Harry Potter

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Ever since J. K. Rowling broke the news of the new Harry Potter play, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Internet fans have wondered and lamented about how they would ever get to see the play being performed in London’s West End. Eventually the play should make a world tour, but that doesn’t mean it will come to every Potterhead’s city. Now fans can relax a bit with the announcement that the play’s script is being bound in book form and being released just after the play’s opening. Interesting note, the play opens on July 31st, which just happens to Harry Potter’s birthday. (more…)

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The child actors behind the beloved characters in the Harry Potter franchise grew up in front of the eyes of their adoring fan base.  Emma Watson, who gave life onscreen to Hermione Granger, perhaps more so than many.  She went from a brilliantly talented Muggle-born witch to an equally brilliant bombshell.  While Watson now commands attention with her work for the United Nations, fans remember her most fondly as the eleven year old witch with bushy hair and big teeth that they first saw in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

One of the most admirable aspects of the Harry Potter series, both in the books and films, is that the reader gets to grow with the characters.  Yes, many readers began the journey at or around the same ages as the characters, and as each new book or film came out roughly a year apart, the ages stayed constant.  But that can be witnessed even as a new reader.  J.K. Rowling did a marvelous job of maturing her characters just enough in each book, and the movies reflect that.  The content and and themes of each subsequent installment also mature in keeping with the character development.  Harry, Ron, and Hermione go from innocents to battle-weary veterans of pain and loss.  And they come out of it in one piece.

Although there has been a lot of fuss lately surrounding Hermione and her romance choices in the books (Harry or Ron, make up your mind, Jo!), it seems a shame to focus so much on only the romantic aspect of her character.  This is a girl that gives female readers someone positive to aspire to be, someone relatable but also inspiring.  She is the smartest person in her year, even though she came from outside the fold of the wizarding world.  She is fiercely loyal to her friends and never afraid to be herself.  She is the role model for the millenials.

This introduction is the prelude to a review for a fairly new high end collectible toy company called Star Ace.  And like the Triwizard Harry Potter review we put out last week, this will cover the ins and outs of this new collectible figure, sent to us straight from the source as part of their fast-growing and very popular Harry Potter line.  Now, on to Hermione!

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

For die hard fans of any alternate, imaginary universe, there is no acceptable number of installments for those stories, except for infinity. And infinity isn’t a number so much as an impossibly abstract concept, so there is no acceptable number of installments. This is as true for Harry Potter as it is for Marvel or Star Wars or My Little Pony (don’t judge). That’s why, when it was announced back in 2013 that another story set in the Harry Potter universe was set to hit the big screen, there was a worldwide plethora of pants that required changing. That movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, wil hit theaters in November and is the first screenplay written by Harry Potter scribe herself, J. K. Rowling! Now, there is finally some footage from this greatly anticipated movie. Check it out below!

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Sans that one time he stood naked with a horse in that Equus stage play, Daniel Radcliffe has never looked better in the eyes of his adoring fans than when he played “the boy who lived,” Harry Potter. While he and the rest of the HP cast literally grew up on screen across 7 films, there is one stylistic look, from one particular movie, in which Harry Potter has stood out the most… The Triwizard Tournament, as featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The 4th film in the series saw Harry thrown, unwittingly, into a magical competition that thrusted appointed champions to trials of bravery, cunning-ness (Oops… almost typed “cunnilingus” which would have been unfortunate), and skill. It was a very exciting affair until things ended badly *spoilers* seeing the death of a classmate and terrifying return of, well, you know who. The future of Harry Potter and the entire wizarding world would continue into some serious dark days, but hey, at least Harry got some spiffy athletic gear out of it.

For one thrilling adventure, Harry got to put aside his regular boring old house robes and trade them in for some new threads; threads that look like Hugh Hefner designed the latest fashions for the Eastern European mafia – swooshy pants and fabulous robe. HP may not have been the best wizard, but clothes maketh the man, and these duds made him (at least look-wise) live up to his legend.

This introduction is prelude to a very awesome and relatively new high-end collectible company by the name of Star Ace, who have sent NerdBastards a figure from their ever-expanding and exceedingly popular Harry Potter line. For your consideration, we check out – you guessed it – the Triwizard Harry Potter 1/6th scale figure from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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Remembering Alan Rickman: 5 Great Performances

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In a week already filled with sad news, we got more sad news today as we learned that Alan Rickman, star of stage and screen, had passed away at the age of 69 after a non-public battle with cancer. One of Hollywood’s most reliable character actors, and one of its most versatile, Rickman had fans from around the globe, and built up an impressive movie resume in the last 30 years. Everyone has their favorite Rickman performance, and here are five. They are perhaps not his best (some of them anyway), but there are among his most memorable. Whatever else these movies may be, there were made better because Alan Rickman was in them. (more…)

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“Talent is an accident of the genes- and a responsibility.”- Alan Rickman.

Alan Rickman, much loved British actor, has passed at the age of 69 in London. His family confirmed that at his passing he was “surrounded by family and friends”. Rickman had been battling cancer. The actor made a name for himself on the stage by establishing himself as a very compelling talent. He would return to the stage multiple times throughout his career. His breakthrough came in 1986, during his performance of Valmont in Christopher Hampton’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses.  The character was sardonic seducer which Rickman played to perfection. Lindsay Duncan, who played alongside Rickman said of his performance:

“[You] would leave the theatre wanting to have sex, and preferably with Alan Rickman.”

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There has been an awaking, have you felt it? Okay, so while the wait between Star Wars movies has been substantively longer than the wait between Harry Potter universe films, it’s still been a long wait for Potter-heads (or whatever they’re called) for another sojourn into the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling. Well, it’s not the same as a whole movie, but below is your first look at Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the anticipated return to Rowling’s magical universe, 70 years in the past and just slightly to the left. And unlike last week’s “tease,” there’s actual footage in this one. (more…)

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It’s been a very busy time for new trailers lately. Why? It’s Christmas time! With the end of the year pending, a lot of people are presumably going to have extra time for movie going over the next couple of weeks, with a maximum number of eyes in front of movie screens (and not just seeing Star Wars, a small independent movie that I hear has been getting some good buzz). Hollywood has a big slate on the books for 2016, and one of them is the following movie being teased. Want your first look at Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them? That’s next week. This week we’ve got the tease. (more…)

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It’s official! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood has an official opening date! There are already Wizarding Worlds at Universal Studios in Orlando and Japan, but now the magic is being brought to the West Coast. Fans of the J.K. Rowling novels have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the attraction for almost five years. Until today, no one was quite sure how long that wait would be, as Universal officials have all remained very tight-lipped about the project. After all, everyone knows that Golden Snitches get Golden Stitches. We’re sorry. We don’t even know what that means. Anyway, Universal released a video to announcing the opening date with special guest star, Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch, delivering the news. Let’s watch the video below now!

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Earlier this month, the synopsis for the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced. It was the assumption of many that the two-part play would take place in the world of Potter, but was not necessarily going to be about the Boy That Lived, kind of like the upcoming film trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It was all the more surprising than when it was revealed that The Cursed Child is all about Potter. But you know who won’t be in the play? Harry Potter, and by that we mean Daniel Radcliffe, the boy/man who played Potter for 10 years and eight movies. (more…)