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‘Strike’ Premiering on BBC One This Month
Posted by Megs

Strike, the series based on Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels will be premiering on BBC One this month! The series stars Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott. The first three episodes are based on The Cuckoo’s Calling, Galbraith’s first novel in the series. The show, previously called ‘The Cormoran Strike Mysteries,’ premieres on August 27th at 9pm on BBC One!

It is unknown when the show will premiere in the United States, but we do know that it will air on HBO at some point in the future.

Filed Under: Holliday Grainger, Robert Galbraith, The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, Tom Burke
7 Original Cursed Child Actors Reprising Roles on Broadway; Ticket Release Date Announced
Posted by Megs

The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child website has been updated to show that seven of the original cast members from the West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be reprising their roles for the Broadway debut in New York City! Previews begin March 2018 and the official opening is April 22, 2018. Tickets for the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will go on sale October 12, 2017 via Ticketmaster Verified Fan® following a required registration period between October 1 – October 5, 2017. The returning cast members are as follows:

  • Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy
  • Sam Clemmett as Albus Severus Potter
  • Alex Price as Draco
  • Jamie Parker as Harry
  • Poppy Miller as Ginny
  • Paul Thornley as Ron
  • Noma Dumezweni as Hermione

From the news release:

Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions are pleased to announce casting for the Broadway premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Preview performances will begin in New York at the fully renovated Lyric Theatre in March 2018 with an official opening on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Seven members of the award-winning Original West End Company will reunite on stage for the Broadway premiere: Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) with Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy). They will be joined by David Abeles, Brian Abraham, Shirine Babb, Jess Barbagallo, Stephen Bradbury, Lauren Nicole Cipoletti, Joshua De Jesus, Jessie Fisher, Richard Gallagher, Susan Heyward, Geraldine Hughes, Edward James Hyland, Byron Jennings, Katie Kreisler, Joey LaBrasca, Andrew Long, Kathryn Meisle, Angela Reed, Dave Register, Adeola Role, JamesRomney, Malika Samuel, Alanna Saunders, David St. Louis, Stuart Ward, Madeline Weinstein, Alex Weisman and Benjamin Wheelwright playing a variety of characters. The cast will also include four children who will alternate two roles.

“We have assembled an extraordinary cast for Broadway,” said director John Tiffany. “Our Cursed Childfamily is growing with 28 brilliant new actors bringing their unique talents to our production. I also can’t wait to dive back into it with seven of our original London cast members reprising their thrilling performances for New York audiences. The adventure continues…”

Mr. Parker, Ms. Dumezweni, Mr. Thornley, Ms. Miller, Mr. Clemmett, Mr. Price and Mr. Boyle are appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.

More about ticket purchasing:

Tickets go on sale on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11AM EDT via Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, only to those ticket buyers who receive an access code.

Ticket buyers must register with Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, a process put in place to protect genuine ticket buyers from bots and scalpers, for the opportunity to purchase tickets.

Ticket buyers who register, and are verified and randomly selected, will receive an access code that will give them the opportunity to purchase tickets. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration will open on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10AM EDT and close on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10PM EDT.

Tickets will go on sale on Thursday October 12 at 11am EDT.

You will not be able to buy tickets unless you register and receive an access code. However, please note that because of anticipated demand, registering does not guarantee receipt of an access code, and receiving an access code does not guarantee there will be tickets remaining when you try to purchase. The selection process will be randomized to ensure access to tickets is as fair as possible and to protect our customers from bots and ticket scalpers.

If you are unsuccessful in securing tickets in this first release, there will be further opportunities to purchase tickets in the future on a regular basis. Details of further ticket releases will be announced via the official website, social media channels and the official newsletter. There will also be opportunities to purchase late-release tickets, including the weekly release of The Friday Forty.

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Universal Orlando Announces New Roller Coaster; Closure of Dragon Challenge
Posted by Megs

This morning Universal Orlando Resort has announced the closure of their Dragon Challenge ride in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade to make way for a brand new roller coaster! Fans of Dragon Challenge, like this writer, will no doubt be upset, but the new ride promises to be even more thrilling! Here’s what we know so far:

  • The new ride will open in 2019
  • Dragon Challenge will be shut down on September 5th with the last day to ride on September 4th
  • This all-new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures. It’ll be unlike anything we’ve ever done before and it will be fun for the entire family.
  • The new attraction will be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences we’ve created. It will combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way.
  • Our award-winning Universal Creative team is once again collaborating with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films to bring this new coaster experience to life.
  • This ride is going to redefine the category and transport you to thrilling places, drawing you into even more exciting adventures within the wizarding world. It’s going to be the perfect addition to Hogsmeade.
Filed Under: Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Illustrated Edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Cover + More Released
Posted by Megs

Bloomsbury has released the cover for the full-color illustrated edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Pottermore also released a few new spreads from the book as well as the Scholastic cover. All the new photos can be seen in our gallery!

This new edition, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill, will be released on November 7 2017. The regular edition will cost £25, while the deluxe edition is priced at £120.

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Bloomsbury Children’s Books today reveals the stunning cover of the full-colour illustrated edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill, the cover features the Occamy, a two-legged winged creature that lays eggs of the purest, softest silver.

Publishing on 7th November 2017, this glorious new colour edition of the updated Hogwarts library classic features an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Olivia Lomenech Gill, winner of the English Association Picture Book Award and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlisted artist, has illustrated every beast from Acromantula to Yeti, using a variety of techniques, including prints and etchings, watercolour and charcoal sketches.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since its publication. Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations and is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander’s years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail. Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos, charities which help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people, to help them have a better life.

Pottermore, the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, will exclusively reveal extra artwork from the illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at 13:00pm on Monday 10th July 2017. Head to www.pottermore.com to see more of Olivia Lomenech Gill’s beautiful images.

Bloomsbury are also pleased to announce that Fantastic Beasts will be the theme for Harry Potter Book Night 2018. The fourth annual celebration will take place on Thursday 1st February. More information soon.

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Filed Under: Books, Fantastic Beasts Films
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Sequel Characters and Plot Details Revealed
Posted by Megs

Today Pottermore has shared a few brand new details on the next Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film which began principal filming today! The film will take place in London, New York and Paris. They also revealed that Jacob and Credence will be making appearances in the film. WB said that Credence will be back, in a ‘mysterious’ way.

Pottermore also shared a few new characters that will be joining our favorite band of misfits to face  ‘new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.’

Standouts include a bounty hunter called Grimmson, played by Icelandic actor Ingvar Sigurdsson; William Nadylam as a wizard called Yusuf Kama; Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Skender, the owner of a wizarding circus and Claudia Kim as one of the circus’s ‘featured attractions’.

Warner Bros. also confirmed that Callum Turner will appear as Newt’s older brother, Theseus Scamander, while Zoë Kravitz returns as Leta Lestrange.

They shared the following about the plot:

The latest from the studio is that, in the new film, Grindelwald will ‘make a dramatic escape’ from MACUSA custody, forcing Albus Dumbledore to join the wizarding world’s efforts to stop him.

The villainous Grindelwald has been busy ‘gathering more followers to his cause – elevating wizards above all non-magical beings’. Dumbledore will look to his former student Newt for help.

Newt will again be joined by Queenie and Tina Goldstein in the next film, as well as his No-Maj friend Jacob Kowalski, and a host of new characters. However, the mission against Grindelwald will ‘test their loyalties’ as the wizarding world becomes more divided and dangerous.

In the Harry Potter stories, Dumbledore and Grindelwald had a complex history. The pair started off as childhood friends, but became enemies after a duel which led to the death of Dumbledore’s younger sister, Ariana.

Albus Dumbledore was only mentioned by name in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Grindelwald, masquerading as Graves, asked Newt why the Hogwarts teacher was ‘so fond’ of him.

We also learned in that scene that Dumbledore argued against Newt Scamander’s expulsion from the wizarding school. The beloved Hogwarts professor will be played by Jude Law in this new adventure.

Five films are planned in the Fantastic Beasts series and the new film is due for release on 16 November, 2018.

According to the filmmakers, the as-yet-untitled film will have some ‘surprising nods’ to the Harry Potter stories and is being directed by David Yates.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Happy 20th Anniversary Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; My Thank You Letter
Posted by Megs

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK. Here is my love letter to the Potter series. While the book wasn’t released until 1998 in the States, I have been a fan ever since I first picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was almost 11. It started off innocently enough, I would wait patiently for each new book and devour it. Then I started to buy every piece of merchandise I saw in the store, with my meager savings. Next came the films. By the time I was in high school I had found fan sites and decided I wanted to make my own. So I created DDNT which eventually turned into this very website.

At first Harry Potter was just something that I enjoyed with my sister and a few friends. But later on, as I started getting invited to press events, I made friends from all over the world, some of whom I have become extremely close with. I could not imagine my life without them and, if there was no Harry Potter, we never would have met. I am also a very shy person and meeting all these new people has helped me to come out of my shell. Little by little I’m gaining more self confidence to put myself out there.

I also owe my career to J.K. Rowling. If I didn’t start this website I never would have realized that I wanted to become a graphic designer. Now, 20 years after it’s publication I have graduated from college and been working for 7 years as a graphic designer and programmer. I’m sure many other people have a similar story, whether it’s becoming a writer because they admired her, or finding something else they loved through the series, many people owe their livelihoods to her.

Now with the theme parks and Fantastic Beasts films we have many more years of Potter to enjoy with friends and family. I know that if I ever have children they will read the books and fall in love with them just as I did. I foresee many family trips to Diagon Alley (and Hogsmeade!) at Universal Studios Florida where we can celebrate our love of the series with other like minded fans.

So thank you, J.K. Rowling, you’ll never truly know what you do for all your fans.

Filed Under: Books
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