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Four New Images from Harry Potter Illustrated Edition + Interview with Jim Kay
Posted by Megs

Entertainment Weekly has released four new images from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition. They also had the chance to talk to illustrator Jim Kay about his inspirations. Be sure to get the book when it goes on sale October 6th, or pre-order on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk!

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“I was looking at all these photographs of evacuee children from the 1940s — in England, you’d call them ‘blitz kids’ — who have been taken away from their home during the blitz. They had sort of thick, scruffy hair, and round glasses, and looked sort of underfed and malnourished, from really tough East End parts of London as well. I wanted that real character coming through, some adversity. But also slightly fragile, because he’s thin, and he’s smaller than usual.”

While talking about his portrait of Dumbledore, he says:

“What I like about early portrait painting,” Kay says, “is that you have objects in them that are representative of that person. So the dried plant there is honesty — but on the honesty is also a little camouflaged praying mantis. It’s sort of saying, there is honesty with Dumbledore, but with a catch. There’s also a little bottle of dragon’s blood because he wrote a book on dragon’s blood. And knitting because, of course, he likes to knit.”

Dumbledore’s likeness has a special place in Kay’s heart: “He’s based on an amazing illustrator I know, who I absolutely idolize. He’s been an inspiration for years for me, so it’s a huge deal that he’s lent his face to Dumbledore.”

Filed Under: Books, Harry Potter Illustrated Edition, Jim Kay, Other Potter Related
Limited Edition PEZ Harry Potter Collector Set Available in US
Posted by Megs

PEZ Candy, Inc. and  Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced the newest addition to the PEZ Collector Set line earlier today: the highly requested PEZ Harry Potter Collector Set. Only 100,000 limited edition sets will be released, with each having its own number indicated on the box.

The Harry Potter Collector Set includes six fan-favorite characters as iconic PEZ dispensers, including namesake Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid and Lord Voldemort. Each set also includes two six-pack PEZ candies.

“We are very excited to welcome Harry Potter to the line of PEZ Collector Sets. Harry Potter has been a recurring request from fans, young and old, for quite some time,” stated Christian Jegen, CEO/President of PEZ Candy, Inc. “We know this set will be on top of their holiday wish lists!”

The PEZ Harry Potter Collector Set is currently shipping to retailers in the United States and has a retail price of $17.99.

 

Filed Under: Other Potter Related, Products
Katherine Waterston Cast as Tina in ‘Fantastic Beasts’
Posted by Megs

The Hollywood Reporter revealed on Monday that Katherine Waterston has been cast as Porpentina, aka Tina, in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Queenie who, as we shared in this post, is Tina’s younger sister has yet to be cast.

According to Warner Bros., Porpentina meets magizoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures.

J.K. Rowling posted the following comment on Twitter:

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
ABC Renews ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and ‘Galavant’
Posted by Megs

ABC has renewed a bunch of their shows for more seasons and two Harry Potter alums and their television series are included! First up is Alfie Enoch in How To Get Away with Murder which had a very successful first season!

Next up is Luke Youngblood who stars as Sid in the musical comedy.

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Emma Watson Talks ‘Beauty & the Beast’ and ‘Colonia’ in New Interview
Posted by Megs

In a new interview with Total Film, Emma Watson discusses her latest roles. First, she talked about Colonia, which will be released later this year. The full interview can be found in the May issue of Total Film, available March 13th. Below are some snippets via The Irish Examiner.

‘It really challenged me. It really pushed me to the brink, this role. I got sent the script and my agent sent me the Wikipedia page on Colonia Dignidad. I immediately went, ‘Oh my God, I’m not sure!’ it was really, really, really heavy and really awful subject matter, but the script was such a page-turner and so well written and I’m really a big fan of Daniel Bruhl. I really liked the director [Florian Gallenberger]. It all just kind of felt right: a really intelligent female leading role character. It felt like the right thing to do.”

“I’ve just always been aware that it was a bit of a double-edged sword. I think I never really thought necessarily I’d become an actress or become famous. It’s something I felt very passive in. It was something that happened to me. They came to my school. They saw me and they took photographs of me. I was taken up to London to audition. I just happened to be picked up and put in one of the biggest film franchises of all time. I wanted to feel active in what happened to me in my life. I wanted to be able to move myself into a place where I felt like I was driving my career and my life, rather than just responding to things that happened to me. I wanted to try to make it my own.”

She added: “It feels like I was building a portfolio over the last five, six years. Now I feel like I’m ready to really be carrying films. I’m really just ready now to focus on my career full time and go full steam ahead. It’s exciting at the moment.”

Second, she was asked about the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast film which also stars Luke Evans as Gaston and Dan Stevens as Beast.

“I sing, so that’s really unexpected,” she said. “I’ve never had to do that for a film role before, and I think people will be interested to see me do something very different like that. It gives me a different challenge, really. That’s terrifying in and of itself!”

Finally she mentions The Queen of Tearling, which we reported about some time ago:

When asked about her future career plans, she hinted a job behind the lens could soon beckon.

She is working with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, in an executive producer role on a multi­part adaptation of fantasy series Queen Of The Tearling in which she will also star.

“I really like it,” she told the magazine. “For me, to want to sign up to a series again, I wanted to have a certain amount of autonomy and control within that. Working with David’s been great. I’d love to direct something one day. I’d love to produce as well, so it’s quite a nice way to start learning about that. Yeah, just dipping my toes into that world.”

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Jim Dale Bringing ‘Just Jim Dale’ to London
Posted by Megs

Jim Dale, the voice of the US Harry Potter books, is bringing his stage production Just Jim Dale to the London stage after a successful run in New York City. Tickets can be booked at http://www.justjimdale.com/

Following his huge Off-Broadway success in New York, Just Jim Dale is coming to the Vaudeville Theatre from 26 May – 20 June.

Jim Dale is one of the world’s great stage entertainers: singer, dancer, comedian, Shakespearean actor, raconteur. In Just Jim Dale, Jim takes audiences on a journey through an unequalled career in the theatre with a myriad of irresistible showbiz tales, songs and performances – a career extending from performing as the youngest professional comedian on the British Music Hall stage to joining the National Theatre at the request of Sir Laurence Olivier, starring in 11 Carry On films, his Broadway triumphs in Scapino, Barnum and Me and My Girl, and then his uproarious experiences narrating all seven Harry Potter audiobooks for the US market.

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
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