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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Cast Visit Parkside School!
Posted by Megs

The cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald spent the day on Thursday, November 1st celebrating the Wizarding World with students and community from Parkside School in Baileyton, Alabama. Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz and Callum Turner surprised the students for a day of games and fun! Make sure you get your tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, out November 16th!

The principal, teachers, staff and alumni at Parkside, a title one school in Cullman County, Alabama, transformed classrooms and hallways into the Hogwarts Houses seen in the Harry Potter series, using their own money, raised funds and donated materials to inspire as well as educate their students, and to provide a safe and creative environment for them to grow and learn. To honor and celebrate these educators and their dedication to their students, the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald surprised the students and faculty as the school hosted Wizarding World Day full of themed games and lots of excitement.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be released on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Filed Under: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald
LEGO Harry Potter Collection Announced for Nintendo Switch & XBOX One
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and LEGO have announced the launch of LEGO Harry Potter Collection for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, bringing LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 to the platforms for the first time in one remastered package. The Switch version retails for $49.99 with the XBOX version coming in at $39.99. The full press release may be read below:

Players Can Journey Through All Eight Films of Magical Adventures in a Remastered Compilation of LEGO Harry Potter Games Available for the First Time on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group announced the launch of LEGO® Harry Potter™: Collection for Nintendo Switch™ and Xbox One, bringing the top-selling videogames LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4 and LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7 together in one remastered package.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Harry Potter: Collection unites the signature humor of LEGO games and the expansive Wizarding World for a thrilling journey full of spell-casting, potion-making, and puzzle-solving fun. The compilation features content from the eight films with enhanced graphics, environments, lighting and visual effects, along with two downloadable content (DLC) packs.

“The LEGO Harry Potter: Collection for Nintendo Switch and Xbox One brings the entire LEGO Harry Potter adventure to a new generation of players to enjoy,” said Jonathan Smith, Head of Production and Strategic Director, TT Games. “Gamers can journey back to Hogwarts for a light-hearted, humorous and interactive journey told through all of the Harry Potter films, sure to delight fans and newcomers alike.”
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is based on the first four films—Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™—allowing fans to experience Harry’s first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in full LEGO form.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 transports players through the final four films—Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part 1 & 2—to experience Harry’s last years at Hogwarts™ and his battle against Lord Voldemort™ in the ultimate fight between good and evil.

This action-packed adventure also offers two previously released DLC packs, including a Character Pack featuring Godric Gryffindor, Harry (Yule Ball), Helga Hufflepuff, Lockhart (Straightjacket), Luna (Lion Head), Peeves, Hermione (Pink Dress), Ron Weasley (Ghoul), Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin, as well as a Spell Pack featuring Cantis, Densaugeo, Ducklifors, Melofors and Tentaclifors.

We will hopefully be able to share a review in the near future!

Filed Under: LEGO Harry Potter
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Clip Roundup
Posted by Megs

A few new clips and interviews promoting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald have been released over the past few days. Many of the clips show new footage not seen in the trailers and well as interviews with J.K. Rowling, Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, and many more!

Make sure you get your tickets for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, out November 16th!

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Lumos Wand Installation Officially Open in London
Posted by Megs

This morning was the official opening of the Lumos Wand Installation in London! The Grenadier Guards performed a live rendition of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, as nine giant wands lit up Peter’s Hill in London for the first time when Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos opened to the public earlier today. Unfortunately we were unable to attend the event due to timing but Lumos have sent over some wonderful photos from the event that you can see on our Facebook

The new installation, part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, was created to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity Lumos in the lead-up to the 16th November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new Wizarding World™ adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Head prop maker Pierre Bohanna, who created the wands used in the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter films in close collaboration with J.K. Rowling, was at the event and spoke about how it felt to see his props transformed into fifteen-foot models to be enjoyed by the public.  “It’s amazing to see something you’ve worked on for two decades celebrated in such an awe-inspiring way,” Bohanna stated.  “Each of these wands were born in the extraordinary imagination of J.K. Rowling, and bringing them to life has been a labour of love for Stuart Craig, myself, and all the filmmakers, artists and actors who’ve had a hand in their creation for the films.  To now see them realized in truly larger-than-life fashion for fans to enjoy is truly gratifying, and I thank Wild Creations for their wonderful work.”

Beginning today, the giant wands will illuminate Peter’s Hill from 6:45 p.m., with a short light display to music every 30 minutes, and deluminate at 10:45 p.m. each evening until 13th November.

Fans visiting the installation can also attend the following activities taking place at the site each Wizarding Wednesday:

  • Wednesday, 24th October: Bring your wands and watch wand demonstrator Paul Harris reveal how to cast spells;
  • Wednesday, 31st October (Halloween): Come and listen to a talk on the wands, with a particular focus on the Dark Arts;
  • Wednesday, 7th November: Watch a military marching band perform music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.

For further details and timings, please visit www.fanatsticbeasts.co.uk/wandsready

The partnership with Lumos, whose mission is to end the harmful institutionalisation of children around the world, is being commemorated by a limited edition wand pin badge that will be sold to the public to raise vital funds for the charity’s work. For more information, or to purchase the exclusive pin badge, which features Newt Scamander’s wand and the Occamy serpent, please visit www.wearelumos.org/fantasticbeasts

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Launch Event for Fantastic Beasts Wand Installation in Support of Lumos
Posted by Megs

Warner Bros. has announced a launch event for their Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos. As we posted last month, there will be nine fifteen foot tall wands illuminating the walkway between the Millennium Bridge (seen in Half-Blood Prince) and St. Pauls Cathedral in an effort to raise awareness of J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos.

Starting at 6am on Thursday October 16th fans can get ready for the launch of the installation which will be at 7am!

7AM THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER
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PETER’S HILL, BY MILLENNIUM BRIDGE OFF QUEEN VICTORIA STREET

Live performance by the GRENADIER GUARDS of the music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films

PIERRE BOHANNA – Interviews with Head Prop Maker, who created the wands used in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films in close collaboration with J.K. Rowling

PAUL HARRIS – Wand Choreographer, providing wand demonstrations and training on red carpet

The full press release may be read below:

As excitement builds for the 16 November release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new Wizarding World adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, an installation of nine giant wands will illuminate the walkway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalisation of children around the world.

Standing fifteen feet tall, the wands – bringing to life those belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films – are the centrepiece of the new installation, Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos.  It is set to light up Peter’s Hill every night at 6:45pm from 18th October to 12th November.

Created in association with Lumos as part of the City of London Arts Initiative for public art, the
installation also kicks off a series of exciting activities for fans every “Wizarding Wednesday,” including wand training and a live performance of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films by a military marching band.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Eire & Spain, and President, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development said: “We are thrilled to partner with Lumos on this landmark installation, which is sure to delight fans and the tens of thousands of commuters and tourists passing through Peter’s Hill each day.

“London has played a huge role in the on-screen legacy of the Wizarding World, from King’s Cross Station to Millennium Bridge, not to mention the nearby Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden – which has housed countless iconic sets across all ten films and nearly two decades – providing a major boost to the UK film industry.

“Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos is emblematic of this unique relationship, celebrating the magic of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts here in London while raising awareness for the vital work being done by Lumos on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.”

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Soundtrack Announced
Posted by Megs

Details for the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald soundtrack have been revealed today. Releasing in digital, CD and Vinyl the soundtrack features new music from Grammy & Emmy Award-winning composer James Netwon Howard.  Two songs from the soundtrack may be previewed below.

The album is scheduled to be released digitally on November 9, a week before the film’s release. It will be released on CD on November 30, 2018 and on vinyl in January 2019. The Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald soundtrack is now available for pre-order (vinyl pre-order coming soon.)

WaterTower Music today announced the details of the original motion picture soundtrack for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second of five all new adventures in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling. The film will be in theaters November 16, 2018.

Grammy and Emmy Award winner and multiple Oscar nominee James Newton Howard (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Hunger Games franchise) returned as the Fantastic Beasts composer, creating a robust, 25-track soundtrack which will be available to stream and purchase digitally November 9, 2018. Fans are able to hear two of those tracks early, as WaterTower Music has just released both “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “Salamander Eyes” for streaming and purchase.

In addition to the score, the soundtrack will treat fans to three solo piano cues performed by James Newton Howard and not heard in the film: “Dumbledore’s Theme (Solo Piano)”, “Fantastic Beasts Theme (Solo Piano)” and “Leta’s Theme (Solo Piano).” Those three tracks are scheduled to be released October 26, 2018.

“To work on Fantastic Beasts is a wonderful musical opportunity,” describes composer James Newton Howard. “The movie is delightful, substantial, and complex; and [director] David Yates focuses very seriously on the music and is a truly passionate and enthusiastic collaborator.”

The track list is as follows:

1 The Thestral Chase
2 Newt and Leta
3 Dumbledore
4 The Kelpie
5 Newt and Jacob Pack for Paris
6 Nagini
7 Newt Tracks Tina
8 Queenie Searches for Jacob
9 Irma and the Obscurus
10 Blood Pact
11 Capturing the Zouwu
12 Traveling to Hogwarts
13 Leta’s Flashback
14 Salamander Eyes
15 Matagots
16 Your Story is Our Story
17 Leta’s Confession
18 Vision of War
19 Spread the Word
20 Wands into the Earth
21 Restoring Your Name
22 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
23 Dumbledore’s Theme (Solo Piano)
24 Fantastic Beasts Theme (Solo Piano)
25 Leta’s Theme (Solo Piano)

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films
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