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Review: Puffs The Play
Posted by Megs

Last week our correspondent Alyssa was able to attend Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic in New York City. PUFFS takes a second look at everyone’s favorite world of wizards through the eyes of the Puffs, a lovable group of magical misfits. The full company features Langston Belton, Madeleine Bundy, Jessie Cannizzaro, Nick Carrillo, A.J. Ditty, Julie Ann Earls, James Fouhey, Andy Miller, Zac Moon, Eleanor Philips and Stephen Stout.

Puffs is playing now through the end of the year at The Elektra Theater (300 W. 43rd Street, second floor); Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30pm. http://www. puffstheplay.com/

Warning: some mild spoilers within. Disclaimer: the reviewer is a Hufflepuff herself, and may be liable for some bias.

Since the advent of Pottermore, Hufflepuffs have had a surge in popularity. Originally framed as the ‘leftover’ house by the author and Potter fans alike, Hufflepuffs have recently been recognized and lifted up for their unglamorous but very worthy identifying traits.

Read on for the full review. More

Filed Under: Other Potter Related
Video: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – IMAX Fan Event Featurette
Posted by Megs

During the Global Fan Event for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, fans at IMAX theaters across the globe were able to see a special featurette on the film. Watch below: Before Harry Potter. Across an ocean. A new world of magic awaits!

It was also revealed, by J.K. Rowling, that the Fantastic Beasts series will be made up of FIVE films. Many are speculating that the main theme of the films will be the rise and fall of Grindlewald. Watch the feature below and see if you agree.

Fandango VIPs, buy tickets to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and you could win a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Offer valid through 10AM PST 11/21. Terms apply.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
LIVESTREAM: Watch the Fantastic Beasts Global Fan Event
Posted by Megs

The Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them Global Fan event has begun. Join the cast from Fantastic Beasts for a live Q&A and be the first to see exciting new footage from Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Fandango VIPs, buy tickets to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and you could win a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Offer valid through 10AM PST 11/21. Terms apply.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Donate to Lumos for a Chance to Win Trip for NYC Screening of Fantastic Beasts
Posted by Megs

As many fans will remember, there is a special Lumos screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being held on November 12th at Carnegie Hall in New York. Now Lumos is offering fans worldwide a chance to win flights and tickets to the screening for donating at least $10 to Lumos’ efforts. You can also donate at least $100 to win a signed copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

Grand prize-winner from sweepstakes to win

  • Two tickets to Carnegie Hall for an advance screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 12th and see a conversation with J.K. Rowling and Eddie Redmayne on stage
  • Round trip air transportation to New York for two provided by American Airlines
  • Hotel accommodation at New York Marriott East Side 
  • An invitation to the post-screening reception with members of the film’s cast
  • Two signed copies of the Original Screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The full press release may be read below:

LUMOS FOUNDATION USA — author J.K. Rowling’s international non-profit children’s organization announces today that movie lovers worldwide will have the chance to win a pair of tickets for the special advance screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on November 12, 2016. The winners also will receive invitations to an exclusive reception with members of the film’s cast following the screening.

Every $10 donation at www.crowdrise.com/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them will count as one entry to the global sweepstakes run through the online fundraising platform CrowdRise to raise money to reunite children and families in Haiti and increase understanding of the harm caused by orphanages. Funds will also be used to support Lumos’ relief efforts in Haiti and help children and families in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Entrants are eligible from almost all countries around the world and flight costs up to $2,500 will be covered for eligible entrants anywhere in the world. Free entry and terms and conditions available here.

Georgette Mulheir, CEO said “With over 30,000 children in 760 orphanages in Haiti, many of which have extremely poor conditions and are linked to incidences of child trafficking, the need to get these children back to families has been acute for some time. Now in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, our teams are coordinating with other aid agencies to get emergency relief to children and families in the south of the country hardest hit by this disaster. We are re-directing funds to help with these efforts.

“Through the generosity of our partners and every one supporting this Crowdrise campaign, we will help some of the country’s most vulnerable of children at this critical time in providing them with food, water and medical support, helping to prevent those separated from families being placed into harmful orphanages, and safeguarding them from traffickers who would seek to exploit them.”

The much-anticipated screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to benefit Lumos Foundation USA, will start at 6:00pm EST with a conversation between the film’s screenwriter, J.K. Rowling, and Academy Award® winning actor Eddie Redmayne, followed by a screening of the film.

The special advance screening by Warner Bros. Entertainment in partnership with Harry Potter US publisher Scholastic Inc., will follow the film’s worldwide premiere earlier that week in New York, prior to the worldwide release on November 18, 2016. On November 18th, Scholastic will publish the Original Screenplay of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling in the United States and Canada.

With more than 2,000 tickets sold – the event is part of a comprehensive campaign We Are Lumos Worldwide, supporting programs to help 8 million institutionalized children across the globe return to families and raise awareness of the harm caused by orphanages. Other events have included an interview with J.K. Rowling streamed live on Facebook, September 17th, which drew over 2 million viewers worldwide, a gala performance of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London’s Palace Theatre, on September 18th, and the sale of over 19,800 limited edition T-shirts featuring a quote from J.K. Rowling from her Very Good Lives Harvard commencement speech in 2008.

Thanks to the generosity of Warner Bros., Scholastic and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, all funds raised by the Carnegie Hall event will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund. The Fund will help children in the countries where Lumos works to leave harmful orphanages and return to a family life. No portion of any donation will go to administration, fundraising or overhead costs of the organization.

Over the past decade, Lumos has helped thousands of children who were abused and neglected in orphanages 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 ensure that by 2050 no child are left in harmful orphanages and all children live in safe, loving families.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Un-boxing: USAopoly’s Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
Posted by Megs

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle

USAopoly have released a brand new deck building game, Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle! Take on the role of Harry, Hermione, Ron or Neville and battle against the Dark Arts to save Hogwarts. Players work together to acquire Items, Allies and Spells to defeat the Villains and win the game. So grab 2-4 friends and get battling! We haven’t had a chance to play the game yet so this is just an un-boxing post.


Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle

There are 7 different games each based on one of the Potter films. As you play you integrate them into one another. For example, when you beat Game 1 you add cards from Game 2, then Game 3 and so on. They increase in difficulty as you add different villains to defeat and locations to save.  As you win each game (by defeating the villains) you add the next set of cards from the following game. Your characters may get stunned and you’ll have to take penalties to continue gameplay. Cards are labeled with the game they’re from so you can easily start from the beginning without getting confused.


Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle

The game is beautifully made and of the best quality. Many games these days skimp on production but each piece of this game has been meticulously designed and in the Potter theme. Included in the box are the gameboard, 7 sets of cards, player boards, villain tokens and chip pieces.


Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle

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The official description is as follows:

The forces of evil are threatening to overrun HOGWARTS™ castle in this new cooperative game! It’s up to four students to ensure the safety of the school by defeating villains and consolidating their defenses. Players take on the role of a HOGWARTS student: Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville, each with his or her own personal deck of cards. To secure the castle from the forces of evil the students must work together to build more powerful decks using iconic Wizarding World characters, spells, and items. Defeat all the villains including He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and win the game!

The box includes:

Game Board – 252 Cards (47 Small, 142 Regular, 63 Oversized) – 4 Dice – 7 Game Boxes – 7 Game Rules – 4 Player Boards – 8 Villain Control Tokens – 70 Chip Pieces (35 Attack, 25 Influence, 4 Health, 2 Shield, 4 More)

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle can be purchased at Warner Brothers Shop, Entertainment Earth, Game Stop, Barnes & Noble, Amazon

Watch the game trailer below:


Filed Under: Products, Review
‘Fantastic Beasts’ Summary and Character Posters Released
Posted by Megs

This morning Entertainment Weekly shared nine new character posters from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. All nine posters can be seen in our gallery! Tickets will go on pre-sale this coming Thursday, October 13th via Fandango and other ticket providers. The film will be released on November 18th 2016.

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A summary of the film was also released by Warner Bros. and it gives us some great new insight into the film’s themes.

There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction of No-Majs (American for Muggles) bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away… and is now nowhere to be found.

Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt… and Tina.

Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films

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