New Harry Potter Merch From Aldi’s and Funko!

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Choices for the avid Harry Potter collector are at an all-time high with magical new merch coming soon from multiple outlets. Yesterday, Leaky reported on Hallmark’s expansion of its exclusive Harry Potter collectibles series, available in Hallmark Gold Stores and online now. The Harry Potter Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments line will also feature new Potter-themed holiday décor starting in July. Now, adding to the ever-increasing selection of products, Aldi’s announced its first ever Harry Potter collection, and Funko is set to release new merch as well.

The exciting benefit of shopping Aldi’s line-up, available in UK stores and online, is that products can be purchased at prices significantly below most purveyors of Harry Potter collectibles!

The Mirror reported that Aldi’s selection includes crafting options, such as the Harry Potter Make Your Own House Scarf kit and Harry Potter Crochet and Felt kits.

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Duvet covers and pillowcases are also available for fans intent on a magical home makeover. Who doesn’t want to fall asleep in a Hogwarts dorm room every night?!

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Other must-have merch includes lunch bags, water bottles, pencil case, mugs, notebooks, backpacks, pajamas and more! Check out the full selection, with UK prices, here.

And don’t forget, fans of Funko products can look forward to new additions coming soon!

Take your pick of fantastic new Pop! keychains inspired by your favorite characters from J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Choose from Hermione, Harry, Ron, Ginny, Fawkes and Hedwig. (Or don’t choose and get more than one!)

Also look for magical Pop! pen toppers taking after Hermione, Harry, Ron and Dumbledore–and dressed for the Yule Ball in full Goblet of Fire attire! Other new figures include Pop! Fleur Delacour, Pop! Viktor Krum, Pop! Professor Sybill Trelawney, Pop! Harry Potter, Pop! Cedric Diggory and Pop! Fawkes. (We absolutely love those dress robes!)

Pop in a Box also adds a new version of the infamous Lord Voldemort with Nagini wrapped around his shoulders. Visit Funko’s website for a closer look!

Which collection, or collectible, are you most excited about, Potter fans?



Hallmark Unveils Magical New Harry Potter Collectibles!

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Hallmark unveiled a new selection of exclusive Harry Potter collectibles Wednesday, available in Hallmark Gold Stores and online. The collection includes Harry Potter Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, debuting in July, as well as home decor, ceramics, plush, apparel and greeting cards for purchase now!

Items such as oversized mugs feature designs and quotes recalling your favorite Harry Potter films. Hallmark also adds seven new characters to the itty bittys plush collectibles series–Hagrid, Dobby, Luna Lovegood, Professor McGonagall and more.

As for this year’s Christmas-themed products, Hallmark will release three new interactive storyteller ornaments and a Christmas Tree Topper, recreating a scene from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The collection will also include an ornament displaying the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets book cover, while another ornament will bring Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes to life. These additions to the Harry Potter Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments series will truly marry the magic of the wizarding world with the magic of the holiday season in an unforgettable way.

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Other Potter-themed items include house pride socks, travel mugs, picture frames, paper weights, water bottles, soup mugs, collector’s pins, pencil and trinket holders, keychains, vinyl decals, candies, stationary, snow globes, posters, books and much, much more.

Christine Taylor, in charge of Hallmark licensing, enthused:

“We know Harry Potter fans are passionate and share a real emotional connection to the Wizarding World…These new gifts are designed to bring to life the memories and feelings they have toward their favourite characters and moments from the films.”

Taylor is spot on, explaining the attention to detail and accuracy to the series found in the collectibles. They are tangible expressions of fans’ great love for the wizarding world and the magic J.K. Rowling so lovingly and intricately created. Each item would be a prized possession for the Harry Potter collector or fan, bringing your Hogwarts home–home.

The gift collection is available at Hallmark Gold Stores and online now. Look for Harry Potter Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments beginning in July.



The Case for Reading the Screenplay

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Perhaps you thought reading J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay was not worth reading. You might reason, what more can it reveal that I didn’t see in the film which is a direct adaptation of the script? You might think, I’ll be disappointed. What I wanted was a book, not a screenplay, so there’s no point in settling for less. I’d like to argue, however, that the screenplay, while assuredly a different story-telling medium than we’re used to, still has much to offer fans of the series and is well worth reading at least once.

I was quite surprised at the number of new things I picked up on as I poured over the screenplay. Not mystery-solving mind-blowing observations, mind you, but plenty that added nuance and context to my understanding of the story. In fact, while both critics and fans have criticized the film for having a poorly-constructed plot, I found that the screenplay read more smoothly than expected, in spite of the fact that it cuts from scene to scene. Without the pressure of maintaining a film’s visual pace and flow, it read more like the plot synopsis of a novel. No surprise there given that Rowling is a consummate novelist, and a screenplay, by necessity, must sacrifice much of a book’s development in order to hit the essential highpoints. Sure, some will argue that a more seasoned screenwriter could work around these constraints and provide a more polished finished product but, nonetheless, I think we’ll find that the context is all there in Rowling’s head, we just don’t have it yet–and by design.

What you can discern from the reading is clues that are easy to miss in the viewing. Though I’ve seen the film multiple times, it was easy to get caught up in its production quality, charismatic performances, special effects and overall entertainment value and overlook its subtleties. With the Harry Potter film adaptations, we had the benefit of falling back on the books to fill in those details and seeming plot holes. Here, we must wait and glean what we can from what Rowling has given us…which is more than you’d think at first glance.

1) Abernathy’s missing tongue and Grindelwald great escape. 

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The screenplay makes it clear that Abernathy is missing a tongue. I missed this detail in each viewing. I mistakenly thought that the reveal of the forked tongue was part of his magical transfiguration and belonged to Grindelwald, not making the connection, spelled out in the script’s notes, that Abernathy has no tongue and is gifted the new one by Grindelwald in much the same way that Voldemort gifts Peter Pettigrew with a new hand.

This is very interesting because it makes you wonder when they switched places. If MACUSA removed Grindelwald’s “silver tongue” months prior, that would mean Abernathy was wooed to his cause and took his place earlier than presumed. The question then becomes, why did Grindelwald stay rather than bolting immediately?

Probably, it was important that he remain nearby in order to keep up the transfiguration ruse, highly skilled magic likely affected by proximity. If he fled months prior, his escape would have been revealed as well. This would suggest that timing was an important factor in Grindelwald’s plans. Perhaps his cohorts had not yet located Credence. Whatever the reason, it’s thought-provoking.

Alternatively, it’s possible MACUSA removed Abernathy’s tongue immediately before the prisoner transfer because “Grindelwald” would no longer be in isolation, and this would be the most certain way of ensuring that he could not influence the Aurors assigned to interact with and escort him. That being the case, he and Abernathy could have switched places mere hours before the escape. Either way, it makes you wonder about his plan and how intricate it is.

2) Newt’s history with both the Ministry and Grissom.

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When I first watched Crimes of Grindelwald, I thought it was odd that Newt was so hostile during his hearing at the Ministry of Magic. Granted, we know Newt has a low opinion of office work and finds Ministry bureaucrats unsympathetic and obstinate in their hardline approach, but his reaction only makes sense if there’s more to the story than we know.

That history is hinted at in the screenplay. In the script notes, Rowling identifies Grissom as a “Beast Hunter.” Where I originally assumed he was an auror with special skills, it seems he’s more of a gun for hire, a mercenary tasked with doing the dirty work the Ministry wants to stay out of.

If he’s a “Beast Hunter,” this gives much more context to Grissom’s contemptuous dressing down of Newt and Newt’s leap of logic that the Ministry wants him to kill Credence. It suggests that they crossed paths over Grissom’s tracking and extermination of magical creatures, which puts him directly at odds with Newt, who wants to preserve the beasts and educate the wizarding world about them. It’s probable that the Ministry approached Newt with just such an offer at one time, further explaining his lack of faith in and disconnect from the Ministry.

This is further confirmed later in the film when Newt tells Tina, the Ministry’s “answer to everything they fear or don’t understand is, ‘Kill it!‘” Clearly, Newt has been here before. The Ministry is not interested in evaluating the true dangers presented; being a perceived threat is reason enough to strike and strike decisively.

 3) The extent of the Blood Pact’s reach.

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We’ve already discussed the Blood Pact between Grindelwald and Dumbledore extensively, breaking down the implications, timing and other theories. We discussed how nuanced, and specific, Rowling’s magical world can be when it comes to the subtleties of magical properties and the practical applications and parameters of spells. Given the amount of analysis devoted to these things, I was surprised to find that reading the dialogue further cemented a few ideas.

The conversation between Newt and Dumbledore in the trolley car always struck me as somewhat difficult to follow. Dumbledore jumps around in his thought process, failing to say, or intentionally leaving out, important information. He doesn’t connect all the dots for us or for Newt. At one point he seems to be talking about Credence and the rumors swirling about the missing Lestrange heir, and then, when Newt asks why Dumbledore cannot go to Paris himself, Dumbledore abruptly says, “I cannot move against Grindelwald.”

Reading the flow of the words on the page, it is more clear than ever that in Dumbledore’s mind, it’s all connected, even though Newt will not understand until the end. Dumbledore cannot seek out Credence because that amounts to an intentional move against Grindelwald. Credence is so significant to whatever is coming that a coordinated, planned effort to lure him in would amount to an offensive. This suggests much about the far-reaching extent of the Blood Pact’s constraints.

It also explains why Grindelwald later tells his minions that Credence “must come freely.” I assumed it was because Grindelwald wanted to secure Credence’s voluntary loyalty so that he would be fully committed to vengeance and channel his violent powers to those ends. But, in truth, Grindelwald is so powerful he does not need his acolytes’ loyalty. He could simply Imperius Credence and force him to confront Dumbledore on his behalf. But the emphasis here is on the “must.” Grindelwald cannot actively pursue Credence anymore than Dumbledore can. Credence must come of his own accord or it violates the pact.

They can, however, send intermediaries to act in their stead. Dumbledore sends Newt, and Grindelwald sends Grissom. It will be interesting to see how Rowling continues to develop the conflict introduced as both men dance around the magic binding their actions–until such time as the pact is broken.

4) Creative license with the screenplay and Queenie’s journey.

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I assumed that when Rowling wrote the screenplay, we would get a film version that depicted her vision exactly as written, so I was surprised to discover that some things were interpreted differently when translated to the visual medium.

For example, when Newt lifts the love spell Queenie put on Jacob, the film shows him being purged from its effects–it rises from his body like a toxic vapor leaving his system. However, the screenplay simply says he reacts to the lifting of the charm as to “a bucket of cold water.” It sounds like a shock, yes, but a waking up or resurfacing rather than an exorcism of sorts. Perhaps David Yates chose to show the charm’s effects as having consuming power over an individual in order to visually foreshadow Queenie’s desperation, inner turmoil and willingness to push the bounds of ethics for a cause she wholeheartedly believes in. In effect, Yates is saying, this seems innocent, but it’s far from it.

The interpretive license makes sense in context. Through the medium of film, the audience has little time to understand Queenie’s journey to Grindelwald’s side, so Yates must use everything at his disposal to get us there.

Another interesting change comes later in the film when Queenie sinks into the street corner overwhelmed by the voices around her. In the screenplay, it reads as though Jacob and Newt are actually nearby. They are so close, in fact, that Queenie can hear their thoughts in her head and runs after them. When she cannot find them, she then drowns in her despair. Her hopelessness is what makes her susceptible. Grindelwald offers her false hope, and she grasps after it.

However, the way the scene is cut, we cannot tell if Jacob and Newt are there or not, and she comes across as delusional, paranoid, schizophrenic. This gives us a different impression of her mental state and motivation, but Yates may have opted to play up her hysteria in order to explain her radical change. Whether this hurts or helps the film is hard to say, but it is fair to say that reading even the brief descriptions included in the script adds to a fuller understanding of her story arc. Queenie is an optimist, and understanding her fall from that lofty idealism better justifies her vulnerability.

These are only a few of the observations drawn from a careful reading of the dialogue and notes included in the screenplay. There is something about being able to take in the bare words for what they are that allows you to process the story in a different way, and for fans who love the series or are simply interested in a better understanding of the complex story, it is well worth the effort.

 



Universal Hollywood to Host ‘Dark Arts At Hogwarts Castle Premiere Event!

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Universal Studios Hollywood will host two exclusive after-hours premiere events next month, offering fans a first look at the upcoming Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle light projection show at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, taking place April 11th and April 12th.

Fans will be greeted at Hogsmeade with a selection of shops (including Zonko’s, Olivander’s and Honeydukes!), as well as ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and Flight of the Hippogriff. Then, before anybody else, guests will be treated to a special showing of the all-new dark arts show, bringing together light, John Williams’s score and special effects and showcasing magical creatures and villains from the movie, including Lord Voldemort himself!

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Of course, it wouldn’t be a Hogwarts event without a feast, so Universal will treat guests to an array of foods, drinks and desserts as part of the premiere event. Even more excitingly, we’ll see a brand new limited edition wand debut at the event, giving fans the opportunity to take home a new keepsake from the park. All this comes with early entry to the park, as well as this after-hours event.

Tickets to the event are selling fast – book yours here. The official opening date for Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle is April 13th, and the show will end on April 28th. Find out more at the Universal Studios Hollywood official website, and read more about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure – the new ride coming to Universal Orlando Resort – in our special event write-up!

 



Fantastic Beasts 3: Change in Production Schedule Doesn’t Spell Trouble for Upcoming Release

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Fans of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series expected Warner Bros. to maintain a rapid-fire production schedule that churned out the new films in regular succession. With a November 2016 release for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them followed by a November 2018 release for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, this seemed unofficially confirmed. So when the news hit that production on the third installment had been pushed back from the summer to the fall, rumors began to swirl of problems with the film.

Dan Fogler responded to the buzz by assuring fans that the change in production schedule was due, in large part, to the sheer size of the film. He addressed the delay in a recent interview with HeyGuys, saying:

“Yeah, we start in the Fall. The movie is going to be gigantic!

“The reason we were given is that the movie is bigger than the first two combined. They needed more time to prep and they didn’t want to rush anything so they pushed it back.”

Still, fans’ concerns resurfaced when Warner Bros. officially announced that the Dune reboot would take the coveted November 2020 slot presumably reserved for Fantastic Beasts.

Digital Spy took an objective approach to the news, arguing practically that Warner Bros. never actually confirmed Fantastic Beasts for the November 2020 release, so it was premature to suggest the release of the film had been delayed. In fact, it’s very possible Warner Bros. always intended to release Dune on that date, reserving that prime spot to promote it.

Fantastic Beasts, on the other hand, already has a large and loyal fan base, so it did not necessarily need that release slot in order to succeed. Rather, having a later release in mind for the franchise would give them added flexibility in dealing with the largescale production mentioned by Fogler. Not “rushing anything” should actually be viewed as a logistically smart move.

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Additionally, Deadline reported that series lead Eddie Redmayne, who plays Newt Scamander, will begin production this summer on Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming The Trial of the Chicago 7, which will feature a star-studded ensemble cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen, Seth Rogen, Jonathan Majors and Alex Sharp.

If Redmayne was already under contract to work on Chicago 7 this summer, it is reasonable that Warner Bros. would take advantage of the shifting schedules to best prepare the third film of the wizarding franchise to move forward, given the expectations placed on it as the mid-point of the series, a pivotal position for advancing the story.

Warner Bros. chief executive of film and TV studio, Kevin Tsujihara, also discussed the film in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. He said:

“The second film didn’t perform as well as the first, but I think we know what we need to do to get the third film hopefully even better than the first one. And J.K. Rowling is really working hard now on that third script, and we’re going to get it right. She has an incredible vision of where she wants to go with this that is incredibly exciting.”

So, Tsujihara confirmed that they are using this additional pre-production time wisely. This is not necessarily a negative. That Rowling, who was absent from Twitter for about six weeks from January through February, is focusing intently on honing the screenplay is all for the better. As Fogler said, this film is “gigantic,” and both Warner Bros. and Rowling want to get it right.

Tsujihara went on:

“The hardest part of the franchise is you have such a big core fan base. That fan base really knows the lore and they want to go deep into these characters. But what you don’t want to do is intimidate people. You want to be able to create a stand-alone movie that’s enjoyable for someone who isn’t steeped in the lore.”

Fans have underestimated the task set before J.K. Rowling and, as the chief executive intimated, she has many boxes to check in order to satisfy all involved. She must dive deep into the characters we’ve invested in while still moving the story along at a gripping pace, and she must reveal enough of the plot to keep us engaged and on track with the story’s trajectory while not revealing so much that all the plot twists–and answers!–reserved for films four and five are unveiled too early. This requires time and is, indeed, a valid reason for having a flexible production schedule.

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Lest fans continue to judge these changes too harshly, remember that the release of the Harry Potter films followed an irregular schedule suited to the size of the film, the needs of the actors and the requirements of the directors.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) both received November releases, but Alfonso Cuarón took over directing duties from Chris Columbus for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and, with much story to tell, the third film opened June 4, 2004. This is exactly the interval the Fantastic Beasts series is now on track to repeat.

Following the third film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) returned for a November premiere, while Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) both released in July. Parts One and Two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows wrapped up the series with November 2010 and July 2011 openings, respectively.

This simply goes to show that the release date, whether November or summer, matters little in terms of success within an established franchise and does not necessarily signal the trouble suggested. What matters more is that Rowling is hard at work on her end and will hopefully give fans the answers they seek thanks to the extra time being dedicated to the third installment. Fans can expect the announcement of an official release date for Fantastic Beasts 3 will be made at the appropriate time–all of which means we will, hopefully, get the best, and most magical, movie yet!

 



GIVEAWAY: $1000 (£800) of Classic Stills ‘Harry Potter’ Fine Art Prints!

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That’s right, folks. Prepare your vials of Felix Felicis, because thanks to Warner Bros and Classic Stills, we’re hosting our BIGGEST EVER giveaway this month…

Classic Stills are offering The Leaky Cauldron’s readers the chance to win $1000 (that’s £800) of Harry Potter fine art prints from their new collection, showcasing 25 of the best shots from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (or Sorcerer’s) Stone!

As previously reported on Leaky, only 100 numbered prints of each photo are available in this limited-edition collection, featuring moments such as The Great Hall, The Golden Snitch, Gryffindor Wins the House Cup, Platform 9 and 3/4, and much more. Prices start at $149 / £125, so you can get a fair few prints with this prize!

This giveaway is open to readers from the U.S. and U.K. – check out instructions on how to enter below.

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U.S. readers: Enter our giveaway of $1000 of Classic Stills Harry Potter and the Sorcrer’s Stone fine art prints on the U.S. entry page HERE.

U.K. readers: Enter our giveaway of $1000 of Classic Stills Harry Potter and the Sorcrer’s Stone fine art prints on the U.K. entry page HERE.

The closing date for entries is March 31, 2019.

We’ll be announcing the winner here and on the Classic Stills website – stay posted!

Good luck, Potterheads! Read more about the collection in our original announcement, here.

 



Top 5 Deleted Scenes From The ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Extended Cut

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The extended cut of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is finally out in digital format in the U.S., and after revealing an exclusive clip and giveaway, we’re summarizing the top five deleted scenes on the edition.

SPOILER ALERT: If you’d rather save the deleted scenes until you can watch the extended cut, come back to this later!

There’s just under 15 minutes of new footage in the extended cut, and whilst a few scenes are comparably unremarkable, some of our questions about the film are answered in the deleted scenes. Here’s our top five (followed by a quick summary of the rest of the scenes).

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1) Credence Reborn

This scene answers our question of what happened to Credence following the events of the first movie, in which he was utterly obliterated (in Obscurus form). This scene replaces the theatrical opening of the movie, and instead of beginning with the “American Ministry of Magic” (not MACUSA, for some reason – we’ll never let that go), we see a white blanket in water, and then we see the wisp of what’s left of Credence in his Obscurus form, which was seen at the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Credence reforms, asserting that – as J.K. Rowling said in the press pack for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – an Obscurial cannot be killed whilst in Obscurus form.

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After reforming, Credence is overwhelmed when he finds his adoption papers (currently on show at House of MinaLima, and available to purchase in their store), leading him on his journey to Paris.

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Admittedly, this would’ve helped to explain some of the events of the film a little more, giving Credence’s arc more context. At least it’s in the extended cut!

Another scene, “At the Docks” shows the moment Credence joins Circus Arcanus,  it looks like he’s looking for an opportunity to board a ship heading to Europe. We see Skender let Credence into the circus, and they’re off.

2) Walk n Talk

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This scene is an extended version of Newt and Dumbdledore’s conversation in London at the beginning of the movie. When Newt asks Dumbledore about his true intentions in sending him to New York (in the theatrical version you’ll remember he says that Dumbledore had a hand in his mission to free Frank the Thunderbird), Dumbledore explains, with some key information:

Dumbledore: I knew Grindelwald would try to catch Credence. He had a vision, you see, many years ago, in which an Obscurial killed the man he fears above all others.

Newt: You.

Dumbledore: I thought you might deprive Grindelwald of his weapon, not by killing Credence but by saving him.

Grindelwald’s vision seems to be a driving force of this series, so not having it as a part of this movie seems an odd choice. Could this help us understand the true identity of Credence / Aurelius Dumbledore?

3) Murmuration

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Another Credence scene, which we partly saw in the original trailers. We see Nagini and Credence on the roof next to the Eiffel Tower (where they are before Grindelwald gives Credence the note with Irma’s address).“We’re free,” says Nagini, and admires Credence summoning his Obscurus – it seems he’s in full control of the entity, and in one part of the scene (shown above), it flows through Nagini.

4) Ballroom Dance

Another scene shown in the trailers and missing from the theatrical cut. We see Leta in a ballroom, watching white ribbon floating in the air, echoing the imagery of her Boggart, the haunting memory of the ‘swapped child’ falling through the water after the shipwreck. She hears a man say “The rumors are true”, followed by another saying “Her brother is alive”. We hear the prophecy, and a man says to her: “Congratulations, Leta, your brother lives. We all truly believe it.”

Watch the clip below:

 

5) Dumbledore and McGonagall

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We see the scene of Dumbledore walking down a Hogwarts corridor from the trailer, and his and Professor McGonagall’s paths converge. After asking what went on in the meeting with the Ministry, Dumbledore confirms (along with the film credits and screenplay, if that wasn’t enough) that this the Professor Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter, not one of her relatives:

McGonagall: “There you are, what did Travers want? Absolutely outrageous behavior, marching into a school like that.”

Dumbledore: “It was all very mundane, sorry Minerva, a lot of marking.”

We see the tracker on Dumbledore’s wrist, and he walks to his office. We hope to see more of Dumbledore and McGonagall’s ‘origin story’ in later films!

 

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Other deleted scenes include a scene where Newt is collecting the Nifflers in his basement to head to Paris, and speaking to Jacob. Anther shows Tina speaking to Skender whilst searching for Credence, and there’s also a scene where Newt and Jacob are with Yusuf Kama as they are taken to his hideout in the Parisian sewers.

None of our biggest questions about Crimes of Grindelwald are answered by these deleted scenes, and aside from perhaps Credence Reborn and Walk n Talk, none of the deleted scenes add particular amounts to our understanding of the movie. However, knowing that Grindelwald is being driven by a vision he had is particularly notable (and speaks volumes about the skull hookah), as well as the fact that we’ve now seen how Credence ‘reforms’, and how powerful he is.

In addition to these deleted scenes there are plenty of bonus behind-the-scenes videos, and our favorite of these is most definitely Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone / Aurelius Dumbledore) and Harry Potter‘s Evanna Lynch discussing the movie:

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We also get glimpses of the cast filming scenes, speaking about the different departments and what went into creating Crimes of Grindelwald. Of course, more on this can be heard in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Makers, Mysteries and Magic, so be sure to listen and read our exclusive interview with the audiobook producer, Hana Walker-Brown, if you haven’t already!

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Another great addition – we see the Hogwarts yearbook!

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Watch our exclusive clip from the extended cut below:

See more behind the scenes clips like this in the Digital HD extended cut (available in the U.S. now), and find out how to pre-order the 4K UHD edition, Blu-Ray combo pack and DVD special edition (out March 12th) here. Also be sure to check out the Barnes & Noble edition, which contains an extra scene with Nicolas Flamel!

What did you think of the deleted scenes? What are your theories on Grindelwald’s vision? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



Dan Fogler Says ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ Will Be “Gigantic”!

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Dan Fogler grounds the Fantastic Beasts series with his heart and his humor as the relatable and loveable No-Maj Jacob Kowalski. He brought comic relief to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and delighted us with his loyalty to new-found friend Newt Scamander and his affection for legilimens Queenie Goldstein. In Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, we experienced the horror of coming war and tragedy through his eyes, as Grindelwald moves forward with his plans for wizard domination.

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be the mid-point of the five-part series and, as such, will bridge the gap between the set-up of the J.K. Rowling’s story and its conclusion, setting us on the path toward the 1945 confrontation between Dumbledore and Grindelwald mentioned in her Harry Potter series.

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While many fans and critics were disappointed by the unanswered questions raised in the second installment, we discussed the questions at great length, arguing that we should not mistake plot twists for plot holes. Fans should trust that Rowling has a plan. We even reviewed the many parallels between the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series to emphasize that she knows what she is doing!

Now, Fogler seems to confirm that Fantastic Beasts 3 will indeed move the story in that direction. Speaking with HeyuGuys, he addressed the recent news of a production delay, which led many online to assume there were problems with the screenplay. On the contrary, Fogler explained:

“Yeah, we start in the Fall. The movie is going to be gigantic!

“The reason we were given is that the movie is bigger than the first two combined. They needed more time to prep and they didn’t want to rush anything so they pushed it back.

“I can tell you that we are going to Brazil. I don’t really know much…[laughs]. I’ll get a script closer to when we start shooting.”

It sounds like this middle entry will be all we could hope for–and more! With the story heading to Rio and the wizarding world continuing to expand, Warner Bros. has to prep a new location. Hand-in-hand with production design will be prep work for all the visual effects studios, who will fill in the details of period landscapes and create all the fantastic beasts sure to pop up throughout film. The story also continues to bring in important new characters, such as Charms professor Eulalie Hicks and alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who we believe to be members of an early Order of the Phoenix. Jessica Williams announced the role of her character, an Ilvermorny professor (glimpsed in Flamel’s ‘wizard Skype’ book in Crimes), in a recent interview:

It simply makes sense that as Grindelwald advances his plan, the logistics of keeping up with the scale of his story would follow suit, and it’s a good sign that Warner Bros. wants to make sure they handle this part of Rowling’s series properly. This is exciting news, Potter fans!

Ross Marquand as Aaron, Angel Theory as Kelly, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Dan Folger as Luke - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 6 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Ross Marquand as Aaron, Angel Theory as Kelly, Lauren Ridloff as Connie, Dan Folger as Luke – The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 6 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

And for those of you who are also keen watchers of The Walking Dead, you’ll recall that Dan Fogler has a part in the current season, playing a character named Luke in 12 episodes. He told HeyuGuys that he had been looking for an opportunity in television, and the show responded to his agents’ inquiries. His response was enthusiastic:

“I loved the part, I read the comic books so loved the idea of portraying a character that is in the comics.”

As for life on the set of a zombie apocalypse, Fogler revealed:

“Yeah, it’s kind of like trial by fire if you are not used to the Atlanta heat in the middle of August!

“I always like to use stuff from my environment in my acting and I always wanted to be in a western and this has that feel to it. This is really the first show I’ve been on where I’ve not been worried about sweating.”

Read the full interview with HeyuGuys here, and keep checking in, Leaky will keep you updated on all the latest Fantastic Beasts news!



Pre-Order Your 20th Anniversary Edition of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ and Recieve a House Pin Badge!

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It is hard to believe it has been almost 20 years since J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban hit store shelves and, shortly thereafter, won over fans’ imaginations with a darker storyline (was that possible?), the Marauders, time travel, more intriguing backstory and a teenage boy wizard. That means that in addition to reminiscing about how quickly you tore through the pages and where you were when you first discovered the identity of Scabbers, fans can look forward to the release of the 20th Anniversary House Editions to mark the occasion.

Bloomsbury announced that the latest anniversary edition, resplendent in all four house colors, is now available for pre-order–and for UK and ROI residents who order their hardback copy before the offer ends at midnight (GMT) on June 12, 2019, an exclusive house pin badge will be included with their purchase!

Like the previous editions released to celebrate the publishing anniversaries of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the hardback versions feature sleek black covers with detailing in house colors. Gryffindor comes in bold red and gold. Hufflepuff features yellow and black. Slytherin is the telltale green and silver-gray. And Ravenclaw is the traditional blue and bronze.

 

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Each house pin badge is emblazoned with the mascot of the house as well as the appropriate house colors. Fans who simply cannot choose (or who favor no house over another!), can purchase all four hardback house editions as a set–and receive all four house pin badges as part of the same pre-order offer!

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In addition to the house-themed cover art and page detailing, each book also includes illustrations by Levi Pinfold, the two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

The anniversary editions are also available in companion paperback. These versions boast a bold house-themed cover in place of the black and do not feature accent detailing on the edging of the pages.

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Just as collectible, the paperback editions are a wonderful option for fans and an unmistakable way to show house pride! Please note, however, the exclusive house pin badge offer does not extend to paperback orders. The special offer only applies to hardback pre-orders and only to residents of the UK and ROI.

To pre-order your copy, visit the official Harry Potter page at Bloomsbury Publishing here. Residents of Australia and New Zealand should order here as they are subject to local shipping rates.



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