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BBC One’s mini-series adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy is coming to the United States in April. According to MovieWeb, HBO has confirmed it’s premier dates of the mini-series. All three parts of the mini-series will be played back to back over two days. Parts one and two will be on Wednesday, April 29 from 8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT; part three will follow on Thursday night, April 30 from 8:00-9:00 ET/PT.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood is starting to take shape into recognizable buildings from Hogsmeade. The frosted rooftops of the village can be seen, and the skeleton of Hogwarts is taking shape. Theme Park Insider posted pictures of the construction at Universal Studios Hollywood, they can be seen here. The park is set to open next year, in 2016.
As she and her friend Robert Galbraith continue to work together on the new installment in the Comoron Strike mysteries, J.K. Rowling has been very active on Twitter (writing breaks, work breaks, tea breaks, etc.). This morning, Ms. Rowling decided to answer (with a flare of that famous sass and humor) a few Harry Potter questions that have been in the air for quite a long time. According to her twitter:
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Brave and kind family-man, Mr. Arthur Weasley, turns 65 today. Whether it is working passionately at the Ministry of Magic, defending and fighting for his family, or asking the function of a rubber duck, Arthur Weasley has always warmed our hearts. Please join us in wishing one of the best Harry Potter dads a very happy birthday!
Our server was down yesterday, but here at Leaky we could not miss the chance to give our congratulations to our serpent friends in the house of Slytherin, who won Pottermore’s House Pride challenge. Given their naturally ambitious drive, we cannot say we are too surprised. Congrats Slytherins!
Filming for BBC1′s new mini-series, Painswick became the destination for the fictional setting of Pragford in J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. A prop lingerie shop was constructed for the filming of the mini-series was mistaken to be a real shop by the town’s citizens. While some old ladies tried to shop in the store, and other people came into see if there was a sale on, other town folk complained to the Painswick parish council, saying the shop was inappropriate and a disgrace to Painswick. The director of the mini-series, Jonny Campbell, found the confusion to be amusing. Indeed the irony was on point–while filming a story about a small town in an upheaval over a political problem in its Pragford parish council, the set inspired true uproar in the real life parish council of Painswick. The BBC reported:
The fake shop front for ‘Samantha’s Boudoir’, built in the centre of Painswick in August, raised eyebrows among the village and had passers-by trying to shop for risqué underwear. “There were a couple of occasions while we were filming where a couple of old ladies with white hair, a stick, were walking past and looking in the window and said ‘oh no, I’ve got all that stuff’,” said Mr Campbell. “And someone came in and thought there was a sale on, so there were several people walking around.” Although Mr Campbell admitted the confusion had been “amusing”, he added the boutique – run by character Samantha Mollison and played by Keeley Hawes – had not met everyone’s approval. “They complained about it at the local parish council meeting…said it was a disgrace,” he said Rob Lewis, from Painswick Parish Council, said a lady had called the council to complain the “scantily clad” mannequins on display were “not appropriate for Painswick”. “Once we explained that it was for a TV production, she seemed much happier,” he said. “But as well as ladies wishing to visit the shop for its ‘closing down sale’ – a number of ladies (and gents) have commented on what a shame the shop can’t still be open.”
The Casual Vacancy will be premiering on BBC 1 this month! Thank you for Gerard for emailing in this submission. We apologize for delays in posting article, there have been a few server issues here at Leaky, but thank you for your patience and sticking with us!
A trailer for BBC1′s mini-series of J.K. Rowling’s novel, The Casual Vacancy, has been put up on YouTube! See it below, and leave your reactions in the comments!The mini series will begin later this month on BBC1 in the UK.
The Harry Potter Celebration came to a close yesterday. Many pictures and videos from the event are starting to trickle onto the internet. The Orlando Business Journal posted a video of wand combat choreographer, Paul Harris, teaching the crowd how to duel like a proper wizard. He has some help from Evanna Lynch, who shares the stage with him as a demonstrator:
SnitchSeeker also has posted videos and pictures of the Harry Potter stars during the Q&A with fans; while Inside the Magic has posted videos of Evanna Lynch leading a Wand Combat routine, as well as a video from the Creating the Wizarding World of Harry Potter discussion, along with many photos throughout the weekend.
The Harry Potter Celebration at the WIzarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando is well underway! Inside the Magic has uploaded many pictures from the events thus far, and conducted a small interview with Michael Gambon, James and Oliver Phelps, and Evanna Lynch. The pictures of the opening events can be seen here; Inside the Magic reports:
We had a chance to chat with the Potter foursome in a Q&A that followed that introduction, located inside Diagon Alley’s Leaky Cauldron restaurant. While Lynch and the Phelps twins have made many appearances at Universal Orlando throughout the construction of both sides of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, this was Gambon’s first return since the original opened in 2010 and his first visit to Diagon Alley. From his initial first impressions immediately after stepping inside the Leaky Cauldron to his hilarious take on why he won’t be riding Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts while he’s here, Gambon definitely was the highlight of the interview session. He noted that Dumbledore didn’t exactly spend a lot of time hanging around Diagon Alley, so it was unusual for him to be there. And, he added, without his beard and robe he doesn’t entirely resemble his character, but being at Universal makes him miss the ensemble, wishing he had it with him to dress up. But Evanna Lynch isn’t quite so happy this trip, as she said she recently went vegan and is now unable to enjoy the delicious Butterbeer ice cream. These film stars will appear in presentations and autograph sessions throughout the weekend event.
The Harry Potter Film twitter feed is regularly tweeting key moments throughout the events. Some answers from the Film Actors Q&A can be read on their twitter, here.
According to Time Magazine. Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) was hospitalized with flu symptoms in Florida. He was rushed to a Floridian hospital as soon as his transAtlantic flight from England touched ground. Robbie Coltrane’s rep says that he will be back up and about in no time, though it is almost certain that he will be unable to attend the Harry Potter Celebration in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The Oyster subscription “ebook library” has formed a partnership with Pottermore, and now includes all seven Harry Potter books and the three Hogwarts Library books (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Throughout the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard) among its available titles. In celebration of their partnership with Pottermore, Oyster is providing a Harry Potter reading experience. Oyster themes will include all four House themes, including a Sorting Hat that gives readers an option to have their theme randomly chosen for them. Oyster’s magazine The Oyster Review will be devoted to Harry Potter from January 28-30. Oyster is also offering a chance for one lucky reader to win a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. Details can be viewed at Oyster’s website here. Images of the themes can be seen below. Thank you to Ashley from Oyster for the email!
Submissions of news are being take at email@example.com.
Tomorrow Orlando Universal Studios kicks off its Harry Potter Celebration January 30-February 1. According to Pottermore’s twitter, Pottermore reps have begun their transAtlantic travels to join the celebration. Many news stories are breaking of stars that are planned to be in attendance for Dueling Lessons–Evanna Lynch, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, and the Phelps twins (according to New Press.com). The Schedule of events was posted by Universal last week. All event packages have been sold out, but those attending can expect Film Talent Q&A with the cast and crew of Harry Potter, discussions and demonstrations (including dueling), and a celebration of the Harry Potter Expo. According to Orlando’s schedule of events, the celebration with begin with a movie in the park tomorrow night. It is a pact schedule, including activities for separate Houses to be together, and closes with the long awaited for discussion with the cast and crew about behind the scenes of Harry Potter. Stay tuned in here at Leaky for updated news for this weekends Pottermania.
Submissions are being taken at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those in attendance of this celebration, feel free to email us or share your contributions in the comments below!
Evanna Lynch has become involved in a new film project, titled Dynamite: A Cautionary Tale. The Dynamite movie campaign is promoting it’s indie movie, based on a true story of Max Bornstein. Evanna Lynch will play the role of his wife, Theresa. According to Dynamite spokespersons, the movie can be described as such:
Based on a true story, Max Bornstein had the wit, looks, and charm that would carry him beyond the typical man’s troubles. Yet, the typical man’s troubles were the least of Max’s worries: he was a full-time dope fiend and a part-time father working within the underground, highly illegal pornography industry. Even in the wake of a federal investigation, Max’s truest worry was his wife and two young children: a family kept in the dark about Max’s reality and the walls of it caving in around him. Ian Harding (“Pretty Little Liars”) stars as Max, and Evanna stars alongside him as his wife, Theresa.
In order to be able to finish production of their independent film, The Dynamite project has made an Indiegogo web page to raise funds from its fans. As a thank you for fan donations, the project is offering a number of prizes, including signed Evanna Lynch headshots and Harry Potter posters. If you are interested in making a contribution to Evanna’s new project, please visit this page here. A trailer of the movie can be seen below. The trailer is for more mature viewers, as it contains references and images of drugs, sex, and horror/thriller effects. Thank you Amy from the Dynamite Campaign for the email and the heads up. If any visitors to Leaky have any news submissions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Rumors have been flying around for the past couple of years–is Emma going to play a princess on screen, or is she not? The question has been up in the air for quite a while. Yesterday, the question was answered. Emma Watson tweeted a couple of lyrics from from the opening song to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as the news broke: Emma Watson will be playing the role of Belle in Disney’s new live-action movie of it’s hit cartoon classic. The studio announced yesterday that filming is anticipated to begin later this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal wrote:
Watson has been cast as Belle, the studio announced yesterday, the book-loving prisoner of the titular Beast’s castle in the tale as old as time. Production on the film is anticipated to begin later this year, and it is set to be directed by Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2?).
Disney’s original 1991 animated version of the French fairy tale, which was first spun off into a Broadway musical in 1994, featured three Academy Award-nominated songs by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (“Beauty and the Beast” took home the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1992). Upon posting the news of her casting on her Facebook page, Watson said she couldn’t wait to start singing Menken and Ashman’s famous tunes.
Emma Watson wrote:
I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There’. My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. Emma xx
In celebration with Harry Potter week in Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Pottermore announced a contest to earn 1 million house points for “the house that celebrates its pride the most vociferously” last week. Today Pottermore outlined the rules of the contest that will be this Friday. The rules, as can be seen on Pottermore Insider, are as such:
You create a post, movie, image or other creative celebration of your house pride.
Add your house pride hashtag to your contribution: #GryffindorPride #SlytherinPride
Upload your brilliant idea on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram.
We will share some of the best house pride celebrations on the Pottermore Insider, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.
Remember, you don’t need to make your Facebook profile public for us to see it. Just make your house pride contribution public.
As Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram don’t allow under 13s to participate, artwork from our younger Pottermore members can be uploaded onto pottermore.com. Visit your house founder’s page and upload your picture to the image gallery at the bottom: Godric Gryffindor,
Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin, Rowena Ravenclaw. You won’t need to include a hashtag for these pictures.
We will count all the contributions up from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will discount any contributions that are inappropriate or that are not in the spirit of the contest.
The winning house will be the one with the highest number of creative house pride contributions. This house will earn one million points.
All of you who love brewing potions and duelling keep going, as this doesn’t affect your personal standings on the Leaderboards.
And don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of time after this contest to continue earning points through brewing potions and duelling, before the next House Cup is awarded.
Good luck to all the Houses, and may the proudest House win!
Yesterday, Gilderoy Lockhart celebrated his 51st birthday. Whether you are a fan of his books, his glittering smile, his employment at Hogwarts as Harry’s second year Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, or his particular gift for memory charms, please help us wish this once-famous wizard a very Happy Birthday! Please direct your comments, well wishes, and gifts to Saint Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announced today that it will be bringing the original Hogawarts Express to its space this spring, allowing users to board the actual train used for filming one of the most iconic scenes in the Harry Potter films.
This will come as part of a 20,000 square foot expansion as well as a recreation of Platform 9 3/4. The new permanent section will also include a chance to pose with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the platform wall (the look of which, fans who’ve been to London will recognize, will likely differ greatly than the Kings’ Cross photo op offered tourists today).
The train, British steam train no. 5972 (‘Olton Hall’), was used for the very last scene shot for the films – of the epilogue, featuring Harry, Ron and Hermione sending their kids off to school. It was filmed on a soundstage, running the full 100-acre length of the backlot. The 78-year-old engine will be displayed on a realistic set of tracks, complete with billowing steam.
The attraction will also recreate the platform’s glass roof, yellow brick walls and luggage racks, designed by production designer Stuart Craig and reassembled by a team of the original craftsmen.
Visitors may walk along the corridor and sit in the original carriage seen in the first film. Video “windows” will show the process used to create the train scenes from the flims. A selection of prop luggage will be on show and visitors can find out which character owned which items by turning an interactive dial (characters include Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood and more). A train-themed souvenir shop will also be open on the platform, stocking a wide range of goodies inspired by the Harry Potter films and, specifically, the Hogwarts Express.
Stuart Craig said:
“The Hogwarts Express was the setting for many iconic scenes, from Harry, Hermione and Ron’s first meeting in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to the moment the trio’s children embark on their first journey to school 26 years later. The wizarding world doesn’t have a need for modern technology so we knew a traditional steam engine would make the perfect school train. Before we began filming in 2000, we scoured the country and found ‘Olton Hall’ at a preservation centre in Lancashire; realising pretty quickly that it was exactly what we had been looking for.”
The new section opens March 19 and will be included in the standard ticket price.
Tell us what you think of the new expansion in the comments below!
Associated Newspapers has appealed against the ruling made in 2013 in a libel case brought forth by J.K. Rowling. Ms. Rowling brought forth the suit after the Daily Mail published an article with the title “How JK Rowling’s sob story about her past as a single mother has left the churchgoers who cared for her upset and bewildered.” As a part of court proceedings, Ms. Rowling was allowed to read a unilateral statement in open court. The court ruled that a monetary compensation, of an amount agreed upon by both parties, was to be paid (which Ms. Rowling promptly donated to charity), and a formal apology was to be published. Both forms of compensation were performed, and Ms. Rowling accepted the apology in January 2014.
Associated Newspapers does not dispute that Ms. Rowling was entitled to make her statement in open court, nor does it dispute the proper compensations which it has put forth. The Associated Newspapers object to a number of terms and conditions in the proposed statement. The Irish Examiner
Associated’s counsel, Andrew Caldecott QC, told Lord Justice Longmore, Lord Justice Ryder and Lady Justice Sharp that Mr Justice Tugendhat’s ruling, in April last year, was a “most unsatisfactory precedent” and one, which if generally followed, would create difficulties for the offer of amends regime. Mr Caldecott said: “Although this appeal raises important issues, it in no way seeks to dilute or qualify the published apologies to Ms Rowling which she was properly and rightly entitled to.”
Mr Caldecott said that the whole purpose of a statement in open court was to attract wide publicity, which made it the more important that the statement was confined to, and accurately reflected, the pleaded claim.
Justin Rushbrooke QC, for Rowling, said that the appeal did not, as claimed, raise any important issue of principle or practice in defamation law, but was plainly misconceived and an “exercise in nit-picking”.
He said that only rarely should a defendant be permitted to dictate to a claimant what she was permitted to say in a statement in open court.
It was primarily a matter between the court and the party wishing to make a statement, and the proper arbiter of what was acceptable in a unilateral statement was the judge. The judges are expected to reserve their decision to a later date.
David Ryall, who played Elphias Doge in “Deathly Hallows: Part One,” passed away this Christmas. He was seventy-nine and had a career spanning over five decades.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this sad time.
The Harry Potter Facebook page recently posted a mysterious picture earlier this week. It showed the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London logo, captioned with “New Secrets will be Revealed! Announcement on 26th January.” The Pottermore Facebook page followed a day later posting a similar image, bearing the same logo over the picture of a wand, and the caption “Engorgio!” As many Potter fans know, “Engorgio” is a spell used to enlarge or expand things in the Harry Potter books. Fans now wait in anticipation to see what new surprises Leavesden’s expansion has in store. We will post updates on this breaking news here, on Leaky! Stay tuned!
Recently, the HPA (Harry Potter Alliance) made us proud to be Harry Potter fans. The Harry Potter Alliance launched a campaign in October 2010, with the help of John Green, advocating against the use of sweatshop labor, specifically child slavery. The HPA were particularly focused on persuading Warner Bros. to stop producing Harry Potter chocolate and other candies, that were supplied to Warner Bros. by a company who received the grade of an “F” from Free 2 Work, an anti-slavery organization. This supplier provided Warner Bros. Harry Potter branded candy for Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and other Harry Potter shops. In alliance with Free 2 Work and Walk Free, the HPA petitioned the Warner Bros. to be open about the groups’ findings, and change their ways. The HPA made Howler videos, had plans to hang a Dark Mark above Warner Bros. Studios, and got in contact with J.K. Rowling’s lawyer, who made inquiries. Warner Bros. sent HPA founder, Andrew Slack, and HPA’s Harry Potter Global Franchise Development president, Joshua Berger, a letter stating that “By the end of 2015, and sooner when possible, all Harry Potter chocolate products sold at Warner Bros. outlets and through our licensed partners will be 100-percent UTZ or Fair Trade certified.” The Washington Post reports:
Chocolate and candy play an important role in the “Harry Potter” books. After he leaves his abusive aunt and uncle to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry is boggled by the abundance of sweets his peers have access to; chocolate is a symbol of how Hogwarts will be the first place that really nourishes Harry’s body and his mind. And chocolate is big real-world business in the “Harry Potter” empire: You can buy Chocolate Frogs, one of the series’ signature sweets. Slack said. ” ‘Harry Potter,’ more and more, is becoming a classic, and one that children are growing up on, with all seven books having been written. It’s part of the culture. It represents righteousness, nobility, love, so much beauty and a place of safety that people go to, and moral authority. If the ‘Harry Potter’ brand were to move something like fair trade, it would be making a statement that not only is the ‘Harry Potter’ brand a cut above the rest but that [other franchises] have to catch up to it.” Warner Bros. thanking the Harry Potter Alliance for “your partnership throughout our discussions on this important issue,” and Slack and Walk Free both emphasizing their praise for the company. Like Warner Bros., the Harry Potter Alliance wants to keep J.K. Rowling’s creation in good standing. And like the alliance, Walk Free has an interest in finding new ways to spread messages about social justice and inequality. “In some ways, the flexibility of what the Harry Potter Alliance is doing is very useful,” he [Henry Jenkins, a professor of communication, journalism, cinematic arts and education at the University of Southern California] suggested. “It can form new kinds of alliances, it can again evolve over time as the cultural references change.
You may read more here.
In just a couple of days, Tom Felton’s new movie, Against the Sun, will make its United States premiere. Tom Felton plays one of the three main roles, as a WWII fighter pilot who crashes into the ocean during a scouting mission, and finds himself adrift in a lifeboat with his two comrades. The three men must survive against the elements of the ocean without food or water. The movie is set to release January 23, 2015. A trailer can be seen below, as well as a synopsis from IMDB.
A WWII pilot, bombardier, and radioman find themselves adrift on a lifeboat without food or water after being forced to ditch their plane during a scouting mission.
Earlier this morning Tom Felton tweeted that he had finally done it. He had finally joined Pottermore. He took J.K. Rowling’s Sorting Hat test, the official of all Sorting Hat tests, and was sorted into….Gryffindor. As J.K. Rowling mentioned in her new writing about Draco on Pottermore, Tom Felton is one of the nicest people anyone could ever meet–making him drastically different than the character of Draco that he portrays in the Harry Potter films. J.K. Rowling tweeted back at Tom, assuring him that the test was not faulty, saying, “I could’ve told you that years ago. I just didn’t want to spoil your motivation ;)”. Ms. Rowling stuck around twitter to answer a few more of fans questions, as she has been doing lately during her’s and Robert Galbraith’s writing breaks. Please hop on over to her Twitter to catch up on all of her wonderful replies.
This morning, Emma Watson made a speech, in front of business and world leaders, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Having been very successful with her UN speech last September, Ms. Watson announced a new initiative to ending gender inequality, as a part of her HeForShe campaign. As a UN Women’s goodwill ambassador, Ms. Watson laid forth a plan for a year-long initiative called “IMPACT 10x10x10.” This new plan resolves to “to address deficiencies in women’s empowerment and gender equality” according to The Guardian.
After her speech, Ms. Watson opened up her Twitter to accept and answer questions about her gender-equality campaigns.
Ms. Watson’s speech at Davos can be seen below:
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Little, Brown Book Group has released a new edition of J.K. Rowling’s adult novel, The Casual Vacancy. A picture of the cover was posted on The Casual Vacancy Facebook page, and can be seen below. The new book cover is being released to promote BBC One’s three-part mini series drama of the novel. The cover depicts Michael Gambon (Howard Mollison), Keeley Hawes (Samantha Mollison), Brian Vernal (“Fats”), and Abigail Lawrie (Krystal Weedon), clustered in a not-so-happy looking group against a “Pragford” backdrop. J.K. Rowling’s mini series has captured a couple Harry Potter cast members–Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), and Simon McBurney (the voice of Kreacher) who plays Colin Wall in the mini series. The Casual Vacancy mini series will premiere this February in the United Kingdom. It is set to become an HBO special in the United States at a later date.