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Wizarding World Coming to Universal Hollywood in 2016
Posted by Megs

It has been announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be coming to Universal Hollywood in 2016!  According to a news release:

2016 will be a magical year for Universal Studios Hollywood as the theme park’s epic transformation becomes fully realized with the highly-anticipated arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.”

Inspired by the magical world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood will be a fully immersive land designed for the entire family that brings the Harry Potter fiction and films to life with impeccable detail and authenticity. Similar to the dynamic Universal Orlando Resort themed land that opened in 2010, the Hollywood experience will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle that will serve as the iconic focal point of the impressively themed environment. “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is a collaboration between J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Theme Park
Wand Week Returns to Studio Tour Starting May 27th
Posted by Megs

We reported last week about Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter’s 2014 events. Today they have sent a press release discussing the return of Wand Week from May 27th – June 2nd. Visitors will discover first-hand how duelling scenes were developed and the incredible amount of planning that went into each wand movement. They’ll get the chance to duel with a Death Eater after learning wand battle choreography with an interactive experience created by expert Paul Harris.

By popular demand, Wand Week will return to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter this May and visitors will be invited to delve into the world of wandmaking and wizarding duels.

From Friday 23rd May – Monday 2nd June, visitors will discover first-hand how duelling scenes were developed and the incredible amount of planning that went into each wand movement. They’ll get the chance to duel with a Death Eater after learning wand battle choreography with an interactive experience created by expert Paul Harris. Paul composed the battle scene between Dumbledore and Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is the world’s only Wand Combat Choreographer.

Those exploring Diagon Alley will be able to see a special effects demonstration created by BAFTA-winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson. By pointing a wand, visitors will be able to cast a spell that will make the sign above Potage’s Cauldron Shop bang and flash as if by magic.

Original moulds, concept art and wand designs will be displayed in the attraction and members of Head Prop Maker Pierre Bohanna’s team will showcase some of the techniques they used to hand-carve wands for the Harry Potter film series.

The iconic duelling table, as seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will also be on display in the iconic Great Hall set.

Spellbinding secrets:

  • In the first and second films, the wands looked quite plain. This was drastically changed in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when the wands were given distinctive shapes and carvings, reflecting the owners’ personalities. For example, the wand of Professor Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) is inlaid with silver slug trails and has a slug-shaped handle.
  • Prop makers designed a series of wand holsters for the Death Eaters that would attach around their waists for easy access. The Death Eater wands were also more showy and aesthetic than the other characters’ – to match their extravagant masks which were made of filigreed silver.
  • More than 3,000 wands were produced for the Harry Potter film series, including the elaborate wand that was created for Professor Dumbledore before the Prop Making Team discovered its importance as the Elder Wand.

Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
Report: Photos and Q&A from Feathers and Flight Launch Event
Posted by Megs

This past Friday, our correspondent Maura (of fantasticbeastsmovie.net) attended the launch for Warner Bros. Studio Tour London‘s Feathers and Flight event.  This special feature for the Harry Potter tour will run until April 27th and shows fans how animals were trained for the films.  At the event Julie Tottman and Guillaume Grange, the head animal trainers for the films, answered some questions from those in attendance.  The full Q&A can be read here, and photos may be seen over at fantasticbeastsmovie.net.

What is the strangest animal you’ve ever worked with?

Julie – The strangest animal? Well, I guess, on the third film, Alfonso, the wonderful director, kept coming up with the oddest ideas and we never quite knew what he was going to pick so we had armadillos, we had we had bats, we had baby ostrich, we had whipped scorpions, all kinds of different animals, and we did in one of the films have a baby hippo!

Did the actors who played the owners of the animals get any time to bond with the animal they had and did anyone get close with a certain one that they then had to leave?

Julie – Before we start any filming we have about four months of prep so we can get ready so nothing’s a big surprise for the animals and within that prep I’d say we try have the actors work with us as much as possible – sometimes we can get them one or two times a week, but particularly Daniel had to work so much, cause he was small on the first – he’s still small isn’t he! – he was small on the first film, and it was a big bird for him to learn to carry so we had to spend a lot of time with him with the animals.

Emma loved Crackerjack, the main Crookshanks. She’s a massive, massive cat lover so she was waiting until the third film to have her own animal so as much time as she could spend with him, she was there. She saw him just before Christmas when we were here she came and saw him.

Are any of the animals going to be working on the new movies? The Fantastic Beasts ones?

Julie – Not these particular – well, actually, I can’t say for sure but most of the original Harry Potter ones are retired apart from the birds, so possibly some birds, but haven’t had that call yet, waiting for that!

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
Videos: Dan Radcliffe on Jimmy Fallon and Today Show
Posted by Megs

As we reported earlier in the week, Daniel Radcliffe is making the television rounds to promote The Cripple of Inishmaan and appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night and The Today Show this morning. Videos of both appearances are now online and may be watched below:

The Today Show:

Jimmy Fallon:

Filed Under: Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter: The Exhibition To Stop in Sweden & Germany; James & Oliver Attend Press Conference
Posted by Megs

Oliver and James Phelps attended a press conference in Germany today to announce that Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be stopping at The Odysseum in Cologne-Kalk, Germany starting on October 3, 2014.  ODYSSEUM will be the exhibition’s second stop on its European tour following a stop in Norrköping, Sweden, at Nya Parken.

“Harry Potter: The Exhibition has mesmerized audiences worldwide and we are truly excited to bring this immersive experience to Germany,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Guests will be captivated by the depth of the collection and we are thrilled to present the Harry Potter experience to even more fans around the world.”

“After successful stops in the United States, Australia, Asia and Canada, we are very proud to welcome Harry Potter: The Exhibition to the ODYSSEUM. We’re thrilled that we can be a part of the Harry Potter experience, which will make the eyes of young and old fans shine with this fantastic exhibition!“ expressed Andreas Waschk, CEO of AWC AG and general manager Science Center Services GmbH.

“We are delighted to partner with ODYSSEUM to bring the magic of Harry Potter to Germany,” says Robin Stapley, Vice President, Design and Creative, GES. “Harry Potter: The Exhibition has enjoyed world class recognition at its landmark venues around the world and continues to thrill fans with its thousands of props and costumes.”

We have been sent a few photos of James and Oliver, courtesy of the museum, which can be seen below. Click the thumbnails to enlarge.

The exhibition will be open during the ODYSSEUM’s regular opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 9 am to 7 pm, Fridays to Sundays, Bank Holidays and School Holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia from 10 am to 8 pm. Tickets to the exhibition are on sale now exclusively at www.rtl.de/tickets.

Filed Under: Harry Potter: The Exhibition, James and Oliver Phelps
Final Hours to Fund ‘Enemy of Man’; New Video With Rupert
Posted by Megs

Enemy of Man has released a brand new video of Rupert talking about riding horses and wearing armor for filming.  There are only 49 hours left to fund the project and they are currently 75% funded. So, if you want to see Rupert in Macbeth, make sure to donate what you can on the film’s Kickstarter page! (Donations will only be taken if the project is funded, so no need to worry about that)

Also, if you want any of the cast to sign any of your physical rewards, just add $50 to your pledge. So you can have Rupert sign any of the physical items such as DVDs, Tshirts, etc.

Filed Under: Rupert Grint
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