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Last Chance to See Lumos Gala Performance of Cursed Child on Sept 18
Posted by Megs

J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos, and the producers of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced today that a third and final online auction of tickets to the Lumos gala performance on Sunday 18th September would be released. This is a last chance to bid for tickets to attend the event. This final auction closes at 6pm on Sunday 21st August

Fans eager to see the two-part play will be able to bid on ticket packages for this special performance to benefit Lumos, which will be personally introduced by J.K. Rowling. Over 100 tickets are available in a selection of packages that are combined with extra gifts including signed copies of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book, Hogwarts maps created by graphic designers MinaLima and meals at London restaurants near to the theatre.

Opening bids for the performances of Parts One and Two on Sunday 18th September will start at the box office face value. The auction runs for just four days, from today until 21st August on the online auction website Givergy.

Thanks to the generosity of the play’s producers and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, every penny donated and raised in the auction will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund, which will support children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life. Donations do not go towards administration, fundraising or overhead costs.

The Lumos gala performance of both parts of the play is the start of a worldwide campaign for Lumos this Autumn called We Are Lumos Worldwide which aims to enhance awareness of the harm caused to children placed in orphanages, and raise funds for the Families Not Orphanages Fund. The campaign culminates with an advance screening of the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in New York on 12th November, with a chance to see J.K. Rowling in conversation on stage at Carnegie Hall, with the film’s main star and Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
New Harry Potter eBooks to Release in September
Posted by Megs

In some interesting news today we’ve learned that there will be three new ebooks released by Pottermore and J.K. Rowling this September 6th for $2.99 each.

Pottermore Presents is a collection of J.K. Rowling’s writing: short reads originally featured on pottermore.com with some exclusive new additions. These eBooks, with writing curated by Pottermore, will take you beyond the Harry Potter stories as J.K. Rowling reveals her inspiration, intricate details of characters’ lives and surprises from the wizarding world.

Information on each of the books, as well as links to pre-order them are as follows:

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists
These stories of power, politics and pesky poltergeists give you a glimpse into the darker side of the wizarding world, revealing the ruthless roots of Professor Umbridge, the lowdown on the Ministers for Magic and the history of the wizarding prison Azkaban. You will also delve deeper into Horace Slughorn’s early years as Potions master at Hogwarts – and his acquaintance with one Tom Marvolo Riddle.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies
These stories of heroism, hardship and dangerous hobbies profile two of the Harry Potter stories’ most courageous and iconic characters: Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin. J.K. Rowling also gives us a peek behind the closed curtains of Sybill Trelawney’s life, and you’ll encounter the reckless, magical-beast-loving Silvanus Kettleburn along the way.

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide
Hogwarts An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide takes you on a journey to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll venture into the Hogwarts grounds, become better acquainted with its more permanent residents, learn more about lessons and discover secrets of the castle . . . all at the turn of a page.

Thanks to Hypable for the tip!

Filed Under: Books, JK Rowling, Pottermore
Bloomsbury Announces Tie-In Titles for Fantastic Beasts
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury have announced today that they will be releasing a series of tie-in books for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Both books, A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities and Newt Scamander A Movie Scrapbook, will be published on November 18th to coincide with the film’s release. A full press release may be read below:

Bloomsbury Children’s Books has announced that Insight Editions, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has awarded Bloomsbury the sublicense for several movie tie-in books for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

These high-quality, gift books include J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities, and Newt Scamander A Movie Scrapbook packed with pull-out extras.

Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing Director Rebecca McNally acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Insight CEO Raoul Goff. A Pop-up Gallery of Curiosities and Newt Scamander A Movie Scrapbook will both publish on 18 November 2016, the same day as the release date of the highly-anticipated upcoming film from Warner Bros. Pictures Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

McNally said: “These innovative formats are a wonderful book showcase for the wit and inventiveness of the films. We are very excited to have this opportunity to partner with Insight and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to publish brilliant film tie-in books for Harry Potter fans of all ages.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose beloved Harry Potter books were adapted into the top-grossing film franchise of all time. Her screenplay was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, written by her character Newt Scamander.  The film is slated for worldwide release on 18 November 2016, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Filed Under: Books, Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling
Fantastic Beasts Part 2 Release Date Set
Posted by Megs

Variety is reporting that a release date has been set for the second film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy. It is currently slated to be released on November 16th 2016, just over 2 years after the first installment. We shared last month that director David Yates said Rowling had already completed the screenplay for the film. Yates will also return to direct the sequel.

According to the press release:

The second “Fantastic Beasts” movie moves deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes have to decide on their allegiances.

Warner Bros. also states that “there is much more on the horizon, all highlighting that the global interest in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World in every medium is stronger than ever.”

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling
New Lumos Gala Tickets Released for Cursed Child – Auction Begins Today
Posted by Megs

Lumos and the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have released more tickets to the gala performance of the play, which will be held on Sunday September 18th, in an online auction to benefit Lumos. J.K. Rowling will attend and introduce the play at the gala which will show Part One and Two consecutively. The tickets are available through the online auction website Givergy with opening bids starting at £100 for two tickets for both Part One and Part Two of the play.

Tickets are combined with special prizes and collectable items, including signed copies of the script book and VIP tickets to Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

Thanks to the generosity of the play’s producers and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, every penny donated and raised in the auction will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund that will help children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life.  Donations do not go towards administration, fundraising or overhead costs.

The gala performance of the play is one of a series of exciting events for Lumos this Autumn in the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign aimed at enhancing awareness of the harm caused to children placed in orphanages and raising funds for Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund.  Other events include an advance screening of the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in New York City on 12 November, with a chance to see J.K. Rowling in conversation with the film’s main star and Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne.

An estimated eight million children around the world live in orphanages and institutions, despite 80% having at least one living parent that could care for them with some support.

A new, two minute film, showing how Lumos helps individual families and children, has also been released today. It tells the story of Lumos’ work to reunite one mother with her baby, who had been sent to an institution as soon he was born, due to a disability diagnosis at birth – just one of the 2,376 children supported by the organisation in the last year to leave orphanages.

Over the past decade, Lumos has helped thousands of other children – from infants to older children – return to family life in Central and Eastern Europe and more recently in Haiti. Now, in its second decade, Lumos is expanding its work in Latin America and the Caribbean, and other regions around the world with the aim to end institutionalisation of children globally by 2050.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, JK Rowling
Video: David Yates Confirms J.K. Rowling Has Written Second Fantastic Beasts Script
Posted by Megs

While promoting his new film The Legend of Tarzan, director David Yates discussed the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy.  He confirmed that J.K. Rowling has already written the second screenplay and has ideas for the third!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters on November 18th 2016. Fans in the New York City area can also buy tickets to watch the film on November 12th at Carnegie Hall with an intro by Jo, Eddie Redmayne and more of the cast.

Filed Under: David Yates, Fantastic Beasts Films, JK Rowling
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