One of our favorite Potter alumni, Mr. Warwick Davis, is currently touring the UK with his brand new venture, the Reduced Height Theatre Co., and its first production, See How They Run! During their stop in Bromley last week, Warwick and a few cast members took some time to sit down with us to discuss the show, stereotypes, and what's up next!
Warwick Davis recently took the time to lend his support to Marie Curie Cancer Care. This UK charity is dedicated to the care of people with terminal illnesses, and all of their services are offered at no cost to patients and their families.
Karen Green, one of the charity's volunteers, said, “By becoming a Great Daffodil Appeal Collector, you’ll help families make the most of the time they have together. All you need to do is encourage as many people as possible in your area to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin to show their support for our work."
Davis said that he hoped individuals would donate just one hour of their time to this worthy cause.
You can read the full article from the Croydon Advertiserhere.
To find out more about Marie Curie Cancer Care or to donate click right here.
It's always good to see the Potter cast giving back to the less fortunate. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Warwick Davis, who portrayed both Professor Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films, is also known for another big fandom role - as Wicket the Ewok from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Becoming a part of the Star Wars franchise was a dream come true for Warwick, who was twelve years old at the time of filming, and he recently revealed a letter he wrote to creator George Lucas soon after the film wrapped.
The full text of the letter can be read below:
Dear Mr. Lucas,
My name is Warwick. I hope you remember me I helped you make the new 'Star Wars' film last year. I hear that the film is being released in this country on June 2nd and that a few of the toy shops in London have some of the new figures.
I hope this is not too rude of me to ask you, but would it be possible for you to send me the very latest figures and walkers - I was hoping very much that there may be an 'Ewok' or 'Jabba the Hut'
I did enjoy myself with you and the members of the film unit and keep remembering what a terrific experience it was.
Hoping to meet you again soon.
It's a very cute piece of memorabilia that Warwick has chosen to share with the world, but I can't help but wonder... did he ever receive those toys?! Even if he did, I'm sure they couldn't compare to the wonderful experience of getting to be a part of two of the world's most beloved franchises!
In a new interview from This is Local London, Warwick Davis talks about a number of his past and future roles. His career got quite a boost, he says, when he took part in Life's Too Short, the comedy written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in which Warwick played a fictionalized version of himself.
"Ever since doing that, my career has really taken off in television and different areas. That wasn’t the real me, but people got to know me a bit more than they had previously, and then doing An Idiot Abroad they really got to know me."
Warwick recently finished the West End production of Spamalot. His next project is a revival of the 1940s comedy See How They Run, which will be presented by The Reduced Height Theatre Company, a company created by Warwick himself for short actors. On producing such a play, Warwick says,
"I started to think of the other actors I know, and I thought they have not had the opportunities I have. They have gone through drama school and trained and never really been challenged. There is some work out there, but it['s] normally playing aliens in sci-fi – which I have done as well."
The interviewer goes on to ask whether Warwick will be involved in the new Star Wars trilogy. He has previously appeared in both The Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. Warwick says he doesn’t know yet but would definitely like to.
"I’m friends with people in the art department, and I said, ‘make sure you draw lots of little characters’ [...] Whether or not there will be Ewoks I don’t know, but it would be good just to have a cameo in there and have my foot in all three of the trilogies. For old times’ sake."
See How They Run will be touring across England and Wales from February 19 to May 10. To see the tour schedule and get tickets, click here.
We’re starting the new year off small, but we know it’s going to be a great year for new roles in films and television, plus some entertaining appearances and with any luck, more information about that screenplay J.K. Rowling is working on. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how our favorite Harry Potter alumni are kick-starting their 2014!
A trailer for After the Dark, previously known as The Philosphers, starring Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), has been made available in preparation for the theatrical and On Demand release of the film on Febuary 7. You may recall that Bonnie recently released a video for Nowness, starring her friend Sophie Lowe. In the trailer, which you can view above (and you should!!!), both Bonnie and Sophie star in this thriller about a group of students who take part in an experiment meant to simulate an apocalyptic event that yields shocking results. Look closely, and you can also catch sight of another HP actor, Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen), at about one minute in. A movie poster was previously released in mid-December, which you can view here.
As reported last week, two extended clips from Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), were released. However, that’s not the only bit of news. In an article released just before the new year, Fiennes revealed that while he is indeed the new M for the next installment of the James Bond series, taking over for Dame Judi Dench, he says he has no idea what the plot will be for the film.
“I know nothing, I’ve not been told anything, I have no information, no dates, no sense of the journey of my character at all! I don’t!”
The only information we currently have on his role is that he is playing MI6 chief Gareth Mallory. Will his character be a good guy, or will another Bond baddie be born? Playing Lord Voldemort will have certainly helped if the chief turns out to be evil. We look forward to learning more about his role and promise to keep everyone up to date as the information is released!
Make sure to set your DVRs for BBC’s The Graham Norton Show! Airing Tuesday, January 7, Graham chats with Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) about her role in Harry Hill: The Movie and being mistaken for other famous celebrities. Check your local listings for showtimes, or catch it On Demand.
Warwick Davis is at it again. The actor who played multiple characters in the Harry Potter series has once again earned himself a theatrical role. The play, See How They Run, about a group of vicars and a case of mistaken identity, will open March 3 for a mere six days at the Belgrade Theater during the Spring Season, offering showings nightly, as well as matinees. You can learn more about the play and purchase tickets here.
After watching the trailer for After the Dark, do you think Bonnie’s character will survive the apocalypse, or will she be sacrificed by one of her classmates? Tell us what you think about the trailer, and the rest of the casting news, by commenting below!
Our talented Harry Potter alumni certainly have been busy this past year, and while there are only a few more days left in 2013, the stars are still hard at work. For the last time in 2013, it’s MuggleNet Role Call!
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) continues to expand upon her filmmaking career as a director, filming a music video for Nowness. The star tweeted her excitement about the video being published on the Nowness website.
The video stars Once Upon a Time in Wonderland actress Sophie Lowe, who both wrote and sings the song for the video, Riding Solo, which you can view here. Bonnie also explains her creative process:
“My film concepts always begin with the particular emotion I am trying to evoke, say the sadness of loss. I then collect references [and] inspiration and write lots of disjointed sentences from light directions and thoughts to actual dialogue. Then the way I work with my crew is very collaborative; I need them to be as emotionally invested as [I].”
Another poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel, starring Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), has been released, featuring photos of the cast in the form of hotel keys. You can view the poster here. In addition, Fiennes can be seen on December 30 when he visits the ladies of The View to talk about his film, The Invisible Woman. Check your local listings for showtimes.
Jamie Campbell Bower (young Gellert Grindelwald) has been named one of the new faces for Burberry’s English Rose collection for the 2014 spring/summer campaign. You can check out some of the spoiler photos for the coming collection here.
Jessie Cave (Lavendar Brown) brings you Christmas greetings! The actress performs a few Christmas carols with some friends in this comedic YouTube video, "Carollers." Enjoy by watching below!
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) may be waiting to find out if she will win the Golden Globe for her role as Elizabeth Taylor in the mini-series Burton & Taylor, but she's still keeping her eye out for other roles. According to a report from Variety, the star is currently in talks to join the historic drama Sufferagette with actress Carey Mulligan. The film is based on real-life events and follows “soldiers of the early feminist movement: women who were forced underground in a dangerous game of cat and mouse”.
For those MuggleNet fans who have access to ITV and CITV, make sure you check out a special reading of Dustbin Dad, airing on December 26 and December 28. You might recognize the narrator of the story – Warwick Davis (Filius Flitwick/Griphook) who recently participated in MuggleNet’s holiday video and will be joining Bookaboo to read the story by Peter Bently and Russell Ayto. The actor also tells Expose Entertainment that his children give him critical feedback for his roles.
“As an actor I often have scripts at home to rehearse, and yes, I will perform them out loud for the kids and just see what they think. They're my fiercest critics sometimes but then again my biggest supporters as well.”
New images for Gary Oldman’s (Sirius Black) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have been released only days after the official trailer was made available. The images further highlight the intensity of the trailer, evoking a sense of unease. The three up-close images of the major stars of the film, including Oldman, can be seen here.
Well, that’s it for 2013 casting news. We can’t wait to see what our favorite cast get up to in the new year. Bring on 2014!
'Course Dumbledore trusts you, he's a trusting man, isn't he? Believes in second chances. But me — I say there are spots that don't come off, Snape. Spots that never come off, d'you know what I mean?
Imposter Moody Goblet of Fire, Chapter 25, Page 472
So many fans visit King's Cross station to take pictures of platforms 9 and 10 that the station management erected a sign that says 'Platform 9 3/4 which, in the Potter books, is invisible to Muggles but acts as a gateway for witches and wizards.