Fire at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Set


A fire broke out at Leavesden Studios yesterday, July 10th. The studios, owned by Warner Bros., are where Harry Potter, Fantasitc Beasts, James Bond, Mission Impossible and many other blockbuster films were made, and just around the corner from the Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter.

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The fire service spent over 15 hours tackling the fire, after being called out at 23:29 BST on July 10th.

Thankfully, nobody was injured, and the set where the fire started was not being used at the time, however, the fire occurred on a sound stage being used for Avenue 5 – a HBO comedy by Armando Iannucci (The Thick Of It). A spokesperson for Warner Bros. thanked the firefighters for “working tirelessly throughout the night” to put out the blaze.

Houses in the area were alerted to the fire after seeing smoke at the studios, and remarked on the ‘strong smell’ of smoke. The fire was reportedly significant, with flames still being tackled long through the night and 18 crews being sent out by the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire didn’t reach the Warner Bros Studio Tour — the studio complex is huge, as you might have guessed, spanning 350,00 sq ft of sound stages, and over 100 acres of back lots — so rest assured all the props from the Wizarding World are safe and sound, and anybody booked on will not be deterred by the recent fire!

Regrettably, however, Avenue 5 will likely be set back by the incident, so our thoughts go out to the cast, crew and creatives of the show!

Read more at the BBC.



Mini Boden Launches Limited Edition ‘Harry Potter’ Collection This August!

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Boden Clothing announced a magical collaboration yesterday, partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to bring a new Harry Potter-themed limited edition collection to the Mini Boden line. The range launches Monday, Aug. 5, so the good news is that Boden’s wizarding world fans won’t have to wait long for the release. On the other hand, start gathering your galleons now–the collection features 81 unique pieces that will be sure to capture your fancy!

According to a press release from the clothing company, the collection was designed entirely in-house in close collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, ensuring the result is up to Potter fans’ high standards. There’s a lot of merch out there, and any new product line needs to bring something magical to the table. From all appearances, Boden seems well up to the task, charming followers with clever advertising (That train looks awfully familiar…), reputable quality and trademark design details.

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Specifically, prospective customers can expect the following from the new line:

“Each piece of the collection is unique and features all of the thoughtful design details that customers have come to expect from the Mini Boden brand including bespoke prints, truly unique embroidery, colour-change sequins, fluttering applique and 3D detailing on tops, capes, trousers and dresses.”

Boden noted that the collection accommodates children from newborn through age 16, so there are plenty of size options to choose from, and young fans can continue to dress in magical attire as they grow. (Although, since the collection is a limited edition, you may need to plan ahead with those purchases!)

Check out the adorable little witches and wizards in this enchanting promotional teaser…

The statement also announced that a second collection will be launched Oct. 7. There are no details on how the follow-up collection will differ from the first–whether it will simply expand on the debut range or whether it will branch out thematically. Boden will undoubtedly keep fans updated as the release dates approach.

Boden invites followers to register online here to receive the most current information leading up to the launch!



Close-Up Look at Universal Orlando’s Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure!

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For any Potter fan, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the pièce de résistance of the Universal Studios theme parks — and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will likely be the highlight of them all!

Universal Orlando is the dream destination for those hoping to step inside J.K. Rowling’s world, allowing you to walk through Hogsmeade, cry at the gates of Hogwarts, feel the thrill of seeing Diagon Alley for the first time, and – of course – drink pumpkin juice in The Leaky Cauldron.

The new “storycoaster” – the first of its kind – will open at Universal Orlando Resort’s Hogsmeade on June 13th, and is set to be like no experience yet. Replacing the Triwizard Tournament themed coaster, The Dragon Challenge, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the most ‘highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet’ at the parks, and we’re bringing some exclusive info on the experiences to come, with brand new photos!

As we know, the ride will see guests take off through the Forbidden Forest on one of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures lessons — but as with all of his lessons, nothing goes quite to plan! Guests will ride in Hagrid (well, Sirius’s) motorbike and sidecar in all-new groundbreaking coaster technology to immerse riders in the thrills of the ride, and ‘feel the freedom of flight’ as they head off through the grounds of Hogwarts and beyond, soaring over an actual forest featuring 1,200 trees. In Universal Orlando Resort’s own words:

“They’ll ascend above the trees, rapidly accelerate through mysterious ruins, speed forward – and backward, and so much more as they search for the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.”

We already know a few of the creatures set to feature on the ride: along with an animatronic Hagrid, riders will encounter Centaurs, Devil’s Snare, Fluffy the three-headed dog, Cornish Pixies and a never-before-seen Blast-Ended Skrewt!

Along the way, riders will zoom around the longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring 5,053 feet (almost a mile!) in length. The ride will feature numerous breathtaking experiences, including:

  • ?  The most launches of any roller coaster in the world – with 7 total launches
  • ?  Unexpectedly dropping nearly 17 feet on the first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop
  • ?  Being catapulted 65 feet in the air at a more than 70 degree angle – and then immediately dropping backward in one movement

Take a look at some of the incredible detail on the ride below:

 

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Grindylows and mermaids can be seen in this ruin — we wonder just how much of Hogwarts remains to be seen!

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A look at some of the ride mechanics:

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Guests will encounter immersive experiences before the ride begins, too, getting to look through forgotten relics of Hogwarts – like this Manticore page in the Monster Book of Monsters!

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Universal Orlando also gave us an idea of the story of the coaster, which will take us through some of the unseen ruins of Hogwarts before taking off around the Forbidden Forest. The ruins themselves were imagined by Universal’s award-winning Creative team in collaboration with the Harry Potter films’ Production Designer, Stuart Craig, and Art Director, Alan Gilmore, and are placed behind Hagrid’s hut, used by the lovable half-giant for groundskeeping purposes:

“As they make their way to their enchanted motorbikes, guests will see materials from the class, including dragon eggs on the verge of hatching and a makeshift nursery where Hagrid kept his Blast-Ended Skrewts – the creatures that are being brought to life for the first time ever for this epic new adventure. Guests will encounter beloved characters from the Harry Potter films including Arthur Weasley, Hagrid, and his loyal dog, Fang, through a pre-show experience brought to life with digital projection and special effects. During this interaction, guests learn about their impending trip to the Forbidden Forest as part of their lesson for the day.”

Doesn’t it sound thrilling?!

If that’s not enough, take a look at a POV video from Universal Orlando below:

The new ride opens June 13th — we can’t wait to take you with us to see the ride for the first time!

Thanks to Universal Orlando Resort for giving us a first-look at the ride, and for inviting us to preview the coaster! 

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New website “Wizarding World” is live!

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Leaky just announced days ago that Pottermore and Warner Bros. were forming a new joint venture in the form of a new website and experiences that would combine material from the books and movies.  Since Pottermore is associated with the books, and Warner Bros. is the rights holder for the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movie franchises, legal issues have made it complicated for Pottermore to incorporate film content, a growing impediment as the Fantastic Beasts series becomes integrated with the Potter canon.  From the FAQ: “Wizarding World is the magical universe that encompasses Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and an expanding range of characters, stories, experiences and products derived from them, as well as new projects inspired by this magical universe.”  You can read more about the joint venture here.

The new site, Wizarding World, was rumoured to be going live as soon as May 15, but we didn’t have anything definitive, and we are careful not to post anything speculative unless we clearly delineate it as such.  We know you trust us to be your number one reliable source for Potter news!  Well, now we can say it:  It’s live!  (Or in a Dr. Frankenstein voice, “It’s alive!”)

The homepage asks you to “Register Now” before you can go any deeper into the magical world.

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You’ll have to enter your date of birth, and your email addy.  If it recognises your email from your Pottermore account, it will import your Pottermore information, but you will have to choose a new password.  It will then ask you for your birth date again (in case the ageing potion you took the first time has worn off), and your name, and you’ll have to fill in the verification code sent to your email.  Then you’re in!

The next screen shows your house.  Mine, for example, is Gryffindor:

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The next screen down lets you create a list of “favourites”.  You may choose three to display and share on social media using hashtag #MyWizardingWorld from Characters, Spells & Potions, Objects & Food, Places & Transport, Beasts & Beings, and, last but certainly not least, Quidditch Teams.

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The resulting badge for you to display on social media makes no sense because it’s a list of favourites that starts with “I am”.  Someone did not think that through and, one hopes, they will spot the incongruity and change it.

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The following screen reminds you of your Patronus.  As much as I love cats (there’s a real tortoiseshell one snoring on my lap as I write this), I can’t say I’m thrilled to share a Patronus with Dolores Umbridge.  I assure you that’s all we have in common.  Well, I do like order, but I digress…

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That’s it so far!  Go get you Wizarding World Passport and start picking favourites.  We’ll post about new content as it becomes available.

Personally, I find the graphics too modern; I preferred the more gothic, old-fashioned look of the original Pottermore.  What do you think of Wizarding World Digital?  Tell us via comments and tweets.



EXCLUSIVE Statement On Wizarding World Digital & Pottermore’s Next Steps With Warner Bros. « The-Leaky-Cauldron.org

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Fans are now aware of the newly formed joint venture between Pottermore and Warner Bros., aiming to ‘widen and deepen’ the scope of what Pottermore can do to improve digital experiences for Wizarding World fans, which includes transitioning over to a new platform — WizardingWorld.com. We’re also no stranger to the recent uproar following the apparent ‘leak’ of a paid subscriber’s concept!

We recently reported on the announcement of the new venture, and following soon after came MuggleNet’s scoop on Wizarding World Gold, a subscriber’s concept they claimed to give ‘premium access to the best and brightest parts of the wizarding world’. Their scoop came from an anonymous source and claimed that various elements of the new concept, would be available only to paid subscribers. This included apparent leaked marketing materials for the Gold tier service promoting access to Cursed Child priority booking, members-only events and experiences, exclusive merchandise and sales, video and audio material and an exclusive welcome kit. MuggleNet posed the question ‘If fans and followers already feel marginalized by the content the franchise is putting out, how is marginalizing them further going to help?’.

It’s a fair question — dividing fans as ‘Gold’ class or not is a concerning idea. Here at Leaky, we pride ourselves on getting to the heart of questions that concern fans of J.K. Rowling’s world. Yesterday we were able to spoke directly and exclusively to the team behind Wizarding World Digital, and took the opportunity to get more information on how the new concepts and experiences being developed will serve fans, and answer some of our many questions about the proposed ‘paid subscriber’ concept.

In an exclusive statement, a Wizarding World spokesperson told us:

‘Since we launched Pottermore in 2012, the digital landscape has evolved. We want to make it easier for fans to experience and travel through the Wizarding World. To this end, Wizarding World Digital are working on a broad range of new digital experiences all of which are at different stages of research and development. As announced last week, the new venture will make our content and experiences accessible to the broadest possible audience of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fans.

We are working hard creating a range of products that we hope will surprise and delight fans.  Whilst one of these explores a premium concept, the vast majority of the experiences in development are free.  We are excited about the next phase of our digital journey and will officially release more information soon.’

So what does this mean for fans, exactly?

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1) Wizarding World Digital’s Background 

In our talk, we discussed the reasons behind setting up this venture, and how Wizarding World Digital will benefit fans rather than sidelining them. We were assured during discussions with our spokesperson from Wizarding World Digital that the collaboration was set up to offer fans ‘bigger and better’ experiences, and they were adamant that this new venture would remain ‘as true to the values of the franchise as possible’.

Rather than being a ‘money making experience’, we were told that this new digital venture is simply the next logical step in Pottermore’s journey in a transforming digital landscape, as ‘no digital experience stands still’. Pottermore clearly does not offer everything it did in 2012, and this new venture, we were told, is their way of being able to bring everything together and deliver experiences that fans have suggested they have wanted over the years.

The existence of and Pottermore / Warner Bros.’s respective relationships with fan sites and the broader fan community was also discussed, and we were assured that these relationships will not change, and are still important to the overall fan landscape in their eyes.

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2) Will a Portion of Fans Be Sidelined By The Introduction of a Paid Concept?

As you’ll notice in the statement, the ‘premium concept’ is still being explored, and is by no means the centrepiece of Wizarding World Digital’s new digital experiences, but sounds more like a proposed element of the concept itself. Many of the experiences are still in research and development, and much of the leaked content, we assume this means, isn’t to be taken as 100% accurate as so little has been tested at this early stage.

The ‘vast majority’ of the content in these experiences will be free for all, according to our exclusive  statement, and whilst we obviously don’t know the ins-and-outs of what’s being offered to fans, it could be that not all the materials previously suggested to be under the paid tier will be blocked from the wider fan community. As an example, perhaps we’ll get a podcast, but extra material will be accessible to subscribers?

May 15th was thrown around as the proposed launch date of the new website (a result of confusion caused by Pottermore’s data collection email moving subscribers over to the new service), however, if this is the case, the launch will not be a full launch. We were told that the website could be months in the making. We’re not sure exactly what that means, but think back to the original Pottermore, and waiting for each Potter book to release in turn as a new digital experience. It’s possible that something along these lines will be at the heart of Wizarding World Digital, bringing together every aspect of J.K. Rowling’s ever-growing world in one place.

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3) Innovations in the Digital Landscape: Where Is J.K. Rowling in all this?

Neil Blair said in an initial statement to The Bookseller that the new venture between Pottermore and film rights-holders Warner Bros. means that now ‘the only limits will be our imaginations and what technology is available’ when it comes to crafting digital experiences for fans. The excitement of Pottermore originally was the promise of new J.K. Rowling content, and one main question fans seem to have is how involved J.K. Rowling is at this point. The new venture is run by a collaboration between Warner Bros. and Pottermore, so in a sense this is no longer her venture, but run by a collaboration between Warner Bros and Pottermore.

We were assured that the content written for Pottermore by J.K. Rowling (including the Sorting and Patronus quizzes, etc) will all remain free to fans. The aim, we were told, is not to take away from fans — ‘if anything we’re trying to put everything in one place to give bigger and better experiences’, our spokesperson told me.

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What are your opinions on the new website? We’d love to hear!



Warnermore? Potter Bros.? Warner Bros. and Pottermore Form New Magical Creature In Joint Wizarding World Venture

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Ok, so the real name is Wizarding World Digital, not Warnermore or Blast-Ended Skrewt.  It sounds a wee bit ironic given that Muggle technology doesn’t work at Hogwarts, according to Hermione, who read about it in Hogwarts: A History because of course she did.  But this is different; it’s about intellectual property rights rather than “ecklectricity”, as Arthur Weasley would say.

Pottermore is connected to the publishers of the books.  The site was launched in 2012 to provide digital content related to the books, eBooks, and digital audio books but it didn’t hold the rights to include movie-related content, which fell under Warner Bros.’ purview.

Screenshot 2019-05-13 at 11.44.24 AMNow the wizarding world is expanding and deepening via the Fantastic Beasts franchise, which is also owned by Warner Bros.  Pottermore was legally limited in how it could incorporate these new additions to the canon.  Hence, Wizarding World Digital, a joint venture that enables both book and movie-related content owned by each copyright holder to mingle together on one site like guests at Slughorn’s Christmas party, although with tastier hor d’oeuvres.

Pottermore Publishing will continue to publish the eBooks and digital audiobooks, and to sell them online, although most Pottermore content will be moved to the new site.  In anticipation of the merger, Pottermore laid off some of its staff in March 2018.  A new management team will decide where to take the joint venture from here.

Neil Blair, J.K. Rowling’s agent and the chair of Pottermore, told The Bookseller, “This venture will widen and deepen what we have been able to do on Pottermore so far. There’s no reason now why we won’t be able to do something because there’s a rights issue. The only limits will be our imaginations and what technology is available.”

What will happen to Pottermore when much of its content moves to the new Wizarding World Digital site?  We don’t know, but we hope the Sorting Hat Quiz remains!

**Update: MuggleNet have received an anonymous unconfirmed tip suggesting that a ‘Gold Tier’ subscriber option could be available, turning fans into subscribers for ‘exclusive’ Wizarding World content** 



Warner Bros. Three-Year Gap: ‘Fantastic Beasts’ and the Fandom

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Warner Bros. finally announced the official release date for the yet-to-be named third installment in the Fantastic Beasts series last month, and fans and fan sites alike were initially stunned by the announcement of the November 2021 date. By the time we meet Newt Scamander and Albus Dumbledore again, three years will have passed since Crimes of Grindelwald hit the silver screen and, even for the longsuffering fandom well practiced in the art of waiting, three years will, to many, feel like an eternity.

Almost immediately, outlets renewed the sentiment that the unexpected schedule change spelled trouble for the franchise, hastening to also observe that Warner Bros. would lose any momentum and good will along with the delay. Leaky, however, was not so quick to rush to judgment and, instead, maintains our original assessment that the change does not spell trouble after all. Warner Bros. is far too savvy to take the magic of the wizarding world for granted by letting enthusiasm dissipate like sand through an hour glass, and we suspect that the film will not only be all the better for the new production schedule in the end, but that they will also undoubtedly roll out a fully realized promotional plan including exciting events, ongoing expansions and tantalizing teasers in the interim.

Why the Production Delay?

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First, we have to address the Erumpent in the room–why extend the schedule at all when a two-year gap worked for this franchise, and other franchises with similar expectations and large-scale productions, before? This cannot be a good thing…can it?

There are actually many good reasons why Warner Bros. would risk the ire of impatient fans in favor of a lengthier wait for the next film. The size of the production may simply demand it.

Dan Fogler already revealed Fantastic Beasts 3 will be “gigantic.” Perhaps shooting on location in Brazil will require more crew members, a more flexible schedule to account for seasonal weather and more time for set designers to build the ever-expanding wizard world. Perhaps that expansion will also require more time for the numerous visual effects collaborators to conjure up the magic and the magical creatures that make the series so immersive in depth and impressive in scope.

And, of course, even the slightest delay for these significant factors means reworking the schedule around the growing primary cast. It is a logistical nightmare, honestly, and considering how prolific the actors are in television, film and other endeavors, it is a wonder Warner Bros. manages it at all!

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Finally, who knows but that there may be even bigger changes on the horizon! Following the recent success of Alfonso Cuáron’s Roma, many fans suggested it could be the perfect time for a new director to take the helm.

David Yates has ably shepherded the series since Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and we are certainly not averse to him continuing to partner with Warner Bros. and Rowling on the Fantastic Beasts franchise; however, we also acknowledge that injecting a new vision and approach could be both exciting and beneficial. And Cuáron already has experience with the wizarding world, having directed fan-favorite Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban more than 15 years ago. If Warner Bros. was considering such a changeover, it would understandably affect the course of the production.

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In the meantime, Warner Bros. will not leave fans hanging. There will be more than enough to keep us active and engaged in the fandom, should we choose to be.

A Celebration of Harry Potter Event

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Warner Bros. partnered with Universal almost a decade ago to bring the wizarding world to fans in theme park reality, and the Celebration of Harry Potter event debuted in 2004. Universal did not, however, hold the annual event in Orlando this year, choosing instead to devote its resources to the development of new attractions. But with those updates and expansions debuting this summer, it’s fair to assume that Universal will be ready to host the magical event which unites cast, crew and fans in a three-day wizarding world extravaganza again next January.

Be looking for an announcement on upcoming plans this fall, as it would be a perfect opportunity to stoke the flames of anticipation within the fandom and a not-to-be-missed event for your 2020 calendar!

Universal’s Theme Parks

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Those theme park expansions we just mentioned were by no means routine maintenance or refurbishments. Universal demolished its popular Dragon Challenge attraction with the pledge to replace it with an exciting thrill ride that would give fans a whole new wizarding world experience. This was a tall order, to be sure, and over the last year, Leaky followed the construction reports, offering regular updates and speculation with each new reveal.

We rightly guessed that the theme would have something do with the Forbidden Forest, later confirmed by leaked concept art. Universal then officially confirmed the attraction as Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure and announced a June 13 opening, which is swiftly approaching!

Universal is heavily promoting the new ride with a barrage of teasers, revealing that riders will encounter Fluffy the Three-Headed Dog, Cornish Pixies, Devil’s Snare and Centaurs, as well as the never-before-seen Blast-Ended Skrewt. Monday Universal announced the attraction would also feature a 7-feet 6-inch animatronic Hagrid!

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In addition to the latest ride, Universal unveiled a new Dark Arts projection light show, which opened first at Universal Hollywood in April and May and will be brought to Universal Orlando Resort at a later date.

With Universal continually updating the wizarding world experience at its theme parks around the world, fans will always have something to look forward to–especially if the rumors of plans to construct a fourth park come to fruition. A new park, and the consistent news updates that would naturally follow, would provide plenty of fodder for fandom discussion, helping to pass the time!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

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Warner Bros. is constantly updating its Studio Tours in London and Hollywood, giving fans a glimpse of behind-the-scenes film magic year round.

Most recently the Studio Tour London opened its Gringotts expansion, complete with a walk through Gringott’s bank, a peek at the underground vaults and an encounter with dragon! Meanwhile, the Studio Tour in Hollywood boasts an exclusive display of costumes from Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Aside from the special exhibits, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London always offers such staple events as Hogwarts After Dark during the Halloween season and Hogwarts in the Snow over Christmas!

All these and more provide one-of-a-kind opportunities for fans to experience the wonder of the wizarding world while revisiting the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film series.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition

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Harry Potter: The Exhibition continues to tour the globe, now making its 20th stop in Valencia, Spain. The exhibition has been a resounding success, bringing props, costumes, creatures and interactive elements, along with the chance to meet favorite Potter alums, to Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Edmonton, Sweden, Cologne, Paris, Shanghai, Brussels, Madrid, Amsterdam, Milan, Berlin and more.

The exhibition opened in Spain on April 13 and will no doubt announce a new location before long. Who knows where J.K. Rowling will take you next?!

Wizards: Unite and Hogwarts Mystery

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Of course, globe-hopping to all these incredible events and exhibitions is not appealing, or doable, for every fan. But let that not discourage you, Potterheads. With continual innovations in modern technology, there will soon be countless ways to experience the magic of Harry Potter–and from the comfort of your own home!

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality mobile game, is coming “soon” from Niantic, Inc. and WB Games San Francisco. Pokémon Go players can even reserve their usernames in preparation for the big day!

Mobile game app Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, from Jam City and Portkey Games, is currently available for play, recently launching a new side-quest for Valentine’s Day–the Celestial Ball! They regularly add challenges and update the mobile game app to keep things interesting for players.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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And while not everyone is a fan of the stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there is no denying the theatrical juggernaut has been an unmitigated success, bringing J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany’s Harry Potter epilogue to fans in London, New York, Melbourne and, soon, San Francisco and Hamburg.

The magical continuation enchants audiences and critics alike and is well worth seeing if you can snag a ticket. Given its current track record, tickets should be available for the foreseeable future as run after run is extended–and we would not be surprised if plans are already underway to expand the production further, reaching even more cities with around the world.

For ticket information, visit the Harry Potter Play official website here!

LeakyCon and BroadwayCon

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Fans can always satisfy the Potter itch by attending any number of fan conventions. We’d highly recommend LeakyCon, founded and hosted by Melissa Anelli, original webmistress of The Leaky Cauldron. A convention for all things Potter, LeakyCon never fails to reunite your favorite cast members and feature an incredible slate of panels. This year is the 10th anniversary of LeakyCon’s founding, and we’ll be celebrating in two locations–Dallas, Texas from Aug. 9-11 and Boston, Massachusetts from Oct. 11-13!

Theater lovers may also be interested in BroadwayCon, Anelli’s other annual convention, which gives fans inside access to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child NYC. This year fans bid farewell to the original cast, and next year fans will likely have the opportunity to meet the new one, who will be veterans in their own right by then!

Television and Streaming Services

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Since AT&T’s purchase of WarnerMedia and Warner Bros., it is well known that the parent company is looking to leverage the acquisition to get into the business of online streaming by offering its own competitive service. With access to franchises such as Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, some are wondering if Warner Bros. will finally move to expand the wizarding world beyond the realm of feature films to regularly-scheduled programming.

Not everyone is excited about the prospect of adapting the story to television, however. Daniel Radcliffe himself has expressed reservations about the possibility, but acknowledges that it will likely happen eventually. Perhaps this “lull” between films is the creative window Warner Bros. needs to test the waters and put a plan into development. They would, of course, need Rowling’s approval and collaboration, but with the script for Fantastic Beasts 3 complete, she would probably have the time she needs to do so, if she were so inclined.

Would you be interested in a television adaptation? Would you prefer that the studio reboot the Harry Potter series as we know it or delve into the previously-untold backstories of the Marauders or the wizarding wars?

More Time for Theorizing!

Now that we’ve opened that can of worms, it must be said that more time between films also gives fans ample time to continue theorizing about the many plot twists, and questions raised, by Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Look out for part 2, coming soon, where we’ll dive into just a few of the latest theories sweeping the fandom regarding Fantastic Beasts 3! How will you make the most of the next three years, Potter fans?

 



Vans Collaborating With Warner Bros on ‘harry Potter’ Themed Footwear!

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“Vans and HARRY POTTER collaborated to conjure up a magical collection of footwear, apparel and accessories for witches, wizards and muggles alike”

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We’ll keep you posted on further updates! Will you be looking to but your House’s full set from Vans?



Blast-Ended Skrewt To Feature In Universal Orlando’s New ‘Harry Potter’ Ride!

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Remember all the times we heard complaints about Hagrid introducing the Blast-Ended Skrewt to Care of Magical Creatures? We never actually got to see these creatures in the films – despite their all-too-constant presence throughout Harry’s fourth and fifth year at Hogwarts – but Universal Orlando Resort are bringing this magical creature to life for the first time ever!

All this week we’ve been getting first-look images at creatures set to feature in Universal Orlando Resort’s upcoming “storycoaster”, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. So far we’ve seen Fluffy, Cornish Pixies, Centaurs and Devil’s Snare, and the very last creature to be announced is the most exciting of all! The brand new addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, the Blast-Ended Skrewt, makes the ride a must-see for Potter fans – who would want to miss experiencing a new creature firsthand?! (Despite how awful the Skrewts are!)

According to a semi-exclusive press release, Universal tells us that the Blast-Ended Skrewt will be ‘one of the most life-like animated figures Universal Orlando has ever created’. A cross between a scorpion and elongated crab, guests will come face-to-face with this rare magical creature and its dangerous fire-shooting ‘blasting-end’ first introduced in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The 8ft long, 6,000 pound creature produces a powerful and signature odor, and seeing as Universal says this will be incredibly life-like, we have no doubt they’ve gone to every measure to make us feel like the Skrewt is right in front of us! Get your first look below: 1_Blast-Ended Skrewt

The ride will open June 13th. Read the rest of the magical creature reveals here, and more on the ride from an exclusive press evening – featuring an appearance by Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) here.



First-Look at ‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure’ From Universal Orlando!

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All this week Universal Orlando Resort will be giving Harry Potter fans a first-look at the magical creatures set to feature on the upcoming “story coaster” (as Universal described it to us), Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure!

Each day at 11am EDT through April 19, the Universal Orlando Blog will give guests a first-ever look at the magical creatures they’ll encounter inside the most highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, and share a little more about where to expect appearances from each creature in the ride. We’ll be updating this piece each day, so keep checking back!

The ride will be Universal’s most themed coaster yet, and will see riders board motorbikes and sidecars and take part in one of Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures classes, but as is to be expected with one of Hagrid’s classes – things don’t go exactly as planned! The ride will allow fans to experience a journey through the Forbidden Forest and beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle, bringing a fun new narrative set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to life! Read more about the ride in our exclusive coverage of Universal’s press evening, featuring an appearance by Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid)!

MONDAY: Fluffy

Today Universal have announced a ‘massive’ fan-favorite. Not many would see past Fluffy’s pretty terrifying appearance, but Hagrid looked past the three heads and sees just another lovable dog! Read more at the Universal Orlando Blog, and see photos of Fluffy – as seen on the ride – below:

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Isn’t he life-like?! Fluffy appears to have found himself a new home, and is settled in a dark, rocky cavern by the looks of things, suggesting this is one of the inside sections of the ride. Animatronics and special effects will combine, bringing us a Wizarding World of Harry Potter coaster that once again combines the state-of-the-art tech Universal’s rides are known for with the incredible filmmaking talent from the Harry Potter films – it’s almost as though we’ll be able to step on set!

We’ve yet to find out which surprise magical creature – not seen in the Harry Potter films – will feature on the ride, so keep checking back here for updates as Universal Orlando announces each magical creature in turn – we can’t wait to share!

The ride opens on June 13th. Which creature are you most hoping to see?