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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…)

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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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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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Remember when the Harry Potter story was supposed to end with The Deadly Hallows? Neither does Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who’s shepherding the development of Pottermore, and online porthole for all things Potter, a new film trilogy that takes place in the Harry Potter universe based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. On that subject there is a bit of news today as the production released the first artwork from the show, and while it doesn’t yield much in the way of plot, it is an intriguing piece of art that hints at a couple of recognizable Potter details. (more…)

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Even though it won’t hit theaters until November 2016, the Harry Potter sorta-spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has snagged it’s fourth major cast member: actress Alison Sudol, better known to many as a modern-soft-rock singer-songwriter performing with the band A Fine Frenzy.  As reported by Variety, Sudol joins the previously-announced cast of Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, and Ezra Miller.

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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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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…)

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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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