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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Film Concert Taking Place in New Jersey
Posted by Megs

CineConcerts and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, a new global concert tour celebrating the Harry Potter films, earlier this year.  This coming March, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and New Jersey Performing Arts Center will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert. The concert will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 2 pm at NJPAC in Newark.

The NJSO will perform, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition while hearing the orchestra perform Oscar winner John Williams’ unforgettable score.

Tickets for the performance at NJPAC go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 16, at 10 am. A special presale for NJSO and NJPAC email subscribers will begin on Wednesday, September 14, at 10 am. Tickets range in price from $29 to $89 and will be available for purchase from the NJSO online at www.njsymphony.org or by phone at 1.800.ALLEGRO (255.3476). They will be available for purchase from NJPAC online at www.njpac.org or by phone at 1.888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722).

Announcing the tour, Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series said: “The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.”

Brady Beaubien of CineConcerts and Concert Producer for The Harry Potter Film Concert Series added: “Harry Potter is synonymous with excitement around the entire world, and we hope that by performing this incredible music with the full movie, audiences will enjoy returning to this world, and to the many wonderful characters and adventures that inhabit it.”

Filed Under: Movies
MinaLima ‘The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter™ Films’ Exhibition Opening in London
Posted by Megs

MinaLima, the design duo known for making the graphics for the Harry Potter films, will be opening an exhibition in London showcasing their work on the films. The Graphic Art of the Harry Potter™ Films begins on November 30th and will be open until December 19th. All limited edition prints are for sale at the gallery during the exhibition. The exhibition is free to enter and will be held at the Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London. More information, including opening hours, may be seen at the Coningsby Gallery website.

This exhibition showcases graphic designs from the Harry Potter films by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, reproduced as limited edition art prints which they produce from their London studio, MinaLima.

MinaLima was founded in 2009 by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. Mira and Eduardo’s opportune meeting on the set of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets immediately forged an alliance of creativity and humour, connecting them in every design decision from then on.

Mira studied Film Design at The National Film & TV School, London, after graduating from Central Saint Martins with a degree in Theatre Design. Working in film design, Mira eventually specialised in graphic and prop design for some of cinema’s leading production designers.

Eduardo graduated in Visual Communications in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and for several years worked in editing on major Brazilian feature films. He moved to London in 2001 to enrich his professional experience, and in 2002 specialised in graphic design working on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where he met Mira.

Mira and Eduardo spent ten years working in the art department on the Harry Potter films. As graphic designers of the Marauder’s Map, the Daily Prophet and every other graphic prop in the film series, they have an exceptional and passionate understanding of the Harry Potter films. Currently in production on the feature film of J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’, MinaLima’s creative alliance with the Wizarding World continues to flourish.

Mira and Eduardo will be at the exhibition during weekend opening hours. Please feel free to come along and meet the faces behind the magic.

Filed Under: Movies
Harry Potter FUNDAY Weekend on ABC Family
Posted by Megs

ABC Family is bringing you an exciting weekend of movies with Harry Potter FUNDAY, starting TONIGHT and lasting ALL weekend long! From Friday, October 16 – Sunday, October 18 you can watch all the Potter films (except Goblet of Fire) and create your own magic on social media! Fans can visit fundayapp.com to Potterfy their social media profiles with art inspired by their favorite witches and wizards. The app also allows viewers to create memes of their all-time favorite Harry Potter moments.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 16th, 2015:

  • 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (repeats on Saturday, October 17th at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT)
  • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (repeats on Saturday, October 17th at 10:30 a.m., ET/PT)

Saturday, October 17th, 2015:

  • 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (repeats on Sunday, October 18th at 7:00 a.m., ET/PT)
  • 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (repeats on Sunday, October 18th at 10:15 a.m., ET/PT)
  • 8:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (repeats on Sunday, October 18th at 1:30pm ET/PT)

Sunday, October 18th, 2015:

  • 5:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., ET/PT – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Filed Under: Movies
Chris Columbus Talks Potter with Entertainment Weekly
Posted by Megs

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/Chamber of Secrets director Christopher Columbus talks about wishing to direct another Potter-related film, although he knows it is just a dream.

“I would love to go back and do another one,” says Columbus. “Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters — Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I’m just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There’s 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories.”

“I don’t have the courage to actually mention that to her because I have such respect for her,” says Columbus. “She should do what she wants to do, but I really would love to know what’s in her head about those missing years.”

Filed Under: Chris Columbus, Movies
Warner Bros. Showcasing New Products Licensing Expo Next Week
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Consumer Products has issued a press release ahead of their appearance at the 2015 Licensing Expo. Warner Bros.’ global themed entertainment offerings continue to expand worldwide bringing the experience to theme parks, international cultural venues, live stages and more. The countdown has begun for the Spring 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. The wizarding world continues to delight audiences with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut, which marks an expanded creative partnership between Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling, and which will be fully supported by WBCP to offer fans an exciting licensing and merchandising program.

With the coming of this release it is expected that Warner Bros. may reveal merchandise and graphics for Fantastic Beasts at the upcoming Licensing Expo next week.

The relevant parts of the press release may be read below:

With a powerhouse portfolio of entertainment properties—anchored by a theatrical slate of tentpole films, a fan-driven TV portfolio, global initiatives with immersive worlds, all-new animated content developed for younger fans, and a diverse lineup of pop-classic favorites—Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) soars into Licensing Expo 2015 with an unrivaled lineup of content support and partners that will drive its licensing, merchandising and retail business in 2016 and beyond.

“WBCP arrives at Licensing Expo with an unmatched portfolio of content and product offerings, led by the most anticipated feature film events of 2016—DC Comics’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first time fans will see Batman and Superman together in a theatrical event; DC Comics’ Suicide Squad, the first-ever theatrical team up of some of the most iconic Super-Villains; and from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” said Brad Globe, President of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Content is the cornerstone of our robust programs, and we have an unparalleled lineup of collaborations and partnerships, which is a testament to the trusted relationships we have built with all of our licensing and retail partners.”

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The wizarding world continues to delight audiences with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut, which marks an expanded creative partnership between Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling, and which will be fully supported by WBCP to offer fans an exciting licensing and merchandising program. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new film series from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, is inspired by Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

“We are incredibly excited to further explore and dig deeper into our already strong portfolio with an eye towards content creation, allowing us to offer initiatives for girls, boys and preschoolers on a global scale,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “With programs like DC Super Hero Girls, Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and more, WBCP is creating new content and building impactful activations with partners around the world.”

The release also included some information on the Potter theme parks and exhibitions:

Warner Bros.’ global themed entertainment offerings continue to expand worldwide bringing the Warner Bros. experience to theme parks, international cultural venues, live stages and more. In July of 2014, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter expanded globally, opening at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, and domestically with the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the highly anticipated expansion at Universal Orlando Resort, creating the world’s first centrally themed, multi-park experience and expanding The Wizarding World of Harry Potter across both Universal Orlando theme parks. Additionally, the countdown has begun for the Spring 2016 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.

 Harry Potter: The Exhibition, currently in Paris and with more stops planned for 2015 and beyond, continues to bring the Harry Potter experience to fans with a state-of-the-art interactive, travelling exhibition featuring thousands of props, costumes and magical creatures from the Warner Bros. films based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Harry Potter Theme Park, Movies
Valentine’s Inspired by Romantic Moments from Screen and Literature
Posted by Megs

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, quite a few among us look to the great romances of film, TV and books for help when it comes to Valentine’s Day. A survey undertaken for Ladbrokes Bingo asked 2,000 people for their thoughts about favourite characters in fiction and their search for love.

To celebrate a long, complicated relationship between romance and fiction, we have created some fun Valentine’s cards based on some of the most iconic examples of love. Drawing inspiration from film favourites and TV megahits, we hope that these cards will help to make Valentine’s Day one to remember!

One of them is based on Harry Potter and has the phrase “Muggle Snuggle” along with Harry’s glasses and a scar within a heart. You can view all the Valentine’s on their website.

Muggle Snuggle

Along with the images, they have come up with some Harry Potter love statistics.

  • 18% of 18-24 year olds voted Ron and Hermione as their favourite couple from TV and film.
  • Maybe J.K Rowling should have played the fictional romances out a little differently as a whopping 20% of the nation believe that Harry and Hermione should have ended up together as opposed to only 12% who voted Ron and Hermione as their favourite TV/Film coupling.
  • Apart from the Friends “we were on a break” fiasco, Ron dumping a very disgruntled Lavender in the hospital was named the second worst breakup of screen history. (18%)
  • 14% of 18-24 year olds said Dobby’s death was the most heart-breaking moment in film history.
  • The nation also voted Dobby’s death as more heart-breaking than The Notebook, My Sister’s Keeper, ET and My Girl!
  • It seems the films were slightly more popular than the books; of those who had both read the books and seen the films, the majority (37%) said they preferred the films. Although by a very small amount as 35% said they preferred the books and 28% said they liked them equally.
Filed Under: Books, Movies
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