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

Dark Arts Premiere Event - WWoHP at Universal Studios


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!

Dark Arts Premiere Event - WWoHP at Universal Studios

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.

Photo by Jaap Buitendijk

Photo by Jaap Buitendijk

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.


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!


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.



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


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).


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.


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.


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


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


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


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!



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:


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!



Another great addition – we see the Hogwarts yearbook!


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”!


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.


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!


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!


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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I still love Harry Potter. Yes, JK Rowling has said stupid things, there are inconsistencies in the world, they lack diversity, the spin offs are meh. But I think that we need to remember what made us love this series in the first place. Narratively they are complex and fairly clever and the characters are flawed and interesting. They revolutionised fiction and defined my childhood and teen years. I love Harry Potter and I always will. The bits you don’t like are what fanfic/headcannon are for.

New Harry Potter Wand Installation Added to St. Paul’s Cathedral

Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos

Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos

In support of author J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos, Warner Bros. presented a new wand installation outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. As part of an on-going project to London’s City Arts Initiative, which considers proposals on artistic and cultural merit to improve and enliven the City’s streetscape.

The latest project titled Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos includes nine wands standing upright. Each one is an impressive fifteen feet tall and line up alongside the street leading to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

In what could be considered the biggest wand ceremony in wizarding history, the induction included a live performance from the Grenadier Guards performing music from the Harry Potter series such as Hedwig’s Theme to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Head prop maker Pierre Bohanna for both series, and Paul Harris – leading choreographer for the combat sequences in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – was also on hand for a little wand choreography lessons.

Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos will be on display outside St Paul’s Cathedral from October 16th until November 13th. And every evening at 6.45pm, the wands will perform a short light display every 30 minutes. Check out the schedule of daily activities on Wednesdays opened to fans.

If you’d like to make a contribution, visit the official Lumos website here. Right now, fans can receive an exclusive Newt Scamander pin, with all proceeds going to J.K. Rowling’s organization.

Check out more photos behind the cut!

Harry Potter Wand Installation London
Harry Potter Wand Installation London

Harry Potter Wand Installation London

Finding Family and Christmas in a Wizarding Wonderland


There’s something undeniably magical about this time of year. It’s wintry and festive, inviting friends and family to gleefully sing holiday songs, gather for decadent feasts, revel in the enjoyment of hot beverages, observe long-held and deeply cherished traditions–and even start new ones. It’s a wonderful season, and we can’t help feeling there’s no time like the present to remember the spirit found in the Harry Potter series.

As common as the themes of overcoming hardship, perseverance and sacrifice are the themes of friendship, loyalty and love. They go hand in hand, in fact, for friendship, loyalty and love drive us to endure, while hardship and difficulty provide us with the opportunity to appreciate our blessings all the more. We see this beautiful truth in Harry’s life–though he always felt the bittersweet absence of his parents, he gained immeasurable joy from his close relationships with Ron and Hermione. They became his family. They gave him purpose. They brought him cheer when he needed it most!


And Rowling knew the importance of bringing those themes home in a memorable, relatable way, giving them life through the trio’s friendship and peppering her writing with countless moments of levity. For though they walked with one another through the darkest of times, it was the sweet moments of peace and joy which stood out. The frivolity and happiness they shared in one another’s company, especially this time of year, was, and is, truly infectious–we still feel it and are inspired by it!

This season is not just a winter wonderland for us. When Harry Potter is the tie that binds, we find family all around, just as Harry did. So let’s laugh and play and celebrate this holiday season the magical way as we reimagine a classic with a Hogwarts twist. We’re betting it will take you back to a snow-covered Hogsmeade, our wizarding wonderland…

Wizarding Wonderland

Hagrid sings, are you listening

Round his hut, snow is glistening

A beautiful sight

Fang’s happy tonight

Walking in a wizarding wonderland

Gone away are the fudge flies

Here to stay, spiced mincemeat pies

Myrtle coos a love song

Harry hurries along

Walking in a wizarding wonderland

By the Shrieking Shack we build a snowman

Then duck beneath the cloak which all conceals

We’ll spy Malfoy coming round the bend

And pelt him in the head till he turns red

Later on, we’ll conspire

As we dream by the fire

To face unafraid

The Dark Lord’s brigade

Walking in a wizarding wonderland

In the courtyard we can build a snowman

And pretend that he is Severus Snape

We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman

Until he finds us out and flaps his cape

When it snows, ain’t it thrilling

Though your nose gets a chilling

We’ll frolic and play, the magical way

Walking in a wizarding wonderland

Walking in a wizarding wonderland

Walking in a wizarding wonderland

For all the Potter fans celebrating Christmas today, we wish you great joy! Embrace your loved ones tightly. Hold on to the magic around you every day. And remember, there is always light in the darkness and hope where it seems lost.

If you want to send us your cover of our Christmas song (please do!), send us a video via Twitter, Facebook or tag us on Instagram!