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James & Oliver Phelps Attending Opening of Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Netherlands
Posted by Megs

James and Oliver Phelps will be attending the opening of Harry Potter: The Exhibition in the Netherlands on February 11th. They made the announcement over on Facebook (and their Instagram accounts) earlier today. Make sure to order your tickets to see the exhibition, at CineMec Utrecht, now at the Official website!

More information, translated from the website, may be read below:

Harry Potter ™ fans in Netherlands finally get the chance to step inside the famous wizard world of Harry Potter Harry Potter ™: The Exhibition! Since its world premiere in Chicago, the unique exhibition has more than 4 million visitors welcomed in, inter alia, Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Paris, Shanghai and Brussels. And from February is Harry Potter: The Exhibition last seen in Netherlands: In addition CineMec in Utrecht Leidsche Rijn.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition is a 1400m2 experiential exhibition, where visitors as they come to be immersed in the world of Harry Potter.

Visitors walk through sensational sceneries realized based on the real Harry Potter film sets and witness the craftsmanship that lies behind the thousands of authentic props, costumes and magical creatures that were used in the iconic film series.

After an appropriate welcome some elect even placed in their proper department by Hogwarts sorting hat. Then the visitors start their journey along different favorite scenes from the Harry Potter movies. The exhibition includes scenes of the most popular locations from the movies, including the common room and dormitory of Gryffindor tower, classrooms such as Potions and Herbology and the Forbidden Forest.

Besides the beautiful scenery and displays there are also several interactive elements. In the Quidditch area visitors can toss a Quaffle.

In the classroom Herbology draw aspiring magicians their own Mandrake and can sit in Hagrid’s hut in his giant chair.

During this unique exhibition, you get closer to the special wizarding world than ever! Harry Potter: The Exhibition is a must see for young and old!

Filed Under: Harry Potter: The Exhibition, James and Oliver Phelps
Videos: Tom Felton and James & Oliver Phelps at MegaCon
Posted by Megs

Thanks to Nerds & Beyond we have some footage of Tom Felton, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps at this year’s MegaCon in Orlando.

Our friends Betsy and Lori from Feltbeats also had the chance to interview Tom Felton at the event.

Filed Under: James and Oliver Phelps, Tom Felton
Cast Attending Wizarding World Hollywood Grand Opening Revealed
Posted by Megs

Pottermore has revealed some of the cast and crew from the Potter films that will be attending a Red Carpet Gala opening for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 5th.  Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, James Phelps and Oliver Phelps along with composer John Williams will attend the Grand Opening event.

The attraction has been five years in the making, and features a stunning recreation of Hogwarts castle as well as Hogsmeade village.

Following in the footsteps of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan, the Hollywood attraction will bring back some of the fans’ favourite rides, as well as a few new surprises.

The park officially opens on April 7th but is currently doing “soft openings” where fans can visit the park with limited rides and stores open.  Here’s a quick definition of a soft opening for those of you unfamiliar:

A soft opening is usually a less strenuous opening for the ride or attraction. It might not open at park open or might close before park close. It may open and close periodically throughout the day for minor adjustments or to run routine safety checks, although usually these closures are “soft” closures – they don’t clear the queue, they just cycle and empty cycle or stop the ride after everyone’s off for a moment or two. There may be private events, training or staffing requirements, repairs, media, or inspections that require the attraction be closed an entire day or more during this time. Certain effects or features might not be working yet.

Filed Under: Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps, John Williams, Tom Felton, Universal Studios Hollywood, Warwick Davis, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Trailer for ‘Danny and the Human Zoo’ Featuring Evanna Lynch + Photo of Phelps Twins
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BBC has released the trailer for the television film, Danny and the Human Zoo, which will be released later this year. Evanna Lynch plays Bridget O’Riordan, the girlfriend of main character Danny Fearon.

Danny’s world is a series of complex minefields which he has to negotiate: his home life – which his ebullient mother rules with an iron fist in an iron glove; his love life – where the Irish girl he’s in lust with won’t give him the time of day until he wins his first competition; and finally the ups and downs of his emerging career.

When Danny wins a talent competition at his local club it’s not long until he’s working the comedy circuit. Audiences can’t get enough, applauding as he effortlessly morphs into Mohammed Ali, Tommy Cooper and Frank Spencer, and eventually he hits the big time on TV – an unheard-of achievement for a young black boy.

But an unscrupulous manager takes advantage of Danny and forces him to star in a show, the ‘Musical Minstrel Cavalcade’. Danny hits rock bottom. Having made his name by becoming other people, Danny has to save himself by finding out who he really is.

The film also stars James and Oliver Phelps as Mr. Carter and, you guessed it, Mr. Carter. A photo of the two in costume may be seen below:

Filed Under: Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps
Watch ‘A Mind’s Eye’ Starring James and Oliver Phelps
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A Mind’s Eye, a short film starring James and Oliver Phelps, has been released online and can be rented for $2.95 at Vimeo.

This is a film about Plato’s ideas. It is about Stanley who thinks things into existence. He thinks of fire and fire appears. He thinks of rocks, water and trees and rocks, water and trees appear. He even manages to think a horse and a baby boy into existence. Or does he?

While Stanley is busy concentrating, his reflection is behaving inappropriately. The two begin a dialogue in the tradition of Socrates and his pupils. The reflection, Stanley Too, proves the wiser and though Stanley believes himself to be the ‘real’ Stanley and the other the reflection, he discovers this may not be the case.

Watch the trailer below.

Filed Under: James and Oliver Phelps
Cast Members; Programming Details Announced for 2015 ‘Celebration of Harry Potter’
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Universal has put out a press release announcing the cast members who will be attending 2015’s Celebration of Harry Potter and Universal Studios in Orlando. Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch are scheduled to attend. It will be James, Oliver and Evanna’s second time at the event. The also revealed the panels slated to take place!

Harry Potter film talent Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps and Evanna Lynch are slated to appear at the second annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter” – a special event hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The event allows fans to celebrate all of Harry’s adventures, from the beloved books to the feature films.  Creative talent also set to appear includes Paul Harris, the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Kazu Kibuishi, illustrator of Scholastic’s re-imagined Harry Potter book covers, and Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima, who established the visual graphic style of the Harry Potter films.

“A Celebration of Harry Potter” will take place from January 30February 1, 2015 at Universal Orlando. Fans will enjoy three days of incredible experiences, including Q&A and autograph sessions with Harry Potter film talent, special discussions and demonstrations with creative talent, and access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo – where fans can enjoy the Sorting Hat experience, pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall set and celebrate their Hogwarts house pride in an interactive Pottermore exhibit.

Guests can also experience Harry Potter’s world for themselves by visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Vacation Package guests and those with a park-to-park ticket will also be able to board the iconic Hogwarts Express and enjoy a unique journey as they travel between King’s Cross Station and Hogsmeade Station.

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, guests who purchase the exclusive event vacation package will enjoy certain special benefits and reserved sections for the discussions and demonstrations.

Event details are below:

“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” DISCUSSIONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Discussions and Q&A sessions will be available featuring Harry Potter film talent and crew, with special demonstrations and discussions for kids. Admission into discussions 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.
  • Duelling Demonstration & Wand Combat Masterclass with Paul Harris
    Pick up your wand and take part in a live duelling masterclass, hosted by Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, featuring the world’s only Wand Combat choreographer, Paul Harris. Paul choreographed the epic battle scenes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and will be on hand to teach you the technique behind wielding a wand.
  • Creating The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
    Alan Gilmore, Art Director for the Harry Potter films, will explain how he and his team brought the world of Harry Potter to life from the fiction to the films, and eventually in the two lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. In addition, hear firsthand from Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team how live shows in both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley were created, as well as some of the hidden “secrets” and innovative interactive elements contained within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • 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 for more than a decade 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 recent involvement in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.
  • Illustration of Harry Potter with Kazu Kibuishi
    Award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who reimagined the Harry Potter book covers for Scholastic, will be drawing some of your favorite Harry Potter characters live on-stage in this interactive panel for all ages.

This year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will also include kids’ discussions and interactive experiences such as a special duelling demonstration and wand combat masterclass with Paul Harris, an interactive ‘Dance Like a Beauxbatons and Battle Like a Durmstrang’ experience, as well as Harry Potter film trivia.

“A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” EXPO
The 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:

  • Harry Potter: The ExhibitionSorting Hat Experience
    Do you think you are a Gryffindor, or a Slytherin? A Hufflepuff? Perhaps a Ravenclaw? At the beginning of each school year the Sorting Hat sorts new Hogwarts students into the appropriate house, and you’ll have the opportunity to get sorted in a Hogwarts-inspired setting…sponsored by Harry Potter™: The Exhibition.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
    The production home of the Harry Potter film series, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London gives visitors the chance to step on to the actual sets used during filming. ‘A Celebration of Harry Potter’ visitors will get a chance to pose for a photo in a recreation of the iconic Great Hall.
  • MinaLima
    Graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima created countless pieces of unforgettable artwork, some of which will be on display including iconic pieces such as the Marauder’s Map, Daily Prophet and Hogwarts school books.  Exclusive to the Celebration, they will be launching their brand new range of Harry Potter stationery, featuring original film graphic artwork. Limited edition prints based on the original prop designs will also be displayed.
  • Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
    Show your Hogwarts house colors and celebrate your pride with Pottermore from J.K. Rowling. For the millions of fans who have participated in the exclusive Sorting Hat quiz devised by J.K. Rowling herself, here’s an amazing chance to take part in Pottermore’s Proudest House Contest.  Also, relive the excitement of a year in Pottermore.com and get an exclusive chance to have your say on what is to come.
  • Scholastic
    Celebrate Harry Potter and share your message about what Harry Potter means to you. Meet award-winning illustrator Kazu Kibuishi, who re-imagined the Harry Potter book covers and will be signing posters on Saturday, January 30, and enter for a chance to win a box set of all seven Harry Potter books.
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
    Do you have what it takes to defend yourself against a Dementor or soar above Hogwarts castle on Buckbeak?  Step into some of your favorite scenes with this magical photo experience while surrounded by authentic movie props from the Harry Potter films.
Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Evanna Lynch, James and Oliver Phelps, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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