JK Rowling gives fans an insight into the Potter family for this iconic day.
Harry Potter fans everywhere are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' with cool Facebook features, new releasese on Pottermore and a sweet message from Jk Rowling.
JK Rowling at the 2017 BAFTAs
Explore the full history of the Potter family on Pottermore today as JK Rowling unveils a piece of writing exploring her boy wonder's most eccentric ancestors 20 years following her success with her debut novel.
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Ian McKellen wanted to respect Richard Harris by turning down Harry Potter role.
Fans of both Harry Potter and Ian McKellen will be aggrieved to learn that the actor was actually considered for the role of Professor Dumbledore following the death of Richard Harris, but he turned it down because the latter didn't like him very much.
Ian McKellen waves at 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere
Despite the fact that we can't understand why anyone wouldn't adore Sir Ian McKellen, it seems that his late contemporary Richard Harris wasn't his biggest fan. In an interview on the BBC program 'HARDtalk', he spoke about the situation in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre.
Continue reading: Why Did Ian McKellen Decline The Invitation To Play Dumbledore?
The most nominations since 'Hairspray' in 2008.
The 2017 nominations for the West End's most prestigious prize ceremony, the Laurence Olivier Awards, have been announced and Jk Rowling's 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is soaring above them all with eleven mentions altogether including Best New Play - almost breaking a record.
JK Rowling's 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' nominated for eleven Laurence Olivier Awards
The play, which opened in London in July 2016, is currently up for Virgin Atlantic Best New Play against the likes of 'Elegy', 'The Flick' and 'One Night in Miami'. Plus, Jamie Parker who plays the older Harry Potter in the production is nominated for Best Actor in competition with Ian McKellen for 'No Man's Land', Tom Hollander for 'Travesties', Ed Harris for 'Buried Child'.
The ballad was recorded for the 2001 film 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'.
Springsteen first mentioned he had written a song that didn't end up being used in the movie in an interview with BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo in October, and since then fans have been eagerly waiting to hear it. However, the mysterious track was later removed from Soundcloud, where it had first surfaced.
Bruce Springsteen’s unused Harry Potter ballad, ‘I'll Stand By You Always’, has surfaced online
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Unsurprisingly, the author isn’t ‘cheered up’ by talk about her death.
Jk Rowling has responded to an internet meme about her death, by politely asking fans to please untag her when sharing it.
The presumably well-meaning meme is been shared all over social media and describes how Harry Potter fans will react when she passes away. But for the author, it’s all just a little morbid.
JK Rowling doesn't really like talk about her death
Continue reading: JK Rowling Would Like Fans To Not Tag Her When Discussing Her Death
The Malfoys are officially the cutest father and son villains.
The two actors, who played villainous father-and-son Lucis and Draco Malfoy in the film series, also both attended the Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter, where they took part in a cast panel alongside Warwick Davis and Matthew Lewis.
Continue reading: Malfoys Unite! Jason Isaacs And Tom Felton Have 'Harry Potter' Reunion
Warner Bros. is reportedly in talks with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint about reprising their characters for a three-part movies series based on 'The Cursed Child'.
Rumours of a prospective movie series bringing the recent Harry Potter play ‘The Cursed Child’ to the big screen have been reignited, with an entertainment journalist claiming that Warner Bros. is in discussions with the franchise’s original stars to reprise their characters.
The two-part play, co-written by J.K. Rowling, opened at the Palace Theatre in London back in June 2016, and is set 19 years after the events of Rowling’s books. Shows have continued to sell out for months, and rumours of a Broadway production have recently floated.
Daniel Radcliffe has always been asked whether he'll reprise his Harry Potter role
Depp, who was accused of domestic abuse during his divorce from Amber Heard earlier this year, has a brief cameo in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'.
53 year old Depp, who faced domestic abuse allegations in his acrimonious divorce from Amber Heard earlier this year, makes a cameo appearance as the wicked dark wizard Grindelwald in the film, which is released next week and has a more prominent role in the planned sequel.
JK Rowling has defended Depp's inclusion in 'Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them'
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Depp is due to take on an as-yet-unspecified role in the sequel to 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' in 2018.
With just under a month to go until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits cinemas, there’s been a huge casting announcement made about the scheduled sequel, with Johnny Depp set to take a role.
According to a report by Deadline on Tuesday (November 1st), Depp will be joining the Warner Bros. production alongside established cast members Eddie Redmayne, Zoe Kravitz and Katherine Waterston when the sequel hits cinemas in 2018.
Johnny Depp is to take on a role in the 'Fantastic Beasts' sequel
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Speaking at an event trailing the release of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' next month, Rowling said there were scripts for as many as FOUR sequels in the works.
Speaking at Cineworld’s Empire Imax in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday evening (October 13th), alongside the movie’s lead star Eddie Redmayne and director David Yates, the author admitted that she and Warner Bros. had always planned for at least one follow-up to Fantastic Beasts…
JK Rowling has revealed plans for as many as four more 'Fantastic Beasts' movies
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Rowling has had to clarify that Harambe the gorilla is NOT a possible result on the Pottermore 'Patronus Quiz'.
Potter fans were sent into a frenzy of excitement when the website launched its ‘Patronus Quiz’ on Thursday (September 22nd) which allows users to discover their inner spirit animal. That anticipation heightened when Rowling re-tweeted an altered image from a comedy Twitter account of Harambe that made it look as if the animal would be one of the possible quiz results.
Continue reading: JK Rowling Says Harambe The Gorilla Is NOT A Patronus
For those of you who can afford nearly half a million pounds, the ULTIMATE Harry Potter collectible is up for sale.
The modest suburban house used as Harry Potter’s childhood home in the movie adaptations of JK Rowling’s books has been put up for sale for almost half a million pounds, and has attracted a huge amount of interest from fans around the world.
The three-bedroom property near Reading, depicted as 4 Privet Drive in Little Whinging in the movies but which is actually located at 12 Picket Post Close in Bracknell, Berkshire, went up for sale for £475,000 this week.
Continue reading: Harry Potter's Childhood Home, '4 Privet Drive', Goes On Sale
If there’s a film version of ‘The Cursed Child’, Radcliffe could be willing to reprise the role.
Daniel Radcliffe has not ruled out playing Harry Potter one more time, if stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is adapted for the big screen. However the actor did say he would feel strange about returning to the part and he wouldn’t mind if another actor was to take on the role.
Daniel Radcliffe hasn’t ruled out playing Harry Potter again
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if he’d consider playing Potter again, Radcliffe said: “I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do. But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it."
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe Hasn't Closed The Door On Playing Harry Potter Again
A 'well-placed' Hollywood insider claims Warner Bros. is in the process of concluding movie rights for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' - and that it wants Radcliffe to return.
Could Daniel Radcliffe possibly be about to reprise his famous role as Harry Potter? Sources claim it’s possible, with Warner Bros. studios reportedly in talks to acquire movie rights for JK Rowling’s recent play ‘The Cursed Child’ – and there’s only one person they want to play the lead!
On Wednesday (August 31st), the New York Daily News reported that Warners is looking to nail down the rights to a ‘Cursed Child’ movie, which could be ready as soon as 2020. Radcliffe played the boy wizard in eight feature films from 2001 to 2011, with actor Jamie Parker taking on the role of the adult Harry in the current stage show.
Could Daniel Radcliffe return as Harry Potter in a 'Cursed Child' movie?
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Grint will star alongside Dougray Scott and Ed Westwick in a 10-part TV series for Sony's streaming platform Crackle.
Scottish actor Dougray Scott and ‘Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick are also set to play prominent roles in the forthcoming series, which is set to be available on Sony’s streaming network Crackle from early 2017.
27 year old Grint, who played Ron Weasley in all eight Harry Potter movies based on JK Rowling’s books, will play a “frustratingly chaotic” character named Charlie Cavendish, according to a press release. He's also set to take on an executive producer's role.
Continue reading: Rupert Grint To Star In TV Re-Make Of 'Snatch'
Online book retailers are listing three new eBooks by JK Rowling as arriving in September.
After the success of West End play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child and the forthcoming release of film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Potter fans already have plenty to keep them going. But it looks as if there’s even more excitement to come, as three new titles by author Jk Rowling have appeared for pre-order on sites including Amazon.
Are three new Harry Potter eBooks coming in September?
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide have all appeared for pre-order on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Apple's US iBook store.
Continue reading: Are Three New 'Harry Potter' Books Coming Our Way Next Month?
Richard Carter, the owner of Mystical Moments in Huddersfield, claims he was misquoted after JK Rowling attacks him on Twitter.
Early last week, a story broke in The Independent in which Richard Carter, the owner of Mystical Moments that supplies handmade wands among other things, was quoted as saying: “Harry Potter is for children”, and that “if I had someone come in wanting a wand just because they liked Harry Potter I would not sell them one, no matter how much they were offering.”
JK Rowling has intervened in the wand-shop dispute
You might want to check if your copy of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' contains the valuable typo.
A rare edition of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone is expected to fetch more than £20,000 when it goes to auction in November at Bonhams. The book contains a small, barely noticeable typo and only 500 copies containing the error were published in 1997.
Does your copy of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone contain a valuable typo?
Page 53 of the book lists the supplies Harry needs to begin his first term at Hogwarts. But what Rowling, her editors and the book’s proof reader didn't notice at the time was, the phrase '1 wand’ appears twice on the list.
Continue reading: 'Harry Potter' Book With Small Typo Goes Up For Auction At £20,000
The deal is reported to be worth a much as $250 million and is the largest movie acquisition in the company’s history.
NBCUniversal has acquired the rights to air the Harry Potter movies in the US, as well as the upcoming Fantastic Beasts series from owners Warner Bros. The television rights were previously held by Disney in a seven-year deal, but NBC will take them over from July 2018.
NBCUniversal will be airing the Fantastic Beasts movies from 2018
According to the Wall Street Journal, although exact terms of the deal haven't been disclosed, it's speculated that it could be valued as high as $250 million, making it one of the largest for a movie franchise and the biggest acquisition in NBC Universal's history.
Continue reading: NBC Buys Rights To Air 'Harry Potter' And 'Fantastic Beasts' Movies
'Mystical Moments' say their wands are reserved for real witches and wizards only.
A magic shop selling wands and accessories to real life witches and wizards has banned Harry Potter fans from buying their products because they are not suitable for muggles. Mystical Moments in Huddersfield has had witches and wizards from all over the country looking for wands since opening in April, but its owner says he refuses to sell any to Potter fans.
A magic shop has banned Harry Potter fans from purchasing wands.
Speaking to The Sun, wand maker Richard Carter said: “Jk Rowling has obviously done her research but Harry Potter is for children. It has done nothing for business. You wouldn’t believe how many real witches and wizards there are knocking about. You would be amazed.
Continue reading: Magic Shop Bans Harry Potter's Muggle Fans From Buying Wands
The new book, containing the actual script of 'The Cursed Child' play and out in hardback form, has sold nearly 700,000 copies in three days.
Although Jk Rowling has already declared that it will be the final chapter in the ‘Harry Potter’ series, she might be tempted to think twice after reports of sales of the newly-released ‘The Cursed Child’ set to make it the biggest-selling book of the decade.
The special rehearsal edition of the book form of the script, featuring stage directions used by the cast, went on sale for £20 in hardback on Sunday (July 31st), and it’s been absolutely flying off the shelves around Britain, with more than 680,000 copies sold in the first few days, according to Nielsen BookScan.
JK Rowling's new 'Harry Potter' script, released in book form on July 31st, looks set to be the biggest-selling book of the decade
Continue reading: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Book Set To Break Sales Records
We won't let go of our hopes and dreams.
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' is dominating theatre news this summer, and now those who didn't manage to get a ticket for parts 1 and 2 of the play have probably got their copy of the script book which they pre-ordered months ago. But Jk Rowling says that's it now. No more Potter parables.
JK Rowling says 'no more'
The author insisted at the play's premiere in London on Saturday (July 30th 2016) that she will not write anymore about Harry Potter and his family. 'He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done', she told Reuters at the event. 'This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.'
The play held its gala preview in London today and the author made a special appearance.
Jk Rowling has praised fans of Harry Potter for keeping the secrets of West End play The Cursed Child. The play held its gala opening in London on Saturday, ahead of the paperback version of the scripts hitting shelves tomorrow.
JK Rowling has thanked fans for not spoiling Harry Potter And The Cursed Child
Speaking to ITV News, Rowling said: “They've been amazing, they've been incredible, and you know what it is? It is the most extraordinary fandom so I'm kind of not surprised they didn't want to spoil it for each other but I'm so happy we got here without ruining it.”
The play has received five-star reviews from critics ahead of it’s official opening on Saturday (July 30th).
Critics have been dazzled by the magic of West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play, written by Jack Thorne and based on a story by Thorne, director John Tiffany, and author Jk Rowling officially opens at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, after beginning its previews back in June.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is based on a story by JK Rowling.
The play is presented in two parts and runs at over five hours in total. It follows Potter, now in his mid-30s, and his son Albus, who is just beginning at wizarding school Hogwarts. The play is set 19 years after the seventh and final book in Rowling’s best-selling series.
A study at the University of Pennsylvania has found Potter readers are less likely to be Trump voters.
The comparison between Donald Trump and Lord Voldemort has been made many times in the run up to the US election, but a new study has shown that Harry Potter fans are indeed less likely to vote Trump.
Donald Trump could be vanquished by Harry Potter readers.
The study by Professor Diana Mutz of the University of Pennsylvania found that the more Harry Potter books an American reads, the more their opinion of Trump lowers. “Reading Harry Potter books encourages more negative attitudes toward Trump,” Mutz wrote.
The two actresses who have portrayed Hermione met backstage after a performance of 'The Cursed Child' this week.
What’s the only thing better than Hermione from Harry Potter? Two Hermiones, that’s what, and the two actresses who have portrayed the character met backstage at a show of new play ‘The Cursed Child’, with Emma Watson sharing a number of photographs alongside Noma Dumezweni.
The 26 year old actress, who played Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter movies between 2001 and 2011, went to see ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ on Thursday night (July 7th), and, of course, managed to get backstage to meet the cast and crew.
Emma Watson met with her fellow Hermione actress Noma Dumezweni backstage at 'The Cursed Child'
Radcliffe said that shooting scenes with Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort to such memorable effect, to be incredibly daunting "for a few years".
The British actor, currently starring in Swiss Army Man, fielded questions submitted to People magazine by young readers aged 4-11 and answered them for the latest episode of ‘The Jess Cagle Interview’.
Fiennes’ portrayal of Lord Voldemort is one of the most memorable villains in recent movie history, and Radcliffe said that even Fiennes’ presence on set was “genuinely intimidating” – even more so than Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), whom he found friendly after a short time.
Radcliffe says sitting in a theatre with ‘enthusiastic’ fans would not be the most ‘relaxing’ way to see the show.
Daniel Radcliffe has confirmed he’s not yet seen play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but he would like to in the future. The only problem is, the actor will have to wait until fan hysteria over the play dies down, so he can view it in a more relaxed setting.
Daniel Radcliffe hasn't seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet.
Speaking on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert', Radcliffe said: “I feel like I want to see the show. I am genuinely intrigued and I've heard it's fantastic. But I just feel sitting in an audience of what will for the most of the near future be very enthusiastic Harry Potter fans might be like not a relaxing way to see a show.”
Radcliffe doesn't want his presence in a theatre audience to detract from the experience for 'Harry Potter' fans.
Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he’s “not sure” whether he’ll ever see the new play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ – because he doesn’t want to “distract or take away” from the production by being seen in the audience.
The 26 year old, who of course made his name by starring in the eight blockbuster Harry Potter movies, was asked the question that pretty much everybody’s going to badger him with for the rest of the year – will he be seeing J.K. Rowling’s new play? Probably not, he told E! News.
Daniel Radcliffe at the premiere of 'Now You See Me 2'
Continue reading: Daniel Radcliffe "Not Sure" If He'll Ever See 'Harry Potter' Play
The West End play begins previews tonight (June 7).
Jk Rowling has sent out a plea to fans to keep the plot of play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a secret. Previews of the production begin tonight at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End, before it officially opens on June 30th.
New pictures show startling familiarities.
Fans finally get a preview of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' with the cast in full costume, and it's safe to say that everyone is pleasantly surprised. Producers couldn't have found two actors that look more like Harry and Ginny Weasley if they tried.
Jk Rowling is thrilled with 'Cursed Child' casting
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' hits the West End next week with the play previews from June 7th, and while the actress playing Hermione Granger - the fabulous Noma Dumezweni - got a ridiculous amount of hate for having different colour skin to Emma Watson, people are taking to Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter) and Sam Clemmett (Albus Severus Potter) much better.
The author apologised for the death of the much loved character, as fans marked the anniversary of the fictional battle.
Harry Potter fans are today marking the 18th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, which took place on May 2nd 1998. To mark the anniversary, author Jk Rowling has apologised to readers on Twitter, for the death of much-loved character Remus Lupin, who was killed by a Death Eater during the battle.
JK Rowling has apologised for the death of Remus Lupin.
‘Once again, it's the anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts so, as promised, I shall apologise for a death. This year: Remus Lupin,’ Rowling tweeted. ‘In the interest of total honesty I'd also like to confess that I didn't decide to kill Lupin until I wrote Order if the Phoenix.’
Herdman played Draco Malfoy’s wingman, Gregory Goyle in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise
Former Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman has undergone a dramatic transformation since the film franchise ended in 2011. The 28-year-old recently made his debut as a cage fighter, defeating Polish opponent Janusz Walachowski at an MMA show in Romford, east London.
Continue reading: Former 'Harry Potter' Star Josh Herdman Is Now An MMA Fighter
The bathrooms of JK Rowling's favourite haunt is covered in pen.
A cafe in Edinburgh where Jk Rowling often ventured to write the beginnings of Harry Potter has been graffitied so often that staff have stopped trying to paint over it, and instead settled to embrace their status as a popular tourist spot for die-hard fans who insist on marking their journey in toilet cubicles.
Harry Potter fans graffiti the bathrooms of Rowling's favourite cafe
Graffiti; the highly illegal act of etching messages or images on property that one has no authority to scribble on. Also Harry Potter fans' favourite way of dedicating their love for JK Rowling at significant sites. Take the Elephant House cafe in George IV Bridge, Edinburgh for example. Staff at said coffee house have finally given up the gruelling fight of removing graffiti from the bathrooms, most of which are dedicatory odes to the popular book franchise.
Chrissy Hart thanked the Harry Potter author for her series of novels, which had helped her daughter through her treatment.
A letter from the mother of a young cancer sufferer to author Jk Rowling has been read out during a performance of the Letters Live series in London. Actresses Carey Mulligan and Ellie Bamber read out the emotional letter from Chrissy Hart, who said Rowling’s Harry Potter books had helped her daughter through her cancer treatment.
A mother’s letter to JK Rowling was read out as part of the Letter’s Live series this week.
“I write to you as a mother, a Mummy, of a beautiful little girl. I'm sure you hear people tell you all the time that your words, your imagination helped them, or their children, in some way,” Ms Hart wrote.
Continue reading: Mother Of Young Cancer Patient Pens Emotional Letter To JK Rowling
It’s been nearly 10 years since the last ‘Harry Potter’ book and JK Rowling is still raking in the cash.
Harry Potter author Jk Rowling’s earnings from her hit franchise are said to have already reached £7.5billion, despite it being 10 years since the release of the saga’s final book. According to The Sun, Rowling’s post-Potter earnings have not only already hit £7.5billion, but are predicted to top £17 billion in the years ahead.
JK Rowling is still raking in the cash from Harry Potter.
Rowling’s earnings have continued to rise thanks to three new franchise films, which will be out in the coming years, two stage plays and her website Pottermore. The author is also said to receive £1 for every one of the millions of books sold worldwide.
Continue reading: JK Rowling's Post-Potter Fortune Has Already Reached £7.5 Billion
And 7 is the most powerfully magic number...
Jk Rowling appears to have an amazing ability to reduce all her fans to collective tears with almost everything she says or does. Her latest is the announcement of the release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' as a script book, but she has also been using her magical world to deliver words of wisdom to needy fans.
JK Rowling gives the best advice
It's strange to think that all those amazingly insightful quotes from Dumbledore actually came from a middle-aged woman from Gloucestershire rather than an actual 100-plus year old professor with a long beard, but they did. As such, Rowling has plenty more where that came from. As and when her fans need it. She is the reigning Twitter Queen.
Continue reading: 7 Times JK Rowling Inspired Us With Hogwarts
The play’s script will be published in book form the day after it opens in London.
The script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new play from Jk Rowling is to be published in book form this July. The play premieres in London's West End on July 30th, with the script for Parts 1 and 2 hitting shelves the next day, July 31st.
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will be published in July.
The news was revealed on Rowling’s website Pottermore with a statement reading: ‘Readers and moviegoers last saw Harry waving off his children at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.’
Continue reading: 'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Script To Be Published In July
Watson had posted a quotation of Rickman where he had spoken of his support for feminism, cuing a backlash of fans accusing her of using his death to push an agenda.
The British actress, who played Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter movies between 2001 and 2011, tweeted a quotation from Rickman yesterday after the news broke of his death at the age of 69 from cancer. It read: “There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist - I think it is to our mutual advantage.”
Emma Watson has been accused of exploiting Alan Rickman's death to push a feminist agenda
Swaziland-born Noma Dumezweni will play the adult Hermione in the new stage show.
When Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni was cast as the adult Hermione in the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there were objections from some sections of the internet who believed the character should be played by a white actress. But following in the footsteps of Harry Potter author Jk Rowling, actress Emma Watson has now publicly shared her support for Dumezweni.
Emma Watson has tweeted her support for actress Noma Dumezweni.
Watson starred as Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter films, beginning in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She last played Hermione in 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Rowling has come out in support of Noma Dumezweni in the role of Hermione Granger, saying that the original books never specified anything to do with race.
Following the uproar in some corners of the internet over the casting Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in a London theatrical production of a Harry Potter story, the universe’s author J.K. Rowling has come out in support of the move.
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will debut at the Palace Theatre in London in July 2016, and sees Harry, Hermione and Ron working at the Ministry of Magic as adults in a story written by Rowling and fleshed out by Jack Thorne. Dumezweni, 45, has a huge amount of West End experience, including a Laurence Olivier Award, but some fans were upset at the casting of a black woman as Hermione.
J.K. Rowling has come out in support of the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione
Continue reading: J.K. Rowling Supports Casting Of 'Black Hermione'
Because to some people, the colour of Hermione's skin matters for some reason.
The main cast of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' has now been announced, and as much as it's upped the excitement, the choice for Hermione Granger has caused some confusion among fans. Swaziland-born, Olivier-award winning Noma Dumezweni is named to play an older version of the clever witch.
Jk Rowling approves of black Hermione
Alongside Dumezweni, whose previous credits include 'Doctor Who' and 'Little Miss Jocelyn', 'The Cursed Child' will also star Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley. Parker has starred in West End's 'The History Boys' while Thornley is known for starring alongside Tom Hardy in 'London Road'.
Long before the time of Harry Potter, wizards and witches still lived their lives in the muggle world as well as the wizarding world that was still governed by the ministry of magic.
Even though 'he who shall not be named' wasn't causing chaos for the wizards, they still had problems of their own. Largely these were monsters and beasts that come from far and distant lands. Newt Scamander is one particular wizard who is fascinated by these creators and when a selection of these terrible beasts are mistakenly released into the muggle world, Newt finds himself suddenly thrown into untrodden territory.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was originally written as a book by JK Rowling. The book studies 83 of these mystical creators all of which Newt has discovered.
Radcliffe admitted to being jealous of his wizarding successor Eddie Redmayne in the 'Harry Potter' universe - but why?
Radcliffe admitted to NME that he had a severe case of “costume envy” when he saw the first on-set shots of Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last month, and couldn’t believe that his English colleague had such a great outfit already.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts...'
Continue reading: Why Is Daniel Radcliffe Jealous Of Eddie Redmayne?
Filming has begun, and so has our excitement.
Exciting times ahead for Harry Potter fans; not only have we got J.K. Rowling's upcoming stage play 'The Cursed Child' to look forward to, but filming for spin-off flick 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' is well underway and if the first images from the set are anything to go by, it's going to be epic.
Eddie Redmayne stars in this forthcoming magical adventure, which is set to be in cinemas in a year. Fans of the Harry Potter movies will be pleased to note that long-standing director David Yates is at the helm of 'Fantastic Beasts', alongside permanent producer David Heyman, and with Jk Rowling as the screenwriter.
The Directioner bought one of the flying cars used in the memorable sequence from 'Chamber of Secrets'.
Liam Payne has admitted to being a ‘Harry Potter’ uber-fan, revealing that he owns a flying car from the movie Chamber of Secrets and keeps it in his garden. Well, that’s what you can do when you’re a member of one of the biggest bands in the world.
Liam and his One Direction colleagues were interviewed by Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1’s breakfast show on Monday morning (November 16th), and the 22 year old confessed, after a little teasing from Harry Styles, that he splashed out an undisclosed six-figure sum on the piece of Potter paraphernalia and placed it in the garden of his £5.1 million Surrey mansion.
Liam Payne is a self-confessed Harry Potter "geek"
Continue reading: Liam Payne Actually Owns The Flying Car From 'Harry Potter'
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith could be taking a role in JK Rowling's Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts.
Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith could be taking the lead role in the much-anticipated film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. The Harry Potter spin-off is due to start filming in London this summer, and the 32-year-old actor is the favourite to play the lead role of 'magizoologist' Newt Scamander, according to The Sun.
Matt Smith has a number of projects set for release in 2015
Jk Rowling has penned the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her book, and the author's 'exciting' script has gone done well with Harry Potter producer David Heyman, who told IGN it's 'filled with all the hallmarks of her incredible imagination.'
Continue reading: Matt Smith Could Be Starring In Fantastic Beasts
This Halloween... dramatic pause... the worst Hogwarts teacher ever... returns.
In case you needed another reason to look forward to Halloween, here’s a cool thing: J. K. Rowling has promised Potterheads a brand new story about the boy – well, the man, at this point – wizard. Is it going to be another epilogue style digression?
Rowling just can't help returning to Hogwarts again and again, and again.
Sorry to disappoint, but… yeah. In fact, it won’t actually be a story about Harry Potter. The short story – approximately 1,700 words in total will be posted on Pottermore and center around that one character we all know and love. Brace yourselves, this one is about Dolores Umbridge.
Schedule announced up until the end of the decade by Warner Bros. CEO.
There was big superhero movie news today as Warner Bros. unveiled plans for extending the franchises of established favourites such as The Lego Movie and the Harry Potter universe. Also, up until 2020, DC Comics characters will do battle at the box offices with the Marvel creations with ten DC movies being announced.
Zack Snyder's sneak peek at Ben Affleck's Batman, who will feature in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016
Ben Affleck’s Batman will get a starring role in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with an anticipated but unconfirmed release date in 2016. Furthermore, Affleck will reprise the role in 2017 in Justice League Part One, also to be directed by Snyder. Looking ahead even further, the second instalment of that movie is due for 2019.
JK Rowling has penned a new biography about the minor Harry Potter character, but just who is she? And where did Rowling's inspiration for the character emerge from?
Creator of one of the biggest literary and cinematic franchises of all time, JK Rowling, has recently revealed she has written a literary profile of Celestina Warbeck, a somewhat minor character who made several appearances in the Harry Potter books and ensuing films. It may strike many as particularly strange that Rowling should choose such an ancillary character upon which to divulge an in-depth life story. However, with the franchise still commanding vast legions of fans ready to lap up any fresh Potter material, such a query looks set to be made redundant rather quickly. The demand for greater insight into the fantastical world of witches, wizards, Weasley’s and Wormtail’s continues to expand like an Engorgio charm. But just who is this character? And more importantly, why has Rowling chose to compile a book on her exploits?
Despite new Potter material, there's no reason to expect any significant continuation of the beloved series of books and films.
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Jk Rowling’s new book may be targeted at an adult audience, though the novelist caused a stir in the wizardry world on Wednesday (September 26, 2012) by refusing to rule out a fifth Harry Potter novel. The author and one of the world’s richest women told the BBC she would be willing to revisit her hugely successful series if she came up with an interesting plot.
On the eve of her new book ‘The Casual Vacancy’, Rowling quite rightly said she had reached a point in her career whereby she no longer had to write “just to make money,” adding, “Harry Potter truly liberated me in the sense that there's only one reason to write, for me - if I genuinely have something I want to say, and I want to publish it… Now if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world - because I loved writing it - I'd do it.” Rowling has no doubt been urged to write further Potter books by her publishers, though has often spoken of her desire to produce work for other genres and audiences. ‘The Casual Vacancy’ has been shrouded in secrecy ahead of its release though reportedly contains more adult themes such a class warfare, addiction and sexuality.
Time will tell whether holding the book back from the press was a shrewd move, though it’s safe to say Rowling will be top of the charts come next week. The new book is unlikely to reach the heady sales heights of E.J James’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ series, though an eighth Harry Potter novel? Now that just might.
Will Jk Rowling write more Harry Potter books? In an interview with the BBC’s Will Gompertz, broadcast this morning (September 26, 2012), the author explained that it was “murder” leaving behind the characters that she had created in the Harry Potter stories. One the one hand, she insists “where Harry’s story is concerned, I’m done. I just think it would be for the sake of milking it and that’s just not in me.” Then, however, she dropped a bomb by revealing that she has “left the door ajar” into the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts: “If I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world, because I loved writing it, I would do it. But I've got to have a great idea.”
So, it seems that the final nail is yet to be hammered into the Hogwarts coffin. Rowling could still, hypothetically create more fiction based on that world. In the meantime, her younger fans will simply have to wait until they are old enough to enjoy JK Rowling’s new book, which is most definitely not for children.
When she was asked if she was worried about children accessing the book, which contains some pretty “vivid language,” she replied “I hope that we've made it really clear that this isn't a book for children. I've been very open about what the themes are, we've talked about what the story's about. I would have thought that parents can make a very clear choice... I would have to ask why have kids got such untrammelled access to the internet that they are downloading.”
J.K Rowling has plunged millions of Harry Potter fanatics into frenzy mode this morning, when she hinted that a director's cut of the wizardry story could happen.
Speaking to BBC News, Rowling bemoaned the speed of which she authored some of the infamous novels, insisting: "There were a couple of the Potters and I definitely knew that they needed another year." The creator of the 'potterverse' was keen not to make the same mistake with her new book, The Casual Vacancy, which is published tomorrow (September 27th). But had the rush to complete certain chapters of her magical tale inspired Rowling to rework some of Harry's adventures? Well she certainly didn't say no: "I read them, and I think 'Oh God, maybe I'll go back and do a director's cut', I don't know." And cue the madness. A rare interview, J.K isn't one to blurt out under-prepared answers to please her interviewer, so Potter fans should take note, as they undoubtedly already have.
Her aforementioned new release is showing signs that it'll be a hit come Christmas. With chart topping performances at literary outlets like Waterstones and Amazon, it's likely her grown-up book will be on the wish list of many around this time in December. "It is a parochial - literally - novel that's looking at slicing through a society with everything that that implies. That's what I wanted to do," she said of the book.
Jk Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy looks set to continue her literary success with one million pre-orders already having been made.
Following the massive success she had with her Harry Potter franchise which continues to reach out to fans with the new interactive website Pottermore.com even after the release of the last book and film, this modest author’s new ventures definitely look just as promising. It is expected to become the UK’s best seller of 2012 with The Bookseller charts editor Philip Stone telling AFP ‘It’s one of the biggest releases of the 21st century’ and predicting an immediate place at number one. It certainly has the credentials to become the next big hit in literature with it being the most pre-ordered book at Waterstones this year and with Rowling’s last book, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, selling 2.5 million copies in the UK just in the first 24 hours.
However, she has some serious competition. She is yet to break the record for the most hardback sales of an adult book in the first week (given that ‘Harry Potter’ was a children’s franchise) which currently stands at a massive 550,000 for Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ sequel ‘The Lost Symbol’. She is also to match the global phenomenon that is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ by EL James which has so far sold 5.3 million. One Waterstones spokesperson has expressed doubt that Rowling will even match her own success records with ‘A Casual Vacancy’ and admitted, ‘It is not in the league of ‘Harry Potter’.’Will JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy Storm 2012’s Bestseller Charts?
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Speaking to USA today, in her first and only interview prior to her much anticipated new release; Rowling said, "I don't think everyone will like the book. But I'm proud of this book. I like this book. It is what it's meant to be. As an author, you really can't say more than that. I don't mean this arrogantly, but if people don't like it, well, that's how it should be, isn't it? That's art. It's all subjective. And I can live with that." Rowling - nearly singlehandedly - created one of the biggest franchises on the globe, with the Harry Potter name being known worldwide. Seven books, eight films and myriad of merchandising made Rowling one of the richest women in the world, which gives her an air of confidence. "Of course this might change tomorrow, but I thought I would feel more nervous because it's been five years -- and this is a very different kind of book -- but actually I feel quite excited," she explained.
Early indications suggest that The Casual Vacancy will be a smash hit, as it's topped pre-order charts for literary mercantile giants Amazon and Waterstones, making it a shoe-in for stocking fillers around the world. The book will be published worldwide in the English language in hardback, ebook, unabridged audio download and on CD on Thursday 27th September 2012.
Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright, known best for her role as Ginny Weasley in the HP adventures, has followed up her life-changing role in the wizarding series by heading to Senegal to hopefully change a few lives herself as part of an Oxfam-led charity trip, the Oxford Mail reports.
Bonnie and members of the charity based in Oxford have set off on a goodwill trip to a part of Senegal that is currently experiencing extensive food shortages. Bonnie is visiting a part of Northern Africa where more than 18 million people spread across nine countries across the region are threatened with severe food shortages, among the victims include close to a million children who are suffering from acute malnutrition already. The next harvest in the region isn't expected until later this month or the beginning of October, meaning that Miss Wright is visiting the area during the harshest period of the shortage.
The generous 21-year-old wont finish her goodwill campaign there though, as she will continue her work for the charity back home when she will feature as one of the stars appearing at an evening of storytelling and performance at Oxford Playhouse in celebration of Oxfam's 70th birthday. Also lending a hand on the night will be celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, Private Eye editor and Have I Got News For You regular Ian Hislop and Sex in the City actress Kristin Davis.
Daniel Radcliffe explains the occasional arguments he had with his co-star, Emma Watson, during filming of the Harry Potter franchise.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe admitted in a recent interview that he co-star and Emma Watson used to get into huge arguments on the set during filming, sometimes causing the pair to refuse to talk to each other for days on end. Radcliffe spoke about how their differing points of view usually began to debate simple topics which eventually spiralled into something altogether more dramatic.
During an interview with Britain's Radio Times, Radcliffe explained, "Oh, God. We used to argue about everything. Religion. Politics. I remember one of the big arguments we had on the fourth film - we didn't speak to each other for a couple of days - was about... She was arguing about the Latin language, that nobody knows what it sounds like, what a Latin accent should be. And I was like, 'Yeah, but it's still spoken a lot in the Catholic church.'
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Harry Potter and his friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, continue their search for Voldemort's Horcruxes - dark magical objects that help the user gain immortality. Having found and destroyed one Horcrux - a locket belonging to Hogwarts founder Salazar Slytherin - the three friends travel from Ron's older brother Bill Weasley's house by the sea to the wizarding bank, Gringotts and then to Hogwarts to look for the final remaining Horcruxes.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe quipped that he could put a revolutionary new twist on the character of James Bond.
The 18-year-old actor was celebrating with fellow cast members after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was voted best film and Radcliffe named best male at the first ever National Movie Awards.
After beating sex symbol Daniel Craig to the best male award, Radcliffe was asked whether he'd like to one day take over as 007.
"It would be weird to suddenly be involved in another big franchise, but hey, it takes a big man to turn down Bond."
When quizzed as to who his ideal leading lady would be, he quipped that his top choice would be co-star Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies.
"I'm going to say Rupert," Radcliffe joked. "I'll be the first gay James Bond!"
But the young star who is expected to reprise his critically-acclaimed performance in Equus on the Broadway stage accepted that he might not have the goods to play the spy with a licence to kill.
"I don't think the world's ready for a short-a**e Bond," he moaned.
Questioned if he'd fancy playing the role in a decade, Radcliffe, only 5ft 5ins, admitted: "I'll still be a short a**e!"
Radcliffe is currently starring in Australian coming-of-age drama December Boys and is set to soon begin filming on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth feature in the Jk Rowling franchise.
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It's gotten to the point where the quality of the films don't really matter: Now I feel like I'm committed to the whole Harry Potter series. I've reviewed the first five now, so by golly, I'm going to stick it out and finish the lot... even though I still can't bring myself to read any of the books. As always, consider yourself warned that I don't know the intricate backstory developed over thousands of pages in J.K. Rowling's writing. And really, I'm happy to keep it that way.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix continues in the tradition of following another year at the Hogwarts School of Wizardry, where Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) has faced nothing but grueling struggle after grueling struggle. His most recent year (Goblet of Fire) saw a friend get killed by his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), who's gaining more power every day and giving Harry severe nightmares. With few exceptions, his friends have largely abandoned him, and the new term comes with even more headaches in the form of Dolores Umbridge (the perfect Imelda Staunton), sent from the Ministry of Magic to teach the defense from the dark arts class and eventually taking over the school as an iron-fisted, fun-crushing bureaucrat.
After much pottering about (ha ha!), the film finally finds its groove as Umbridge goes too far, refusing to teach magic in the classroom, instead preferring to rely on theoretical knowledge so the students can pass their year-end standardized tests. With Voldemort approaching (this guy is always just around the corner), Harry becomes more nervous that he will be unable to defend himself, finally recruiting a handful of students to his cause to teach them what he knows about magical combat. Together they prepare for the day when they know they'll have to use those skills. (In case you haven't seen any of the first four movies, rest assured it isn't far off: This end-of-movie showdown between Harry and the forces of evil has almost become a cliché that pans out every single time.)
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Welcome back, Potter.
The beloved Harry Potter returns to screens, a scant year after his most debut, with the film version of book two in the unfathomably popular Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Unfortunately, while the Potter-obsessed will likely find few faults with the film, this sequel captures much less of the original's magic. (And while I've not read the books, I understand the same can be said for the second novel as well.)
Secrets finds Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) back at home with his Muggle family on summer vacation, locked in his room (though no longer under the stairs). Before long, Harry is set to return to Hogwarts -- despite the insistence from his uncle that he is no longer allowed to study magic. But a daring prison break, courtesy of the Weasley family -- including Harry's best bud Ron (Rupert Grint), gets Harry back to school, despite the meddling of a Yoda-like "house elf" named Dobby (very obvious CG). The masochistic Dobby tries to convince Harry that his life is in danger if he returns to Hogwarts -- though in reality his life appears more in danger due to Dobby's "helpful" meddling.
Harry of course does return to Hogwarts, where all his familiar experiences await him. Hermione (Emma Watson) is still the class brain. Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) is still the school clown. Snape (Alan Rickman) is still Snape. The new additions to the cast include a new Dark Arts professor, Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh), a narcissistic wizard with questionable ability, as well as the father of Harry's platinum blonde archrival Malfoy, Lucius (Jason Isaacs).
While the cast is still in fine form (the exception being a shockingly haggard Richard Harris as headmaster Dumbledore; Harris died a few weeks before the film's release), it's the story that is decidedly lacking in this episode. The titular Chamber of Secrets is a legendary room inside Hogwarts fabled to hold a menacing creature. It can only be opened, we're told, by an heir to the Slytherin family. When a mysterious message appears on the Hogwarts walls in blood, Harry begins hearing hissing voices, and students begin to turn up paralyzed. It appears the Chamber of Secrets has been opened -- and suspicions fall on Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) as the heir. Or is it Harry?
What follows is another nearly-three hours of exposition as Harry, Ron, and Hermione attempt to crack this riddle, Nancy Drew-style, while the body count at Hogwarts keeps rising. Mercilessly padded, the movie drags us through ages of all-too-familiar territory: a Quidditch match ends predictably; spells go awry; the trio works on a potion together; one-note characters appear only to say their line and soon exit the story. Finally, invariably first-on-the-scene Harry coincidentally discovers a blank diary -- it's amazing how much coincidence drives the plot -- that leads him on a circuitous path to discover the Chamber, just in time for a final showdown with what looks astonishingly like a miniature-golf hazard.
Jeez, I'm bored just writing about it. So much of Secrets is so unnecessary that my audience was way ahead of the circuitous yet ultimately very simplistic story. Kids spent the three hours running up and down the aisles -- only their parents had the fortitude to stay with the plot. That said, this installment is much funnier than the original, and it has a bit more of a grown-up sentiment to it. Still, it's going to take more than an ominous voice in the walls and a flying car to keep even the most patient adults interested in a three-hour movie.
Chamber of Secrets is enjoyable for many of its stretches, and it's unfortunate that director Chris Columbus (giving up the reins for episode 3) didn't take more chances with the source material, excising the many irrelevant parts and adding in a bit of his own vision. As such, we have a movie that plays out in fits and starts of fun alternating with boredom. Sad to say, the kids will probably want to leave midway through this one and ask you to replay the original on DVD when you get home. Poor Harry, when we see you again (in two years' time), I hope you'll have regained a bit of your magic.
As with Potter #1, the film comes to DVD in an exhaustive and impressive two-disc package, headlined by one of the most aggressive 6.1 channel audio tracks I've ever had the privilege to hear on DVD. This film thankfully makes it much easier to find the deleted/extended scenes, all of which are well worth checking out and add a bit of depth and flavor to an otherwise so-so movie. There are also tons of games for the kids and a few interviews for the adults, including one with J.K. Rowling.
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Following the release of her sixth novel in the 'Harry Potter' series and with the fourth film in the series ready to hit theatres later this year, JK Rowling is getting ready for a big payday.
Jk Rowling has been steadily earning a fortune through her Harry Potter series. Well, let's not mince words - JK Rowling has made more money in the last 20 years than most people will make in their lifetime. Or in two lifetimes. Or five. What's more, is that this phenomenal achievement shows no signs of stopping, as the author has just added a further 36 million USD (20 million GBP) to her fortune - only 24 hours after the sixth book of the boy wizard series went on sale.
JK Rowling has recently released the sixth book in her 'Harry Potter' series
'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' hit the shelves at one minute past midnight on Saturday 16th July, 2005, greeted by long queues of ecstatic fans, going on to sell over two million copies by closing time on 17th July. Rowling's previous entrée into the series, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix', saw its release in 2003, causing the rags-to-riches British author the chance to sell 1.7 million copies in the UK and 7 million in the US.
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In his second big-screen outing, adolescent wizard Harry Potter is blessed with enough cinematic magic to overcome several of the very same problems that left last year's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" feeling a little protracted and rambling.
Sure "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" spends twice as much screen time on atmosphere and adventure scenes than on plot and character. But this time around every episode seems relevant, which is a vast improvement over last year's film, bloated as it was with Quidditch matches and monster moments that didn't advance the plot one iota.
Returning director Chris Columbus retains the enchanted ambiance as Harry heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year of instruction in the black arts. But nothing is ever easy for our young hero, as unseen forces seem to be conspiring against him -- not the least of which is some kind of elusive beast that's loose in Hogwarts' halls, turning students to stone.
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Harry Potter is growing up, and so is his movie franchise.Under the tutelage of a new director -- Alfonso Cuarón, known for both children's fare (the 1995 remake of "A Little Princess") and an edgy, insightfully soulful, sex-charged teen road-trip flick ("Y Tu Mama, Tambien") -- the boy wizard has graduated from the world of kiddie movie spectacles with tie-in toys.
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is a film in which depth of character, cunning humor and hair-raising chills come shining through the visual blitzkrieg of special effects -- which are also magnificently improved over the series first two installments. Case in point: a half-horse, half-eagle creature called a Hippogriff that gives "Lord of the Rings'" Gollum a run for his money as the most life-like CGI creation in cinema history.
Beyond just its detailed feathers (which fluff when it shakes) or its golden eyes (which bore holes in the screen with obstinate personality), this winged equine's every movement, from its canter to its peck, is a studied yet natural, amazingly fluid amalgam of the two beasts that were combined to create it.
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Fans of 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Harry Potter' have often debated what a fight between Gandalf and Dumbledore would look like, but it turns out it isn't as interesting as you might think.
Legendary thespian and film star, Sir Ian McKellen, came under fire from the late Richard Harris several years ago when he landed the role of the wise but mischievous Gandalf in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. McKellen claims that Harris was furious for not being cast in Peter Jackson's fantasy epic, and this was exacerbated by McKellen being chosen over him.
Harris reportedly exploded at the rumour that McKellen would then take the role of Dumbledore as well in 2002 when Harris' health steadily began to fail. The actor explained: "Before Richard Harris died, there was an enquiry: would I be interested in playing in Harry Potter? And I said, 'Yes, certainly'. But I've not heard anything since."
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