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1. Gary Oldman in “The Space Between Us”

Come August 19th, we will be able to see our beloved Sirius Black, a.k.a Gary Oldman, on the big screen once again. Gary will be playing Nathaniel Shepherd, a NASA scientist in charge of sending astronauts to live on Mars.

With Gary Oldman alongside Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson, The Space Between Us is about a boy who was born on Mars and raised by scientists. Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) returns to Earth to find his father, only to find that his body can’t quite function properly on Earth. The trailer for the film can be seen below:

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2. Rupert Grint is…a Hufflepuff!

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley is what sold many fans on the Harry Potter movies. He was the embodiment of the beloved character of Ron Weasley. He brought many fans’ favorite character to life. Rupert Grint had the honor to play Ron in all 8 films. He loves the world of Harry Potter, and to his amazement the Harry Potter universe is expanding.

Watch above as Rupert Grint talks about his favorite scenes in the Harry Potter films, and answers one of the questions we have all been asking: what house is Rupert Grint officially sorted into?
In his heart he feels he is a Gryffindor, saying,

Definitely Gryffindor, I think.”

However, Rupert was quick to add,

I feel like I belong there. But I’ve never been sorted officially.

Will he be right, or is he a Slytherin through and through?
His sorting comes as a surprise, and a little bit of sadness washes across an entire house of Hogwarts as Gryffindor loses one of the trio to Hufflepuff!   Rupert Grint quipped, “oh yeah, no I feel pretty good.”

Rupert Grint brings up one great point, and that is

It’s very in depth

when speaking about the new sorting quiz. Check out the entire interview over at Pottermore.

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3. Pottecast Episode #257: Cursed Child Party at GeekyCon!

We know you have all been waiting with anticipation for the return of your favorite podcasters…and it’s time! There is a new Pottercast available on iTunes. Episode #257 talks about the upcoming fan convention unlike any other–GeekyCon.

Pottercast and Leaky will take part in hosting GeekyCon and its Harry Potter events, including the Cursed Child midnight release party!

Also wondering why PotterCast disappears for long periods of time? Have no fear, the Potter podcasters talk about their plans to get Pottercast back on track again!

Thanks to our amazing listeners for sticking with us!

(If the newest Podcast isn’t showing up in the Feed, refresh your iTunes several times. Go to “My Podcasts,” “Pottercast,” “Feed,” and refresh. For those of you who haven’t subscribed to PotterCast it may take a couple of days for the newest episode to appear on the iTunes page. Sorry for any inconvenience.)

 

 

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4. Pottermore’s Guide to Movie-Making: Shadowing David Yates

This week, Pottermore gave us a look inside what David Yates actually does as Director of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Apparently it’s not all yelling ‘Cut!’ and ‘Action!’ – at least not for David Yates.

A team of Assistant Directors ensures filming runs as smoothly as possible, and according to Pottermore, most of their jobs involve adjusting leads, moving extras and actors around, preparing props and muttering instructions into mics. This team is led by first Assistant Director (AD) Josh Robertson, who usually does all the yelling, cutting and hushing:

“Josh and the other ‘ADs’ do a lot of yelling and a lot of shushing. Volume control is one of their principle duties. And when you consider that a mistimed cough could ruin a scene and cost thousands to reshoot, it’s very important.”

“There are four ADs on set (or, in movie speak, ‘on the floor’) and they all have earpiece microphones that make everything they say sound urgent. On Fantastic Beasts, Josh is joined by Tom Brewster, Danni Lizaitis and Katherine Hingst as second, third and fourth AD. Their names will appear right near the top of the end credits of the film when it’s out – you’ll spot them.”

“To support [David’s] process, the ADs fan out, assume positions at various spots on set and keep that area clean, clear, quiet and calm during and between scenes. They are the purveyors of smooth operation, the enablers of great direction.”

David Yates adjusts cameras to get the perfect shot, gives quiet directions to actors and monitors each shot and how the action plays out on screen. His gentle manner is something Katherine Waterston (who will portray Tina Goldstein in Fantastic Beasts) previously shared insight into David’s inspired style of directing:

‘He has a shorthand and a comfort with the world. He’s not precious with it, he understands what it needs and what it doesn’t need and there’s something really comforting in that.’

 ‘When we’re incorporating things that aren’t actually there, to look at David and know he can see the world is… everything,’

The Pottermore Correspondent adds:

“He is both obsessively detailed-oriented and able to see the whole project as if from above. After directing the final four Harry Potter films, this is his fifth venture into J.K. Rowling’s imagination and he knows the territory well. He just needs a dependable crew to clear his path for him”

Read the full piece here, and Pottermore’s interview with David Yates here!

 

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5. First Look at Harry, Ginny, and Albus in ‘Cursed Child’ Cast Photos

With only a week until the previews begin, Pottermore confirmed the casting of Ginny and Albus in the upcoming production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child–and included a few sneak peeks at the actors (including our new Harry) in-character in new cast photos!

 

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Of our new Harry, actor Jamie Parker, J.K. Rowling says:

“He simply is Harry now. There’s a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right.”

 

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Poppy Miller is Cursed Child‘s Ginny, and portrays a “kind and cool” mother to the Potter clan, according to J.K. Rowling.

 

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Sam Clemmett is seen in his Hogwarts robes in this character portrait as Albus Severus Potter. Clemmett had the idea that the robes are hand-me-downs from his older brother, James, and we think the imagery works well.

 

Of Clemmett’s casting, J.K. Rowling (mysteriously) said:

“There’s much I could say about Sam-as-Albus, but we’d be into spoiler territory so quickly I’ll just say we couldn’t have cast better.”

 

Pottermore promises to reveal more Cursed Child character portraits later this week, and we can’t wait!

 

Visit Pottermore to read more and to see what Parker, Miller, and Clemmett had to say about taking on their newest roles.

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6. Privet Drive at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

We recently gave you an exclusive sneak peak at the interior of Privet Drive at The Making of Harry Potter tour in London. Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia Dursley) opened the doors of her on-film house, leading guests in to tour the set.

This event only runs until June 6th, so make sure you book tickets pronto if you’d like to visit the inside of Number Four Privet Drive before then!

Find more information, and Leaky’s exclusive look at the set here.

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7. Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, and others Take Part in Red Nose Day 2016 Celebrity Plea

On May 26, Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, and other celebrities got silly for a cause to raise awareness for Red Nose Day, a global fundraising event that uses comedy to help raise funds for children living in poverty. Spot our Hermione and Professor Trelawney in the video below as they fight other celebrities for the audience’s attention.

 

 

Though Red Nose Day had its start as an iconic British fundraising event, this is the second year of participation for the United States. A primetime television event aired on May 26 featuring comedic skits, musical performances, and short films documenting the lives of children affected by poverty in the U.S. and around the globe. In the days leading up to the television event, celebrities shared their silly side to up awareness for the event–like the photo below that the de-light-fully funny Emma Watson shared on her Instagram account.

 

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Red Nose Day donations are still being accepted. For more information, read more at E News. To make a donation, visit the Red Nose Day website.

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8. J.K. Rowling: ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ WILL Make You Cry!

This morning, one Potter fan on Twitter had a very important question for J.K. Rowling: ‘Will the Cursed Child make me cry?’

J.K. Rowling tweeted back pronto, and now it’s official: if you don’t cry, they haven’t done their job right!

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With preview performances starting next month, we’ll be able to test Jo’s statements and confirm whether the play is a tear-jerker. We have absolutely no doubts that we’ll be sobbing through the entire show (and scriptbook)!

Take a look behind the scenes with J.K. Rowling here!

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9. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Midnight Release Party Slated for GeekyCon!

GeekyCon 2016 has just announced that it is creating a large-scale, old-school, Harry Potter release party to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The book comes out on July 31, 2016, the last day of the convention, which means that it will be the site of one of the biggest midnight parties in the country.

And this party is just one of all the cool and amazing events and activities scheduled for the weekend long festivity that is GeekyCon. As GeekyCon was once a Harry Potter-only convention and is planned by the same crew that brought us LeakyCon, it is backed by and attended by some of the biggest Harry Potter fans on the planet. As many of the people who run GeekyCon are still the biggest Potterheads, and have attended more than their fair share of Harry Potter book parties from 2004-2007, they decided to recreate the Harry Potter Book Midnight Release Party experience!

The party will be hosted by classic Potter podcast MuggleCast and PotterCast, and many others with experience and knowledge of Pottermania. The fun will start at 7 PM with the convention’s traditional Esther Earl Rocking Charity Ball. Starting at 10:00 PM, festivities will convert themselves into a huge Harry Potter and the Cursed Child midnight book release . In tried and true Harry Potter Book Midnight Release party fashion, there will be a set of games, activities, and events to take part of–including, but not limited to:

  • Costume Contests
  • Sorting
  • Trivia and other games
  • Wizard Chess
  • Quidditch
  • Wizard Rock performances
  • Face painting and other crafts
  • Video retrospectives
  • Appearances from special guests
  • Put your name in the Goblet of Fire! (Submit your predictions, and we’ll go through them together at Sunday’s programming!)
  • Share in the Pensieve: Submit memories about Harry Potter and your experiences; we’ll be sharing them throughout the night.
  • And a lot more!

At midnight, everyone will begin to receive their book copy of the Cursed Child script! You must reserve a copy, and purchase will happen on site. Full, detailed instructions will shortly follow this announcement.

Fans in the Florida area, and maybe those who want to apparate further, can choose to come to just the party (which includes the ball) for $20, to enjoy the night’s festivities. If you are a full registered GeekyCon attendee, you can join us for the whole weekend — during which there will be a lot of Harry Potter related festivities and programming. Sunday we’ll be discussing Cursed Child almost nonstop!

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Are you pumped up yet? We are so excited!

For more information about GeekyCon, visit the GeekyCon website. For tickets to this absolutely fantastic geeky convention, please visit this link.

 

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10. Fantastic Beasts of the Wizarding World

With the wizarding world returning to the big screen with a movie called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, not only will the magic return but so will the many magical creatures we have come to love. But which ones will we meet again, and how many new ones will we be introduced to for the first time?

There were many different types of magical beasts that were mentioned and introduced throughout both the Harry Potter books and movies. We all have our favorites, the ones we’d want as a pet, and now, the ones we want to see return in the Fantastic Beasts movie. I’ve decided to explore a few of my personal favorites. I’ve got my copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them here to help us rediscover these fantastic beasts.

Shall we start with the obvious? Probably the most popular and most widely known throughout the wizarding world as well as the Harry Potter fandom. Terrifyingly beautiful, they are the hardest creature to conceal from muggles.

Dragons

We were first introduced to dragons in Harry’s first year, when Hagrid began raising a Norwegian Ridgeback in his cabin. They were mentioned many times from that point on, finally making a reappearance in Harry’s fourth year as the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. Since the four wizards each had to face a different dragon, we had the pleasure of being introduced to four new breeds: the Hungarian Horntail, the Chinese Fireball, the Swedish Short-Snout, and the Welsh Green.

There are ten different breeds of dragons known in the wizarding world but they occasionally interbreed, producing rare hybrid dragons. They have just a few different uses among wizards, namely for their wands. One option for the core of a wand is a dragon heart string. Other aspects of dragons are also useful in brewing potions or as fertilizer for plants.

As full beings, they have been known to be used as obstacles, sort of like guard dogs. Aside from the triwizard tournament, we see them used this way in the lower levels of Gringotts Bank. The Golden Trio even lived my dreams by flying a Ukrainian Ironbelly, the largest breed of dragon, to safety.

Moving on to one of my personal favorites.

Hippogriffs

A Hippogriff is a beautiful creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a horse. They first appeared in the books in Harry’s third year, when Hagrid took over the job of Care of Magical Creatures professor. Hagrid owned a beloved Hippogriff named Buckbeak. Luckily, Hippogriffs are one of the creatures Hagrid owned throughout the books that are actually able to be domesticated.

Hippogriffs are very sensitive creatures. One must be very careful when attempting to approach them, bowing low and keeping eye contact at all times. If the Hippogriff bows back, it is safe to approach farther. Also, it’d be wise to remember “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” otherwise you may end up with an injury or two.

Phoenix

Very few people have been able to domesticate these birds, but it is not impossible. Phoenixes are grand birds, with rich scarlet feathers and a golden tail. They are very gentle creatures whose tears have powerful healing properties. The Phoenix song is quite magical as well, it is believed that it can increase the courage of the pure of heart and strike fear into the hearts of the impure.

Ablus Dumbledore was one of the few able to domesticate a Phoenix. Harry, along with the rest of us, were quite confused when Fawkes suddenly burst into the flames the first time we saw him. Phoenixes have a regenerative ability that let’s them burst into flame when their body is weakening and be reborn from their ashes once again. They can also disappear and reappear at will, taking anyone holding onto them along with them. Kingsley Shacklebolt had it right, Dumbledore’s got style.

Acromantulas

I’ve never been one for spiders but I think if I ever came within 100 feet of an Acromantula I’d probably soil my pants. It may not be the prettiest magical creature that I know of but it is definitely one of the scariest and most interesting. An Acromantula is a large, eight-eyed spider that is capable of human speech and has near-human intelligence.

Hagrid raised an Acromantula from the egg, creating a profound bond between the two. The Acromantula, Aragog, inhabited the Forbidden Forest until it’s untimely death in 1997. Within it’s life, Aragog established a colony within the forest where it’s children still live today.

 

Since the latest trailer for Fantastic Beasts was released, we have caught a glimpse of two new beasts: the ever-adorable little trouble maker, the Niffler, and the Swooping Evil. The Swooping Evil isn’t in the Hogwarts textbook, so Warner Bros. will be including Beasts fans would never have expected. The Niffler, the creatures listed above, as well as many others, you can learn more about in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book!

Leave a comment about which fantastic beasts you’d like to see in the movie!

 

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11. Tickets on Sale for ‘Privacy’ Starring Daniel Radcliffe

Tickets are now available for purchase for the off-Broadway production of Privacy, starring Daniel Radcliffe. As announced last month, Radcliffe is set to take on the role of “The Writer” in the play, which is inspired by the revelations of Edward Snowden and explores the concept of privacy in the digital age.

 

This unusual play actually encourages its audience to stay connected during the performance:

 

“Privacy explores our complicated relationship with technology and data through the funny and heart-breaking travails of a lonely guy (Radcliffe), who arrives in the city to figure out how to like, tag, and share his life without giving it all away. The play uncovers what our technological choices reveal about who we are, what we want and who’s keeping track of it all. This provocative theatrical event will ask audiences to charge their phones, leave them ON during the performance and to embark on a fascinating dive online and into a new reality where we’re all connected…for better or worse.”

 

Privacy will run July 5 through August 14 at Public’s Newman Theater. The play’s opening night is scheduled for July 18.

 

To learn more, visit broadway.com.

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12. Helena Bonham Carter Gives Insight on the Red Queen

Helena Bonham Carter has always been one to take on more anomalous roles in her acting career. The Red Queen definitely does not differ from this pattern. With her abnormally large head and a tendency to order beheadings onto others, the role is one that Helena enjoys quite a bit.

She gave a interview with Den of Geek this week, telling us a little about her return to the role in Alice Through the Looking Glass. While the first movie, Alice in Wonderland, had little focus on Helena’s character, this one will not only show her more in present time but also give us a peak into her past.

And then when the sequel came around, I was just praying it was well-written. And it was. And in a sort of typically Red Queen egocentric way, I thought, “Oh, there’s a lot about me!” [laughs] And it all made sense. And there was lots of things to develop. So it was fun, because she wasn’t necessarily a big part in the first one. So it was nice to have something where you develop something and you work on something quite a lot. And I seriously do…I’m anal about my craft.

Helena Bonham Carter is no doubt one of those actresses who puts everything she can into a role, finding ways to better relate to her characters. She tells that she did a bit of research, using the Alice books, on her character. She seems to understand Iracebeth and her childish anger, “…I thought, “Well, she’s got too big a head.” So everybody’s head that was normal size was always a reminder that hers was abnormal. So that’s why she had to cut everybody else’s head off.”

Another face, or voice rather, from Harry Potter will appear in the film. Alice Through the Looking Glass, which is dedicated to him, is said to be Alan Rickman’s last film. Helena and Alan have worked closely many times before and she had a few words of consolation for those still mourning his passing:

Well, the poetic thing about it is he’s voicing a blue butterfly. And anything that I can tell Rima, his wife, to comfort her, is there’s that quote: “Just when the caterpillar thought it was all over, it became a butterfly.” And often, butterflies…you know, death can be seen as the end. It can also…I don’t know if it’s any comfort, but you can also see that it’s a point of transition.

Give me a moment to wipe my tears…

Wow, okay. On that note, see the rest of the interview here and be sure to get tickets to see Helena Bonham Carter in Alice Through the Looking Glass which comes out this Friday!

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13. Rare Prisoner of Azkaban Poster to be Auctioned in Watford

Excalibur Auctions will be selling off a Sirius Black ‘wanted’ style poster from the promotion of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film in just a few days time.

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The promotional poster is one of less than ten of this kind known to be produced for the film, leading Excalibur Auctions to call this ‘one of the rarest posters ever produced to publicise the films’.

It is particularly unique due to its lenticular design, meaning that the images changes depending on which angle you view it from. Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) is in the shot if you view the poster from head on, and he disappears if you angle the poster slightly differently. Clearly this format was much more expensive to produce, leading to the remaining posters being coveted!

The poster is predicted to sell for £4,000-£6,000, and the auction will take place at The Village Hotel in Elstree, Watford on Saturday 28th May 2016 at 10:30am. Live bidding will occur in the room, with internet bidding available at The Sale Room and Invaluable.

The auction will also feature a Star Wars Episode II Yoda lenticular poster, a 1920s Sherlock Holmes window card and many James Bond themed items (including original Quad posters from Dr No and From Russia With Love.

More information can be found on the Excalibur Auctions website, here.

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14. Funko Pop! Announce Hogwarts Express and Harry Potter Mystery Minis

Funko Pop! Rides will soon be releasing their newest addition: The Hogwarts Express!

The train comes in three separate sets: the front engine (which comes with a Harry Potter figure) and two carriages, which come with Ron and Hermione. The complete train measures 45cm in length.

Get your hands on the Funko Pop! Hogwarts Express this June!

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Harry Potter figures will also be released as Mystery Minis in July, starting at 6cm tall. When ordering a Mystery Mini, Funko will send you a random mini figure from a set of your choosing. As part of the Harry Potter set, you could receive a mini of one of the newer releases, including Hedwig, Dumbledore, Fawkes, Voldemort, Nagini, Malfoy, Dobby, Hagrid, Crookshanks and more. Read more here.

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15. Our First Look at Emma Watson in “Beauty and the Beast”

This morning, the first trailer for Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast debuted on ABC’s Good Morning America (ABC is owned by Disney, and is a considered a Disney company). Many fans waited with anticipation, since yesterday’s announcement. Many fans were hoping for a first look at Emma Watson as Belle–in her classic blue dress and white apron, or, if we were lucky enough, Belle in her iconic yellow ball gown.

Fans got neither.

The first trailer for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was very similar to the first one-minute (or less depending on how you measure fours short scenes) trailer for Warner Bro’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The familiar music starts, a shiver runs down fan’s spine. You hear the actors deliver selected lines for the first time…without seeing them fully (we do see Emma Watson’s face behind the glass holding the Beast’s rose). The trailer can be viewed below:

One thing we learned for sure is that the set of the live-action Beaty and the Beast is gorgeous. A mixture of computer animation and physically built sets, the Beast’s castle gets the most screen time in this featured trailer. ABC released the trailer, saying:

The first ever trailer for Disney’s new live action version of the classic movie “Beauty and the Beast” debuted exclusively on “Good Morning America” on Monday.

The movie stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast. Others in the cast include Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson. The film will be releases on March 17, 2017.

The Disney animated musical romantic fantasy was a hit when it premiered in 1991, and the following year it became the first animated film to ever be nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category.

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16. Stars Sign Letter To Keep Britain in the EU

Actors, authors, artists, and musicians alike are taking stand to urge voters against Britain leaving the EU. Stars, including our own Helena Bonham Carter and Sir John Hurt and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, argue that taking such a step would hurt the creative industries in Britain. Over 250 celebrities signed the letter, published by the Telegraph, in it they wrote:

From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without EU funding or collaborating across borders. Britain is not just stronger in the EU, it is more imaginative and creative. Our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away.

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Many of those who signed are worried about where their industries would end up if Britain left the EU, calling it a “leap into the unknown.” They believe that, without the EU, Britain will lose it’s creative influence on the world. Britain has been center stage, creatively, for decades, centuries, even; people are afraid that making such a drastic decision as no longer being a part of the EU will hurt them beyond repair.

Not all actors are backing the ‘Remain’ campaign. Those like Michael Caine and the creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, have said they will be voting against it. Caine believes that the EUs rules on freedom of movement put a damper on young English talent. Fellowes said in an interview with Daily Mail:

It’s not just that I think they are important – because they are – but I think it’s the wrong direction. History has for hundreds of years been moving towards government that is answerable to the people and suddenly we have done an about-turn and we’ve gone back to the Austro-Hungarian empire. I don’t think that’s the right direction.

Thursday, June 23rd, will be a day full of politics as the referendum is held. Several television networks will be hosting debates, so we will see arguments from both sides before we receive the tally of votes and ultimately the fate of Britain.

See more on the subject here.

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17. Christian Coulson Discusses Tom Riddle

Bustle recently sat down with Christian Coulson, to discuss his portrayal of young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Coulson revealed that he could empathise with his character relatively easily (minus the genocidal, racist tendencies, of course). Raised in Wool’s Orphanage in London, Tom Riddle was a troubled, isolated, child – Coulson says his experience of boarding school helped him empathise with Riddle’s isolation, but also to his slightly darker side:

“I had been at boarding school in a sort of Hogwarts-y school called Westminster, which has been around for about 1000 years … The stone steps leading up to where we had assembly are worn down from hundreds of years boys running up and down them. My parents were abroad when I was there, and I felt like I was an orphan. There was a detached survival mechanism that I really identified with.”

 “I really loved doing that scene with Richard Harris where I’m pretending to be a model student… while really lying to him,” Coulson says. “It reminded me a lot of my experience at boarding school — of being impeccably well-behaved on the outside and secretly getting up to mischief.”

“There’s a lot that isn’t similar about us, but I felt that I understood something about him.There’s something very wrong with him, but I understand what it is,” the 37-year-old actor says. “The things he did [as a teenager] made sense to me in terms of his survival.”

Portraying Riddle at a time when Rowling was still developing his story arc, Coulson enjoyed imagining the depth to his character:

 “From the information in those [four books], it seemed to me that there was a coldness and an emotional absence to his evil, and that was what I was interested in exploring.”

Riddle’s story begins in 1926 – the year Newt Scamander arrived at MACUSA with his magnificent briefcase after being expelled from Hogwarts, and supported by Albus Dumbledore himself. An interesting coincidence, making us wonder if there’s any chance we’ll be getting hints at the dark lord in Fantastic Beasts… or is it too early in Riddle’s life to pull him into the story?

Read the full Bustle interview here.

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18. First Look at ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tomorrow!

Emma Watson will star as Belle in the live-action remake of the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast in March 2017. Harry Potter‘s Emma Thompson is also set to feature in the film (as Mrs Potts).

Paige O’Hara (who voiced Belle in the original animated Disney film) recently gave her verdict on Emma Watson as the leading lady, which you can read more about here.

The first official trailer for the movie will appear on Good Morning America tomorrow morning. See the official Beauty and the Beast Twitter (below) for a teaser clip!

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19. Dan Radcliffe’s Acting is “Phenomenal” in ‘Now You See Me 2′, and New Poster Released!

Dan Radcliffe may not have been at this interview with MTV, but that didn’t stop Now You See Me 2 co-stars Jesse Eisenberg & Dave Franco talking about his role in Harry Potter, after discussing the many intricacies of the film’s title!

After being asked how many Potter films there were, Jesse Eisenberg replies ‘There were several’, and clarifies that he didn’t grow up with the books or films as many did, but that he was ‘enamoured’ with Dan’s acting. Eisenberg also says that Dan will be playing a villain in this movie, and is ‘phenomenal’ as his character, predicting that audiences who are fans of his acting in Potter will be pleasantly surprised with this refreshing reminder of his great talent (along with his other great films, of course!).

Dave Franco also comments, saying that Dan is a hard worker, always striving to achieve his best performance. Franco tells us that Dan nailed a 5 page monologue in every take, admiring how ‘professional’ Dan is, and echoing Eisenberg’s comments on the change in his acting in this film

Watch the interview below:

Mark Ruffalo also tweeted a new poster for the film, saying that they’ve channelled ‘Where’s Waldo’ for this one – Dan is seen above Ruffalo (centre):

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Watch the newest trailer below, and read more about the film here!

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20. Here’s Your Chance for ‘Cursed Child’ Tickets: Introducing “The Friday Forty”

If you missed your chance to snag tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II when they went on sale, you’re in luck: Pottermore reports that starting June 3, the Cursed Child website will be releasing tickets for some of the best seats in the house as part of a special ticketing event called “The Friday Forty”.

 

As the name indicates, “The Friday Forty” will release forty seats each Friday on the ‘Book Tickets’ page of the Cursed Child website. The countdown clock in the corner will turn into a clickable button link, which will place you in a queue for a chance to purchase tickets. Winners will be chosen at random and will be permitted to purchase a maximum of two tickets. Tickets will cost £30 or £40 (during previews and after the play’s official opening, respectively) for both parts of the play, and will be for a performance of the play the week after the purchase of the tickets.

 

Good luck! In the meantime, we’re soaking up all the information on Cursed Child we can–like this tweet quoting set designer Christine Jones. What do you make of the motifs in this pattern? Do we spy the Sword of Gryffindor?

 

 

Read more about “The Friday Forty” on Pottermore.

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21. Warick Davis Goes One-on-One with Lumos CEO

It seems sort of symbolic that JK Rowling, who made her fortunes writing a story about the good and bad outcomes of being an orphan, would then take that immense wealth and create one of the most impactful organizations on the planet. Lumos was started to eliminate orphanages on a global scale.

One of our favorite character actors, the great Warick Davis (Flitwick, Griphook) sat down with Georgette “George” Mulheir, CEO of Lumos, for an interview for Pottermore.com (watch the full interview here and below). In which, they discuss Lumos’s humble start, which Mulheir described, saying, “in 2004, J.K. Rowling saw a picture on the front of the Sunday Times newspaper that I think changed her life forever, and certainly changed the lives of millions of children” all the way through to their plans to eradicate orphanages by 2050:

“There are many huge problems that need to be solved in the world. The great thing with this one is that it can be. By 2050, we’re absolutely confident that there will be no children in orphanages anywhere around the world and we will have forgotten – actually forgotten – that we used to do this to children,”

 

Tough stuff, no doubt about it.
Thanks to the tireless efforts by the Lumos staff and the generous contributions from JK Rowling and many others 100% of your proceeds go directly to the fight. For Harry Potter, the thought of death was nothing if he could save his friends and family. To JK Rowling, the money, the fame, and life itself is pointless if you can’t help others in need.

Now JK Rowling has her own Dumbledore’s Army (no secret coins, I hear). To find out how you can join the fight check out Lumos’ website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, don’t forget to go pick up your copy of The Tales Of Beedle the Bard, all proceeds go directly to Lumos. Buy your copy at Pottermore shop.

The interview can be seen below:

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22. Toby Jones Joins The Cast of BBCs ‘Sherlock’

Only days ago it was announced that the voice of our beloved Dobby, Toby Jones, is joining the cast of Sherlock season 4. It is currently a mystery as to who exactly Toby will be playing, but Steven Moffat, co-creator of the series, has teased that he will be introduced as the new villain of the show. But, Moffat isn’t always the most reliable person. Is he bluffing?

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There is a plethora of Doyle villains that Toby could take the role of, but how are we to know which one it will be? Well, as of now it’s really just a guessing game. Maybe Toby won’t be a villain; wouldn’t it be cool if he, instead, took on the role of the third Holmes brother that the show has hinted at multiple times in the past?

Assuming Moffat is telling us the truth, Digitalspy has come up with six possibilities for Toby’s role. Beginning with Sebastian Moran, James Moriarty’s right hand man.

Moran is essentially the Watson to Moriarty’s Holmes – an accomplished ex-army colonel whose loyalty knows no bounds – and in the original story, he reacts to Moriarty’s death by pursuing Sherlock to London and trying to kill him once and for all. In the Sherlock canon, maybe his retaliation begins by masterminding Moriarty’s “Did you miss me?” appearance on TV screens across the nation.

Now with Moriarty still in the game, even in the afterlife, Moran’s appearance would make a lot of sense, right? Well, Toby will not be introduced in the show until episode two, so with Moriarty’s plan already playing out in episode one what are we to make of this? It isn’t too unusual for them to introduce a villain late in the season, Moriarty himself didn’t show up in the flesh until the last episode of season one.

I believe that Toby’s role will be a surprise to all of us; Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss tend to be quite sneaky when it comes to Sherlock. Which angle will they choose? Maybe they will go for dark and clever with Henry Peters, who buried a woman alive in a coffin so well designed he almost outsmarted the great Sherlock Holmes himself. Or maybe they will throw us a curve ball and use Brigham Young, who was a real person, one of the first leaders of the Mormon Church. Having not used Young in ‘A Study in Pink’, where he is originally introduced in the books, his storyline is still up for grabs.

See the rest of Digitalspy’s list of possible villains here.

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23. Harry Potter Still Profitable for Bloomsbury

19 years ago the publishing house, Bloomsbury, released the first book in the Harry Potter Series. Today they are still finding success with this beloved story. Now, thanks to last year’s publication of an illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Bloomsbury is seeing great growth in their children’s book division. Check out our review of this illustrated edition from October of last year.

Bloomsbury, the publishing house behind the boy wizard, said the 133pc increase in Harry Potter sales helped boost revenues in its children’s division by 57pc to £41.8m.

Bloomsbury has seen great success with the publication of the Harry Potter Series. It has allowed them to remain one of the top publishers in the UK. And they aren’t done yet. This year they will publish an illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Also, they will publish a new edition of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them to coincide with the release of the film.

The illustrated edition of Chamber of Secrets is set to release in October of this year. Here is great first look at this exciting new edition.

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For more information about Bloomsbury’s financials visit The Telegraph.

The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child manuscript, and the Fabtasitc Beasts and Where to Find Them screen play will be published by Little, Brown–who has published Rowling’s adult novels and mystery series.

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24. The Goldstein’s Apartment

Imagine frequenting a place for months, getting so comfortable it becomes like a second home to you. Then imagine watching as it gets torn down. That’s how Alison Sudol and Katherine Waterston felt today when their characters, Queenie and Tina’s apartment in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was getting torn down.

A representative for Pottermore accompanied them to the set today, simultaneously there for moral support and an interview. Alison voiced her feelings about the set being torn down, saying:

‘I hate to think it’ll be taken apart! I love it in there so much,’ she says, softly, woefully. ‘It gave me insight into Queenie that I hadn’t had before. I’d imagined her life in my head but to walk around in it was really something: to see what was cooking in the kitchen… it was like being in a friend’s house. You know how you’re like, “Oh wow, okay, that’s so your art, those are your things, you like this kind of butter, or whatever.” You understand somebody on a very intimate level when you’ve been in their home and I loved that.’

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Movie sets, especially those of a characters home, are a reflection of the heart of the characters. Every detail of the apartment was made the show specifically who Queenie, and her sister, Tina, are. Being Alison, who had to be Queenie for months, I’d imagine the tear down of her apartment was very emotional.

Katherine had similar feelings about Tina, who’s bedside is lined with books:

‘It’s so nice to have all the books by Tina’s bed and have that environment that says so much about her. It feels like she lives there,’ says Katherine Waterston, our Tina. ‘What’s so great about the production team is that you get an idea in your head and they can manifest it. This is one of my favourite locations of the whole movie.’

Every little detail, bobby pins scattered in the bathroom, laundry on the bedroom floor, made it all seem so normal, like Queenie and Tina really did live there. See the Pottermore article here. The official trailer of Fantastic Beasts and an analysis of it can be seen here.

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25. Emma Watson Thrills In Latest UK Trailer for “Colonia”

Actors and actresses of any ability look for roles that challenge them to extend and expand their skills and talents. Like many older, and well known actors with expansive profiles, Emma Watson is doing her very best to spread her acting wings with her latest film The Colony (previously released as Colonia). A new trailer for the U.K. release of the film has surfaced, on Empire and other U.K. sites, and can be seen below:

Emma Watson stars in The Colony (July 1, 2016 UK release) as Lena, a young women possessed by love of her boyfriend, living Chile during the military coup of 1973. The young couple gets swept up in the ideal of rebellion.

The Colony is based on true events, about a young women looking for her imprisoned boyfriend Daniel. Daniel is played by, Daniel Brühl and he is taken hostage at infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.

In this thrilling dramatic action film we see Emma Watson, our beloved Hermione, facing life and death to rescue the love of her life. Emma Watson looks to be trying to assume a new position in Hollywood as the queen of the action thriller. Do you think she can dominate this type of character like she does everything else?

As Leaky previously reported, The Colony was released as Colonia in the United States last April. The U.S. trailers and poster can be seen here and here. Emma Watson attended the European premiere for the film last February. Future release dates for the film are below.

Other International releases: IMDB.com

UK                 1 July 2016

France        20 July 2016

Japan         17 September 2016

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