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Win Tickets to Harry Potter Studio Tour’s VIP Launch Event for the Hogwarts Express
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter have just launched a contest where you can win four tickets to the VIP launch event to celebrate the arrival of the Hogwarts Express. As we posted back in January, in March the studio tour will be expanding to include a recreation of Platform 9 3/4 AND the original Hogwarts Express stream engine!  To enter to win, visit the sweepstakes page! Unfortunately the contest is only open to UK residents.

We’re inviting visitors to go behind the station wall this spring and see the majestic Olton Hall steam train from the Harry Potter film series.

The original Hogwarts Express locomotive will be housed in a recreation of Platform 9 3/4; created by many of the original crew including Production Designer Stuart Craig.

To celebrate, we’re offering you the opportunity to win four tickets to the VIP Launch event on Tuesday 17th March, plus three runners-up will receive four gift tickets to visit the Studio Tour!

Filed Under: Harry Potter Leavesden Tour
Alfie Enoch Interviewed by Teen Vogue
Posted by Megs

In a new interview with Teen Vogue, Alfred Enoch talks about his life since living in LA and starring in one of the most popular shows on TV. We are so proud of Alfie and his role in ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder. He’s started some new hobbies.

“Hiking seems like such a dramatic turn of phrase, doesn’t it? Like, you set off with a backpack and go into the wilderness. But the hike up to Griffith Observatory is nice. The view is amazing.” Alfie wishes he had more time to “sample L.A. life.” Isn’t there some Hogwarts spell that lets you be in two places at once? He laughs. “See, that’s the problem. They kept all that under wraps.”

He also talks about keeping up his American accent even when he isn’t filming for the show. “[My girlfriend] finds it pretty strange,” he says. “But I don’t want to slip! It helps, doing it all the time. It means there’s no change of gear for me.”

Filed Under: Alfred Enoch
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
Video: Trailer for ‘Regression’ Starring Emma Watson and David Thewlis
Posted by Megs

The first trailer for Emma Watson’s upcoming thriller, Regression, has been released. The movie also stars David Thewlis (Professor Lupin), and Ethan Hawke and has a release date of August 28, 2015. The trailer as well as a short synopsis may be seen below:

REGRESSION is set in a small Minnesota town in 1980 where a man is arrested for sexually abusing his daughter. He admits his guilt despite having no memory of it. With the help of a psychologist, he relives the memories and implicates a police officer as his partner in crime. The man’s estranged son and other townspeople are also suddenly able to relive suppressed memories of horrific abuse. At the same time, the local news reports blame a Satanic cult that has been performing rituals of orgies, assault, killing animals and even babies, for years. The officers are alarmed when similar reports come in from all around the country—they believe they’ve uncovered a national and possibly supernatural conspiracy. Is the abuse real, or something else?”

Filed Under: David Thewlis, Emma Watson
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
Kenneth Branagh Talks Live-Action ‘Cinderella’
Posted by Megs

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kenneth Branagh discusses his live-action version of Disney’s Cinderella. Kenneth is best known to Potter fans as Gilderoy Lockhart, but has had an enduring career in acting and directing.

Was making Cinderella something of a departure for you?

The fairy tale element was a surprise to me in that, although I’ve read them and enjoyed them, I didn’t ever think this was a subject I was likely to make a film about. But when you go back to the original source material, you become aware of how all-pervasive this Cinderella myth is. How many times do you read about “the Cinderella story,” the story of the underdog, the story of the ordinary human being, often subjected to cruelty and ignorance and neglect, who somehow triumphs?

How much did you deviate from the original Disney cartoon?

The animation actually took a number of liberties with the original story, which of course has been told and retold across every type of culture, with different names and even different types of cruelty. There are some in which the stepsisters cut their toes off in order to force their feet into the slipper. What we put front and center was a level of reality and psychological truth in the performances that would be surprising in the context of a fairy tale.

Did you feel much pressure when dealing with one of Disney’s prized characters?

Anybody who goes into the Disney world and takes on one of these live-action versions of an animated classic is always up against that kind of ancestry. But my entire filmmaking career and indeed my entire career has been in and around classics. Probably 90?percent of the stuff I make has inevitably been done before. … Whether it’s playing Hamlet, which has been on the go for 400 years, or pieces from the cinematic world that also have been essayed before, I feel released by that. What I think it confirms when people come back to the stories again is not that they’re tired, but that the themes and the stories and the character are ageless, and that they have a different kind of resonance for each passing generation.

Have you tried to modernize Cinderella for the current generation?

The first time we meet the grown-up Cinderella, she’s reading a book; she isn’t just scrubbing the steps. She’s already intellectually stimulated. And she makes a decision to try and understand the cruelty and the ignorance of her stepmother and stepsisters. We see a strength of character that is sort of a form of non­violent resistance. And she meets the prince way ahead of the ball, before she decides to fall for him. They get to know each other and the seeds of a romance are sewn in terms of equality. It’s not about a man rescuing a woman.

Filed Under: Kenneth Branagh
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