Expecto Patronum Night Show At USJ

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Universal Studios Japan has today premiered the all-new “Expecto Patronum Night Show” – a light show of Dementors swarming across the Black Lake and towards Hogwarts. You’ll need to practice your patronus charm for this one:

 

On Tuesday, April 18, Universal Studios Japan partnered with Olympian and Harry Potter fan Saori Yoshida to preview the “Expecto Patronum Night Show,” a large-scale night show in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that features chilling Dementors, brave students and defensive spells.
This exclusive press event was attended by special guest Saori Yoshida and more than 200 Harry Potter fans, who received a first-look at the show, which opens to the public on Friday, April 21. During the night show, students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry cast extraordinary spells that illuminate Hogwarts Castle and the foggy Black Lake, and banish the Dementors that have descended.

Two new magical spells – Aguamenti and Alohomora – will also debut on April 21, further expanding the ever-popular Wand Magic experience.

You can book your tickets by visiting the official website!

Posted on April 18, 2017


Jude Law Cast As Albus Dumbledore

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English actor Jude Law has officially been cast as Albus Dumbledore in the remaining four Fantastic Beasts films.

Law will play a 45 year old Dumbledore in the midst of both an inner and outer battle with old-friend-turned-dark-wizard Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp).

 

The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series will show Dumbledore decades before he became Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

At this point in the story he is the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor and a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald – the Dark wizard we met in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, played by Johnny Depp.

Dumbledore was referenced in the first film, when it was revealed that Newt Scamander was expelled from Hogwarts because of an accident with a magical creature. It was Dumbledore who argued against his expulsion.

In the latest edition of the Hogwarts Library book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt says in his foreword that, ‘Albus Dumbledore was something more than a schoolteacher to me,’ but to reveal more would breach the Official Magical Secrets Act as well as his former teacher’s confidence.

The stage is set for Dumbledore to make his presence known and returning director David Yates said, ‘Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I’ve long admired and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him. I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.’

What do you think of this casting announcement? Let us know over on Twitter!

Posted on April 12, 2017


Official Niffler Plush Now On Sale

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The official Harry Potter shop at Platform 9 & 3/4 in King’s Cross Station has released the Niffler as a plush toy for pre-order:

Pre-order and take home your very own Niffler plush from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Approx 22cm

Estimated Delivery beginning of May.

The plush toy is retailing at £35 and can be pre-ordered by clicking here!

Posted on April 6, 2017


Colin And Samantha Comment On Their Characters

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Colin Farrell, who played Percival Graves in the first Fantastic Beasts film, spoke to MTV and commented on his character’s fate:

[…] telling MTV’s Josh Horowitz that there are currently no plans for Graves to return to J.K. Rowling’s cinematic wizarding world. “It was always written that that was it,” he said.

While Farrell doesn’t know where the real Graves has been stashed away, he did offer this morose theory: “Maybe he’s buried in a shallow grave and he’s going to die of starvation 17 hours after the film ends.” Wow. I would say that’s dark, but this is the movie that sentenced its protagonists to death and nearly killed them in an execution chamber, so … yeah. Nothing’s too dark for this franchise.

Another Fantastic Beasts cast member who won’t be returning for a sequel, Samantha Morton, who played the Second Salemer leader Mary-Lou Barebone, spoke to LA Times about working on the film:

“David Yates is an incredible director, but how he works is quite intense. It is just as serious as anything else. [My character] was very misguided with her beliefs and her passion. Walking on those sets I was, like, ‘Wow! Look at what you created!’ That was fun. But to play Mary Lou I kind of felt ill at the end of it. I don’t know if I like playing baddies in that way.”

Do you think we’ll ever find out what became of Graves? Let us know over on Twitter!

Posted on March 31, 2017


Alison Sudol Co-Wrote Ilvermorny School Song

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Pottermore have today confirmed that Alison Sudol (Queenie) co-wrote the Ilvermorny school song with J.K Rowling:

 

‘I wrote the melody and Jo wrote the lyrics,’ said Alison. ‘So, we co-wrote the song, which is wild!’

Alison is a singer-songwriter as well as an actress, and the school song was a combination of her own songwriting talents combined with J.K Rowling’s original lyrics.

The song didn’t make the film’s final cut, but the deleted scene was revealed earlier this year at A Celebration of Harry Potter in Orlando. You can watch the scene, performed by Alison Sudol and co-star Katherine Waterston, here.

Director David Yates said he loved the scene, but it wasn’t quite right for the pacing of the final film.

‘I got Alison to write it because Alison is a really gifted songwriter’, said David. ‘But the momentum of the storytelling at that point was starting to drag a little bit. And I just thought, as delightful as it was, it stopped the movie.’

Here are the lyrics:

We stand as one united
Against the Puritan
We draw our inspiration
From good witch Morrigan
For she was persecuted
By common wandless men
So she fled from distant Ireland
And so our school began
Oh, Ilvermorny-Massachusetts
We choo-choose it
We choo-choose it
The wizard school supreme
Your castle walls, they kept us safe
The days with you, a dream
You taught us all our magic
And now one thing’s quite clear
Where’er we roam
Where’er we roam
Our one true home
Our one and own
Is Ilvermorny dear

Unlike Hogwarts’ more idiosyncratic school song, Hoggy Warty Hogwarts, the Ilvermorny school song makes references to the founding of the institution – which you can read about in ‘Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’ by J.K. Rowling.

‘Morrigan’ is the nickname given to Isolt Sayre, the seventeenth century founder of the North American wizarding school. Isolt was actually a descendent of Morrigan, another famous Irish witch.

As the song alludes, Isolt escaped to North America and eventually founded the school that one day Tina and Queenie Goldstein would attend – and then sing about.

Posted on March 28, 2017