Rowling Returns to Twitter – Maybe?

Rowling Returns to Twitter – Maybe?


There are two re-tweets this morning and a pinned note that links to Rowling’s website and her answers on the linked to page to frequently asked questions about writing. This is the first activity since 12 January, a silence of just over two months. The page header and cameo remain the same pictures that went up on 7 January.

Three notes:

(1) Is she still alive? Maybe. Maybe Not. The pinned link from 7 January is generic though written in her voice and is not new. The two re-tweets tell us nothing except that someone has the password and access to her Twitter account. I’ll feel confident she is among the visibly living when we have a confirmed sighting or post in her inimitable voice. Or just some explanation of where she has been? 14.6 million followers want to know.

(2) Ironic Re-tweet. Rowling re-tweets a comment from Oz Katerji who calls out YouTube for not sufficiently purifying its platform in the name of combatting “f-ing Nazis.” Americans differ from Brits, of course, in our conviction that silencing free speech even of deplorables and terrorists is one of the telling symptoms of fascism. Still, not a proof that Rowling is back and well. Everyone is reeling from the Christchurch murders.

(3) Signature Re-tweet. The other re-tweet is a call for the Daily Mail  to pull a murder video off its website because it represents “a new low in clickbait.” Now that sounds like a particularly Rowling-esque concern, i.e., disdain for the insensitivities of the news media in the name of profit and gaining readers. Of course, throwing the f-bomb and calling people whom she despises “Nazis” is something she has done, too. Maybe she really is back!

If true, so much for the idea that she had decided in the New Year not to be a Progressive Firebrand and Lightning Rod on her twitter feed. We’ll know for sure she’s back, though, and given up on this resolution only when or if she returns to the Brexit Follies currently running on the UK political stage without intermissions or restroom breaks. Today’s reappearance may be only an understandable outburst from her hermitage consequent to the tragedy in New Zealand.

Theater Round-Up: ‘Cursed Child’ San Francisco Tickets Available Today, Casting News, Celebrity Visits, Trailers and More!

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This week’s theater news includes casting updates for Harry Potter series alums Evanna Lynch, Toby Jones and Alfred Enoch. We also have a teaser for Jack Thorne’s His Dark Materials and the latest trailer for Anthony Boyle’s Tolkien biopic. And not only have our favorite actors signed on to some incredible upcoming projects, but they are also enjoying the work of their fellow performers in the industry. Chris Rankin took in a performance of PUFFS, while former NBA basketball star Kobe Bryant was inducted into the magical world of Harry Potter in Melbourne, Australia.

Finally, the leading news in today’s round-up is the San Francisco production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opens ticket sales to the public TODAY.

Read on for more details!

Tickets for Cursed Child San Francisco Available to Public Today

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens for preview performances in San Francisco Oct. 23 with the official premiere set for Dec. 1 and, as of today, tickets are available to the public for purchase!

Priority access was granted Monday and, according to Datebook, the rush to snatch up the coveted tickets crashed the ticketing system at the beginning of the pre-sale, much to the consternation of fans waiting in the queue. Reportedly, the system was back online and running smoothly by the afternoon. Hopefully no such difficulties will meet fans today!

For more details, visit the official website, here.

Evanna Lynch Cast in The Omission of the Family Coleman

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Evanna Lynch has been cast in the UK adaptation of Claudio Tolcachir’s The Omission of the Family Coleman.

According to WhatsOnStage, the production was originally written in Argentinian, winning multiple international awards, including the Best Original Play Award at the Fiesta Nacional del Teatro. Writer Stella Feehily has refitted the show, transferring the comedy about a dysfunctional family to Ireland.

It will be directed by Laurence Boswell and feature Lynch alongside Rowan Polonski, Patrick Moy, Laoisha O’Callaghan, Natalie Radmall-Quirke, Robert Mountford, Anne Kent and David Crowley. The Omission of the Family Coleman will run from March 28 through April 27. Visit Theatre Royal’s site here for additional details and to order tickets, on sale now!

Jack Thorne: His Dark Materials Teaser and Pinocchio Live-Action Film Info

Jack Thorne, the wizard behind the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is also behind the made-for-television adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy series His Dark Materials.

Filming on the eight-part series, which stars James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson, among others, wrapped in December, so fans have been looking for a 2019 premiere. No air date has been announced for either the UKs BBC1 or U.S.-based HBO, but a sneak peek teaser was recently released. Hopefully this means more details soon to follow! 

Thorne has also been tapped to reportedly rework Disney’s live-action adaption of Pinocchio. Disney saw success with its remakes of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, and live-action versions of Aladdin, The Lion King, and Dumbo are already headed toward release, so Disney undoubtedly needed a reliable, proven writer on board when Pinocchio’s director, Paul King, recently left the project.

According to Toonado, Thorne may be starting over completely, so there are no projections as to when production might begin.

Toby Jones Comes to the Stage in Uncle Vanya

Toby Jones, known to Potter fans as the voice of the beloved house elf Dobby, has been cast in the titular role in the latest production of Uncle Vanya. The traditional telling of Uncle Vanya is staged in late 19th century rural Russia, exploring the discontent of a small family with convoluted and dysfunctional interests and loyalties.

As announced above, Sonia Friedman Productions is negotiating for a December opening in the West End. No other details are currently available.

Fantastic Beasts Stars Celebrate Director Michael Grandage

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Esteemed director Michael Grandage won this year’s Equity Award for Services to Theatre at the annual WhatsOnStage Awards.

Grandage is a figure on both Broadway and in the West End and, in 2013, founded a charity, called MGCfutures, aimed at developing the future of theatre by supporting interested youth today. Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe and Fantastic Beasts star Jude Law are both patrons of the charity.

According to WhatsOnStage, Law, as well as Fantastic Beasts co-star Eddie Redmayne, joined other actors in recording a congratulatory video for Grandage celebrating his life’s work. View their special message below!

Alfred Enoch Confirmed for Manchester International Festival’s Tree

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Alfred Enoch has joined the cast of Tree, a new piece confirmed for the Manchester International Festival line-up. He will star alongside Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah in the production described by WhatsOnStage as a “blend of drama, music and dance [which] follows one man’s journey into the soul of contemporary South Africa.”

Discussing the overall slate of works, artistic director John McGrath said:

“At MIF19 we see a whole host of artists looking to the future – some with hope, some with imagination and some with concern. We never impose themes on the artists we work with, but it’s striking how this year’s programme reflects our complicated times in often surprisingly joyous and unexpected ways. “

Tree will begin with a limited showing for the festival, running from July 4 through July 13, followed by an opening at the Young Vic on July 29. Other productions set to feature in the festival line-up include Invisible Cities, The Fountainhead and The Nico Project.

Chris Rankin Stops by PUFFS Production

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Chris Rankin, best known in the wizarding world as Percy Weasley, stopped by a production of PUFFS earlier this week, and it looked to be a magical evening for all!

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Broadway World reported that the comedic spin-off of the Harry Potter story recently celebrated its 750th show. From its humble beginnings at the Peoples Improv Theater to its current success at New World Stages, the production has made its own mark on the industry with an entertaining look into the daily lives of the wizards and witches not destined for heroics–but still destined for magic.

(That is a story we can all get behind!)

Anthony Boyle Appears in Tolkien Trailer 2

The second trailer for the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult released last week, with a broader glimpse of Tolkien’s courtship of Edith Bratt and his foundational and formative friendship with Christopher Wiseman (Tom Glynn-Carney), Robert Quilter Gilson (Patrick Gibson) and Geoffrey Bache Smith, played by Cursed Child’s Anthony Boyle.

This trailer features even more of Boyle as G.B. Smith and includes an introduction from Hoult and Lily Collins, who plays Edith. The film opens in theaters May 10. Watch the new trailer below!

Koby Bryant Visits Cursed Child Australia

Finally, in other exciting news, Koby Bryant, a wizard on the basketball court, attended a performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne, Australia at the Princess Theater.

The Australian incarnation of the magical collaboration between J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany officially opened Feb. 23, so Bryant caught one of the earlier performances of what is sure to be a long and successful run! 



Reading, Writing, Rowling Episode #20

Reading, Writing, Rowling Episode #20


 

Straight from the MuggleNet page announcing the release of the Reading, Writing, Rowling podcast on Crimes of Grindelwald! Read all about it — then tune in for some cutting edge conversation about the second Beasts film.

This month, join us at alchemist Nicolas Flamel’s house, where we’re searching for answers to the profound questions raised by the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series. Spoilers abound!

Crimes of Grindelwald, the second movie in the Fantastic Beasts film series, left a lot of fans and critics scratching their heads. With our guests Elizabeth Baird Hardy (Mayland Community College), Megan Kelly (SpeakBeasty), and Lana Whited (Ferrum College), Katy and John investigate the mythic, literary, and alchemical references in this movie to answer key questions and decipher where the series may be headed next.

Elizabeth points out that Newt’s case – which is bigger on the inside than the outside – is our first clue that this series contains much more than it appears to on the surface. Megan also reminds us that these films give us the opportunity to revisit the “Harry Potter glory days,” when we were waiting for the next installments and weren’t sure what would ultimately happen; we have the excitement of looking for clues to help us predict the series’ trajectory.

We consider the criticisms of the film: in theme, plot, and character. Is this film true to J.K. Rowling’s artistic vision? Fans are frustrated with the way the series retcons certain characters and even undermines the original wizarding world vision from the Harry Potterstories. Despite the flaws (which Elizabeth likens to poisonous fangs) in this beast of a movie, there are important and meaningful ideas that enrich our view of the wizarding universe.

More after the jump!

Lana explains her groundbreaking theory about Grindelwald as a dragon (compared to Dumbledore’s phoenix), the literary and historical tradition of dragons and phoenixes, and what this hidden aspect of Grindelwald may mean for the next episodes in the series. We reflect on the meaning of Dumbledore’s Mirror of Erised scene, specific beasts like the Kelpie and Pickett the Bowtruckle, Dumbledore’s Chocolate Frog card (and the twelve uses of dragon’s blood), Nagini the Maledictus, “Aurelius” Dumbledore, and Rowling’s views of the beastly potential of humanity. We also explore the movie’s alchemical symbolism (water, fire, gold, and Flamel’s role in the film’s climax), ties to King Arthur, humoral theory, and Shakespearean pairings.

Hear what we think about major puzzles: What do we know about the deleted scenes and how they affected both Leta’s and Nagini’s character arcs? What is going on with Queenie? Why is Newt so important to Dumbledore’s mission? Where and when will the next film be set? J.K. Rowling has said that the end of the movie is not all that it seems, and we explore the narrative misdirection at the film’s conclusion. A treasure trove of provocative theories awaits you in this episode!

Please also join the conversation via email (ReadingWritingRowling@gmail.com), Twitter (ReadWriteRowl), or our Facebook page! We’d love to hear from you.

Or share your thoughts here by clicking on the ‘Reply’ button up by the post headline! Join in the conversation and let us know what you think about Crimes of Grindelwald.



Cover Art Unveiled for ‘Goblet of Fire’ Illustrated Edition!

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The cover art for the highly-anticipated hardback illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire released today, and it is every bit as charming as the first three editions by renowned illustrator Jim Kay, teasing, from the first glance, all the full-color magic to be discovered in the pages therein.

And not only has Bloomsbury, the UK publisher, and Scholastic, distributor for the U.S., revealed the delightful cover for the book due in stores Oct. 8, 2019, but they have also shared a look at select interior pages, hinting at the true treasure trove to be found in yet another gorgeous adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s work. Once again, Kay succeeds in bringing the wizarding world, and Harry’s journey as Triwizard Champion, to life in a way unlike any other.

Bloomsbury’s preview above reveals Kay’s take on some of the iconic moments in the story, depicting the scenes when Harry’s name unexpectedly bursts forth from the enchanted Goblet of Fire and when Harry emerges from the tent to face the Hungarian Horntail and an arena of gawking spectators.

Pottermore also announced the news and featured a gallery of nine images from inside the book as well. The gallery includes the Goblet of Fire scene unveiled by Bloomsbury but also features eight additional new images, some of which also appear on Scholastic’s site.

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Fans get a glimpse of Kay’s breathtakingly-detailed work in his depictions of the Burrow, the Quidditch World Cup, the Chinese Fireball, Cedric and Harry spying the Twi-wizard Cup through the depths of the maze, the long trek to meet Amos Diggory at the portkey and the glorious clutter of Molly Weasley’s kitchen, among others!

The book includes over 115 works of art by Jim Kay–magic in its own right!–making this edition a must-have collector’s item for the Harry Potter fan, who will both read and lovingly pour over the latest incarnations of all their favorite characters and plot points.

Take a look at the full cover art below!

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U.S. fans can pre-order a copy through Scholastic, here.

UK residents can pre-order through Bloomsbury, here. Additionally, Bloomsbury is offering an exclusive Goblet of Fire tote bag with pre-orders of the standard Illustrated Edition or an exclusive Goblet of Fire shopper bag with pre-orders of the Illustrated Deluxe Edition. Orders must be placed before Oct. 7, 2019. The offer is only available to UK and ROI residents while supplies last.



Cover For Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition Revealed

Cover For Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition Revealed




Bloomsbury have revealed the beautiful new cover for the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition. For the breathtaking front cover image, Jim Kay has pictured the moment Harry Potter faces the Hungarian Horntail dragon during his first task in the Triwizard Tournament.

More photos from inside the book have also been released and can be seen in the gallery!

Publishing in the UK and US on Tuesday 8th October 2019, the hardback Illustrated Edition will feature a wraparound dust jacket, ribbon marker, head and tail bands, illustrated endpapers and over 115 colour images. The Illustrated Edition will subsequently be published around the world in more than 21 languages all featuring Jim Kay’s artistic wizardry. A sumptuous Deluxe Edition will also publish simultaneously.
 
The first three Harry Potter Illustrated Editions were published to worldwide critical acclaim and Jim Kay’s artwork was universally embraced by fans and new readers alike. Combined sales of all the current Illustrated Editions across hardback and paperback formats now exceed 500,000 copies through UK TCM. All three previous Illustrated Editions hit the No.1 position in the official UK Children’s TCM Chart.

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Universal Orlando Reveal Details of New ‘Harry Potter’ Ride, With The Help of Special Guests!

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Universal Orlando held a special event in London last night, hosting special guests from the Potter series to help announce new details about Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure, the new ride coming June 13th 2019!

According to a press release from Universal Orlando Resort, the ride will  combine “a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets”.

Tom Felton and Art Director Alan Gilmore share more about the ride in a new video:

 

Being described as a new ride technology, ‘storycoaster’, the ride will see guests  (starting at 48” tall) take part in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class. Riders will board motorbikes (that’s right – actual bikes, so get ready for a ride experience like no other!) or an adjacent sidecar, and seek out some of the Wizarding World’s rarest magical creatures – including a magical creature not before seen in the Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts films.  According to Universal Orlando, riders can expect the following:

  • Experience a freewheeling coaster flight where they’ll twist, turn and rush forward – and backward – at speeds up to 50 mph into the dark forest 
  • Encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures, such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog – and even a creature that’s never been seen in the films
  • Hurl past challenging obstacles, become entangled in a thicket of Devil’s Snare and so much more …while encountering a few surprises along the way. 

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We heard directly from Harry Potter Art Director Alan Gilmore at a launch event yesterday. Alan has been involved in designing the ride, so knows the journey we’ll go on this Summer inside out!  He began by noting “You can’t have an adventure set in the Forbidden Forest without a forest!”, and told us that the ride has an actual forest surrounding the tracks, with a confounding 1,200 live trees helping to immerse riders in the story.

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We were then introduced to the man himself, who portrayed Rubeus Hagrid in the Potter movies, Robbie Coltrane! Arriving in a wheelchair (he says he’s ‘due a new knee’, but following the operation he’ll be ‘leaping around like an Elf’!), we were excited to get some inside thoughts from one of the series’s most beloved characters.

Coltrane was hugely excited to see a ride centred on his character, and said that the ingenuity of the ride design surpassed his expectations:

“I was thinking about it today, and I was just thinking – “Hagrid would have really loved it … Because Hagrid’s such a nice guy, just the idea of going on an adventure with Hagrid, they would all feel happy – they’d think “Yeah, Hagrid’s cool – he ain’t Snape!”.”

“It’s a staggeringly original idea, a ride with a motorcycle on a sidecar – how do the people riding it not just fall off? [To Alan Gilmore] You’re a very, very clever man.” 

Commenting on the ride being set in the Forbidden Forest, Coltrane said that Hagrid is the perfect character to navigate the forest:

“So many weird things happen there – hideous things, huge spiders … The kids at Hogwarts don’t go there – the only time they go there is with Hagrid, because he knew how to play the spiders,” he laughs, “Also, there’s an element of things going wrong, which is hilarious. It’s so funny and so clever. How they will engineer it I simply don’t know, but I shall find out in June, I hope!”

Let’s hope that means we’ll see Robbie at the launch event this Summer!

Revealing a few more surprises (he echoes Hagrid’s ‘I shouldn’t have said that’, to laughs), Coltrane closes by praising how clever the story is, and how riders are kept wondering where they’re heading next. Much like #KeepTheSecrets, it’s clear Universal are hoping that riders will be able to go into the experience without being spoiled – it’s the best part about the ride, according to Robbie!

“Is it going to be scary, is it going to be scary?” […] Keep the mystery going, that’s what I say.”

 

The ride replaces the Triwizard Dragon Challenge coaster at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will open June 13th, 2019. Stay posted for updates on the launch, and find out more at Universal’s official website, here.

 

 



First look at Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game

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Here’s what we know so far: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a new augmented reality mobile game coming “soon” from Niantic, Inc. and WB Games San Francisco.

We’ve been teased by a few trailers on the Wizards Unite YouTube channel, like this one featuring a riderless Nimbus 2000 on the loose in the Muggle world:

…and this errant Niffler, overindulging in the gold coins in a Muggle arcade game:

The first trailer we saw, back in November 2018, intrigued us with a witch capturing a snitch that was zooming around a Muggle alley:

Obviously, what all of these scenes have in common is the Statute of Secrecy-breaching problem of magical artefacts turning up unattended in the Muggle world.  Are these accidental breaches by absent-minded wizards or is this a deliberate attempt, on someone’s part, to confuse and frighten Muggles and expose the magical world?  If so, to what end?

We now have more info on just what in Merlin’s name is going on here:

A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these “Foundables,” and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes.

A-ha, so it’s not just magical objects that are appearing but magical people, magical creatures, and even—memories?  Wow, that’s a bit scary.  So, what are players of the game expected to do abut this calamitous development?  According to this preview of the game, players are recruits to the Ministry of Magic’s Statute of Secrecy Task Force.  You will follow a map that will reveal traces of magic, guiding you to the location of “Foundables”—those magical objects that need to be whisked away from Muggle eyes.  Returning “Foundables” to the wizarding world gets you rewards, but it also costs you “Spell Energy”, which must be replenished at “Inns”.  You will also find potion ingredients and Portkeys.  You can visit “Fortresses” to battle Dementors and Death Eaters, and specialise in a magical profession such as Auror or Professor.  By teaming up with witches and wizards in other professions, you can combine your skills for more effective combat.

Sign up here to be alerted when the game will be available.

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Wizards Unite Mobile Game First Look

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Rumors have been circling around the Muggle world that Harry Potter fans will be able to join a secret alliance to conjure magic in an exciting Wizarding World experience. We finally get our first look at the amazing new release from Niantic, Inc. and WB Games San Francisco!

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is a new augmented reality (AR) mobiel game that will bring aspiring witches and wizards worldwide into the heart of their own adventure inspired by J.K.Rowling’s original series.


Here’s a press release straight from the Ministry.

A calamity has befallen the wizarding world, causing artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories to mysteriously appear in the Muggle world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to solve the mystery of The Calamity, overcome the confounding chaotic magic that surrounds these “Foundables,” and return them to their rightful place, keeping them safe from Muggle eyes.

Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the purpose of investigating and containing The Calamity.

How can you play Harry Potter: Wizards Unite? Here’s a brief breakdown of the mobile game:

  • Create a magical Ministry ID by choosing your profession – Auror, magizoologist, or professor – using the selfie mode to create a custom avatar, and choosing your house affiliation and wand.
  • As members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, fans will begin their adventure with a map that will reveal traces of magic in real-world locations.
  • While you’re going through your day in the real muggle world, you’ll cast a variety of spells in an effort to protect Foundables – artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories – that are trapped by Confoundable magic. It’s your job to keep the magical Foundables safe by sending them back to the wizarding world.
  • Every time you return a Foundable, you’ll earn unique rewards that can be tracked in the game registry.
  • Your world around you will be transformed around you through your phone and augmented reality technology. Normal Muggle buildings will become inns, greenhouses, and fortresses. You’ll be able to gather valuable supplies, foods, and ingredients for challenges.
  • A special Portmanteaus will unlock Portkeys and whisk you away to iconic wizarding world locations including a full 360 degree look at Ollivanders Wand Shop.
  • Watch out as you cast spells because you will consume Spell Energy, and certain objects and tasks will help you replenish it as well.
  • Your game play will adapt to your surroundings such as weather, geographical location, time of day and more.

Outside of having your own adventure in this completely immersive mobile game, you’ll also be able to strategize and team up with fellow witches and wizards from around the world. Your skills will be tested in real-world locations called Fortresses, key areas that play host to Wizarding Challenges to take on higher threats and unlock rare magical rewards.

Pre-registration is now available on GooglePlay. If you’re an Iphone user, there will be more updates to come!

More secrets and mysteries are set to be revealed, so keep your wand ready. Be the first to sign up for more information with Harry Potter: Wizards Unite at WizardsUnite.com and following the game on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



First Look at ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’




Today we’re finally getting a first look at the newest Wizarding World game – Harry Potter: Wizards Unite! Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is coming to iOS and Android mobile devices in 2019. Pre-registration is now available on Google Play.

Co-published and co-developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic, Inc., Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is part of Portkey Games, the games label dedicated to creating new Wizarding World mobile and video game experiences that place the player at the center of their own adventure, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. 

Some screenshots and video of gameplay have been released by Niantic and Warner Bros.

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the player’s journey begins as a new recruit for the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, with the purpose of investigating and containing a Calamity that has befallen the wizarding world. Witches and wizards from across the globe must come together to cast spells and return Foundables – artefacts, creatures, people, and even memories – trapped by Confoundable magic, to their proper place in an effort to keep magic hidden from Muggle eyes.

As players journey across the world, they’ll discover Inns that replenish their Spell Energy, magical ingredients for brewing special potions, Portkeys that unlock AR portals into iconic wizarding world locations and much more.

Combat skills will be tested when witches and wizards visit real-world locations called Fortresses, key areas that play host to Wizarding Challenges. These real-time multiplayer battles against dangerous foes encourage players to join forces with fellow witches and wizards to take on higher level threats and unlock rare magical rewards.

More details may be found at the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite blog!

Filed Under: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Portkey Games





Weekly Round-Up: Daniel Radcliffe Filming ‘Escape From Pretoria’, Emma Watson Is First Choice For ‘Black Widow’ & More!

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This week in the Potterverse, we saw updates on Universal Studios Orlando’s upcoming ride, we launched a statue giveaway with Icon Heroes, gave updates on Daniel Radcliffe’s latest projects, and announced that we’re looking for new writers and reporters!

In this week’s round-up we see trailers for projects starring Fiona Shaw, David Tennant and Emma Thompson, updates from Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Matthew Lewis, Harry Melling, Imelda Staunton, Eddie Redmayne, Callum Turner, David Heyman, Chris Columbus, Samanta Morton, Jude Law, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, Zoë Kravitz and Jessica Williams. It’s been a busy week indeed!

Daniel Radcliffe Spotted Filming Escape From Pretoria 

Daniel Radcliffe was spotted on set of upcoming film Escape From Pretoria this week, in which he’ll portray activist Tim Jenkin who was imprisoned in Pretoria’s Maximum Security prison in the late 1970s, inspired by his 1979 escape from the prison. The film is based on Jenkins’ autobiography.

See the photos below, and more here.

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Emma Watson First Choice for Black Widow Solo Movie & International Women’s Day Celebrations

According to ScreenRant, Emma Watson is reportedly a  front runner to join Scarlett Johansson’s female leading character, Natasha Romanoff, in Marvel’s solo Black Widow movie. The role Marvel has in mind for Watson has apparently been described as “kick ass female Bond”, and we’re all for it!

Other actresses reportedly being considered are Alice Englert (Ratched), Dar Zuzovsky (Hostages), and Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family). Read more here.

Watson also recently celebrated International Women’s Day, and announced the March & April pick for Our Shared Shelf:

 

Matthew Lewis To Star in Taika Waititi-Produced Comedy, Baby, Done

Harry Potter‘s Neville Longbottom, Matthew Lewis, will star in Baby, Done, a semi-autobiographical comedy written by Sophie Henderson and produced by Taika Waititi’s New Zealand-based Piki Films. The film is based on Henderson and Curtis Vowell’s reaction to starting a family. Vowell is set to direct. The film will also star Rose Mateo, and will see her and Lewis star as the leading couple in the movie. Lewis told Deadline:

“I fell in love with the script immediately and the team of creatives behind it. I’m also a big fan of Rose and her work and so to be opposite her shooting in beautiful New Zealand is a privilege and I’m looking forward to bringing this story to life.”

We’re excited to see more on this new project!

Harry Melling Joins Robert Pattinson in Netflix’s Devil All The Time

Harry-MellingDeadline reported that Harry Melling, best known for his portrayal of Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter series, has signed on to the all-star ensemble cast of Netflix’s Devil All The Time, also featuring Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory). The film, adapted from a novel by Donald Ray Pollock, is described as follows:

“The gothic story follows a group of characters, including a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff, from the end of World War II to the 1960s in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia.”

Melling and Pattinson join the esteemed company of actors Tom Holland, Mia Wasikowska, Bill Skarsgard, Eliza Scanlen, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke and Sebastian Stan. Filming is now underway in Alabama.

Samantha Morton Talks Legacies on The Walking Dead

Mary-Lou-Barebone Samantha Morton (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘s Mary Lou Barebone) discusses her role as leading villain Alpha of the Whispers, and continuing legacies after former star Andrew Lincoln (narrator of Quidditch Through the Ages audiobook) left the show. She told Radio 1 Newsbeat:

“His legacy and what he has created is incredibly inspiring, he set the standard very high. I feel like this is a really special baby that I have been handed and I need to be really careful with it […] the stakes are higher, there is a huge legacy there that needs to be carried on, it’s [an] honor to be a part of the show.”

Read the full interview here, and see new episodes of TWD on Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.

Chris Columbus to Produce New Scooby-Doo Movie 1016775-warner-bros.readies-live-action-scooby-doo-reboot

Chris Columbus will co-produce a new animated Scooby-Doo movie being developed by Warner Bros alongside Charles Roven, set to release in May 2020. The cast list has just been announced, including Will Forte as Shaggy, Gina Rodriquez as Velma and Frank Welker as Scooby. The film will be directed by previous Scooby-Doo director, Tony Cervone. Read more here.    

Jude Law’s Sherlock Holmes 3 Pushed Back to Christmas 2021

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Robert Downey Jr will reprise his role as Sherlock Holmes, along with Jude Law as sidekick Dr. Watson, when the film series returns for its third instalment. The film has been pushed back a year, and is now set to release December 22nd 2021, Warner Bros announced this week, which could have something to do with the delay on the third Fantastic Beasts movie. Read more here.

David Heyman, Callum Turner, Holliday Grainger & Ron Perlman to Team Up on The Capture

Upcoming conspiracy thriller, The Capture will be produced by David Heyman’s Heyday Studios (David Heyman, Rosie Alison and Tom Winchester), and will star Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander), Ron Perlman (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and Holliday Grainger (the Strike series). The series will air on the BBC.

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The six-part series, written by Ben Chanan, follows Turner – a veteran convicted of murder in Afghanistan. His conviction is overturned due to flawed video evidence, but damning CCTV footage of an incident in London puts him back in front of a detective (Grainger). Read more here.

Domnhall Gleeson to Star in New Romantic Comedic Thriller, Run

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Romantic comedic thriller Run, starring Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) has been picked up by HBO. The series also stars Merritt Wever, and is being brought to screens by Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones:

“Written by Jones, Run centers on Ruby (Wever), a woman living a humdrum existence who one day gets a text inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact, promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame (Gleeson).”

Read more at Deadline.

 

Malifecent 2 – Starring Imelda Staunton – Gets New October Release Date

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The sequel to Disney’s Malificent – starring Angelina Jolie, Ellie Fanning, Sam Riley and Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge). Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will hit theaters on October 18th 2019, up seven months from its original release date of May 29, 2020.

Read more at Variety.

 

Jessica Williams to Moderate Conversation For Michelle Obama’s World Tour

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Jessica Williams (who we caught glimpse of as Ilvermorny’s Charms Professor Eulalie Hicks in Crimes of Grindelwald) will host a date of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s world tour, promoting her memoir, Becoming Michelle Obama. The tour dates will see conversations moderated by other special guests, including Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert Phoebe Robinson, chef Rachel Ray, news anchors Robin Roberts and Gayle King, and former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.

Williams will moderate the 05/10 date at Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the BB&T Center. Read more here.

 

New Photos of Zoë Kravitz on Set of Big Little Lies

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New photos from the set of Big Little Lies show Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern in costume, and appear to show characters dressed for another costume party. Season 2 is due to release this Summer. See the new photo below and read more here.

Emma Thompson to Appear on Late Night Comedy & Supports Open Letter Supporting Trans Women of Scotland

Emma Thompson (Harry Potter‘s Professor Sybil Trelawney), will star in upcoming   comedy movie Late Night, following Thompson as a late-night host who hires a female staff writer (portrayed by the film’s writer and director, Mindy Kaling). The movie had its debut at Sundance Film Festival, and will hit theaters June 7th. View the trailer below:

In other news, Thompson continues her work in petitioning for social justice. Rhiannon Spear, chair of the Time for Inclusive Education campaign, spearheaded the writing of an open letter in support of the Scottish government’s move to rework the Gender Recognition Act.Over 70 members of government, charities and professionals across the country supported the letter, including Emma Thompson. Read more here.

Fiona Shaw Joins Fleabag Season 2

The second series of Fleabag is now airing on BBC Three, and stars, along with Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter‘s Petunia Dursley). The comedy-drama was created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and is based on her one-woman play of the same name. Andrew Scott (Sherlock) was another recently announced addition to the cast. Retuning cast members are Olivia Colman, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford, Brett Gelman, Bill Paterson, Jenny Rainsford and Hugh Dennis. Read more about the new season here, and watch a previously released trailer below:

David Tennant Stars in New Good Omens Trailer

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Good Omens, starring David Tennant (Harry Potter‘s Barty Crouch Jr), releases May 31st on Amazon Prime Video, and the first trailer is here! The series is based on the novel by Neil Gaimen, written with the late Terry Pratchett. Tennant will portray the demon Crowley, in a story based on the apocalypse. He is joined by Michael Sheen, who will play the angel Aziraphale.

 

David Tennant has also joined the line-up of presenters for this year’s Comic Relief Red Nose Day 2019 show on BBC. He’s already presented once before, and says he’s excited to go live again:

“That was the first time I’d ever done it – but then I hadn’t been asked to do it since! So I’m very grateful that they are willing to take that risk again. From what I remember of live TV, it’s quite chaotic and in the moment. My very limited experience of live TV would tell me just to roll with it on the night.”

The show kicks off on BBC1 on Friday 15th March. Read the full list of presenters, and the TV schedule here.

Bonnie Wright Discusses the Worrying Trend of Plastic Pollution

Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter‘s Ginny Weasley) continued her tirade against plastic pollution recently, joining experts and campaigners on a study of a Welsh river, looking into the issue of river micro plastic pollution:

“I think it is incredibly worrying,” she added.

“Every time I have done the trawling for plastics, like we have done today, there’s not been one time the net hasn’t come up with some type of micro plastics.

She discussed the need for strong legislation on plastic solution. Researchers are working with the University of Exeter to analyse the samples, and hope to understand more about where plastics are coming from, and the impacts of plastic pollution on marine life. Read more here, and sign the Greenpeace petition to the UK government to enforce stronger regulations on plastic pollution here.

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Julie Walters To Take a Break From Acting

Beloved and award-winning Dame Julie Walters (Harry Potters Molly Weasley) will be taking a year-long break from acting after a non-stop schedule. With three blockbusters, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Paddington 2 and Marry Poppins Returns, taking up much of her time, it’s no wonder she’s needing ‘a bit of space’!

She told the Standard that Mamma Mia! was ‘like a holiday’ to her, and that she plans on taking on lighter roles (rather than roles requiring intense emotional investment, such as stage or drama), she

“I’m taking this year off, really. I’m doing voiceovers at the moment, but I want a rest because the last two, three years have been non-stop and I didn’t feel very well last year and was exhausted and I just thought ‘that’s it now’.

“I’m talking about a [new] film next year, but that’s it. I’m going to be at home and have a bit of space in my life.”

We’re wishing her all the best on her break!

Ahead of International Women’s Day, Julie Walters also helped support Women’s Aid this week at an inspiring fundraising event on Wednesday 6th March. The event saw all proceeds go towards the charity, which works against domestic abuse. She commented on the event:

“I hope it will be great. We are there to celebrate the survivors because they’re massively strong and courageous women, and shine a light on those who are suffering.”

Eddie Redmayne, Jason Isaacs, Bill Nighy and Rhys If ans Celebrate Young Talent at the Into Film Awards 2019

Several Potter actors, as well as Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts lead Newt Scamander, attended the Into Film Awards this week, celebrating and showcasing young filmmaking talent in the UK. Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Rhys Ifans (Xenophilius Lovegood) and Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour). See more photos here.