‘Harry Potter’ Director Signs Up for Potter Spin-off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

- 08-21-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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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…)

J.K. Rowling Posts New Character Bio Story Set In Harry Potter Universe

- 08-20-14Books, Nerd Culture Posted by Mark Poynter

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Harry Potter fans rejoice! J.K. Rowling continues to dip her toes into the Potter Universe. Every now and then Rowling adds to the Potter Mythos by posting new smatterings of content to the Pottermore site, recently posting a closer look at one of the Potterverse characters that was only mentioned three times in the series and never appeared in person. Who could it be? You’re gonna have to click-through to find out! (more…)

New ‘Harry Potter’ Short Story Gives Us Dumbledore’s Army 16 Years Later

- 07-08-14Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Since the last page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, fans have been understandably curious as to what future fate the gang from Hogwarts has, and while fanfic has rushed in to fill the void (across the spectrum of acceptability for all-ages reading), there hasn’t been much in the way of canon aside from a few thoughts offered by author J.K. Rowling. Well good news because Rowling has opened up her word processor for a new Potter short, and it gives fans everywhere a little taste of the world of Potter and Co. between the Battle of Hogwarts and epilogue in Deathly Hallows, which is set almost 20 years later. (more…)

Teaser Look at Harry Potter-verse ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Design and Some Info on the Future of the Franchise

- 07-07-14Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Fans of the Harry Potter-verse are no doubt pleased to know that the wizardly adventures did not end with the conclusion of the last film. Though Mr. Potter himself will not be back, other spell-slinging heroes and villains shall be appearing in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Now, we get a little more info on how the project is going with a picture showing a little bit of the creature design and a report on some of the studio details. Scroll on, Potter fans, to get the latest. (more…)

Alfonso Cuaron Officially Passes on Harry Potter Spin-Off ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

- 05-26-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Though it seemed as if there might be a glimmer of hope for Prisoner of Azkaban fans that Alfonso Cuaron would return to the director’s chair for the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, the filmmaker himself dashed those rumors today. Unfortunately it appears Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is going to have to find another visionary director to take the helm, though I doubt the producers are going to be scrambling to find someone suitable who wants the gig.

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Director Alfonso Cuaron in Talks to Helm J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

- 05-19-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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Word around the Internet today has Gravity‘s Academy Award winning director Alfonso Cuaron in serious talks to direct and helm a trilogy based on J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter spin-off book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Fine Them. (more…)

Release Date Set for ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off

- 05-13-14Film Posted by James Daniels

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Warner Bros. has announced that the first film in a planned trilogy of movies set in the Harry Potter universe: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is scheduled for release Nov. 18, 2016.  (more…)

**UPDATED**: ‘Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts’ Looks Like One Hell of a Ride

- 05-13-14Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Jacob Knight

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To be completely honest, every time I read the title to this new ride, all I hear is Tony Soprano calling his son AJ “googootz”. My brain is weird.

Universal Orlando has finally confirmed details regarding the new signature ride at the soon-to-be-opened Diagon Alley expansion of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” (a place I will go simply to gorge myself on butter beer). The Harry Potter and the Escape from Googootz — excuse me, Gringotts — ride will feature vehicles that seat twelve folks and carry visitors “through a Harry Potter story featuring villains, dragons and goblins.” Today, Universal revealed a bunch of new details on the theme park attraction, including Harry Potter and the Escape from Googootz photos and concept art.

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What’s Ginny Doing Now? J.K. Rowling Gives an Update on the Youngest Weasley

- 04-18-14Nerd Culture Posted by Sarah Moran

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For many fans, the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left them wanting more. Sure, it was a sweet moment to see Harry, Ron, and Hermione sending their children off to Hogwarts, but it didn’t provide much about what their adult lives were like. Enter Pottermore, the online community/digital library where author J.K. Rowling has been providing new information about her acclaimed wizarding series. Her latest updates detail the ongoing 427th Quidditch World Cup with reports from The Daily Prophet‘s own Ginny Potter (née Weasley)! (more…)

Harry Potter Spinoff ‘Fantastic Beasts’ to Be a Trio of As of Yet Undefined ‘Megamovies’

- 03-31-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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No word yet as to how mere “movies” or pint-sized “cinema” feel about their newly discovered, beastly-sounding kin.

News of Fantastic Beasts’ super-sizing was slid into a New York Times profile of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.  This expansion should come as a surprise to no one, as nearly every studio has been chasing after a new YA cash-cow following the end of Harry PotterTwilight, and Beautiful Creatures (wait…). Even when the project was first announced, it was being “planned as the first picture in a new film series.” What is a bit of a shock, however, is that new words had to be added to the English vernacular in order to describe such a monolith of motion pictures.

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