Harry Potter

With Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald releasing in November, nerdy fans are abuzz about its possibilities. Its connecting even more to classic Harry Potter characters, after all, with the addition of a younger Dumbledore to the cast. However, the things they’re abuzz about aren’t all inherently good. Many fans have mixed feelings about Johnny Depp’s involvement as Grindelwald himself, are concerned about the portrayal of a younger Dumbledore, and, more recently, the uproarious confusion about adding Nagini, Voldemort’s pet snake, as a character in the film. What once was a highly intelligent reptile is now shown to be a beautiful woman who transforms into a massive snake. Her inclusion, her race, and her relevance have all been up for grabs when it comes to criticizing the film. Here, though, we are going to look into something more unsettling: what this new information on her implies for the original Harry Potter series.

And trust that those implications are disturbing. (more…)

Though Harry Potter’s story ended with Voldemort, the universe of wizards, magic, and Hogwarts has proven to have more stories to tell. In November 2016, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered, telling now the story of Newt Scamander, a creature-lover who adventured many years before Harry was even born.

For those new to the tale, the movie is set in 1926, decades before the events of Harry Potter. Viewers follow protagonist Newt Scamander, a kind Hufflepuff who has a very unique profession: magizoologist. He finds and cares for many exotic magical creatures. In his journeys, he heads to America and finds even more trouble with creatures and magic than his timid personality would ever anticipate.

In the film’s sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Scamander’s adventures continue and begin to come a little closer to home. This time, he’s working with fan favorite great wizard, Albus Dumbledore. After all, Dumbledore does have a complicated relationship with Grindelwald, the great criminal of the film. (more…)

When the world of Harry Potter finally came to life in 2001, no one had the words to explain what it was they were seeing. In 2011, the final movie premiered in theaters. Then in 2014, it became kind of immortalized in the real world when Universal Studios Florida created The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. Three years later and the theme park is now getting a new night time light show called “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” And you can check out a preview of the show after the jump.

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If Universal Studios is known for anything, it is its ability to bring even the most fantastical cinematic worlds into reality. Since the summer of 2010, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has brought a touch of J K Rowling’s signature magic to visitors to the park. It boasts a replica of Hogwarts Castle and its grounds which guests can tour, complete with a welcome speech from the esteeemed headmaster Albus Dumbledore himself. It offers thrilling rides as well as shops and restaurants bursting with fun food and souvenirs inspired by the Harry Potter stories, with experiences ranging from battling dragons and dementors, to sipping butterbeer by the fire. (more…)

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Though it is far more than most series ever get, seven novels, a collection of short stories, two World Book Day spin off books and eight movies is not enough to satiate the nerd cravings of the Harry Potter fandom. A musical set ten years after the books has been playing in London all summer and is sold out for its entire run, with the script published as a book flying off the shelves all over the world. The new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, due in cinemas in November this year, is the next new foray into the magical world. (more…)

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He’s not really a superhero per se, but Harry Potter is a hero, and his magic might well qualify as a super-power in the right light. So let’s just call Harry Potter a superhero, one that Daniel Radcliffe literally grew up playing, and given his post-Potter career, he’s definitely tried to teeter away from blockbusters, and special effects, and all those other trappings that are as synonymous with the Harry Potter films, as they are with, say, the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. So what would it take to get Radcliffe to save the day again? How about webshooters and a skin-tight red and blue outfit?  (more…)

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Long before the birth of the Boy Who Lived, long before the rise of the dark wizard You Know Who and his Death Eaters, the wizarding world was nonetheless as exciting and secretive a place as it is today. Hidden away from the muggles of Britain and the nomajes of America, wizards and witches the world over led exciting lives of exploration and discovery, spells and sorcery. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just over the horizon – due in cinemas on November 18th – we are very soon to learn about the lives they led in a world many decades before Harry Potter. (more…)

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As the Olympics continue into their second half this week, a surprise TV spot dropped in the form of a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer. The film has been the driving force behind a (thus far successful) public interest revival of JK Rowling‘s Wizard World, made famous by the Harry Potter series of novels. Fantastic Beasts will cap off a lead up that included theme park attractions, an enormous Pottermore update, and a play/book release combo. If you would like to check out the trailer, continue after the jump. (more…)

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Last night, a new Harry Potter story came out to the masses in book stores, albeit in a different format than what we had come to know and love; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the official eighth story starring The Boy Who Lived is, as you’re probably already aware, a stage-play script released in book format. Despite the unconventional format, people are very excited for more Harry Potter stories to dive into all the same. However, people had been wondering if there was even more stories untold from the lightning scarred English wizard in our future… well, Potter-author J.K. Rowling recently gave us an answer.  (more…)

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The Warner Bros stage at Sand Diego Comic Con would have been sorely lacking if they didn’t give us some glimpse of all the return to J K Rowling‘s globally beloved magical world. The all new angle from which upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will approach the wizarding world – taking place in a different time and country than the Harry Potter books and films released so far – has been on every avid Potterhead’s tongue since it was first announced way back in September 2013. (more…)