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New Photos from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; New Interviews Coming
Posted by Megs

Entertainment Weekly has released two new photos from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald as part of an exclusive first look! They have also shared a snippet of their interview with Newt Scamander actor Eddie Redmayne. The full interview, with hopefully more photos, will be in the First Look issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday.

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The first photo shows Newt (Eddie Redmayne) in a sewer tunnel system, while the second is a behind the scenes shot of Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law who will be playing young Albus Dumbledore.

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In the interview, Eddie reveals that he’s suffering from “Wand Shoulder Strain.”

“It’s from doing some quite hardcore wand action,” Redmayne says of the magical world’s characteristic spell-casting gestures, “but I’m not getting any better for it.”

The article also reveals a bit more about the plot of the film:

The second of a planned five tales shifts the action across the pond to Paris, as Newt teams with his favorite Hogwarts professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) to hunt down the nefarious wizard Gillert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) — though that’s really just a portion of screenwriter J.K. Rowling’s sprawling story, which introduces several new characters (such as Newt’s ex-love Leta Lestrange played by Zoe Kravitz) along with bringing back familiar faces from 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them (like Newt’s American love interest Tina Goldstein played by Katherine Waterston).

“The first film had a level of whimsy; the characters felt like children in grown-up bodies,” notes director David Yates. “In this movie, it gets grittier and more nuanced and detailed. It’s quite a romantic film, it’s a thriller, it’s quite an interesting combination of genres you rarely see together. I think it will surprise people.”

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Title & Teaser for Fantastic Beasts Sequel Revealed
Posted by Megs

Today’s the day! Warner Bros. have released the title and first teaser trailer for the second Fantastic Beasts film! View the teaser below and enjoy! The heroes. The villains. The magic. In one year, return to the Wizarding World with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!

Left to Right: Jude Law plays a young Albus Dumbledore, taking on the mantle of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters; Ezra Miller makes a return as the enigmatic Credence, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; Claudia Kim appears as a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast; Zoë Kravitz plays Leta Lestrange, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother; Callum Turner joins the cast as Newt’s older brother, Theseus Scamander, a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic; Katherine Waterston returns as Tina Goldstein, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA; Eddie Redmayne stars again as wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, who has now gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Dan Fogler reprises the role of the only No-Maj in the group, Jacob Kowalski; Alison Sudol reprises the part of Tina’s free-spirited sister, Queenie Goldstein, a Legilimens who can read minds; and Johnny Depp returns as the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD.”

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The press release also includes a short description of the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them:

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (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 (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.

“FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD” is being directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, and produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
A Magical Giveaway: LEGO Dimensions x Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts
Posted by Megs

To celebrate the first anniversary of the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them we’ve partnered with LEGO Dimensions to give you the chance to win one of 5 LEGO Dimensions prize packs!

With the Fantastic Beasts Story Pack, play the complete movie in the LEGO Dimensions multiverse and help Newt Scamander find his escaped magical creatures in New York City, across 6 action-packed levels of gameplay.

By entering you will be in the running to win one of the following prizes:

Grand Prize: Harry Potter Team Pack, Hermione Granger Fun Pack*,  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack, Tina Goldstein Fun Pack, and a LEGO Dimensions starter pack (for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, or Wii U)
* Check out our review of the Hermione Granger fun pack!

First Prize: Harry Potter Team Pack, Hermione Granger Fun Pack,  Fantastic Beasts Story Pack, Tina Goldstein Fun Pack

Second Prize: Harry Potter Team Pack,  Fantastic Beasts Story Pack, Tina Goldstein Fun Pack

Third Prize: Fantastic Beasts Story Pack, Tina Goldstein Fun Pack

Fourth Prize:  Tina Goldstein Fun Pack

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**This giveaway runs until November 18th and is open to our readers in the United States only.**

Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow LEGO Dimensions on Twitter to keep up to date on all the latest news!

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New Characters and Cast Announced for Fantastic Beasts 2
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has revealed a few new characters and cast members for the still unnamed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. The film is currently set for release on 16 November 2018. According to their post:

Nicolas Flamel, a character originally mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will appear in the new Fantastic Beasts film. Flamel, who is known in the wizarding world as an alchemist who discovered the Elixir of Life (based on the real-life alchemist of the same name), will be played by actor Brontis Jodorowsky. Flamel joins a big list of new characters confirmed to feature in the film.

So far, only a few names have been revealed, but some surnames will be familiar to Harry Potter fans. Joining the cast will be Wolf Roth as a character called Spielman; Call the Midwife star Victoria Yeates as Bunty; Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers; Poppy Corby-Tuech as Rosier; and Cornell S John as Arnold Guzman. The names ‘Travers’ and ‘Rosier’ stand out in particular; these last names turn up in the Harry Potter series and belong to two Death Eaters who served Lord Voldemort.

Actor and comedian Jessica Williams, best known for her work on The Daily Show, and Fiona Glascott have also been cast in the film, but their roles haven’t been revealed.

As we have posted in the past, a bunch of original characters and cast members are returning. Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski will all be back for the sequel. MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery, portrayed by Carmen Ejogo and Leta Lestrange played by Zoë Kravitz, will also be back!

Jude Law was previously announced as Albus Dumbledore and Callum Turner will be playing Newt’s brother Theseus.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Support Lumos and Get a Chance to Visit the Fantastic Beasts Set
Posted by Megs

Earlier this week Lumos had a live Facebook video with Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler as well as Lumos CEO Georgette Mulheir. They urged fans to get involved with Lumos Foundation USA – and offered a chance to win a visit the set of the new film at the same time. Visit their crowdrise page to donate and enter! To gain 1 entry you must donate $12.

Contest details are as follows:

You and a guest can win the chance to join the Producer and Director for a behind-the-scenes VIP experience:

  • Visit the set of the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Meet members of the cast and crew of the film.
  • Round trip air transportation for two to London, England courtesy of
  • 3-night stay in a Four-Star hotel in London, generously supported by
  • 2 individual tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London- The Making of Harry Potter with a tour interactor

Additional Prize:

  • 1 lucky winner will win an original painting of Newt Scamander, the Magizoologist hero in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Mouth Artist, Henry Fraser, signed by J.K. Rowling, Eddie Redmayne and cast members of the film.

More information on Lumos:

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Filed Under: Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Illustrated Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Cover + More Released
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Bloomsbury has released the cover for the full-color illustrated edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Pottermore also released a few new spreads from the book as well as the Scholastic cover. All the new photos can be seen in our gallery!

This new edition, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill, will be released on November 7 2017. The regular edition will cost £25, while the deluxe edition is priced at £120.

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Bloomsbury Children’s Books today reveals the stunning cover of the full-colour illustrated edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill, the cover features the Occamy, a two-legged winged creature that lays eggs of the purest, softest silver.

Publishing on 7th November 2017, this glorious new colour edition of the updated Hogwarts library classic features an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Olivia Lomenech Gill, winner of the English Association Picture Book Award and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlisted artist, has illustrated every beast from Acromantula to Yeti, using a variety of techniques, including prints and etchings, watercolour and charcoal sketches.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.

Pottermore, the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, will exclusively reveal extra artwork from the illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at 13:00pm on Monday 10th July 2017. Head to www.pottermore.com to see more of Olivia Lomenech Gill’s beautiful images.

Bloomsbury are also pleased to announce that Fantastic Beasts will be the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2018. The fourth annual celebration will take place on Thursday 1st February. More information soon.

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Filed Under: Books, Fantastic Beasts Films
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