//Por Aline Michel - Saturday, 23 de September de 2017 às 05:51

The 11th edition of New York’s Comic Con will take place from October, 5 to 8, but Funko has already announced the exclusive new items they will take to the pop culture fair. Amongst them, there are three new products inspired by J.K. Rowling’s saga.

From the Funko POP! Line, two models will be released: “Boggart as Snape” and “Gellert Grindelwald”, from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The third item will be “Luna Lovegood” wearing her lion hat, from the Rock Candy line.

Besides the news from the wizarding world, Funkos inspired by Lord of the Rings, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera characters were also announced.

Check out the video below containing all the new exclusive items:

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//Por Aline Michel - Friday, 22 de September de 2017 às 16:58

Lumos, a charity institution created by J.K. Rowling, is one of the four finalists to win a $100 million-dollar donation from the MacArthur Foundation.

Three of the four finalist companies in the contest work for a better quality of life for children. To know more about the companies, click here.

About the finalists, MacArthur president declared:

“The proposals are creative, ambitious, and driven by a passion to make the world a better place for millions of people. Together, they demonstrate that, even in challenging social and political times, solutions are possible and worthy of significant investment.”

Lumos’ official website created an exclusive page that describes the institution’s work and how important these donations would have in Lumus’ future actions. You can access this page through this link.

As a part of the selective process, the four finalists will answer the public’s questions weekly. The first round of questions will be on September 29th and the winner will be announced live on December 11th.

The Potterish Staff wishes Lumos good luck!

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Teacher creates a Harry Potter themed classroom

//Por Aline Michel - Friday, 22 de September de 2017 às 16:52

Kyle Hubler is a teacher in Oregon, United States, who turned his classroom into a Harry Potter themed decorated environment.

Hunker has been teaching the seventh and eighth grades for four years at Evergreen Middle School in Hillsboro. He had already added a few Harry Potter elements in his classroom last year but, when he found out he would change rooms, he decided to make a decoration even more similar to Hogwarts’. Besides using objects from his own collection, Hubler also purchased others through informal selling and Facebook ads. It took him 70 hours, through the course of five weeks, to get everything ready.

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The idea for the decorating came up when, while speaking to his students about dreams, he realized he could turn his childhood dream of going to Hogwarts into reality. Although he had to make a few changes, he feels he made his twelve-year-old self proud.

When the students saw the classroom, they reacted with enthusiasm. Hubler tells he even heard sighs.

“I love Harry Potter because of the impact it had on me as a kid. Being a kid can be tough sometimes ― there were times when I felt weird and that I didn’t belong to any circle of friends, and reading the books was a way to escape that and feel like I did belong. As I grew up, I became more skilled in socializing and developed stronger connections with friends, but the lessons in the books about acceptance, loyalty, and integrity stayed with me and inform a lot of the philosophy I have in my approach to teaching and how I interact with my students,” Hubler told HuffPost.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child offers chance to fans be part of the opening night and VIP party

//Por Beatriz Souza - Tuesday, 19 de September de 2017 às 11:58

To raise money for the “Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS”, the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” play will donate tickets for its opening night and VIP party in this year Broadway Flee Market & Grand Auction. The auctions happen on September 24, while the opening night of Cursed Child on Broadway is on April 22.

As for now, the auction happens on the event’s website, with first bid of $1,600.00. On September 22, the online auction will be closed to continue during the event, which happens on September 24 throughout the day. Other plays will sell their play-related items, such as autographs, collection items or even delicacies, to raise money for the organisation.

If the on-site bids do not go over the virtual ones, the latter will win as a “silent bid” during the event, and the winner will not need to be present.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS was created as a response from the theatre community in the USA to the AIDS crisis, gathering more than $12 million to causes related in 2015 through many events. Among them, the famous Broadway Backwards show – in which actors of one gender sing songs of the other gender – , Broadway Bares – a strip-tease show with Broadway actors –, and the Easter Bonnet Competition – in which plays gather money in red buckets held by the actors after each show. To make a donation, click here.

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First images of “Fantastic Beasts 2” filming at Hogwarts are revealed

//Por Beatriz Souza - Tuesday, 19 de September de 2017 às 11:43

After rumours of some scenes of the Fantastic Beasts‘ sequel being set at Hogwarts, unofficial images were released this weekend where it is possible to see people wearing school uniforms and the Lacock Abbey, England, which was the background scenario for Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban.

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According to some reports, Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Zoe Kravitz (Leta Lestrange) and other actors were on set in August. However, Warner Bros. have not spoken about the subject yet.

Directed by David Yates and written by J.K. Rowling, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts remains untitled, but is set to premiere on November 16, 2018.

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Strike: “Career of Evil” will air next year

//Por Beatriz Souza - Tuesday, 19 de September de 2017 às 11:12

After the exhibition of the last episode adapting Silkworm, BBC made a statement about the future of the adaptations of Robert Galbraith’s books, pseudonym of J.K.Rowling.

Confirming what Radio Times had already said, the broadcaster announced that the two episodes of Career of Evil will air only in 2018, yet without an exact date.

It has also been confirmed that the exhibition in US will happen through Cinemax, owned by HBO, one of the series’ co-producers.

In the statement, the TV channel showed satisfaction with the public (attracting an average of 7.4 million viewers for Cuckoo’s Calling) and critics. The third part will also star Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger as Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott, and see detective and assistant through a case that begins with a single leg being mailed to Robin in Cormoran’s office.

Strike is produced by Brontë Film and TV, a Rowling’s production company, which was also responsible for the adaptation of Casual Vacancy.

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//Por Aline Michel - Monday, 11 de September de 2017 às 15:41

The British broadcaster BBC will produce a documentary to celebrate the twenty years that has passed since the publishing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The show will visit the backstage of the exhibit Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which opens its doors to the public on October 20th, in the British Library, in London. For more info about the exhibit, check out this news.

The documentary will also feature an exclusive interview with J.K. Rowling, in which she’ll talk more about her current works and about some of her personal items which were donated to the exhibit. There will also be interviews with other people that worked with the books and movies from the Harry Potter series.

It’s not the first time BBC produces something related to Harry Potter. In 2001, they launched a documentary with an exclusive interview with Rowling that reveled, for the first time, manuscripts with original notes from the author. Besides, the channel was in charge of the adaptations of The Casual Vacancy and the Cormoran Strike series for the British television.

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Pottermore reveals images of the “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibition

//Por Ana Carolina Aguiar - Thursday, 07 de September de 2017 às 19:48

The “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibition opens only on the 20th of October, in the British Library, but the Pottermore website has released a few images for the more curious fans.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will display books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British library collection that explore subjects taught in Hogwarts. Besides that, it will display never shown before original drafts and drawings by J. K. Rowling and the illustrator of the series, Jim Kay.

Final design of the Astronomy room.

The images revealed by Pottermore are from the design company, Easy Tiger, responsable for creating the layout of the exhibition. According to the company’s director, Bren Lardner, the goal of the exhibition is to preserve the feeling of a library, but a special one, magical, and make poeple forget the outside world when creating a connection between the British Library, Harry Potter and magic.

Original conceptual art of the Herbology room.

The room designs are very like the original concept. The Astronomy room will appear to be circular, with telescopes and curtains draped from the ceiling as a reminder of the Astronomy Tower. The Divination room will be full of flying cups and a collection of crystal balls, meanwhile, the Herbology room will remind us of a greenhouse, with plants everywhere. The rooms include information boards with the history, and even if special effects like smoke and incense are forbidden they might damage to the collection, they promise that the exhibition will be a magical experience Harry Potter fans.

You can check out more images on Pottermore!

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Special event at Hollywood Studios dedicated to the Dark Arts

//Por Ana Carolina Aguiar - Thursday, 07 de September de 2017 às 18:23

To celebrate Halloween, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, located at Leavesden Studios, will present a new special event, between October 1st and November 12th, dedicated to the Dark Arts. The Great Hall will be decorated for a Halloween banquet, with over 100 floating pumpkins, tables decorated with red apples, pumpkins and lollipop cauldrons.

Visitants will also be able to participate in a class with Paul Harris, who choreographed the wand movements in the movies, where you will learn to duel and then put your learnings in action against Death Eaters during a demonstration of how one of the scenes of the Battle of Hogwarts was filmed. There will be an exhibition of the original Death Eaters costumes.

All kinds of goo and fake blood will be available to the visitants, who will learn the process of making all kinds of things, from the drool of the giant dog to the blood of a unicorn.

Besides that, the Studio Tour will also be preparing for the “Hogwarts after dark” event, where visitants, during only two nights (28th and 29th of October) will be able to have dinner at the Great Hall before going after spiders in the Forbidden Forest, where dessert will be served.

Situated at the same studios that served as base of production and where all eight Harry Potter movies were filmed, as well as Fantastic Beasts, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter is near London. Tickets must be acquired previously through the website and cannot be purchased at the studio.

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“The portrayal of Harry is not right”, says Evanna Lynch about The Cursed Child.

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Wednesday, 06 de September de 2017 às 21:43

Evanna Lynch, known for the hole of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies, went to Leaky Con in Dublin, Ireland last weekend.

During the event, the actress was interviewed by Buzzfeed and spoke out about the resurgence of the Harry Potter fans because of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

“People just not wanting to let go and move on. The fans have kept it (Harry Potter) alive. […] You know her world is so rich, and you see that through Pottermore and Fantastic Beasts and all the other parts of the Wizarding World. You can tell she’s just excited to share it with people, and I think that [passion from fans] must have inspired her.”

She also talked out about critics surrounding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:

“I do understand about some people not accepting Cursed Child, because it’s not pure (J.K. Rowling). I know she approved everything, and she was so heavily involved in the creative process, but she didn’t write it. So, for me, the portrayal of Harry is not…right. It’s like, it’s speculative, but for me it’s not the real Harry Potter world. […] It just didn’t feel like Harry to me. I relate to people who have that purist mindset that if it’s from J.K. Rowling’s mind, then it is, but that’s not just her creation, it’s a lot of people’s creations. It’s the same way the films are an amalgamation of so many people’s visions and opinions of the Harry Potter universe, so you don’t have to accept that.”

You can check out the whole interview here.

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