LUMOS Fantastic Beasts Premiere Campaign

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LUMOS, J.K Rowling’s non profit charity, has today launched a campaign to raise funds towards rescuing children from harmful orphanages and reuniting them with their families. If you donate $10 or over to this worthy cause, you’ll be entered into a draw to win tickets to one of three Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald world premieres in either New York, London or Paris.

 

You and a friend will:

Fly to New York, Paris or London [courtesy of American Airlines]
Stay in a swanky hotel for 4 nights [courtesy of Expedia]
Get 2 tickets to the red-carpet premiere
Get a meet and greet with the cast

Click “Donate” and choose the city you want to go to for a chance to win. Want a chance to win in each city? No problem…just donate 3 times. All funds will go towards rescuing children from harmful orphanages and reuniting them with their families.

DONATE $10 = 1 entry for a prize draw and you could help train the parents of a disabled child, who is being reunited with their family.

DONATE $50 = get a limited edition gold-foil Fantastic Beasts print & 5 entries for a prize draw. You could also enable Lumos to trace the family of a separated child.

DONATE $75 = get a Lumos edition Fantastic Beasts T-Shirt & 7 entries for a prize draw. Your donation could provide education supplies for children newly reunited with their families.

DONATE $120 = get a limited edition Fantastic Beasts gold-foil print, T-Shirt & 12 entries for a prize draw. Your gift could help develop local services to assist young people leaving institutions to live independently.

DONATE $2,500 = get a signed copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay book by J.K. Rowling presented in an exclusive, limited edition suitcase specially created for Lumos & 250 entries for a prize draw. Your generosity could train 10 people to become foster carers/parents.

Every $10 is a chance to win, so $50 = 5 entries

Entry in to this campaign begins today, June 8th, at 11:00 a.m. ET. and ends on July 6th at 11:59:59 p.m. ET.

Click this link to head on over to the donation page & good luck!

Posted on June 8, 2018


Petition For Vegan Butterbeer At WWHP

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Taking a slight break from Fantastic Beasts news, but remaining in the Beastly Wizarding World, we’d like to share with you this campaign from our friends over at The Protego Foundation who are petitioning for Warner Bros & Universal Studios to come together and change the recipe for the ever popular Butterbeer which is served in the three Harry Potter theme parks across the globe.

Whether you yourself are vegan, are concerned with effects on the environment and all its inhabitants, have a dairy intolerance, or simply wish for more people to be able to enjoy the magic of having a butterbeer while in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, then we urge you to read on and add your signature!

 

Fans of Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World franchise are petitioning the theme park giant along with Warner Bros., requesting that the signature frothy drink at the park known as Butterbeer be made with a vegan and dairy-free whipped topping instead of the current topping which is made from mother cows’ milk.

Butterbeer is a cream soda-like drink only available at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks at Universal Studios, and it is topped off with a foamy, dairy-based whipped topping that cannot be left off of the drink per licensing agreements with Harry Potter franchise owner Warner Bros. The campaign is being spearheaded by the Harry Potter-inspired fangroup The Protego Foundation–an organization whose members fight for the rights of magical creatures in the muggle world through a shared enthusiasm for J.K. Rowling’s work.

“The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories are full of animal-friendly messages and themes, including Hermione Granger’s campaign for house-elf liberation,” says Protego Foundation Executive Director Tylor Starr. “Warner Bros. and Universal Studios can channel their inner Hermione or Newt Scamander and help mother cows on commercial dairy farms by replacing the whipped topping on Butterbeer with one made from environmentally-friendly alternatives like rice milk, coconut milk, or almond milk.”

The campaign has also caught the eyes of former Harry Potter actors Robbie Jarvis and Evanna Lynch, who played Young James Potter and Luna Lovegood respectively in the films, and who now co-host their own popular vegan podcast, The Chickpeeps. “The world of Harry Potter is all about love & kindness.” says Young James Potter actor, Robbie Jarvis. “Harry’s mother surrounded him with her love and it formed a protection that even Voldemort couldn’t break. [I’d be] happy to see Universal Studios’ Wizarding World honoring that message by ensuring that no mother has to be separated from her baby just so we can enjoy Butterbeer.”

Luna Lovegood actress, Evanna Lynch, added her support to the campaign saying, “I’ve been a member of the vegan community for the past five years and the Harry Potter community for most of my life, and nothing makes me happier than when these two worlds intersect. I genuinely can’t imagine a lovelier day out than going to The Wizarding World to enjoy a butterbeer with my vegan friends. I will be first in line when that day comes.”

The Protego Foundation urges all of those who wish to help animals on commercial farms while still enjoying a glass of Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to do these three things:

1) Sign the petition to Universal Studios and Warner Bros. executives.

2) Participate in the tweet storm on June 8th.

3) Leave a comment at the parks in person via Universal Studios Guest Services.

With fans’ help, The Protego Foundation can reach its goal of 5,000 petition signatures to get vegan butterbeer on the menu at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

We’ve already signed – will you?

Posted on June 6, 2018


Lego Fantastic Beasts: Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures

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Thanks to BrickNexus we have our first look at the brand new LEGO Fantastic Beasts set coming later this year (date unknown as of yet). The whole set is inside Newt’s case, which unfolds into his portable beastly habitats:

The set features four minifigs: Tina Goldstein, Queenie Goldstein, Newt Scamander and Jacob Kowalski along with 3 brick-built models of a Thunderbird, Erumpant and an Occamy.

 

(75952 Fantastic Beasts: Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures)

 

This is the second Fantastic Beasts Lego set to be announced for this year. The first being a scene from the upcoming The Crimes of Grindelwald & will be on sale August 1st:

 

(75951 Grindelwald’s Escape)

Posted on June 4, 2018


Crimes Of Grindelwald Screenplay Cover Reveal

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The cover art for the upcoming Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay, designed by MinaLima, has been unveiled by Pottermore:

 

The artwork pays homage to Paris as one of the cities visited in The Crimes of Grindelwald, with the Eiffel Tower taking central focus. Eagle-eyed fans will also spot a few magical creatures, including a Bowtruckle and a Niffler, along with a few other recognisable Wizarding World symbols, such as the Deathly Hallows. We can also spot a locket with the letters ‘NF’, a piece of jewellery, and an ominous skull hanging over the top of the cover. But what do all of these mean for the story?

‘The location is so significant in this film and the Eiffel Tower is so iconic it lends itself to this design,’ Mira added. ‘And as for the colour, we wanted to keep the gold theme running through, but as the storyline is getting darker, we introduced this black silhouette design. And the overall colour is typical of the period.’

Posted on May 30, 2018


Third Fantastic Beasts Screenplay In The Works

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J.K Rowling has updated her official website with answers to some questions she’s received. In it, it’s revealed that she has already began work on the screenplay for the third Fantastic Beasts film in the series of five:

 

1. What are you writing right now?

I’ve just finished the fourth Galbraith novel, Lethal White, and I’m now writing the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts 3. After that I’ll be writing another book for children. I’ve been playing with the (non-Harry Potter/wizarding world) story for about six years, so it’s about time I get it down on paper.

2. What is a typical writing day?

I try to start work before 9am. My writing room is probably my favourite place in the world. It’s in the garden, about a minute’s walk from the house. There’s a central room where I work, a kettle, a sink and a cupboard-sized bathroom. The radio is usually tuned to classical music, because I find human voices the most distracting when I’m working, although a background buzz, as in a café, is always comforting. I used to love writing in cafés and gave it up reluctantly, but part of the point of being alone in a crowd was being happily anonymous and free to people-watch, and when you’re the one being watched, you become too self-conscious to work.

The earlier in the day I start, the more productive I am. In the last year or two I’ve put in a couple of all-nighters on the screenplays for Fantastic Beasts, but otherwise I try and keep my writing to the daytime. If I’ve started around nine, I can usually work through to about 3pm before I need more than a short break. During this writing time, I generally manage to drink eight or nine mugs of tea. Being incredibly clumsy, prefer eating things that won’t ruin the keyboard when dropped. Popcorn’s ideal.

3. You have collaborated on several projects. How does that work?

The big difference between theatre and movies for me is scale. When I go down to WB Studios Leavesden and see a thousand people at work on Fantastic Beasts, building sets, making costumes, doing digital effects, making models and props and all the hundreds of other things that go into making a movie, it can feel utterly overwhelming. Terrifying thoughts run through your mind, such as, I must not break an arm, because all these people’s jobs depend on me getting the screenplay finished.

However, at the heart of the process is a very similar collaboration to the one I had on Cursed Child, this time with David Yates, the director, and Steve Kloves, who was the writer on seven of the eight Potter films and is a producer on Beasts.

In spite of the fact that I’d watched Steve close up for all those years, I found screenwriting utterly different from novel writing and very challenging at first. Basically, I learned how to write a screenplay as I went along, knowing that the movie was definitely going to be made, which is, to say the least, atypical. Steve gives great, pithy notes. The one that made me laugh longest was when I had a character in a cut scene in an early draft say, ‘They’re children!’. He said, ‘Yeah, unless we’ve got the casting badly wrong, that’ll probably be obvious.’

David knows the world of Potter intimately now, after directing four of the eight original movies. I love working with him. I learn a lot just listening to him talk about images. Even though I have a highly visual imagination, I’ve had to learn just how much can be said onscreen without a word, and David and Steve have taught me that.

The thing with movies is, however frustrated you get with the screenwriting process, and right at the moment when you think ‘never again, this is too hard’, you go down to the film set and join in with one big glorious game of pretend, with the world’s best pretenders saying your words, and dressing out of the most fabulous dressing up box, and what with the lights and the smoke and the music you’re suddenly in love with the process all over again.

4. What exactly is your role as producer? How much say do you have in the look and feel of the films?

Warner Bros and David Yates, the director, have always let me have my say, though not necessarily the final word. That’s true of all the producers, of whom I’m only one: our input is taken seriously but it is very much a collaborative effort.  The director is ultimately responsible for everything that’s seen on the screen. As the screenwriter, the majority of my input comes at an earlier stage.

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