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LUMOS FOUNDATION USA has announced that starting today, September 21st 2016, the last remaining tickets for a special screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th St. and Seventh Avenue in New York City, and online here

The highly anticipated event at Carnegie Hall, on November 12th 2016, will include a conversation between J.K. Rowling and actor Eddie Redmayne, along with an appearance by director David Yates and additional cast members,
in support of Lumos, the author’s non-profit children’s organization

Prior to the exclusive screening benefitting Lumos USA, the film’s screenwriter and author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, will join Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne on stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 6:00 pm for a conversation.
The remaining tickets for the family event (age recommendation 10 years+), which have been in high-demand, range from $50-$500. This exclusive event, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and publisher Scholastic Inc., will follow the film’s worldwide premiere, being held earlier that week in New York, and will precede the UK premiere in London the following week. The film opens in theaters on November 18th 2016, and on November 18th, Scholastic will publish the original screenplay of the film in the United States and Canada.

Ticket revenues will support the WeAreLumosWorldwide campaign in the United States, UK and across the globe. The campaign was launched on 17th September 2016 with a Facebook Live global broadcast with J.K. Rowling, opening sales of limited edition “Be the Light” t-shirts, and a gala performance of the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two”.

Thanks to Lumos’ 100% Pledge, all funds raised by the event will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund. The Fund will help children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life. No portion of any donations will go to administration, fundraising or overhead costs of the organization. Lumos is grateful to Warner Bros. and Scholastic for their support.

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Could she be an Obscurial? Read “The Mysterious Life and Death of Ariana Dumbledore” and have no doubts

//Por Vinicius Bellemo - Monday, 05 de December de 2016 às 18:00


After “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” premiered worldwide, several theories linked to the Harry Potter universe were created by fans, based on new information provided by the film. One of them is about the terms “Obscurus” and “Obscurial”, both announced in “Fantastic Beasts”.

Designating all “Obscurial” as “a young wizard or witch who developed a dark parasitical magical force, known as an Obscurus”, that, according to the Harry Potter Wiki is “a result of their magic being suppressed through psychological or physical abuse”, the Harry Potter fans quickly connected the terms with the mysterious disease of Albus Dumbledore’s famous younger sister: Ariana Dumbledore.

Coincidence or not, a few days after the theory that describes Ariana Dumbledore as an Obscurial spread over the internet, Pottermore released on their official website the text: The Mysterious Life and Death of Ariana Dumbledore (click the link to read the full text). The article can be seen as an official confirmation that the sister of Hogwarts’ former headmaster really was an Obscurial.

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Magically humans

//Por Pedro Martins - Friday, 02 de December de 2016 às 22:48


By Clarice Freire

Edited by Pedro Martins

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits cinemas about 15 years after I went the the theatres for the first time to watch something about J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, and there I go to watch it. I would have I lot to say, but I need to talk about Credence. I would rather stick to how much that character got my attention.

Credence (Ezra Miller) is a scared young man, weird, a “freak”, practically mute. Shaky, always looking down, completely abused by his adoptive mother who nurtures devastating fear and hatred for “witches” and wanted to exterminate them “for everyone’s safety”. Credence, secretly, just wanted to be a part of that magical world. Wanted to learn, since he kept inside himself an “Obscurial”, an enormous concentrated parasite force. It comes from wizards that, throughout the centuries, were forced to hide their strength, to reject it, implode it, and its devastating power kills in a few years whoever hosts it. Attention to the depth of this metaphor that can go unnoticed.

Ezra Miller’s character tries to be accepted from all sides, but when he doesn’t give the people around him what they expect, it’s not enough. With no strength to react, he backs further off. Credence is obviously a magical creature, but doesn’t know how to be it. He doesn’t really know who he is, nor what he can do with his suppressed strength. So suppressed, so trapped, so hidden, it gets obscure and slowly kills him in the inside. When the situation hits a limit, Credence realises he’s being used and explodes. The Obscurus inside of him is revealed in all its power and goes off killing, destroying the city, starting a war: devastating himself and everything around him

I left the cinema thinking of the thousand times that, in my own life, I imploded my light simply because the world wouldn’t get it, wouldn’t accept it. I wanted to be a part of a made up world. And the uselessness of that, because it always explodes and that is, in fact, devastating. Some times liberating, of course. But never pleasant. I thought of many other people – acquaintances and strangers – that went through that in a much more drastic way.

I thought of victims of persecution, prejudice, oppression, for thousands of reasons, scattered all over the world. Unfortunately, the list is endless. The “magic” that J.K. Rowling portraits is, for me, clearly that force we all have inside ourselves. The times in which we repressed our light because the world thinks differently. Anxiety and depression get more and more common: you need to be, you need to have, you need to match, it is forbidden to fail, it is terrible to disappoint and, of course, don’t forget to post. Show off. The on-line world is constantly, presently, wanting you to be accounted for, like Grindelwald cornering the boy against the wall: show me, what have you done? What did you get? Show me you’re useful for something.

Credence’s message is serious, is sad, but it’s a warning.

In a sentence, I’d say: we are all magically humans.

We are extraordinary and that can’t be hushed. Our magic lives in uniqueness: you are unique and it has unimaginable power. It’s dangerous to implode a force! Let magic explode freely, “to – truly – everyone’s safety”.

Where to find fantastic beings? Inside of me, of you, and that stranger by your side.

Do not

conceal the magic.

May it shine strongly,

immensely, immortally,

full of life. 

Clarice Freire iswriter and publicist. Made her first trip to the moon in 2014 with de Lua (Moondust, in free translation), her drawn poetry turned into a book. Followed by over 1.5 million people in social media, with two best-sellers published by the Brazilian publisher Editora Intrínseca, loves J.K. Rowling’s magical words since childhood, thinking the best place in the world is imagination. 

Translated to English by: Beatriz Souza

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“Fantastic Beasts” mobile game is released

//Por Vinicius Bellemo - Friday, 18 de November de 2016 às 13:54


November 17th was extremely eventful for Harry Potter fans. Besides being the eve of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” premier in cinemas all over the world, we got another gift from Warner: a game about J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World was released.

The game, titled “Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World”, places the player as a worker for the Ministry of Magic who is responsible for solving mysteries, protecting magical beasts, casting spells and brewing potions, while interacting with other players online.

Below, the game’s official description:

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Master your magical skills as you delve into your wizarding world to investigate unexplained happenings. In an new adventure inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, enjoy all-new experiences as you discover hidden objects, interview witnesses, analyze evidence, and cast spells to uncover and protect the fantastic beasts at the center of every mysterious case. Solve All-New Magical Mysteries. Clues to unlocking the secrets of your wizarding world are hiding in plain sight. Only you have the skills and talent to find the answers as you dive into the elusive world of magical creatures. You’ll cast spells, brew potions and decipher hidden clues to investigate and solve all-new mysteries. Help the Ministry of Magic. The Ministry of Magic is relying on you to crack the case as one of the brightest new recruits of the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. From nifflers to unicorns, centaurs to dragons, you protect them all. Use your training to investigate beastly happenings and prove yourself as the smartest, sharpest wizard. Make Magic With Your Friends. Join the magical community and unravel the secrets of your wizarding world together. See how you stack up against your fellow recruits, and lend your friends a helping hand

The game is available for iOS and Android.

News translated by: Beatriz Souza

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Last tickets for advanced screening of “Fantastic Beasts” were released

//Por Aline Michel - Wednesday, 21 de September de 2016 às 13:39


LUMOS FOUNDATION USA has announced that starting today, September 21st 2016, the last remaining tickets for a special screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will be available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 57th St. and Seventh Avenue in New York City, and online here

The highly anticipated event at Carnegie Hall, on November 12th 2016, will include a conversation between J.K. Rowling and actor Eddie Redmayne, along with an appearance by director David Yates and additional cast members,
in support of Lumos, the author’s non-profit children’s organization

Prior to the exclusive screening benefitting Lumos USA, the film’s screenwriter and author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, will join Academy Award® winner Eddie Redmayne on stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 6:00 pm for a conversation.
The remaining tickets for the family event (age recommendation 10 years+), which have been in high-demand, range from $50-$500. This exclusive event, in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and publisher Scholastic Inc., will follow the film’s worldwide premiere, being held earlier that week in New York, and will precede the UK premiere in London the following week. The film opens in theaters on November 18th 2016, and on November 18th, Scholastic will publish the original screenplay of the film in the United States and Canada.

Ticket revenues will support the WeAreLumosWorldwide campaign in the United States, UK and across the globe. The campaign was launched on 17th September 2016 with a Facebook Live global broadcast with J.K. Rowling, opening sales of limited edition “Be the Light” t-shirts, and a gala performance of the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two”.

Thanks to Lumos’ 100% Pledge, all funds raised by the event will go directly to Lumos’ Families Not Orphanages Fund. The Fund will help children in the countries where Lumos works to leave orphanages and return to a family life. No portion of any donations will go to administration, fundraising or overhead costs of the organization. Lumos is grateful to Warner Bros. and Scholastic for their support.

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J.K. Rowling at special gala performance of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

//Por Aline Michel - Monday, 19 de September de 2016 às 07:46


J.K. Rowling joined some of the cast members of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, on Sunday 18th of September 2016, in support of Lumos and called for an end to the separation of millions of children from families in institutions and orphanages.

The author addressed an audience of Harry Potter fans of all ages prior to the special gala performance to benefit Lumos, the non-profit organisation she founded to help end the institutionalisation of children globally by 2050.
“Children need, deserve and have a right to families,” she said. “Thank you, from everyone at Lumos, for helping us achieve our ambition of bringing eight million children back into the light. It is, to paraphrase Albus Dumbledore, not easy, but it is right.”

Thanks to the generosity of the play’s producers – Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions – and Lumos’ 100% Pledge, all funds raised at the gala performance will go directly to Lumos’ work to transform the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged children. The special gala performance was part of a series of events in the We Are Lumos Worldwide global campaign to raise awareness and urge people to get involved with the non-profit organisation’s work to bring the hidden children to light and get them home to families. The campaign was officially launched with a Facebook Live interview on Saturday 17 September 2016.

J.K. Rowling and cast members from the play also supported the launch of a new limited edition T-shirt. The ‘Be the Light’ T-shirts feature inspirational words from the author’s Very Good Lives Harvard commencement speech in 2008: “We do not need magic to transform our world; we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already”. They are available to buy here. At least 60% of the retail price will go to support Lumos programmes around the world.

Photo caption l-r Poppy Miller, Paul Thornley, Stuart Ramsey, Sam Clemmett, J.K. Rowling, Anthony Boyle, Noma Dumezweni, and Alex Price. Photo by Dave Benett / Getty Image for Lumos.

Photo caption l-r Poppy Miller, Paul Thornley, Stuart Ramsey, Sam Clemmett, J.K. Rowling, Anthony Boyle, Noma Dumezweni, and Alex Price. Photo by Dave Benett / Getty Image for Lumos.

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J.K. Rowling live on Facebook

//Por Paola Galiano - Friday, 16 de September de 2016 às 16:33


J.K. Rowling, will shine a light on millions of the world’s most disadvantaged children in orphanages this weekend, in an exclusive Facebook Live global broadcast.

The author will illuminate the work of Lumos, which she founded a decade ago to return children from orphanages and institutions to families. The broadcast will be streamed live via the Lumos Facebook page.

People are invited to submit a question for J.K. Rowling about Lumos’ work. Questions can be sent this week via the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign website and some will be selected to be read out on the night.

The Facebook Live event marks the start of the We Are Lumos Worldwide global campaign to raise awareness and urge people to get involved with the non-profit organisation’s work to bring the hidden children to light and get them home to families. The campaign will include:
-A gala performance of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on Sunday 18 September, where J.K. Rowling will introduce the play and talk about Lumos. All proceeds from this event will go towards Lumos programmes around the world.
-A special advance screening, benefiting Lumos, of the new Warner Bros feature film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them following an on stage conversation between J.K. Rowling and the film’s star Eddie Redmayne on Saturday 12 November at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Thanks to the generosity of J.K. Rowling and others, 100% of all public donations, including funds raised from the events in the We Are Lumos Worldwide campaign, will go directly to Lumos’ programmes helping thousands of children to leave orphanages and return to families, giving them a real chance in life.

The Live global broadcast will take place on Saturday 17 September at 8.15pm BST / 3.15pm ET / 12.15pm PT and you can watch it at the Lumus page, on facebook.

The Potterish team will watch the transmission. Keep an eye on our website and social media for other news.

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J.K. Rowling and Pottermore publish e-books with new contents of The Wizarding World

//Por Aline Michel - Wednesday, 07 de September de 2016 às 17:35


Pottermore, the digital heart of The Wizarding World, published yesterday, September 7th, three eBooks that bring together a collection of copyright texts from J.K. Rowling, including some never seen before, that although aren’t many, showed themselves enough to please the fans of the Harry Potter series.

In “Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists”, the spotlight is Horace Slughorn, bringing a huge amount of information about the character, from details about his wand to the unknown story about his relationship with the Dark Lord. Now, in “Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies”, Rowling brings to her fans an extension of her previous text about Minerva McGonagall, telling us about the relationship with the Professor and the Potters, her story after the Hogwarts Battle and, aside, the ten hard steps for a wizard become an Animagus, something that all Potterheads always wanted to know since Prisoner of Azkaban.

The third and last book of the collection, “An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide”, doesn’t bring a new text, but redeems a text published in her previous website, years and years ago: “The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick”.

pottermore presents português

The trilogy “Short Stories from Hogwarts” has received the trusteeship from the Pottermore editorial team as well as special treatment for the publishing in several digital platforms like Amazon, as we reported with more details previously.

Available in several languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, the e-books can be found on iTunes Store and Google Play.

Translatedo to English by Bruna Lopes
Revised by Caroline Dorigon

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