New Character Confirmed in The “Fantastic Beasts” Sequel

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Friday, 21 de April de 2017 às 20:54

Variety and Pottermore confirmed that Newt Scamander’s older brother, Theseus Scamander, described in the first film as a famous war hero recognised by the International Confederation of Wizards will appear on the second film of the franchise. The British actor Callum Turner is negotiating to bring the character to life.

Callum participated in many projects on TV, theatre and cinema, his most recent work being the movie Mobile Homes. His resume also includes many works with actors from Harry Potter, such as Helen McRory in Leaving, Daniel Radcliffe in Victor Frankenstein, Jessie Cave in Glue (TV series), written by Jack Throne, and Jim Broadbent in War & Peace.

Even though his career started recently, Callum already received a BAFTA as a “Breakthrough Brit”, an award given to 18 nominees, offered as a way to recognise and develop talents and careers for new stars on the film, TV and game industry.

The sequel for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them still doesn’t have a title but it will take us to the darkest moment of the wizarding world history, where Newt and his friends must decide their alliances. Written by J.K. Rowling and starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol, the film will be directed by David Yates and premieres on November 17th of 2018.

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Watch the trailer for “The Circle” starring Emma Watson

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Sunday, 16 de April de 2017 às 14:42

Emma Watson, our eternal Hermione Granger, and Tom Hanks are on the movie “The Circle“, adapted from Dave Eggers’ book “The Circle“.

On the film, Emma is Mae Holland, a young employee of an internet corporation called “The Circle” that links the user’s e-mails with their daily activities in an universal system created by Hanks’ character.

Watch the trailer below:

Directed and written by James Posoldt (The Spectacular Now), The Circle has its premiere set to April 28th.

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Will Have Christmas Celebration

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Sunday, 16 de April de 2017 às 13:02

Harry Potter fans will now have the chance to experience their dream Holidays at Hogwarts! Universal Orlando Resort announced on Thursday (13), the new Christmas experience at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley’s streets will be decorated with Christmas ornament, as well as the shops’ windows. Holiday food and drinks will also be available, but the main attraction remains, of course, the Hogwarts castle: at night, special effects will be projected on the building.

The Holiday celebrations will happen daily from November 18th (2017) to January 6th (2018) all over Universal Orlando Resort.

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Jude Law has been cast as young Albus Dumbledore

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Wednesday, 12 de April de 2017 às 15:02

The Pottermore news team revelead exclusively that the two-time Oscar nominee will be Albus Dumbledore, future headmaster of Hogwarts, in the sequel of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Director David Yates said:

Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I’ve long admired and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him. I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.

Jude Law’s career took off after his 1997 movie Wilde, where he portrayed poet Lord Alfred Douglas, expanding into works for movies, TV and theatre. Aside being nominated for an Oscar twice, he was also nominated for three Golden Globes, two BAFTAs, three Olivier Awards and two Tonys. He was last seen in the HBO miniseries The Young Pope.

He was also seen in a number of movies with previous Harry Potter actors, such as Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Hotel Budapest, Helen McCrory, Frances De La Tour and Richard Griffiths in Hugo and even Johnny Depp and Colin Farrell in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, where the three of them portrayed the same character, Tony Shepherd.

It was also confirmed that filming begins this summer.

The sequel for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is untitled as of yet, but it will take us in deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes must decide on their allegiances. With a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, the movie will be directed by David Yates, with a release date for 16 November 2018.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Breaks Highest Number of Awards Received Record At The Olivier Awards

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Sunday, 09 de April de 2017 às 23:16

Yesterday (09) the winners for the Laurence Olivier Awards, one of the biggest awards in British theatre, were finally announced. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child broke a record, leaving with nine awards, the highest number ever granted to any production.

At the ceremony, which took place at the Royal Albert Hall, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won for Best Lighting Design (Neil Austin), Best Sound Design (Gareth Fry), Best Director (John Tiffany), Best Costume Design (Katrina Lindsay), Best Set Design (Christine Jones), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Anthony Boyle as Scorpius Malfoy), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger), Best Actor (Jamie Parker as Harry Potter) and the most important award of the night, Best New Play.

J.K. Rowling, who didn’t attend to the awards ceremony, declared on Twitter that she “couldn’t be more delighted for our immensely talented cast and creative team”.

The play didn’t win for Best Theatre Choreographer (Steven Hogget), losing to The Red Shoes (Matthew Bourne), and Outstanding Achievement in Music (Imogen Heap), the latter going to the children who play instruments live in the musical inspired by the movie School of Rock.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being performed at the Palace Theatre in London since July of 2016, and is on its way to conquer Broadway, in New York, where it will be greeted by a theatre completely renovated by the production team and planned by the play’s designer, Christine Jones and the director, John Tiffany.

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Tickets for special Harry Potter exhibition are now available

//Por Aline Michel - Friday, 07 de April de 2017 às 17:04

The first batch of tickets for the “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibition is available since 3rd of April.

The exhibition is part of celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Visitors will be able to see original pieces like drafts and drawings from J.K. Rowling, illustrator Jim Kay and Bloomsbury, the Harry Potter publisher. Rare books, manuscripts and treasures from the British Library’s archives will also be part of the exhibition.

On Pottermore’s website you can have a first look on three pieces which will be part of the exhibition, including an extract of an original draft from The Sorting Hat Song by J.K. Rowling.

The other images you can check directly at Pottermore’s page through this link

Julian Harrison, head curator at the British Library, reveals to be delighted with the exhibtion:

“It’s always so thrilling to see an author’s original draft in their own handwriting, and J.K. Rowling’s draft of the Sorting Hat song is no exception. It’s integral to the Harry Potter stories, and it’s amazing to see how it was originally written and amended. We hope this provides an exciting taster of what kind of material visitors can expect to see in our exhibition.”

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” will be on the British Library between 20th of October 2017 and 28 of January 2018.

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Fantastic Beasts-Inspired Recipes

//Por Ana Beatriz Fontes - Thursday, 06 de April de 2017 às 23:49

Warner Bros. posted last week on their YouTube channel two recipes, Apple Strudel and Baked Nifflers, inspired by Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The former appears on screen when Queenie cooks for Tina and her guests, Newt and Jacob. But it’s not limited to the Wizarding World: the apple strudel, also known as Apfelstrudel, is a traditional Austrian dessert, originated in Viena. The Baked Nifflers appear in one of the film’s final scenes, on a shelf at Jacob’s bakery.

Now we can make our own Baked Nifflers and Apple Strudel at home. On Warner’s video, Andrew Smyth gives us the recipes step by step. Watch it now:

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Producer of “Cursed Child” Wants At Least 10 Productions Around the World

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Wednesday, 05 de April de 2017 às 16:45

In interview to The Telegraph, the producer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Sonia Friedman, talked about her work, due to the proximity of the Olivier Awards – the most important theatre awards. This year, Sonia Friedman’s productions are up to 31 nominations, 11 of them being responsibility of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with the highest number of nominations in the awards’ history.

Owner of her own company for 15 years and part of the team of over 160 productions,  Sonia was responsible for producing Madonna’s debut at the West End (Up for Grabs), Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet and big musical classics such as Funny Girl and Dreamgirls.

“To have the show recognised in its own right as a good piece of workthat matters more than box-office. You crave that approval”, said Sonia, who cried the first time she met J.K. Rowling.

Her father, who used to live in a street close to J.K. Rowling’s, left Sonia’s mom and her three siblings around the time she was born.

When you grow up with that rejection, it’s very hard ever to get rid of it – it’s in your factory setting. [When I knocked on Rowling’s door] I’d been thinking, ‘If only my dad were alive now, perhaps he’d finally be proud of me’. So, I talked a lot about him when we first met. We didn’t talk about merchandise and box-office. I talked about what I wanted an audience to feel. I said, ‘I think this needs to be about a dad who doesn’t know how to be a dad’.

Even though she claims to be determined not to be “defined” by Harry Potter, denying when other producers say it’s her opportunity to calm down, the producer and her conviction delivers good news to the fans. “I won’t be settled until we have 10 productions around the world”. When asked if it was going to be like a musical blockbuster, she answered “Yes, but it’s a play, and seven hours in the theatre, so we have to get it right”.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being performed at the Palace Theatre in London since July of 2016. In 2018, it arrives at Brodway’s famous stage, in a completely renovated theatre to match the experience during each moment spent inside.

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Pottermore reveals new cast members of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

//Por Rodrigo Cavalheiro - Thursday, 30 de March de 2017 às 11:26

Almost a year after the beggining of the previews of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, original cast members will be replaced for new actors, revealed producer Sonia Friedman and director John Tiffany through Pottermore.

The roles of Harry, Hermione and Ron will be performed next year by Jamie Glover (An Adventure in Space and Time), Rakie Ayola (Black Mirror) and Thomas Aldridge (Law and Order UK), newcomers to the production. Ginny will be performed by Emma Lowndes (Downton Abbey) and James Howard will be Draco Malfoy, a role he already understudied on the original cast.

Back row (left-right): James Howard (Draco Malfoy), Emma Lowndes (Ginny Potter), Jamie Glover (Harry Potter). Front row (left-right): Thomas Aldridge (Ron Weasley), Rakie Ayola (Hermione Granger), Helen Aluko (Rose Granger-Weasley), Theo Ancient (Albus Potter), Samuel Blenkin (Scorpius Malfoy). Photo: Manuel Harlan.

Helen Aluko, who was also an understudy for Rose Granger-Weasley, will remain in the role on a permanent manner, while Theo Ancient and Samuel Blenkin will make their professional debuts as Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy.

Director John Tiffany compared the process of seeing a new cast with the famous british show Doctor Who, explaining that new generations happen all the time and that people like seeing new actors and their different approaches to characters.

“[We look for] actors that you think will bring something new to this part, and that you’d be excited to see play that part”, Tiffany said.

“They’re not emulating anybody else. Great plays, great work, will always be reinterpreted by great actors. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they bring to the parts”, Sonia Friedman added.

David Annen, Ruthxjiah Bellenea, Danny Dalton, Leah Haile, Rupert Henderson, Elizabeth Hill, April Hughes, James McGregor, Sarah Miele, Jordan Paris, James Phoon, Henry Rundle, Ged Simmons, Mark Theodore, Gideon Turner and Ed White complete the new cast, joining original cast members Nicola Alexis, Rosemary Annabella, Phoebe Austen, Annabel Baldwin, Jabez Cheeseman, Morag Cross, Esme Grace, Lowri James, Martin Johnston, Alfred Jones, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Tom Mackley, Harrison Noble, Ben Roberts, Nuno Silva, Hope Sizer and Joshua Wyatt on a huge cast of 42 actors.

The original cast will perform for their last time at the Palace Theatre on May 21. The new cast debuts on May 24. New tickets will be on sale on April 25.

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“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” enhances 4k-HD ride

//Por Caroline Dorigon - Sunday, 26 de March de 2017 às 15:13

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at the Universal Studios Hollywood receives in its extension of “Harry Potter and the Forbidder Journey” an enhanced 4K-HD ride film projecting developed to offer guests an amazing view of the Wizarding World created by J.K. Rowling.

To create a straight integration between the ride´s sets and its spellbinding media, this improvement replaces the earlier 3D film component and offers superior clarity and ultra-realistic images.

“The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” received lots of critical acclaim, such as:

“The combination of the stunningly detailed queue and the state-of-the-art ride make Forbidden Journey the best dark ride in the world.”

“All roads lead to Hogwarts castle, home to possibly the most immersive, amazing and utterly convincing dark-ride and queue ever invented. The detail at every turn is exquisite.”

This extension is multidimensional thrill ride located within Hogwarts castle. It leads visitors to a journey alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione as they venture through some of the most unforgettable scenes from the movies.

It is possible to access Hogwarts castle, a reproduction from the movie, sits at the heart of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter”, where guests can walk into familiar places along the way, including the Hall of Talking Portraits and the Mirror of Erised.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood provides the visitors the most remarkable immersion in J.K Rowling´s world, including walk to places inside and outside Hogwarts lands, where the main characters did, and try authentic food and beverages.

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