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!



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?

 



Battle of Hogwarts: Interpretations of The Final Battle

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May 2nd, 1998. It’s been 21 years since the Battle of Hogwarts took place, and J.K. Rowling took to Twitter today (a big deal, seeing as she hasn’t tweeted since March!) to first update her profile and header image – a move we know means one thing: CLUES. We’re still awaiting her to fulfil her annual tradition and apologise for the death of antoher character, but in the meantime we’re marking the anniversary in a slightly different manner this year!

Rowling’s header image looks to suggest something celestial or space-related. A constellation doesn’t speak much to either the Fantastic Beasts series (though Centaurs may say differently), or the Cormoran Strike series, but with over two years until the next Beasts movie is set to drop, you never know what else Jo might be working on!

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The Fantastic Beasts Film Series fan account provided more details on the image, and pointed out the MinaLima-designed Atlas of Celestial Anomalies. We know Grindelwald

The Cursed Child account also posted an ominous question related to the Battle:

We’re all still eagerly anticipating a tweet by Jo – watch this space to see if she shows up!

As it’s been 21 years since the battle, we’re choosing today to look back at various interpretations of the Battle, from the Deathly Hallows movie, to fan art, wizard rock and musicals:

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It’s also been 21 years since the launch of film review site Rotten Tomatoes, and for this anniversary the site is revealing exclusive videos celebrating 21 of the most memorable moments ever on screen. One of these videos features David Yates speaking about the iconic final face-off between Voldemort and Harry during the Battle of Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows: Part II.

On Thursday, May 2nd, they will unveil the next video in the series featuring DEATHLY HALLOWS director David Yates talking about the “Voldermort vs. Harry” final battle. Thursday will also mark 21 years to the date of the battle at Hogwarts between Harry and He Who Shall Not Be Named – it happened, in the timeline of the fictional HP narrative, on May 2, 1998.  Check out their video below:

The film interpretation arguably left out some key parts of the battle (Fred’s last moments, Voldemort dying like a man, for example), but Alexandre Desplat’s score resonated with key moments in the final movie perfectly. Listen to how the score was brought together below:

Also read this interview with Production Designer Stuart Craig on the journey to creating the Battle of Hogwarts, and what it meant to destroy Hogwarts.

2) Art:

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Artistic interpretations of the Battle of Hogwarts allow fans to go beyond the movie interpretations and bring to life moments from the books (or their own imagination) to breathe life to the Battle in a new way. Pottermore‘s art (above) depicting the showdown between Harry and Voldemort is more akin to the books than the films, and seeing the moments people choose to highlight in their fan art shows new angles we might not have appreciated from the book or film:

‘Battle of Hogwarts’ by rodolfoguerreiro

Dark marks, Death Eaters, dragons, Hogwarts burning and a dark sky all make this image a brilliant representation of the Battle – not to mention the fact that the artist has incorporated the rough terrain of the Hogwarts grounds!

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‘Fiendfyre’ by loulaubye:

The Hogwarts House mascots (minus Hufflepuff’s badger) within the Fiendfyre summoned by Crabbe makes for a powerful image here:

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‘Burning Hogwarts’ by Lennves

This one poignantly mirrors Hagrid taking children to Hogwarts in the first movie, and instead gives the impression of evacuees looking back at a burning Hogwarts during the battle. We know students and vulnerable witches and wizards were evacuated via the Room of Requirement prior to the battle, but it’s still a striking image!

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‘Hogwarts From the Start to the End’ by CaptainSquirel

This image puts in perspective just how traumatising it would have been to see Hogwarts destroyed in the Battle, and how much destruction there would have been to clear up following the fight. Entire sections of the castle obliterated, students called this place their home for years!

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3) A Very Potter Musical

This may have been a fan parody musical, but Team Starkid did the Final Battle brilliantly! One of the more serious moments of the otherwise hilarious play. See the moment below:

4) Wizard Rock

It’ll make you laugh, cry and – most importantly – dance. Wizard Rock bands have been gifting fans their msucial interpretations of the Battle of Hogwarts for years! Most recently, Harry and the Potters announced a brand new album, Lumos, (with 16 songs!) set to focus soley on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Which Deathly Hallows Wrock song do you rate most highly?

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What’s your favourite interpretation of the final battle? Do you have any fan fiction, fan videos or other interpretations to share with us? Tag us on social with the hastag #BattleOfHogwarts!



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?



“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” costumes now on display at WB Studio Tour Hollywood

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If you are a Harry Potter fan planning your spring and/or summer vacation now, you should know that Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood has expanded its Fantastic Beasts display to include new, authentic costumes and props from the second film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

IMG_1425_newCostumes on display include those worn by Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp),Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), Jacob Kowalski (Dan Folger), Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (Katherine Waterson) and more, designed by Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood.  (Read her on-set interview with Leaky here.)

While the Fantastic Beasts exhibit is certainly the most compelling reason to visit, the WBSTH also includes DC Universe: The Exhibit, currently featuring Wonder Woman and Aquaman, with authentic props and costumes from those films also on display.  Through behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive looks at costumes and props used in production, WBSTH provides an intimate look at how Hollywood magic is made.  Both films and TV shows, from the Golden Age of Hollywood to the present, such as Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Batman, Shameless, Casablanca, etc, are featured on the tour.

From now until June 14, 2019, local SoCal residents in zip codes 90000 through 93599 can receive $18 off general admission prices (with the exception of April 13-April 27).

Are you going?  Tweet your photos to us @Leaky.

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FULL Tour of the Gringotts Expansion at Warner Bros Studio Tour London, With Special Guests!

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Yesterday evening, we were lucky enough to be given tickets by Warner Bros Studio Tour London to attend the opening of the Gringotts expansion!

Walking through the entrance to the tour, you’re greeted by some beautiful Potter art, truly representing the levels Warner Bros have gone to to ensure every inch of the tour is delightful for Potter fans:

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After handing in your tickets, you walk into the brand new lobby and can immediately see the GINORMOUS Ukrainian Ironbelly from Deathly Hallows Part One! Seeing the intricacy of this dragon up-close is incredible. No amount of photos will do it justice, but you can see every chain, scratch, tooth, scale and spine on the dragon – it’ll make you wish they were real! It’s such a wonderful new part of the tour.

The lobby is surrounded by photos of the trio, Death Eaters, Hogwarts and other key characters in the Potter series, much like the old lobby:

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At the back of the lobby is the new Chocolate Frog cafe, which is simply magnificent. A huge Marauder’s Map on the wall to the left, a Cafe that actually looks like a chocolate frog box (and has an intricate chocolate fountain, as well as gold bar brownies, Galleon cakes and Chocolate Frog cakes!), a great feature of the Great Hall hanging candles, and even some cauldron art (from Advanced Potion Making)!

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Awe-struck by the new lobby (how on Earth did they hide it?!), we made our way to the stage, where we were hearing from Lucius Malfoy himself, Jason Isaacs, to help open the new addition. Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski) and Claudia Kim (Nagini) were also present at the event, along with Wand Choreographer Paul Harris!

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Watch our video of the speeches below:

We didn’t know how much of a shock we were in for, but Jason was absolutely right – we were in for a treat! We stopped for a moment to catch up with Jason, who told us a bit more about The OA (“It’s truly unique”, he said), and he explained that he was loving being a fan himself:

‘What they’ve created is truly unique. You’ve got the magic J.K. Rowling created, but this is just something else. Season 2 is extraordinary, there are no words […] It’s so nice to genuinely be a fan of things I do, too, and I truly am with this!’

He also discussed the dark and real-life horror of ‘Hotel Mumbai’, based on a terrorist attack in India in 2008. We previously reported on his involvement in the independent film, which just launched, and he was keen to express the importance of sharing these events with those who may not have known about the attacks previously. Catch a trailer below:

Then it was time to enter the tour. The entrance has also changed, with quotes from J.K. Rowling, a timeline of the Potter films, and a brand new video from J.K. Rowling, the interactors at the tour, and some fans! We weren’t allowed to take photos in that part, so you’ll have to wait to see for yourselves, but rest assured, it’s a great way to start the experience!

We walked through some of the old favourites – The Great Hall was magical and breathtaking as ever, the Gryffindor Common Room, Dumbledore’s Office, the Potions Classroom, The Burrow, Hagrid’s Hut, the entrance to The Chamber of Secrets and The Leaky Cauldron were as brilliant as we remembered, and The Forbidden Forest impressively terrifying, as always.

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We stopped for treats at the Hogwarts Express and Butterbeer at the backlot cafe before making our way on to Privet Drive, The Knight Bus, Godric’s Hollow, the Magical Creature Department, and on…. to Gringotts Wizarding Bank!

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The Gringotts Wizarding Bank expansion begins by walking you through the hair and make-up, prosthetics and special effects required to create the Gringotts Goblins (including Warwick Davis as Griphook, and some features of him as Flitwick!) as well as the set models used to create Gringotts as it changes throughout the films, from our first sights in Philosopher’s Stone to its destruction in Deathly Hallows! 

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You are then greeted by an immeasurable, incommunicable set. The scale of Gringotts is indescribable. At 16,500sqft, this permanent expansion is the biggest yet by Warner Bros Studio Tour London, and it’s fair to say we were impressed: 56174925_515223785673703_76451092178665472_n

During the movie, the floor was actually made from paper and visual effects helped to create the marbled look — basically everything here is an illusion, and it’s simply magical. The goblins are on display, too, and you can see how much detail went into their creation:

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Not one Galleon was left unturned – every aspect of Gringotts immerses you in the Wizarding World, and it takes a good half an hour to get the full effect!

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Continuing on, you can see the vault carts, the Philosopher’s Stone vault (complete with the Philosopher’s Stone), and one of the Gringotts underground tunnels. The mechanisms on the door actually move – see our video below to see how it works!

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You can see how the Helga Hufflepuff cups were made (MinaLima designed these!), and the Lestrange Vault, before getting to create your own photos in the Lestrange vault, beside the costumes Emma Watson wore to ‘become’ Helena Bonham Carter’s Bellatrix Lestrange in Deathly Hallows Part 1!

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The final part of the Gringotts experience is a showstopper! Step on into a ruined set, with a broken chandelier and a wreckage of desks and pillars, and a smokey atmosphere, before hearing thuds and the clinking of the glass chandelier shaking. In the distance you see a huge creature emerge — none other than the Ukranian Ironbelly which escaped in Deathly Hallows Part One! The dragon gives a tremendous roar, before covering the set in flames. You can easily watch this twenty times and be just as surprised each time you see it – it’s utterly breathtaking!

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Watch a video below:

Finishing the tour with Diagon Alley and, of course, Hogwarts Castle, we emerged confounded at how Warner Bros Studio Tour continue to surprise fans on such an incredible level. Gringotts is proof of both the ingenuity of J.K. Rowling’s creation, and the awe-inspiring work of everybody who worked on the films. It really puts into perspective the scale of the projects undertaken by the unsung heroes of the movies; the construction workers, the artists and designers, the visual and special effect masterminds and other extremely talented creators who helped immerse us in the world we love even more.

See our full tour of the new expansion below, and find out more here.

In the gift shop, we found one more special surprise, as it turns out the Ollivander Chocolate Frog cards being sold at Universal Studios are also now available at the Studio Tour! Get ’em while they last!

We can’t thank Warner Bros enough for inviting us to such a thrilling event, and we hope you enjoyed our full preview! Let us know if you’ll be visiting soon, and which part you’re most excited to visit via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!