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Video: Warwick Davis’ Wizarding World Documentary
Posted by Megs

As we posted back in November, Warwick Davis made a documentary about the Wizarding World and Fantastic Beasts. The 51 minute documentary entitled Fantastic Beasts and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World is now available for viewing online.

Warwick Davis explores the massive popularity of JK Rowling’s wizarding world including a visit to Shapero Rare Books where he is surprised to learn how much a first edition Harry Potter is worth.

Thanks to SnitchSeeker for finding the video.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Films, Warwick Davis
Bloomsbury to Publish Updated Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury has revealed the cover for their new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, out 14th March 2017 for £12.99. The book has a new foreword from J.K. Rowling (writing as Newt Scamander), inside illustrations from Tomislav Tomic, and a new jacket by Jonny Duddle. There will also be new creatures included in the book!x As with the original edition from 2001, proceeds benefit Comic Relief and also Lumos.

This immensely collectible hardback has been revised and updated by J.K. Rowling, bringing the original classic book up to date with new content that reflects the exciting developments in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and the blockbuster film release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

New beasts lurk within the pages of this edition and eagle-eyed readers will have fun spotting them among the much-loved favourites. J.K. Rowling’s new introduction, written from the viewpoint of Newt Scamander, offers tantalising hints about the Magizoologist’s adventures and relationships, and Tomislav Tomic’s beautiful line illustrations bring many of the beasts to roaring, stomping, growling life.

Jonny Duddle’s new bright and colourful jacket design creates a cohesive look that complements the covers of the seven classic Harry Potter novels, as well as the new look Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

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.

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.

Filed Under: Books, Fantastic Beasts Films
J.K. Rowling Redesigns Official Website; Answers Fantastic Beasts Questions
Posted by Megs

Today J.K. Rowling has unveiled a new design to her official website. At the end of the introductory article, she answers some frequently asked Fantastic Beasts questions! The answers (including one on Chamber of Secrets) may be read below.

1.     Why couldn’t Newt just Apparate to the USA? Why did he go by boat?
Apparition becomes increasingly risky over long distances. As with most magic, much depends on the skill of the spell-caster: Apparition requires knowledge of the terrain to which one is moving, or the ability to visualise it clearly. Cross-continental Apparition would almost certainly result in severe injury or death.

Moreover, the beasts in Newt’s case had varying magical natures. Some could have Apparated with him, but others could not.

2.    Why did Newt go in through No-Maj customs?
He was transporting magical creatures at a time when this was illegal. No-Majs were far easier to fool than the wizarding checkpoint would have been.

3.    Why couldn’t Newt use ‘Accio’ to retrieve all his beasts?
‘Accio’ only works on inanimate objects. While people or creatures may be indirectly moved by ‘Accio-ing’ objects that they are wearing or holding, this carries all kinds of risks because of the likelihood of injury to the person or beast attached to an object travelling at close to the speed of light.

4.    Why isn’t Veritaserum used in interrogations?
It is, but skilled wizards can avoid its effects by using antidotes and charms. A gifted Occlumens could also resist Veritaserum.

5.    Why did ‘revelio’ undo the effects of Polyjuice Potion?
It didn’t. Grindelwald’s Transfiguration surpasses that of most wizards, so he used a spell, not a potion, to take on the appearance of Percival Graves.

6.    Why didn’t Harry Potter develop an Obscurus?
An Obscurus is developed under very specific conditions: trauma associated with the use of magic, internalized hatred of one’s own magic and a conscious attempt to suppress it.

The Dursleys were too frightened of magic ever to acknowledge its existence to Harry. While Vernon and Petunia had a confused hope that if they were nasty enough to Harry his strange abilities might somehow evaporate, they never taught him to be ashamed or afraid of magic. Even when he was scolded for ‘making things happen’, he didn’t make any attempt to suppress his true nature, nor did he ever imagine that he had the power to do so.

And finally, an oldie but a perennial favourite…
7.    Why wasn’t the Horcrux inside Harry destroyed when he was bitten by the Basilisk in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?

A Horcrux can only be destroyed if its container is damaged beyond repair. Harry was healed by Fawkes. Had he died, the Horcrux would indeed have been destroyed.

PS I’m being asked all kinds of excellent questions about Fantastic Beasts that I can’t answer right now, because the answers would give away too much about future plots. If your burning question isn’t here, you are probably safe to assume that it will be answered in the sequels!

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Unveils Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Exhibit
Posted by Megs

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Yesterday, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood held a press event to unveil it’s latest exhibit: From J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Exhibit. Dan Fogler and Bonnie Wright were on hand for the special event.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is open Monday through Sunday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM, with studio tours departing every 30 minutes and extended hours offered during the summer season. Reservations are recommended and all children eight years or older are welcomed. Tickets are $62 per person and can be purchased online at www.wbstudiotour.com or by calling 818-977-TOUR (8687).

Photos from the afternoon can be found in our gallery and watch a video including interviews with Dan and Bonnie as well as footage of the exhibit below. Our review will be coming in the next few days.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood revealed its latest tour addition, From J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World: The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Exhibit, with special guests Dan Fogler (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter film series). Opening to the public on December 9, 2016, the reimagined exhibit offers an up-close look at authentic props and costumes from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the beloved Harry Potter films. Tour guests will now be able to explore how J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has been brought to life on the silver screen over the past 15 years.

Fogler, who played the lovable No-Maj and aspiring baker, Jacob Kowalski, in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, when asked about seeing the exhibit for the first time said, “it’s an absolute honor to be a part of this all.”

When asked about what fans can look forward to in the new exhibit, Bonnie Wright, who portrayed Ginny Weasley in all eight Harry Potter films, said, “For fans these costumes and props were such a big part of the experience when watching Harry Potter.  I think that’s what is exciting, to see those details.”

The expansion will take guests on a journey from concept art to final designs used on set. Tour guests will be able to see the detailed costumes of Lord Voldemort, from a young Tom Riddle to his rise as the Dark Lord. Guests will also have the opportunity to be sorted by the magical Sorting Hat into one of the four Hogwarts houses. This interactive experience will take place in front of a life like image of the Great Hall which will include costumes of iconic Hogwarts professors. As a finale to the exhibit, guests will be able to explore the newest film from the Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Highlights of the Fantastic Beasts experience include costumes worn by Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Colin Farrell (Percival Graves), as well as Newt’s case of creatures.

“We are excited to let the world peer behind the lens to see how filmmakers develop the entertainment we love,” said Danny Kahn, Executive Director, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. “This experience will transport guests from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts adventures back to 1926 New York, where Newt Scamander’s misplaced magical case has found its home.”

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Filed Under: Bonnie Wright, Dan Fogler, Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Films, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Warwick Davis’ Wizarding World Documentary To Air This Weekend
Posted by Megs

A new documentary by Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis will be premiering on ITV. Fantastic Beasts and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World will air from 4.30pm – 5.30pm this Saturday, November 26th. Warwick interviews cast, crew, J.K. Rowling, and fans. Be on the lookout for our founder Megan who may be shown at the Fantastic Beasts New York premiere.

Warwick Davis explores the phenomenal popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, with exclusive access to the cast and creators of her new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He meets star Eddie Redmayne on the set of the new movie, and catches up with J.K. Rowling at the world premiere in New York.

A clip of Warwick interviewing fans at the Fantastic Beasts premiere may be seen below or on our brand new Facebook. Go like it!

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Films, Warwick Davis
Watch: BBC Radio 1 Documentary ‘The Secret Of The Wizarding World’
Posted by Megs

With the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, Eddie Redmayne and Daniel Radcliffe help Radio 1’s film critic Ali Plumb discover why the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has become one of the biggest and most beloved franchises ever. Watch the half hour documentary below:

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Films
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