Harry Potter

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It wasn’t just the fact that James and Lily Potter were a beautiful couple with extraordinary wealth and power that made the Dursleys hate them. Oh no, there was bad blood between these blood-related
families, and that’s why poor Harry Potter had to live in a closet for the majority of his stay with the fat, bloated Muggle antagonists of the Harry Potter novels.

Author J.K. Rowling occasionally returns to the Harry Potter back-story well to release well-timed tidbits aimed at keeping the Potterverse pot simmering, and this Tuesday, the story of the Dursley-Potter falling out went live on its official fansite: Pottermore. (more…)

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If Harry Potter fans were to guess as to the first actors from the beloved franchise that would be posing for some risqué photos, Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch) may not have been at the top of that list.  However, Wanamaker is in fact one of the several actresses that have Harry Potter on their resume who recently took part in a photo shoot to raise awareness of the damage humans are causing to the oceans and once the clothes came off, the shoot got a bit…fishy. (more…)

Harry Potter is Coming to Hollywood!

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The magical world of witchcraft and wizardry has been slowly integrating into ours for a while now. Starting with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening at Universal Studios in Orlando 5 years ago, Japan followed suit with its own WWHP that opened last year. Next year will bring its next stop- Universal Hollywood. (more…)

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Franchises are the bread and butter for Hollywood these days, which is why the development of something like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is seen as an incredibly cynical move on the part of a studio. This spin-off of the wizarding world of Harry Potter could be seen as the most egregious example of lack of Hollywood imagination, trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear by further expanding a 7-part book series that’s already been made into 8 movies. (Eight highly profitable movies, that is.) On the other hand, Harry Potter’s was such a vividly realized world, and though Harry’s story is over, it feels like their was so much left unexplored. Combined with the involvement of Potter creator J.K. Rowling, there’s lots of room to hope that Fantastic Beasts might be good after all. But who will search out these creatures? We now have some ideas. (more…)

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Social media has been a great tool in general, but where as once getting in touch with our favorite artists and celebrities required writing a letter, sticking it in the mail and a) hoping that it makes it to its destination in tact, b) somehow managed to get read and c) said person is able to find the time to write back. But now it’s as easy as sending a Tweet, and as three recent Harry Potter fans learned, sometimes it is just that simple. While considering some of the lingering mysteries of the book and film series, inquiring minds decided to go to the source. author J.K. Rowling, and by the miracle of Twitter Rowling provided some insight into those mysteries. (more…)

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If you are anything like me, you have been waiting on any little piece of information that may indicate that the lovely J.K. Rowling may be returning to the world of The Boy Who Lived ever since reading the final pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows back in 2007.  Yes, we had the movie franchise to keep us going for a bit but Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 was released over two and a half years ago and many muggles besides just myself have been jonesing for a wizard fix.  Thankfully, it appears that many of us will have plenty to celebrate as we get closer to Christmas.  Pottermore, the immersive Harry Potter site, has announced that J.K. Rowling will be releasing 12 new stories set in the world of everyone’s favorite bespectacled wizard. (more…)

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JK Rowling has the distinction of authoring the best selling book series in history in ‘Harry Potter.’ With the wrapping up of ‘Deathly Hallows,’ Rowling said Harry’s story was over and that she was ready for other projects. Since that time, she’s written a few adult novels, two under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. But, in the end, it’s always about the wizarding world of Harry. In 2011, she opened her website Pottermore, dedicated to past and future Potter universe projects. Recently she posted the short story ‘Daily Prophet reports about the Quidditch World Cup,’  a “day in the lives” epilogue of familiar characters at a top Quidditch Match.  Fans drooled over it, and hopefully there’s more saliva left for a brand new holiday story, starring one bitch of a witch of a mean girl. (more…)

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Apparently it takes less than 144 characters to bring Harry Potter fans into a frenzy of riddle solving madness. Earlier this week J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, sent out a cryptic tweet that suddenly sent Harry Potter fans into an anagram frenzy. Turns out it was all to drum up even more interest in Rowling’s upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. Could this mysterious tweet have something to do with Harry Potter showing up in the movie? (more…)

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He may have spent over six years toiling on the final four Harry Potter movies, but British director David Yates is far from done with the magical world of J.K. Rowling. You may recall that in the works is a new spin-off trilogy based in the Harry Potter universe, but not based on any published Harry Potter materialCalled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the movie promises all the magic and wonder of the eight previous Harry Potter films but telling all new stories that don’t crossover with any characters we’ve already been introduced to. I suppose Warner Bros. plans to not just capitalize on the Harry Potter brand, but the knowledge and experience of the Harry Potter series’ most experienced director. (more…)