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New photos from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Posted by Megs

Several new photos from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald have been released by Warner Bros! The photos show Newt, Tina, Jacob, Gellert Grindelwald, Young Dumbledore and more! We even get a peek at a new character, Vinda Rosier…perhaps a relation to a certain Death Eater in Voldemort’s day. See all the photos in high resolution in the gallery!

Only time will tell what is happening in these photos, and we can’t wait! Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theaters on November 16th this year!

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First up is Jude Law looking as young Albus Dumbledore in what looks to be Dumbledore’s Office as Headmaster of Hogwarts.


The first shot of Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein, played by Katherine Waterston, together.

A new photo of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander looking at a postcard from Paris.


The last brand new photo shows Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald along with a new character. Poppy Corby-Tuech plays Vinda Rosier, one of Grindelwald’s followers.

This next photo is a high resolution version of an image we posted last year. It shows Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander reunited with Dan Fogler’s Jacob Kowalski as they walk the streets of 1920s Paris.


A higher resolution version of a previously released photo of Newt in what looks to be a sewer.


Another photo we’ve seen previously shows Jude Law and Eddie Redmayne off-duty in their 1920s costumes.

A brief press release from Warner Bros. can be read below:

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).  But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead.  Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The film features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.  The cast also includes , Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, and  Poppy Corby-Tuech.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling.  The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Slated for release on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, The Crimes of Grindelwald
Video: Rehearsals Begin for the Broadway Production of Cursed Child
Posted by Megs

Rehearsals have begun in New York City for the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Previews for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Lyric Theater in New York City begin on March 16th with the official opening on April 22nd.

Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy), Sam Clemmett (Albus Severus Potter), Alex Price as (Draco), Jamie Parker as (Harry), Poppy Miller as (Ginny), Paul Thornley (Ron) and Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) from the original London production will be coming to New York.

More tickets will be released on February 7th. For more details on how to get tickets check out this post!

Filed Under: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Coming to Universal Orlando
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The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle is coming to Universal Orlando Resort! Fans in California have been enjoying this nighttime show since June of 2017 and now it’s Florida’s turn!

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle will debut on Wednesday, January 31 and is scheduled to run Feb. 5, and Feb. 7 – Feb. 12 (additional dates will be announced at a later time). You can preview it during A Celebration of Harry Potter on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Sunday, Jan. 28.

A few photos of the light show can be seen in our gallery!

Get out your house robes and scarves – a new projection mapping experience is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle celebrates the four houses of Hogwarts by transforming the castle in a dazzling display of lights, special effects and music.

As night falls, you’ll see the spirit of each house wrap itself around the castle. Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff will all be represented, each house showcasing its pride in its own unique way.

And of course, it’s all set to incredible music based on the original scores from the Harry Potter films.

And – if you’re A Celebration of Harry Potter package holder, you can be among the first to see it during an exclusive preview event on Friday, Jan. 26.

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Filed Under: Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
What We’ll Be Eating at the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter
Posted by Megs

Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour at Diagon Alley

We’re just a over a couple weeks away from the 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando! Each year the event gets better and better and we’re sure this year will be no exception. Cast members Bonnie Wright, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Natalia Tena and Stanislav Ivaneski will be there to participate in panels, photo sessions and more. But today, let’s talk about all the tasty treats you can eat in the parks!

I am a constant visitor to the parks since my first trip there in 2011 so I have a few “must eat” treats while in the parks. Here’s what I’m most looking forward to eating (and drinking) this trip!  Since I don’t drink butterbeer (*gasp*) My choices are a little unorthadox. Be prepared for some deliciousness!

1. Cornish Pasties from The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade

One of my favorite meals to get in the parks is the cornish pasties and salad from The Three Broomsticks. What’s great about it is the fact that you get a tiny bit of veggies (okay, lettuce) to counteract all the sugar and fried foods you’ll be eating. You get three delicious patties filled with meat and veggies plus a salad with a dressing of your choice. It’s a perfect small lunch to get you ready for your next ride. You can also get just the pasties at The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley for an afternoon snack.

Fun Fact: The first time I had cornish pasties was with Harry Potter art director (and also art director for the theme parks) Alan Gilmore during the press preview for Diagon Alley. He said we just had to try them and boy was he right! I get them every visit.

Cornish Pasties from The Three Broomsticks

2. Otters Fizzy Orange Juice from The Leaky Cauldron or The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley

This is my favorite drink in the parks. I’m not a Butterbeer fan so this is what I order when all my friends get their hot or cold Butterbeer! It is a really nice, slightly carbonated, orange juice with cinnamon on the rim. The cinnamon is a perfect finishing touch and makes the drink so unique.

Otters Fizzy Orange Juice from The Leaky Cauldron and The Hopping Pot in Diagon Alley

3. Cauldron Cake from Sugarplums in Diagon Alley

In the Summer of 2017 Universal introduced a new form of their beloved Cauldron Cakes. These new cakes are much larger and come in a box with a cauldron that you can keep after finishing your cupcake. Fair warning: there is a LOT of frosting, but it’s so good! You’ll probably want to let it warm up before you eat it – they keep it in a fridge – so the cake is a little softer when you enjoy it. It is $9.95 but a few people can share it. A great dessert to eat at the park or take home to enjoy later.
Cauldron Cake from Sugarplums in Diagon Alley

4. Fish & Chips from The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley

One of my favorite London meals is fish & chips, so of course I would have to get it in the parks as well! I usually get the children’s portion so I can have dessert and more snacks throughout the day. The batter is so crispy and the fish is delicious. The fries (or chips) are very tasty as well. The kids meal also comes with grapes, so you can feel a bit better about eating all that fried fish.

Fish and Chips from The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley

5. Ice Cream from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley

You can’t leave Diagon Alley without getting ice cream, that’s insanity! I’m pretty boring so I just go for plain chocolate but my friends love the earl grey & lavender, chocolate chili and clotted cream. And soft serve butterbeer, of course!

Ice Cream from Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour in Diagon Alley

The 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter will take place from Friday January 26th – Sunday January 28th. Tickets and packages are still available.

*all photos from my personal instagram*

Filed Under: Celebration of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando, Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Bloomsbury to Publish House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Bloomsbury have announced today that they will publish House Editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets House Editions will be published in hardback and paperback on 28th June 2018. Larger images of each cover may be seen in the gallery.

House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were released last year. Bloomsbury have asp confirmed their intention to publish House Editions of the remaining five novels in the Harry Potter series. Dates yet to be decided. The colors for each of the House Editions will alternate between black and the house color, for the paperbacks and hardbacks, to create a beautiful set for your bookshelf!

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Illustrated by Levi Pinfold, who created 2017’s spectacularly successful House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the covers will feature an interpretation of the door to the Chamber of Secrets, with beautiful iconography and features woven in to the design that are particular to that house.

There will be complementary hardback and paperback editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The hardbacks will be in each house colour with artwork in black and striped sprayed edges. The paperbacks will be black with artwork in the corresponding house colours. Both editions will contain additional content including an illustration of the house common room by Levi Pinfold, a house introduction and a mini-feature on house-elves.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was first published in 1998 and continued Harry Potter’s adventures at Hogwarts. It introduced some of the most-loved characters from the wizarding world, including Dobby the house- elf.

The 20th anniversary House Editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone published last year were a huge success selling over 180,000 copies (UK TCM) across all eight editions. They became the backbone of the huge campaign for the 20th anniversary that included breaking a Guinness World Record, a celebratory video of fan favourite moments that has been viewed over 10 million times, and the must-see Harry Potter: A History of Magic  exhibition at the British Library. Overall sales of Harry potter books were up by 50% in 2017 according to UK TCM figures.

Filed Under: Bloomsbury House Editions, Books
Jude Law Discusses Meeting with J.K. Rowling About Dumbledore
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Jude Law spoke with Entertainment Tonight about Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald while at the Golden Globes last night. While speaking about how he prepared for his role as Young Albus Dumbledore, he said:

“Do you know what I did? I sat in a room for an afternoon with J.K. Rowling, and I listened to her extraordinary words of wisdom,” Law said of the Harry Potter scribe. “She was kind enough to share with me the whole backstory and her future hopes for this young character of Dumbledore and really that set me on the path. I just did what the writer said.”

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be arriving in theaters November 2018.

Filed Under: Fantastic Beasts Films, Jude Law, The Crimes of Grindelwald
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