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Video: 7 Questions with Rupert Grint; Sick Note Airs November 7
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While promoting his new show, Sick Note, Rupert Grint did a fun video interview with Buzzfeed UK and answered some random questions about himself. Watch below!

Sick Note, airing on Sky 1 on 7 November, is a show about “a lie [that] spirals way out of control for down-on-his-luck Daniel in this brilliantly dark comedy starring Rupert Grint, Nick Frost and Don Johnson.”

Filed Under: Rupert Grint
Imelda Staunton Narrating ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’; Other Potter Alumni Appearing
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Imelda Staunton will be the narrator for BBC Two’s upcoming documentary, Harry Potter: A History of Magic. Other Harry Potter cast members will also be appearing in the hour-long documentary, airing this Saturday at 21:00.

The film features readings by actors from the Harry Potter films, including David Thewlis, Evanna Lynch, Warwick Davis, Miriam Margolyes and Mark Williams, while Rowling’s illustrator Jim Kay illuminates her imaginary world.

It is 20 years since JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first cast its spell on readers across the globe. But Rowling’s fantastical creation wasn’t entirely make-believe.

In the run up to the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, JK Rowling ventures behind the scenes of the British Library, revealing the real-life counterparts to her fantastical world. From shrieking mandrakes and Elizabethan invisibility spells to the mystery of ancient Chinese oracle bones and the real life search for the Philosopher’s Stone, it is the start of a warm, playful and inventive journey round some of the most magical places in the land – from wizarding wandmakers in the English forest to the beguiling witchcraft of Boscastle, Cornwall.

A trailer for Harry Potter: A History of Magic can be watched below:

Filed Under: Imelda Staunton
New Details on Harry Potter – A History Of Magic Documentary
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BBC has released some new information on their upcoming documentary, Harry Potter – A History Of Magic which will be airing on Saturday 28 October from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC TWO.

It’s 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone first cast its spell on readers across the globe, thanks to the charm, warmth and imagination of its wizarding world. But Rowling’s fantastical creation wasn’t entirely make-believe…

To mark the 20th anniversary of her book, the BBC presents an enchanting new documentary, uncovering the real life traditions of magic at the heart of Harry Potter.

A thrilling journey through legends, belief and folklore, this film goes behind the scenes with the British Library as they search to tell that story through objects in their collection, in an ambitious new exhibition: Harry Potter: A History Of Magic.

J.K. Rowling, who is lending unseen manuscripts, drawings and drafts from her private archives (which will sit alongside treasures from the British Library, as well as original drafts and drawings from Jim Kay) talks about some of the personal items she has lent to the exhibition and gives new insight into her writing, looking at some of the objects from the exhibition that have fired her imagination.

Readings from famous fans playfully recreates some of the best-loved spells, potions and magical moments from the books, and, as we follow the process of the exhibition, we discover modern magic’s counterparts – from real life wandmakers to Quidditch enthusiasts.

Viewers will discover an unexpected relationship between magic, belief and science: from the Anglo-Saxon spells that cure MRSA to the so-called witches who pioneered contemporary medicine and the ancient stargazers who first mapped the wonders of the night sky.

Filed Under: Books, JK Rowling
Cast Announced for 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter
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Universal Orlando Resort has announced the cast for their 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter. Stanislav Yanevski, Oliver Phelps and James Phelps are scheduled to attend next year’s event and will participate in panels and more! A Celebration of Harry Potter will be held from January 26th-28th with packages available on the official Universal Orlando Resort website.

Celebration of Harry Potter Cast Members

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Chris Riddell to Illustrate J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard
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Bloomsbury have announced today that Chris Riddell is set to work on the illustrated edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Tales of Beedle the Bard Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Chris Riddell will be released on October 2 2018 for £25, £120 for the deluxe edition!

Bloomsbury Children’s Books today announce Chris Riddell as the artist who will create stunning images for an illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard sold in aid of the author’s international children’s charity Lumos.

Publishing on 2nd October 2018, this classic from the Wizarding World will be gloriously reimagined in a large colour gift edition by the multi-award-winning Riddell. He will mix his signature, beautiful watercolour with line and tonal illustrations, capturing the spirit of J.K. Rowling’s ingenious text with his trademark wit and elegance.

Chris Riddell is a bestselling author/illustrator and former Waterstones Children’s Laureate. On being commissioned for this project Chris said, “To be invited into the world of Harry Potter is an immense honour and incredibly exciting. These fairy tales are vivid and beautifully crafted and will resonate in the sumptuous format Bloomsbury have given me. But the true joy has been to discover the richness and texture of Dumbledore’s footnotes. I can’t wait to pull on my robes and begin my tenure as a supply teacher at Hogwarts!”

Rebecca McNally, Children’s Publishing Director, said of Chris’s selection: “It takes extraordinary skill and imagination to illustrate J.K. Rowling’s highly inventive and original book, which has both wonderful, classic-feeling fairy tales and the inimitable, witty and subversive notes of Albus Dumbledore. There was only ever going to be one person for this job – it just had to be the once-in-a-lifetime talent of Chris Riddell.”

Chris Riddell is an award-winning illustrator and acclaimed political cartoonist. He is currently the only artist to have won the Kate Greenaway Medal three times, most recently for his illustrations in Neil Gaiman’s The Sleeper and the Spindle. Chris Riddell was Waterstones Children’s Laureate from 2015 to 2017 and has recently been announced as a Booktrust Ambassador. Chris has illustrated the work of many celebrated children’s authors, including five Neil Gaiman titles. He is the author of the bestselling Goth Girl and Ottoline series and co-creator of the much-loved The Edge Chronicles.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard was first published in 2008. An essential read for any Harry Potter fan, it contains five classic fairy tales, including ‘The Tale of the Three Brothers’, which plays a key role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, the tales are introduced by J.K. Rowling. Also included are Professor Albus Dumbledore’s notes on each tale, which appear by kind permission of the Hogwarts Archives. The Tales of Beedle the Bard is published in aid of Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity, which works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children around the world.

Filed Under: Books
New Characters and Cast Announced for Fantastic Beasts 2
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Pottermore has revealed a few new characters and cast members for the still unnamed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. The film is currently set for release on 16 November 2018. According to their post:

Nicolas Flamel, a character originally mentioned in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will appear in the new Fantastic Beasts film. Flamel, who is known in the wizarding world as an alchemist who discovered the Elixir of Life (based on the real-life alchemist of the same name), will be played by actor Brontis Jodorowsky. Flamel joins a big list of new characters confirmed to feature in the film.

So far, only a few names have been revealed, but some surnames will be familiar to Harry Potter fans. Joining the cast will be Wolf Roth as a character called Spielman; Call the Midwife star Victoria Yeates as Bunty; Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers; Poppy Corby-Tuech as Rosier; and Cornell S John as Arnold Guzman. The names ‘Travers’ and ‘Rosier’ stand out in particular; these last names turn up in the Harry Potter series and belong to two Death Eaters who served Lord Voldemort.

Actor and comedian Jessica Williams, best known for her work on The Daily Show, and Fiona Glascott have also been cast in the film, but their roles haven’t been revealed.

As we have posted in the past, a bunch of original characters and cast members are returning. Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina Goldstein, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski will all be back for the sequel. MACUSA President Seraphina Picquery, portrayed by Carmen Ejogo and Leta Lestrange played by Zoë Kravitz, will also be back!

Jude Law was previously announced as Albus Dumbledore and Callum Turner will be playing Newt’s brother Theseus.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
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