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Bringing the Harry Potter™ Films to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™: 1PM – 1:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Harry Potter™ Film Trivia: 2PM – 2:15PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • Graphic Design for the Harry Potter™ Films with MinaLima: 2PM – 2:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Kids’ Dance Like a Beauxbatons, Battle Like a Durmstrang: 2:45PM – 3:15PM | Music Plaza Stage
  • The Global Impact of Harry Potter™: The Exhibition: 3PM – 3:30PM | Toon Lagoon® Amphitheater
  • Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter™ Film Talent Q&A Session: 4PM – 4:45PM | Music Plaza Stage
Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Celebration of Harry Potter, Evanna Lynch, Katie Leung, Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Lineup for Universal’s 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter Announced
Posted by Megs

Universal Orlando Resort have announced the line up for the 2016 Celebration of Harry Potter! This year, which is the event’s third, will see some past guests as well as new ones that are sure to excite fans! Matthew Lewis and Evanna Lynch will all be returning to the event! Bonnie Wright, Rupert Grint and Katie Leung will also be joining in on the fun from January 29th – 31st.

Access to “A Celebration of Harry Potter” is included with regular theme park admission or with an annual pass, with admission to certain activities being granted on a first-come, first-served basis. While most of the activities for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be open to all Universal Orlando park guests and will take place at both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the panels and demonstrations.

Full details from the press release are as follows:

HARRY POTTER EXPO (Universal Studios Florida theme park)
The Harry Potter Expo will be held inside a Universal Orlando soundstage and will be open to guests throughout the weekend.  The expo will include the following booths and exhibits that will give guests deeper insight into the global phenomenon that is Harry Potter:

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London offers visitors the chance to relive the magic through the eyes of the filmmakers who brought the Harry Potter film series to life. Visitors can step on to authentic sets and admire the real props and costumes used during filming at the series’ production home in England, UK.

The Studio Tour is bringing an interactive taste of the experience to ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ 2016, giving you the chance to see the incredible behind-the-scenes talent that went into creating the iconic film series.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Sorting Hat Experience

Are you a Gryffindor or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff or perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year the Sorting Hat places new Hogwarts students into a house, and now you too have the opportunity to get sorted in a Great Hall setting inspired by the blockbuster films.

Step inside the Expo and the red carpet is rolled out welcoming you to an area celebrating the global impact Harry Potter: The Exhibition has had during its 7-year, 13-city tour, including an exclusive Quidditch inspired photo opportunity.

MinaLima

Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima worked for ten years on the Harry Potter films, creating countless unforgettable graphic props, some of which will be on display including iconic pieces such as The Marauder’s Map, Daily Prophet and Hogwarts school books. Since working on the films, they created the MinaLima Store selling authentic reproductions of the film artwork with limited edition art prints and stationery. They are currently in production on the new feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Pottermore from J.K. Rowling

Pottermore is the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and if discovering more about her magical universe excites you, Pottermore has a surprise in store for fans attending this year’s Celebration of Harry Potter. And keep your eyes peeled for their new Pottermore Correspondent (Rita Skeeter she certainly isn’t), who’ll be there hunting out exclusive scoops and bringing you updates on pottermore.com from the weekend’s activities.

Scholastic

Celebrate Harry Potter at Scholastic’s booth by sharing a message about what Harry Potter means to you. Color in a magical page from our brand-new Harry Potter coloring book. Be sure to enter daily raffles for a chance to win a copy of the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a box set of all seven Harry Potter books, or a Harry Potter coloring book. Collectible giveaways are available for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

To join the conversation, use #HPCelebration. For more information about the event, tickets and available exclusive event vacation packages, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” PANELS AND DEMONSTRATIONS (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida theme parks)

Demonstrations and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special panels and demonstrations for kids. Admission into panels and demonstrations will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Specific times will be released at a later date.

Behind the Scenes: Harry Potter Film Talent Discussion

Enjoy a fascinating and interactive Q&A session featuring some of your favorite actors from the Harry Potter films. Discover what it was like to work on the most successful film franchise in history.

Behind-the-scenes of the Harry Potter props with Pierre Bohanna

Ever wondered how long it takes to make a wand? Or where the inspiration for the hundreds of wand designs in the Harry Potter film series came from? Warner Bros. Studio Tour London presents head prop maker for the films, Pierre Bohanna, who will answer these questions and more. Once you’ve discovered how they were made, raise your own wand as Death Eaters invade the stage to demonstrate how battle scenes were brought to life.

 The Global Impact of Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Join us in celebrating the touring attraction that’s visited 13 cities in 9 countries and hosted almost 4 million guests. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is in a unique position to reflect on the global impact of the franchise. Get an exclusive look at the exhibition’s creation and the excitement it continues to deliver to fans around the world. Panel will include exhibition creators, film producers, and film actors who have participated in the openings.

Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Films with MinaLima

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, from the graphic design studio MinaLima, will share insights into their role as graphic prop designers, and how their paths crossed at the WB film studios while working for 10 years on the Harry Potter movies. They will discuss and show some of the iconic props they created for the Harry Potter films, including The Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet, and The Quibbler, amongst others.  Still immersed in all things Harry Potter, they will also talk about their  involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, for which they designed all the street and store graphics. During the panel they will welcome questions from the audience.

This year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will also include kids’ demonstrations and interactive experiences such as a ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Books, Celebration of Harry Potter, Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition, Jim Kay, Katie Leung, Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint, Universal Orlando Resort, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Actor News Roundup: Dan, Tom, Matt and Bonnie
Posted by Megs

There has been a lot of news for each of the Potter actors the past couple of weeks while we were away. Today we’re rounding up the latest casting news and more.

Daniel Radcliffe

It has been announced that Daniel Radcliffe will star in BBC Two’s Game Changer, a film based on Grand Theft Auto. He will still star as the creator of the famous game, Sam Houser.

Conceived for an adult audience, this special 90-minute drama tells the story of the controversy surrounding the computer game Grand Theft Auto – arguably the greatest British coding success story since Bletchley Park.Its triumph was down to a bunch of British gaming geniuses who had known each other since their school days, and at the heart of it all was GTA’s creative mastermind, Sam Houser. In autumn 2013 its latest iteration – GTA:V – earned $1bn in its first three days, becoming the fastest selling entertainment product in history.

Grand Theft Auto offers gamers the chance to step into a fantasy world where they can behave like criminals, gun down rival gangsters and cops, hijack cars and venture deeper into an imaginary American underworld.

But the violent gameplay coupled with its outstanding commercial success leads to fierce opposition: from parents worried about children immersing themselves in such a violent world; from politicians, alarmed at the values they say it encourages; and above all from moral campaigners, who fight passionately to keep it out of the hands of children. At the vanguard of this crusade is the formidable campaigning lawyer Jack Thompson, a man determined to do whatever he can to stop the relentless rise of Grand Theft Auto.

Game Changer (w/t) tells the story of an extraordinary chapter in the history of this iconic game, and reveals the major impact it has had on our cultural landscape.

He also completed filming for Now You See Me: The Second Act, which will release in theaters next summer.

Finally, Daniel hosted BBC’s Have I Got News for You, which can be watched below or over at BBC’s website.

Tom Felton

Feltbeats reports that Tom will be starring in Message From the King as Frankie, filming has begun in LA.

A mysterious outsider named Jacob King from South Africa arrives in Los Angeles to avenge his younger sister’s death.

Chadwick Boseman stars as Jacob, a South African who descends into the Los Angeles underworld in an attempt to avenge his younger sister’s death and rescue her stepson from the immoral world into which he’s been sold. Natalie Martinez will play Trish, the former neighbor of Jacob’s missing sister Bianca who he recruits to help find the woman’s murderer.

Matthew Lewis

The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively revealed that Matt Lewis has been cast in MGM and New Line’s new film, ‘Me Before You.’ The film is based on the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes. It has not been revealed who Matthew will be playing, but we will of course keep you updated on the film as more is announced!

The story centers on Lou (Emilia Clarke), a small-town girl caught between dead-end jobs, and Will (Sam Claflin), a successful man who finds himself wheelchair-bound after an accident. He can find no reason to live, until they meet when he hires her as his caretaker, and she becomes determined to prove to him that life is worth living.

According to Matthew-Lewis.com, he will be on the cover of Attitude magazine‘s June issue.

Bonnie Wright

SnitchSeeker interviewed Bonnie Wright recently about her long-awaited film, Sweat, and other roles.

SnitchSeeker: We’ve seen the trailer for Sweat and it looks like an intense love story.
Bonnie Wright:
It’s definitely a love story. It’s pretty much led through the guy’s perspective, who’s played by actor Matthew McNulty. It’s basically about him in the present time reflecting over a previous relationship he had while he’s walking home and how he basically let the relationship end without maybe realizing that maybe she was the one he should’ve been with. So it’s basically about the loss of her and understanding what went wrong in the relationship.

SnitchSeeker: Was there a challenge in filming your first love story?
Bonnie Wright:
I think, in that sort of way, in terms of small moments of intimacy. And a lot of the scenes were memories – flashbacks and improvised moments – so it was a challenge, but it was really enjoyable.

SnitchSeeker: What can you tell us about Sweat?
Bonnie Wright:
I was really drawn to the material. It first sat within a series of short films that link together as a feature film [Geography of the Hapless Heart] as one, tying in the theme that was the element of love. The idea is that each story is meant to be told in a different city. However, Sweat worked so well and powerfully as its own short film and that’s basically why they’re releasing it now as its own short film. We shot it all in London. For a lot of it we went down there, to different locations around there. At the time, I’d just started … my first year at university and it was all in that area, too. So it was an area I was spending a lot of time with, funnily enough, while I was shooting it. And Matthew’s great. He plays the lead in the film.

The main theme of it is there are nuances of a relationship. How we read people, and how we can misread people when we’re in relationships – this idea that he obviously misread what the relationship was or what the relationship could have been for her. In terms of my performance, that was really interesting because it was all about mannerisms. So those fine details certainly were enjoyable and I know pretty well in the film. It’s a project I did quite awhile ago so it’ll be nice when an audience gets to see it.

SnitchSeeker: Are you planning to make any more films yourself?
Bonnie Wright:
I’m making my first short film at the end of this year, and I’m currently writing my first feature that’s set in New York – that’s what I’m doing here [in New York] at the moment.

SnitchSeeker: Have you started filming The Highway is For Gamblers in the Mojave Desert in California yet?
Bonnie Wright:
Yeah, we shot a bit of it at the end of last year, which was shot for the ending section of the film – which actually wasn’t the stuff that’s in the Mojave Desert – that was stuff that was in Ventura, California. The film ends by the sea.

SnitchSeeker: How did you get involved with that production?
Bonnie Wright:
That was a great script sent to me by Alex [Alexandra McGuinness] the director. I read the script and had a few conversations with her. It came about because of the material, which I really love.

SnitchSeeker: I’ve heard you’ll be doing a Scottish remake of A Christmas Carol, is that right?
Bonnie Wright:
Yeah, I already shot that a few weeks ago.

SnitchSeeker: What drew you to that?
Bonnie Wright:
I like the modern retelling of it – the way they brought it into modern times. It’s a story that I grew up watching, and a theme that is so prevalent in today’s Scrooge-money driven culture.

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton
Bonnie Wright to Star In ‘The Highway Is For Gamblers’; Donate with Kickstarter
Posted by Megs

Deadline is reporting that Bonnie Wright is set to star in The Highway Is For Gamblers. The film has a Kickstarter campaign and has raised a little over $9,000 of its $165,000 goal. Nikki Reed, Gustaf Skarsgård and Joe Jonas will also star in the film. According to the Kickstarter page, “This is a story of two best friends who live in the desert, but who dream of so much more.”

“Heidi [Bonnie] and Jane [Nikki] are best friends living in a sprawling desert community. After a series of relationship problems mars their friendship, Jane goes missing at a rodeo. Heidi begins a search across the desert for her friend, digging up secrets and encountering the violence of life on the road, crossing paths along the way with a series of unusual men in her hope for an honest connection in a dishonest world. Heidi is constantly searching for people who don’t want to be found. She is open and trusting, and in the universe the film is set, these things karmically add up and play against her.”

Alexandra McGuinness, the creator of the film has this to say to anyone who wants to see this film made:

I made my last film in the summer of 2010, and have spent the time since trying to make another one. Since that time, crowd funding has transformed the way people are making independent films. It’s a really exciting time. There is no other way to get this movie made, so if you have an interest in seeing this film with the wonderful cast and crew attached, please contribute. There are some already exciting perks [on the Kickstarter page]; most of them are designed to involve the audience as much as possible in the production of the finished film. Join us on our journey.

The Kickstarter page also shared a video of Bonnie asking people to support the film:

Filed Under: Bonnie Wright
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