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J.K. Rowling to Attend Special Screening of “Fantastic Beasts” to Benefit Lumos Foundation

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J.K. Rowling will attend a special screening of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, November 12 to benefit the Lumos Foundation. Eddie Redmayne, director David Yates and additional cast members will also be present at the special screening in support of the author‘s non-profit children’s organization. Read More »

“Cursed Child” Brings Forward Press Performances

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It was revealed by the producers of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" today that the production will hold its press performance a week earlier than scheduled. The embargo on press reviews for the play, which has been holding preview performances since Tuesday, July 7, will now lift at 12:01 a.m. BST on Tuesday, July 26. Read More »

J.K. Rowling on “Cursed Child” Fan Expectations

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J.K. Rowling has revealed how the new play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" made her "anxious," in a new interview alongside playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. Read More »

Fans Give Their Initial Thoughts on “Cursed Child”

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Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you will know that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" finally opened for previews last night. Alas, it's safe to say that the lucky fans who got to watch Part 1 were very pleased indeed! (The following audience reactions are completely spoiler-free!) Read More »

“Cursed Child” Creative Team Discusses the Play’s Origins

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"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, playwright Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany, and actors Jamie Parker and Noma Dumezweni, who will be playing Harry and Hermione, respectively, have given a little more insight into the eagerly awaited play's origins. Read More »

J.K. Rowling Criticizes Those Who Disapprove of a Black Hermione

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J.K. Rowling has again spoken out in support of Noma Dumezweni's casting as Hermione in the hotly anticipated new play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". She revealed her frustration at online reaction by a "bunch of racists" who vocalized their disapproval of a black actress playing the character. Read More »

J.K. Rowling Opens Up About All Things “Cursed Child”

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J.K. Rowling has spoken at length about the new play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", alongside playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany in their only interview before the show begins previews at the Palace Theatre in London next week. Read More »

China, J.K. Rowling Has a Big Surprise for You

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Potterheads in China are in for a treat! Organizers of the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival have announced that they will be screening all eight films as part of this year's event. In addition, the organizers have also let slip that a "surprise" is in store from none other than J.K. Rowling herself. Read More »

The Original Belle Approves of Emma Watson for “Beauty and the Beast”

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This is sweet! As we all know, Emma Watson will be taking on the iconic role of Belle in Disney's upcoming live-action take on "Beauty and the Beast". Now, she's even got the seal of approval from the original Belle! Read More »

Watch the New Red Band Trailer for Daniel Radcliffe’s “Swiss Army Man”

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Last week, we showed you the official poster for Daniel Radcliffe's latest film, "Swiss Army Man", and now the film has gotten its first red band trailer! Check out the new trailer (which, we must mention, is definitely NSFW) right here. Read More »

Signed Photos of Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman to Be Auctioned Off for Charity

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Signed photographs of former "Potter" alumni Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and Sir Michael Gambon (Professor Albus Dumbledore) have been put up for auction by the Neurofibromatosis Network, a national non-profit company whose mission is to provide services to the NF community and promote federal funding for NF research. The photographs are being auctioned as part of the celebrity charity auction, Doodle 4 NF. Read More »

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Opening Doors to Number Four, Privet Drive

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As previously reported, for one week only (May 27-June 6), Studio Tour visitors will have the rare opportunity to walk through the front door of Number Four, Privet Drive and look into the Dursleys’ front room. There they will find hundreds of Harry’s Hogwarts letters, created by MinaLima, suspended in the air as though they’ve flown through the fireplace as they famously did in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". Read More »

New Attractions Unveiled at WWoHP Japan

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Universal Studios Japan has unveiled two exciting new attractions for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Wand Studies and Wand Magic. From tomorrow, guests visiting the Japan park will be able to enjoy the brand new magical experiences! Wand Studies and Wand Magic will offer guests an opportunity to practice and cast spells at various locations within the land. Read More »

New “Harry Potter” Jigsaw Puzzles Are on Their Way!

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The New York Puzzle Company, a jigsaw puzzle company focusing on nostalgic illustrations from vintage advertising, book covers, and magazines, has announced that, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, it will be manufacturing a set of "Harry Potter" jigsaw puzzles featuring the original series artwork by Mary GrandPré! Read More »

Special Guests Announced for WWoHP Hollywood Opening!

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to finally open at Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday, April 7. To celebrate, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), Warwick Davis (Professor Filius Flitwick/Griphook), and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) will be walking the red carpet for the Grand Opening event! Read More »

“Cursed Child” Finds Its Scorpius Malfoy!

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Exciting! We now know who will be playing the character of Scorpius Malfoy in the upcoming stage play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child". According to the UK casting website Spotlight, Anthony Boyle will be taking on the role of Draco Malfoy and Astoria Greengrass's son. Read More »

Imelda Staunton, Sir Kenneth Branagh Receive Olivier Award Nominations

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Imelda Staunton (Professor Dolores Umbridge) and Sir Kenneth Branagh (Professor Gilderoy Lockhart) have both received nominations for the 2016 Olivier Awards. Other nominees include Sophie Thompson (Mafalda Hopkirk in "Deathly Hallows - Part 1"), Jamie Parker (Harry in "Cursed Child") and Sonia Friedman (Producer of "Cursed Child"). Read More »

Full Cast Announced for “Cursed Child”, Rehearsals Begin!

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Ever since the first casting announcement for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" was released back in December, fans have been eagerly waiting to discover who would make up the rest of the cast. Well, we don't have to wait any longer - the full cast has been revealed today! What's more, it has also been revealed that rehearsals have begun! Read More »

Discover the Secrets of Hagrid at Warner Bros. Studio Tour!

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Have you ever wanted to discover how the production team behind the "Harry Potter" films brought Hagrid to life on screen? This Easter, Warner Bros. Studio Tour reveals the colossal efforts taken by producers, costume designers, and the special effects teams to create Hogwarts's famous groundskeeper. Read More »

Theater Review: “Waiting for Godot”, Starring Jeff Rawle

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Jeff Rawle (Amos Diggory) makes his return to the stage in a revival of Samuel Beckett's most famous play, "Waiting for Godot", at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Read More »