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1. Are We Graduating from Hogwarts?

As September 9th approaches, Pottermore posted on both Facebook and Twitter that Pottermore students are leaving Hogwarts.  A printable certificate is available to mark the occasion.

As we prepare to move beyond the gates of Hogwarts, we want to thank you for sharing the Pottermore experience with us…

Posted by Pottermore on Thursday, September 3, 2015

The owl notifications say more about what will happen to the site this month:

Part one of Pottermore’s story, in which you have enjoyed the depiction of Harry’s story through illustrated ‘moment’ art work and experienced life within Hogwarts, is ending. We are now preparing for part two of Pottermore’s story to begin. As J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World expands, so too will Pottermore, becoming a place to imagine more and share in a world beyond the seven book series.

If you haven’t finished visiting the moments of the seven books, it’s time to do it.  That part of the site will be gone, along with the previously announced House Cup.

What will happen if we must now become adults in the Wizarding World, as so many of us already are in the real world?

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2. Emma Watson’s New Focus on Fair Fashion

As we know from her recent social justice endeavours, Emma Watson is eager to use her celebrity status to make a positive impact on the world.

Watson, who is the Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, is working to promote ethical, socially conscious fashion, reports Vanity Fair:

The actress, who has made Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List for the past few consecutive years, has embarked on her own fashion challenge during the current press tour for Alejandro Amenábar’s Regression. Her goal: encouraging a green carpet, rather than red, full of stylish ensembles from designers who do not use fur or chemicals that could harm the environment.

Inspired by Andrew Morgan’s recent documentary, The True Cost, which explores the disturbing underbelly of “fast fashion,” Watson began the challenge with the following message posted on Instagram: “Inspired to consider the whole process of creating a fashion look, we are thinking about all the people, pieces and moving parts! This rack includes designers that are considering local craft and production, artisan skills, the environment, sustainability and the longevity of fashion!”

In a review of The True Cost this May, the New York Times recounts the horrors that the documentary uncovers in the fast-fashion industry including “zealous pesticide use,” underpaid factory workers who are abused to meet America’s affordable demands, and clogged landfills. The review ends as follows: “The True Cost stirs and saddens. Not least because it’s unlikely to reach the young consumers most in need of its revelations.”

Hearteningly, Watson wants to use her celebrity to reach that exact demographic.

Watson has an active Twitter presence, and has posted several tweets about her new cause:

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You can read the full article from Vanity Fair here.

 

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3. Harry Potter Limited Edition PEZ Collector Set Now Available in U.S.

Warner Bros. and PEZ Candy Inc., have announced a limited edition collector set of Harry Potter PEZ figures, report Snitchseeker and Mugglenet. Only 100,000 sets will be released with each set having its own number indicated on the box.

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The set will consists of six Harry Potter character PEZ dispensers, including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid and Lord Voldemort along with two six-packs of PEZ candies. Christian Jegen, the CEO and president of PEZ has stated:

“We are very excited to welcome Harry Potter to the line of PEZ Collector Sets. Harry Potter has been a recurring request from fans, young and old, for quite some time … We know this set will be on top of their holiday wish lists!”

The 100,000 sets are currently shipping to retailers in the United States and the set will hit the shelves later in 2015 with a suggested retail price of $17.99 USD.

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4. First Official Promo of Daniel Radcliffe in BBC2s ‘Game Changer’, set to air in September

The first official promotion picture of Daniel Radcliffe as the Grand Theft Auto creator Sam Houser in Game Changer was published in the August issue of Edge Magazine and the article can be accessed from Snitchseeker. The BBC2 production is set to air sometime in September.

Game Changer focuses on the rising prominence of the Grand Theft Auto series as well as the efforts of activist Jack Thompson (played by Bill Paxton) in attacking GTA for its violence and sex. The BBC2 production is written by James Wood and directed by Owen Harris.

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When talking about the process of getting into the character of Houser, known for his shunning of publicity, Radcliffe states:

“Normally when I go to approach a character, the concerns are: where is he from? What was his upbringing like? And how different was it from mine?”.

Radcliffe also points out to the similarities he shares with Houser – upbringing in the same part of London and at least one parent in the entertainment industry – saying that he feels like his sensibilities are similar to Houser’s.

Despite the legal action taken by Rockstar to shut down the production of Game Changer, claiming BBC is using its intellectual property without a warrant, the film is set to premiere at some point in September at BBC2.

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5. ‘Harry Potter’ Stars to attend Fan Expo Canada 2015

Fan Expo Canada has confirmed that Tom Felton, Rupert Grint and the Phelps twins will be attending their convention this weekend, and taking part in a ‘Hogwarts Reunion’ panel running this Saturday (September 5th). This will mark the first fan convention that Grint has attended.

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The actors will also be participating in autograph and photobooth sessions, and SnitchSeeker has confirmed that they will be attending and reporting on the actors panels.

The convention has a great guest list, with Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), Jenna Coleman and Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) and Amy Acker (Angel) among the dozens of great names set to appear. Bonnie Wright was also in the line-up, but unfortunately will no longer be attending.

Fan Expo Canada will be taking place from the 3rd-6th September, in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. There is an on-site box office, and tickets can be purchased here until 16:00 EST today.

Thanks for the tip, Snitchseeker!

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6. New Realistic Hermione Figurine!

Your eyes are not fooling you.  This figurine (doll) by Star Ace for Sideshow Collectibles must have taken some polyjuice potion, because it looks just like 11-year-old Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The Hermione Granger figurine is the latest addition to a collection of dolls based on characters from the Harry Potter films.  The series also includes Ron, Voldemort, Sirius Black, Mad-Eye Moody, and Harry.

The dolls are scale models of the actors, complete with accurate costumes and accessories.  The Hermione Granger figurine comes with interchangeable hands for holding her wand, schoolbag, Magical Theory book, Hogwarts: A History book, learning broomstick, and writing quill.  It also has a bottle of ink and a doll stand.  The images below are based on the prototype.

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The Hermione doll is now available for preorder for around $210 USD from Sideshow Collectibles.  Thank you, Gizmodo Australia, for the tip!

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7. Harry Potter Lipsticks cast Makeup Magic

LA Splash, a cosmetic company in Los Angeles, has created a line of Harry Potter inspired liquid lipsticks. The vibrant colors of the lipsticks are named after many of our favorite characters in Harry Potter, as well as shades for Nagini and “Spellbound.”

The collection is composed of the most wild colors, as well as some classic deep reds and nudes. Since introducing the collection through their Instagram, LA Splash has been filling up their Gringotts vaults. Huffington Post reported:

The collection includes deep reds and nudes, but in true Potter fashion, also boasts some wild colors, like a sky blue and lavender (appropriately named, well, Lavender).

As with anything the HP series touches, the lipsticks have turned to gold, selling out on the brand’s website and prompting it to “frantically increase capacity.” 

And at $14 each, they won’t break the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, either. 

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From the LA Splash Instagram and website, here is a look at this magical makeup.

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These lipsticks are selling out rather quickly, but LA Splash is doing their best to meet the high demand. Bellatrix seems to be a particularly colorful shade, and is currently sold out. We have no doubt more Bellatrix will be available soon. If you wish to purchase these lipsticks you can find them on the LA Splash website, here.

To see more photos of real models wearing the lipsticks, please visit the LA Splash Instagram page.

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Model sporting the “Alastor” lipstick shade.

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8. See Tom Felton in New “Risen” Trailer!

A new trailer for the movie, Risen, starring Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) has been released. Tom Felton retweeted the news from MovieFone, with a picture of Tom Felton’s character, Lucius, grappling over a sword with Cliff Cutris’s character, Yeshua.

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Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) was quick to tweet about the new Risen trailer, saying that he was “Psyched for this, pal!” The two are currently tweeting back and forth about their weekend plans–throwing in Harry Potter references, of course, because the rivalry between Gryffindor and Slytherin is still very real.

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J.K. Rowling has just joined the conversation–expressing the same pleasure at seeing our Harry Potter boys banter between their respective houses.

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Risen is a biblical story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The story is told from the views of non-believers, attempting to find the body of Christ after it has risen, leading the worlds largest and most important man-hunt. IMDB shares Sony Pictures description of the movie:

“Follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.”

 

 

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9. LeakyCon.com and Social Media Updates!

In preparation for the exciting LeakyCon 2016, LeakyCon is updating their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. These sites are currently veiled under an air of mystery, as they are being rebuilt from the ground up. With constructing a new theme, LeakyCon promises new and exciting details about the relaunch of LeakyCon in Los Angeles in 2016.

Next Tuesday, September 1, is the “start of term” and the day LeakyCon will unveil it’s new sites. Are you ready to go to Hogwarts?

Please watch the LeakyCon website, Twitter, Facebook page, and Tumblr for more exciting news coming soon! Sign up for newsletter updates on LeakyCon.com.

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10. J.K. Rowling addresses Race in “Fantastic Beasts”

The controversy over the whiteness of the Harry Potter series, especially in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films. Hypable recently posted an opinionated editorial on Fantastic Beast diversity–giving their reasoning for why the new movies series did not have to be all white. They addressed the historical accuracy of the films and why the subject of diversity matters within the Harry Potter franchise and the movie industry as a whole. The article can be read in full here.

Hypable isn’t the first news source to release a viral post about this topic. YouTuber Dylan Marron released a video completion of all lines spoken by actors of diverse nationalities. Of the thousands of minutes within the series, this video totals about six minutes for non-white actors.

It is true that the entire cast, that we know of, in Fantastic Beasts so far, is white. As we can see from IMDB’s listings.

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Even the new addition to the cast announced last week, Jane Perry (World War Z, The Three Musketeers), does not add any diversity to the cast.

J.K. Rowling addressed this issues, as it’s ever-growing presence on the internet came to her attention. She reminded us that the question at hand is an important one, but to remember that we do not have a lot of information on the Fantastic Beast films, and we are not to make judgements until the films are released and we have viewed them.

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“I sincerely hope you aren’t being sent rude tweets! You raised an important point, I just can’t address fully without giving away rather a lot.”

J.K. Rowling has been a producer for many of the Harry Potter films, and is the screenwriter for Fantastic Beasts. We have no doubt that her input and opinions are valuable and highly influential within the film industry. As Jo is known for her compassionate manner, and standing up for civil/human rights, we have no doubt that she will continue to implement the same moral principals, which she abides by personally, within her franchise.

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11. Happy Birthday Dolores Umbridge

In true pink and kitten covered fashion, it is our duty today to wish Dolores Umbridge a happy birthday. Her party is probably designed and organized by herself, for she will have order. Though none of us are particularly keen on Dolores, especially after J.K. Rowling told us more of her on Pottermore, we wouldn’t like to be impolite. We respectfully wish Dolores Umbridge a happy birthday. Unless you want to become an “Undesirable” we suggest you wish her a happy day too!

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12. Rupert Grint featured in New “Moonwalkers” Trailer

Rupert Grint’s new movie, Moonwalkers, is set to release in Japan on November 14. (The film made it’s USA debut at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and was shown at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea.) Just in time for Rupert Grint’s birthday, Japan released a new trailer of the film.

The trailer is mostly in English, with Japanese voice over and subtitles. It can be viewed below. The movie is rated R, and the trailer is not suitable for young audiences.

 

Thank you to The Ice Cream Man for the heads up!

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13. Happy Birthday, Rupert Grint!

Today is the birthday of one of our favorite gingers, Rupert Grint.  Born on August 24, 1988, Grint turns 27 today.

Earlier this year, Rupert Grint felt it was time to trade in the old ice cream truck for something faster, so here’s a video about the 1980s Ferrari Testarossa in tribute.

Please join us in wishing Rupert Grint a happy birthday– and enjoy the new ride!

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14. In Memory of Rob Knox (Marcus Belby)

Yesterday (21st August) marked what would have been Robert Knox (Marcus Belby)’s birthday. The eighteen year old actor was tragically killed on 24th May 2008, reportedly trying to protect his brother from a violent incident involving a stabbing.

According to a statement by his parents in The Telegraph Rob was:

 “kind and thoughtful and would always help out others – he would always spend his last penny on other people instead of himself. The life and soul of the party, he was very outgoing, loved sports, and would always strike up a conversation with people.  He was respectful to others and adored by all his family and friends. He was an asset to the family.”

His role as Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince kickstarted his acting career, and Knox was also due to appear in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows. 

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Following his death, a concert for Rob was held at St. John the Evangelist Church on 2nd May 2009, The Bexley Film Festival also changed their name to The Rob Knox Film Festival to pay tribute to him.

At the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the cast and crew wore white wristbands as tribute (below), and various cast members attended his funeral.

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Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe wearing white ribbons at ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ premiere in 2009

Mugglenet has also recently reported on a church bench dedicated to the memory of Robert Knox, fundraised by a group of teens from the National Citizen Service. The article included a quote from Sally Knox, Rob’s mother:

“They were just so moved by Rob’s story, and it made them really think about the choices they make…I was nearly crying when they told me. It’s just amazing because when Rob first died we did some enquiries, but this is the first time I have been able to secure something like that in Rob’s memory… It’s a lovely place to sit and remember him.”

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Sally and Collin Knox – Rob’s parents – also set up The Rob Knox Foundation , dedicated to not only remembering their son, but also preventing street violence and knife crime through educational talks. The Foundation’s website states that talks are given in schools, groups and institutions across the U.K. to raise awareness of street violence:

“The talks are based on Robs story and what happened to him with dicussions around what choices young people can make to keep safe and what they can do to to stop this happening in the future.”

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Join us as we raise our wands to Rob’s memory, and visit The Rob Knox Foundation’s website here to see how you can help to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future!

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15. Happy Birthday Percy Weasley!

Today marks the 39th birthday of previous Gryffindor Head Boy, Percy Weasley.

After the Second Wizarding War, Percy became Head of the Department of Magical Transportation, married a woman named Audrey and had two daughters – Molly and Lucy.

Percy was spotted at the final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup by Rita Skeeter, who noticed (via a Daily Prophet article on Pottermore) that he had “aged considerably since the Battle of Hogwarts” and was “greying and balding“.

Please join us in wishing Percy a very happy birthday!

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16. Vacation Packages Now on Sale for Universal Orlando Resort’s A Celebration of Harry Potter

Universal Orlando Resort’s beloved fan event, A Celebration of Harry Potter, will return from January 29th-31st 2016. Vacation packages are now on sale at the theme park’s official website, and this is the site’s official description of the event:

Be a part of A Celebration of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando® Resort. Take part in all-new experiences as well as returning fan favorites such as film talent Q&A sessions, special panels and demonstrations, A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo, and more.

Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios®. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron™ and the Three Broomsticks™, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders™, then ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other thrilling attractions. With your park-to-park admission, you can even ride between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ on the Hogwarts™ Express°.

A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter™ continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.

The premium  vacation packages sold out quickly, but not to fear: you can still experience the magic as several types of vacation packages are still available. They went on sale August 19th, though, and it is recommended that you buy soon if you wish to attend. Click here to view the packages on offer.

The film talent for the 2016 event has not yet been announced, but here are some of the stars who have attended the event in past years: Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins), and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley). (via Orlando Informer, a great tool for planning a trip to Universal Orlando Resort. I’ve used it myself.)

If you’re on the fence about whether or not you’d like to attend, there’s a short video about A Celebration of Harry Potter 2015 on the aforementioned event page.

 

 

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17. Pottermore Announces Final House Cup

Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s official website for all things Harry Potter books, made a startling announcement on Facebook.  The final House Cup for Pottermore members will be awarded on September 9.

This is the latest in a series of changes to the Pottermore website that began in April 2015, with the closure of Pottermore Insider and the end of chat, status updates, and drawings. While some of these changes were made for child safety reasons, the end of the House Cup is completely unexpected.

On September 9, we’ll be awarding the House Cup, so keep duelling and brewing and help lead your house to glory. Some…

Posted by Pottermore on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Many fans of Pottermore are understandably upset and venting their frustration in Facebook comments.  They are concerned that the end of the House Cup will mean the end of the friendly competition and house rivalry in Pottermore.  They don’t understand why Pottermore is encouraging anyone to compete for the final House Cup, when it isn’t going to continue.  Others think Pottermore has done nothing but improve, and there is something good coming soon. (Is there finally going to be a Pottermore app?)

So, we will keep watching the Pottermore Facebook page, and we will wait for September 9.

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18. Evanna Lynch in new “Danny and the Human Zoo” Trailer!

Danny and the Human Zoo, a new BBC drama that stars Evanna Lynch, has released it’s first trailer. Evanna plays the love interest of the protagonist, an actor/comedian growing up in 1970’s Dudley, England. The Independent reports:

Written by Lenny Henry, it’s a fictionalized account of the actor and comedian’s life growing up in Dudley in England in the 1970s.

Newcomer Kascion Franklin plays Danny while Lenny Henry plays his dad Samson, and Lynch is his love interest in the drama.

The official synopsis reads, “Danny’s world is a series of complex minefields which he has to negotiate: his home life – which his ebullient mother rules with an iron fist in an iron glove; his love life – where the Irish girl he’s in lust with won’t give him the time of day until he wins his first competition; and finally the ups and downs of his emerging career.”

 

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19. BBC Witness interview with Harry Potter’s publisher

The BBC’s radio programme Witness have released an episode interviewing Barry Cunningham, the man who decided to take on the Harry Potter book series, on the creation of a phenomenon that would spread the globe.

BBC News said:

‘The Harry Potter series has sold 450 million copies worldwide to date. But before the first book was published, numerous publishers had turned the first book down.

Barry Cunningham was the man who decided to take a gamble on J.K. Rowling after he and his daughter became enchanted by the story.’

Cunningham says in the episode that many people ask how long it is before a publisher knows that they like a story, and in regards to what caught his attention, he says:

 ‘I was gripped by Harry’s situation … The thing that I really liked about the story was the friendship … It was the friendship between the children that really moved me’.

His daughter, Alice, read Rowling’s manuscript the night he had received it, and it was her response that solidified the deal:

‘She couldn’t stop reading’

A deal with Rowling’s agent was then made at a ‘relatively low price’, ending ‘the most significant purchase made in publishing in the last fifty years’. Cunningham laughs, saying

‘I laugh about it now, but, you know, I never would have guessed’.

Jo apparently took some convincing before she believed she was being called by a publisher, and was ‘lost for words’ when the realisation finally hit, after so many rejections. Cunningham says he wasn’t aware of this ‘journey’ she’d been on to finally be published. We’re so glad she never gave up!

J.K. Rowling’s stories have reached millions, whether by page or screen, and we definitely recommend giving this a listen! Cunningham goes on to talk about Rowling’s past, her ‘revolutionary’ proposal of turning Harry Potter into a multi-part series, and the overwhelmingly positive response to the books a year after being published. The episode features readings from Stephen Fry, Rowling herself, and snippets from book releases and fan events. Cunningham said:

‘It was at this point that we realised something was changing in the world of children’s books’.

The age of the Potterheads had arrived.

You can listen to the episode here, and read more here.

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20. J.K. Rowling reveals new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ information

Following the Scotland Vs. Ireland rugby game today, J.K. Rowling decided to treat supporters of Scotland’s team by releasing new information about two Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them characters via Twitter:

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Rowling confirmed Porpentina and Queenie’s distant relation to Anthony Goldstein, who was a student in Harry’s year at Hogwarts, a Ravenclaw prefect in his fifth year, and a member of Dumbledore’s Army. Goldstein was also revealed to be a Jewish wizard back in December in another tweet by Rowling:

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Keep an eye on Jo’s Twitter here, and take a look at our Top 25 J.K. Rowling tweets here.

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21. Happy 80th Birthday, Jim Dale!

Today marks the 80th birthday of Jim Dale – narrator of the U.S. Harry Potter audiobooks, video games and interactive ‘extras’ in the DVDs.

Dale also appears in the Carry On films, Pete’s Dragon and has won various awards, including a Tony Award (for Barnum on Broadway), two Grammy Awards for narrating (in 2008 and 2001) and ten Audie Awards. He was honoured with an MBE in 2003 for promoting English literature for children.

Join us here at The Leaky Cauldron in wishing Jim a very happy 80th birthday!

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22. Ticket Sales Coming for “Cursed Child” Play

This week, Max Weitzenhoffer, co-owner of the Palace Theatre in London, gave a low-key interview to Oklahoma television’s Parties Extra!  Weitzenhoffer talked about his theater’s latest project, the much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play.

In the course of the interview, Weitzenhoffer revealed that tickets to the play will go on sale in October.  (A website has already been established through Pottermore for anyone interested in getting added to an advanced-sales notification list.) In addition, Weitzenhoffer acknowledged that of the 1400 seats available in the theater for each performance, 100 tickets will go to children who could not otherwise afford to see the play, at the specific request of the ever-generous J.K. Rowling.

Weitzenhoffer also said that the play has not yet been cast, but the set design “should be great,” as installation will take twice as long as it does for a major musical.  “There’s gonna be serious special effects that go with that,” noted Weitzenhoffer.

The play will open in London next summer, and Weitzenhoffer said that Harry Potter collectibles and memorabilia will be available in the concession stands through Warner Bros.  Finally, he noted that “opening night will probably be pretty grand… pretty spectacular.  I’m really looking forward to it.”

To be added to the advanced sales notification list and for the latest information on the play, see here.

 

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23. Happy Birthday Evanna Lynch!

Today, Evanna Lynch celebrates her 24th birthday! In the last year, Evanna has stepped far beyond her role as Luna Lovegood, though she will always be the face we imagine when we read of Luna’s character. In addition to moving on to new Post-Potter projects and independent films, Evanna has also taken time to reach out and stand up for causes she cares about. She is generous, sweet and kind, and also hilarious (follow her on Twitter)–having given us a few of our favorite J.K. Rowling tweets. J.K. Rowling beat us to the punch today in wishing Evanna a very happy birthday.

Please join us, as we join Jo, in wishing Evanna a very happy birthday!

 

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24. Production starts today for Fantastic Beasts!

Today, Monday, August 17, filming production begins at Warner Bros. Studios in London for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Yesterday Dan Fogler shared his excitement for beginning this “adventure” on his Instagram. This morning Pottermore officially tweeted that Fantastic Beasts production was to begin today, and shared an article from Businesswire.

As we know, J.K. Rowling is making her screen writing debut, and David Yates is continuing his legacy of directing Harry Potter-based films. Businesswire reviews the cast we know so far, and most of the crew. There are many very talented people working behind the scenes, as well as in front of the camera, with J.K. Rowling and David Yates. The article states:

Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated feature “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Filming started today, August 17, at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four “Harry Potter” feature films.

Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) stars as Newt Scamander…

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” also stars Katherine Waterston (“Inherent Vice”) as Tina; Alison Sudol (“Dig,” “Transparent”) as Tina’s sister, Queenie; Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”) as Jacob; Ezra Miller (“Trainwreck”) as Credence; two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (“In America,” “Sweet and Lowdown”) as Mary Lou; Jenn Murray (“Brooklyn”) as Chastity; young newcomer Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty; and Colin Farrell (“True Detective”) as Graves.

The film is being produced by David Heyman, producer of all eight of the blockbuster “Harry Potter” features; J.K. Rowling; Steve Kloves; and Lionel Wigram.

Collaborating with Yates behind the scenes are: Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot (“A River Runs Through It,” the “Sherlock Holmes” movies), three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig (“The English Patient,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Gandhi,” the “Harry Potter” films), three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke (“Gladiator,” the “Harry Potter” films), Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”), and Yates’ longtime editor Mark Day (the last four “Harry Potter” films).

The first installment of at least three Fantastic Beast films is set to be released November 18, 2016. Perhaps Warner Bros. will make their own official announcement today and reveal more of the cast and a description of their roles.

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25. “Victor Frankenstein” Trailer Released

Twentieth Century Fox has released the trailer of James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe in Victor Frankenstein.  With a personal introduction by McAvoy and Radcliffe, the YouTube trailer shows high drama and intense special effects.  Igor (Radcliffe) seems to have sincere doubts about the duo’s monstrous experimentation, but Frankenstein (McAvoy) has no qualms.  When the monster finally lives, it is frightening.

Victor Frankenstein is set for a November 25 release.  Read more at Fox Movies, here.

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