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1. WB Studio Tour Gets Dark Arts Addition

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London has long been a mecca for Potter fans, and now it’s about to get… a bit more sinister. The Tour has announced that they will be adding in a whole new feature to the tour dedicated to the Dark Arts, the first addition to the tour since it’s opening in March of 2012. So we’re expecting new sets and props, but what does that entail specifically? Read on:

The current Malfoy Manor fireplace will be expanded to showcase the full set which became the headquarters of Lord Voldemort’s followers, the Death Eaters, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Visitors will be able to peer into the drawing room that features ornate chandeliers, an imposing fireplace and the long, grand table around which Bellatrix Lestrange, the Malfoy family, the Death Eaters and Voldemort sat. The mannequin of captured Muggle Studies teacher Charity Burbage will be suspended above the set, while a life-like model of Voldemort’s loyal 20-foot snake Nagini will sit on the mahogany table, which will be framed by the costumes of the rat-like Peter Pettigrew and Potions master Severus Snape.

This set was one of my favorite pieces in the films, and I can’t even imagine how stunning it will be to be able to walk through it! The new addition will also modify the set of Dolores Umbridge’s office. While previously dedicated to her vomit-inducing sensibilities, it will now include Remus Lupin’s costumes, magical projector, and gramophone from Prisoner of Azkaban. Definitely an improvement, if you ask me.

Sarah Roots, Vice President of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, commented: “The Dark Arts feature will be our first new permanent addition since opening in March 2012 and we’re looking forward to unveiling it just in time for Hallowe’en. It will showcase the darkest parts of the films and include some props and costumes that have never been on public display before.”

The new addition is set to launch on the 14th of October, but that’s not all! To celebrate the launch, the Great Hall, one of the most stunning sets on the tour, will be modified from the 17th of October to the 3rd of November to feature a section of the Halloween Feast from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. How exciting is that? The Studio Tour is also modifying other parts of the tour, including dimming the lights in Diagon Alley and filling it with ominous music, as well as having Death Eaters on patrol! Witches and wizards taking the tour will have the option to brush up on their dueling techniques by taking part in an interactive wand combat lesson.

So while the new sets are permanent fixtures, this celebration will be limited to just those 2 weeks between October 17th and November 3rd. If you can get out the tour by then, you simply must! The rest of us will be jealous.

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2. PotterCast 254: Live from LeakyCon 2014!

It’s a PotterCast! This time we were LIVE from LeakyCon 2014, and we have a special co-host in Mark Oshiro!

Join John, Frankie, and Melissa to discuss the new Wizarding World, all the fun of LeakyCon 2014, and more. Also: we are making a real effort to get PotterCast back to its regular posting schedule again and are looking for editors. If you this this can be you, email us at staff@pottercast.com!

You can listen to PotterCast by subscribing on iTunes right here, or by downloading the episode directly.

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3. J. K. Rowling Hints Patronus Test Might Come to Pottermore

Today on Twitter, a fan tweeted J. K. Rowling, wondering about an official Patronus test and Rowling hinted that it might be coming soon:

 

Keep close to Leaky for all Pottermore updates!

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4. Happy Birthday, John!

It’s John Noe’s birthday! If you don’t know who John Noe is, you should: he’s been the main designing force behind Leaky for a decade, and has remade the site several times since its inception. He is one of the three hosts of PotterCast, and most recently stepped in as Leaky Cauldron Savior, fixing our site from our broken coding and paving the way for Leaky’s forever future. We are lucky to have him and I’m extraordinarily lucky to call him one of my best friends. I hope you’ll join me in thanking J for all his hard work and wishing him the happiest of days today!

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5. J.K. Rowling tweets about Scotland Referendum

As reported previously this summer, J.K. Rowling has voiced her opinions and views on the Scotland Referendum that will determine whether or not Scotland will remain united with the UK, or become independent. With voting taking place later this month (September 18), the push for last minute support from the people for both sides of the campaign has been quite intense. Ms. Rowling, who was featured on the cover of this mornings Daily Record and Forbe’s 12 Powerful Quotes from Business and World Leaders Rejecting Scottish Independence list, has taken to Twitter to continue expressing her views, starting early this morning and continuing until just a few moments ago (this article will be updated with further tweets if our favorite author continues to post them):

 13hPLEASE RETWEET: The front page of today’s says it all – No Thanks to independence.

Just been sent this link and I must say I’m proud to be on any list with Billy Connolly

I can’t say I consider myself a ‘world leader’ though. Maybe of worlds inside my head? In the real world I can barely lead my dog.

Independent fact checking on NHS/Scottish independence from . Last paragraph says it all if you’re busy!

Please keep watch on Leaky for possible information to come!

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6. First Images from the Set of The Casual Vacancy

The first images from the set of BBC One’s adaption of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy have surfaced. The Daily Mail has released images of actress Keeley Hawes in her role as Samantha Mollison. Also on set was Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore), who plays Keeley Hawes’ fictitious husband, Howard Mollison. The photos also include shots of Hetty Banes-Russell, who plays Howard Mollison’s business partner Maureen Lowe, in costume; Keeley Forsyth, as drug addict mother Terri Weedon, being applied with make-up bruises and sores by costume artists; and Rory Kinnear, prowling around set in his small role as Barry Fairbrother, who dies in the first scene of the novel. The Daily Mail reported:

 

The mini-series will also star Julia McKenzie as Howard’s wife Shirley and Simon McBurney as deputy headteacher Cubby Wall.

The Casual Vacancy was Rowling’s first novel following her wildly successful Harry Potter series, and was the first targeted at an adult readership.

Rowling’s book was first optioned by BBC One in the UK in 2012, but only started production once HBO signed up to co-produce the series for the US too.


The images and the rest of the article can be viewed here.

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7. Emma Watson speaks against Nude Photo Controversy

As reported previously, Emma Watson was appointed as a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador. As a part of her new position, Emma Watson has been speaking out against injustices against women around the world. Recently many female celebrity personal iClouds were hacked, and hundreds of nude photos were stolen and posted on a public website. Even though Ms. Watson was not targeted in this incident, she spoke out against the public display of the photos, and those who viewed and commented them, tweeting:

Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.

The Sydney Morning Herald went on to discuss others that share Ms. Watson’s views, those who don’t, and Apple’s response to this iCloud security breech. You may read more here.

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8. Life in the Leaky Cauldron! Alert! Alert!

It’s taken years. It’s taken tears. It’s taken a revolution in technology and a new coding system. BUT THE LEAKY CAULDRON IS FIXED. (Or… about 90% fixed.)

Over the past few years, the reason that we haven’t made a lot of updates to the Leaky Cauldron is that it was made, during the last time it was designed, with a coding system that was probably too advanced for us. When it broke down we needed a programmer who not only knew what they were doing but had enough experience in our site to be able to handle it. And as our coders and volunteers grew up and on… we didn’t have it.

SO FINALLY WE HAVE REDONE THE SITE. This is wholly the work of looonnnngtime Leaky hero John Noe, and a bunch of volunteers who we have dubbed Leaky Cauldron Angels. You’ll find them on the staff page, and they are the reason we have been able to get this going again.

Most things are back and going: MyLeaky’s profiles are working, but points will be restored over the coming months (hopefully in time for Sept. 1). You can still comment on each other’s walls. We have a fancy new design. We are no longer celebrating the release of DH1. (Man, we were REALLY looking forward to that movie.) Progress!

If you’re reading this you are likely one of the people who is still with us after all this time. That is incredibly special to us, and we thank you. This is the first and largest step in bringing the Leaky Cauldron back to its former polish. We are gathering more team members very soon, so please keep an eye out on this page for more!

Enjoy a functioning (but of course still leaking…) cauldron! If you find any problems that you’d like to tell us about, please email john@the-leaky-cauldron.org.

Note from John: Hey Leaky peoples! There will be a few obvious formating and missing feature issues that we’ll be ironing out here for the next few days, but do please feel free to leave us comments with suggestions or questions (or go ahead and email if you can’t comment.)

We hope most of you remember your MyLeaky names (or email addresses) used to login – you should be able to reset your passwords no problem. If not, we will be addressing a way to help you with that later this week.

 

Big Thank You’s to the Leaky Angels - Sarah Wilkes and Andrew Hanson - especially for leading the cleanup efforts on our featured content in the Crafts and Essays sections so far!!

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9. Happy Birthday, Rupert Grint!

Today, August 24th, marks the birthday of Rupert Grint, who plays faithful friend Ron Weasley. Please join us in wishing Rupert a very happy birthday and many happy returns.

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10. Happy Birthday, Rupert Grint!

Today, August 24th, marks the birthday of Rupert Grint, who plays faithful friend Ron Weasley. Please join us in wishing Rupert a very happy birthday and many happy returns.

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11. Happy Birthday, Percy Weasley!

Today, August 22, marks former Head Boy Percy Weasley's birthday! Please join us in wishing this Weasley brother a very happy birthday!

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12. Happy Birthday, Percy Weasley!

Today, August 22, marks former Head Boy Percy Weasley’s birthday! Please join us in wishing this Weasley brother a very happy birthday!

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13. David Yates to Direct "Fantastic Beast" Films

Director of the last four Harry Potter movies, David Yates, has officially taken on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy. As reported previously, J.K. Rowling will be working (along side Yates), writing the screenplays for the films, ensuring the film series spin off stays true to the Potter Universe. The first film is set to hit theaters November 2016, and no production schedule or cast list has been set. Variety reports:


According to sources, the studio had always wanted to approach a person who was familiar with the “Harry Potter” landscape and Yates, director of the last four films in the franchise, was a no brainer for WB. The move draws comparisons to other filmmakers like Peter Jackson returning for “The Hobbit” and Sam Mendes on “James Bond,” who, after insisting they were done with a certain franchise, ultimately came back to a piece of material they were comfortable tackling again.

More of Variety's exclusive article can be read here.

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14. David Yates to Direct “Fantastic Beast” Films

Director of the last four Harry Potter movies, David Yates, has officially taken on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy. As reported previously, J.K. Rowling will be working (along side Yates), writing the screenplays for the films, ensuring the film series spin off stays true to the Potter Universe. The first film is set to hit theaters November 2016, and no production schedule or cast list has been set. Variety reports:

According to sources, the studio had always wanted to approach a person who was familiar with the “Harry Potter” landscape and Yates, director of the last four films in the franchise, was a no brainer for WB. The move draws comparisons to other filmmakers like Peter Jackson returning for “The Hobbit” and Sam Mendes on “James Bond,” who, after insisting they were done with a certain franchise, ultimately came back to a piece of material they were comfortable tackling again.

More of Variety’s exclusive article can be read here.

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15. Rupert Grint Discusses "It's Only a Play," Broadway Debut

Rupert Grint, who will be making his Broadway debut in "It's Only a Play," was recently interviewed about the play and about how acting on stage differs from acting for a film:

Tell me about this guy you’re playing, Frank Finger.
It’s a type of character that I’ve never had the chance to play before—he’s someone very complicated and deeply troubled. That’s really what attracted me to him. The play is amazing, it's so funny and such an interesting insight into the theater world from behind the scenes.

You starred in Mojo in the West End. Did you pick up any tips you want to remember for this time?
That was different because it was my first ever taste of theater in any form, really. Before that it was just school plays and pantomimes, so it was a big learning experience. [Mojo and It's Only a Play] are very different shows. But I find keeping the concentration quite hard, just being in character for so long. I’m used to dipping in and out. On a film set you’re in character just for a few seconds, then you walk away. So with this, you have to be in the moment for the whole two hours, so it’s hard, but it’s great fun.

Is this your first time living in New York?
Yes, and I love New York. I've only ever been here for like two weeks at a time, so I never really got to know the place, but I'm loving it. It’s such a great place. I went to a Yankee game the other day.

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The Harry Potter wizards are all getting on the Broadway train—you, Daniel Radcliffe, and now Tom Felton wants to. Why do you think that is?
New York just feels like the place to be. I’ve seen some amazing shows here, and there’s such an incredible energy to the city. It’s so exciting, even just walking down the streets. The West End is great as well, I love that, but New York City a really special place.

You can read the rest of the article here. "It's Only a Play" opens on August 28th.

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16. Rupert Grint Discusses “It’s Only a Play,” Broadway Debut

Rupert Grint, who will be making his Broadway debut in “It’s Only a Play,” was recently interviewed about the play and about how acting on stage differs from acting for a film:

Tell me about this guy you’re playing, Frank Finger.

It’s a type of character that I’ve never had the chance to play before—he’s someone very complicated and deeply troubled. That’s really what attracted me to him. The play is amazing, it’s so funny and such an interesting insight into the theater world from behind the scenes.
You starred in Mojo in the West End. Did you pick up any tips you want to remember for this time?
That was different because it was my first ever taste of theater in any form, really. Before that it was just school plays and pantomimes, so it was a big learning experience. [Mojo and It's Only a Play] are very different shows. But I find keeping the concentration quite hard, just being in character for so long. I’m used to dipping in and out. On a film set you’re in character just for a few seconds, then you walk away. So with this, you have to be in the moment for the whole two hours, so it’s hard, but it’s great fun.
Is this your first time living in New York?
Yes, and I love New York. I’ve only ever been here for like two weeks at a time, so I never really got to know the place, but I’m loving it. It’s such a great place. I went to a Yankee game the other day.
The Harry Potter wizards are all getting on the Broadway train—you, Daniel Radcliffe, and now Tom Felton wants to. Why do you think that is?
New York just feels like the place to be. I’ve seen some amazing shows here, and there’s such an incredible energy to the city. It’s so exciting, even just walking down the streets. The West End is great as well, I love that, but New York City a really special place.

You can read the rest of the article here. “It’s Only a Play” opens on August 28th.

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17. Celestina Warbeck Bio Added to Pottemore

In honor of the fact that it's the famed magical songstress's birthday, J. K. Rowling has updated the "Chamber of Secrets" section of Pottermore to give fans more information about Celestina Warbeck. One of Warbeck's hit songs is also available to be listened to on the site. You can log into Pottermore to read all about Warbeck, and how she's one of J. K. Rowling's "favourite 'off-stage' characters."

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18. Celestina Warbeck Bio Added to Pottemore

In honor of the fact that it’s the famed magical songstress’s birthday, J. K. Rowling has updated the “Chamber of Secrets” section of Pottermore to give fans more information about Celestina Warbeck. One of Warbeck’s hit songs is also available to be listened to on the site. You can log into Pottermore to read all about Warbeck, and how she’s one of J. K. Rowling’s “favourite ‘off-stage’ characters.”

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19. J. K. Rowling Writes Letter as Dumbledore to Shooting Victim

Fifteen-year-old Cassidy Stay, who was the only survivor of a shooting that left her parents and siblings dead, received a letter and care package from J. K. Rowling following a speech she made just three days after the shooting, where she quoted Dumbledore. The speech went viral and J. K. Rowling reached out to Ms. Stay by writing a letter in the voice of Dumbledore:

At the memorial service three days after the horrific incident, Stay gave a speech and quoted Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. “‘Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light,’” she said to an audience of supporters. “I know that my mom, dad, Bryan, Emily, Becca and Zach are in a much better place and that I’ll be able to see them again one day.”

The tragic story and her use of Dumbledore’s words grabbed the attention of well-wishers around the world, and word appears to have reached Rowling. According to LDS.net and a Facebook page that wanted to set up a meeting between Stay and Rowling, the Harry Potter author sent an amazing care package.

“This afternoon, I talked to a friend of Cassidy’s who confirmed that J.K. Rowling did, in fact, write her a personalized letter from ‘Dumbledore’ (hand-written with purple ink),” the manager of the page wrote. “She was also sent a wand, an acceptance letter to Hogwarts with a school supply list, along with the 3rd book with JK’s autograph. I’m so excited and ecstatic that we were all able to make a difference! How wonderful.”


You can read more here. Many thanks to Hypable for the tip.

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20. One Millionth Rider Boards the Hogwarts Express

Despite only opening last month, the Hogwarts Express ride at the new Diagon Alley expansion in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has already celebrated its one millionth rider:

Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade Station today as Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic train that transported Harry Potter and his friends between Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station in J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. To celebrate this magical milestone, nearly two hundred guests were given complimentary Butterbeer ice-cream.
 
In early July, guests began boarding the Hogwarts Express to travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida. The incredible journey, which requires a park-to-park ticket, combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime.

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21. Emma Thompson "Save the Arctic"

Emma Thompson (Professor Sybil Trelawney) has joined the Greenpeace "Help Save the Arctic" campaign. The campaign calls for legal protection of the arctic against deprivation by oil drills and industrial fishing. As Emma Thompson says on her petition, savethearctic.org/emma, "it is not to much to say our future depends on it". Harry Potter costar Emma Watson, showed her support for Emma Thompson's efforts by sharing a pic of her electronic signing Emma Thompson's Save the Arctic petition (as seen below) with the caption "GO EMMA T!!!! :) <3". When one signs the petition, they receive an automated email from Emma Thompson, written with her wit and humor, that reads: 

Dear -------,

Thank you so much for joining me by adding your name to protect the Arctic.

I don’t normally use the internet to communicate in this way, but on this occasion I made an extraordinary exception.

The Arctic is essential to all of us, and with your help we can make sure it is protected in perpetuity.

I wrote this message as a thank you for you, but feel free to pass it on to anyone you know who might also be interested in helping.

savethearctic.org/emma

Very best wishes,

Emma Thompson

P.S. In spite of my allergy to social networking, I will be guest tweeting on @savethearctic. Please follow my journey there or at intothearctic.gp.



If anyone is interested in signing the petition, they may do so here, with a fine picture of Emma Thompson standing on the North Pole. One may also visit this site, to see the progress of how many signatures have been collected (six million thus far), as well as add their name to the petition.

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22. Happy Birthday, Ginny Weasley!

August 11th marked the birthday of Ginny Weasley! Please join Leaky in wishing Ginny Weasley a very happy belated birthday.

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23. Happy Birthday, Ginny Weasley!

August 11th marked the birthday of Ginny Weasley! Please join Leaky in wishing Ginny Weasley a very happy belated birthday.

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24. Emma Thompson “Save the Arctic”

Emma Thompson (Professor Sybil Trelawney) has joined the Greenpeace “Help Save the Arctic” campaign. The campaign calls for legal protection of the arctic against deprivation by oil drills and industrial fishing. As Emma Thompson says on her petition, savethearctic.org/emma, “it is not to much to say our future depends on it”. Harry Potter costar Emma Watson, showed her support for Emma Thompson’s efforts by sharing a pic of her electronic signing Emma Thompson’s Save the Arctic petition (as seen below) with the caption “GO EMMA T!!!! :) <3″. When one signs the petition, they receive an automated email from Emma Thompson, written with her wit and humor, that reads: 

Dear ——-,

Thank you so much for joining me by adding your name to protect the Arctic.

I don’t normally use the internet to communicate in this way, but on this occasion I made an extraordinary exception.

The Arctic is essential to all of us, and with your help we can make sure it is protected in perpetuity.

I wrote this message as a thank you for you, but feel free to pass it on to anyone you know who might also be interested in helping.

savethearctic.org/emma

Very best wishes,

Emma Thompson

P.S. In spite of my allergy to social networking, I will be guest tweeting on @savethearctic. Please follow my journey there or at intothearctic.gp.

If anyone is interested in signing the petition, they may do so here, with a fine picture of Emma Thompson standing on the North Pole. One may also visit this site, to see the progress of how many signatures have been collected (six million thus far), as well as add their name to the petition.

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25. One Millionth Rider Boards the Hogwarts Express

Despite only opening last month, the Hogwarts Express ride at the new Diagon Alley expansion in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has already celebrated its one millionth rider:

Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade Station today as Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic train that transported Harry Potter and his friends between Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station in J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. To celebrate this magical milestone, nearly two hundred guests were given complimentary Butterbeer ice-cream.

 
In early July, guests began boarding the Hogwarts Express to travel between The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida. The incredible journey, which requires a park-to-park ticket, combines powerful storytelling, live special effects, lifelike animation and state-of-the-art technology to take riders on the journey of a lifetime.

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