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Role Call: Rags to Reunions

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We have a lot to cover in this week's Casting News, including a first look at what a good Lucius Malfoy might have looked like, the secrets the Dowager Countess may be hiding, the "Harry Potter" reunion you weren't expecting, Stan Shunpike gets animated, and more details (finally!) on the new "Cinderella"! Read More »

Role Call: Jabberwockys and tigers, oh my!

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This week, we take another look at "Cinderella", learn some exciting casting news for "The Jungle Book", take some silly walks, and find out which television series has been granted a second season! All this and more in this week's edition of Casting News! Read More »

Role Call: Fairy tale edition!

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After our adventures at LeakyCon in Florida this last week and meeting some of the "Harry Potter" cast, the staff at MuggleNet is even more excited about upcoming projects by our favorite actors and actresses! There's a lot to cover from the past few weeks, and we hope that you'll be just as anxious to hear all about the new roles our HP alumni have taken on. Take a look! Read More »

Role Call: It’s Good To Be Bad!

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This week's edition of Casting News finds an abundance of roles for the actors that we love to hate (or really love despite their faults, in some cases!). Take a look at what's next for Ralph Fiennes, David Bradley, Alan Rickman, and more! Read More »

Role Call: Trains, Caves, and Supermarkets – Wizards are everywhere!

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In this week's edition of Role Call, one member of the Weasley family helps Michael Caine on a bus ride, Scrimgeour reads some poetry, and Professor Sprout gives up her Hogwarts job for a supermarket gig! All that and more in Casting News! Read More »

Sir Kenneth Branagh on his New York stage debut

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Sir Kenneth Branagh (Professor Lockhart) has worn a variety of hats in his career, including acting on stage and in film, as well as writing and directing. So it is perhaps surprising to learn that Branagh has never acted on stage in New York. This summer, he is to make his New York debut in a staging of "Macbeth". In a new interview, Branagh has spoken about putting on the play, the setting, and much more. Read More »

Role Call: Lily Potter is Dumbledore’s daughter?

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In this week's edition of Role Call, Michael Gambon gets Quirke-y with Geraldine Somerville, Cinderella's glass slipper gets a major upgrade, and we find one Hogwarts professor taking on the Nazi regime! All that and more in Casting News! Read More »

Sir Kenneth Branagh backs renovation of Alexandra Palace’s theater

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Sir Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) has recently agreed to back renovations of a Victorian-era theater at Alexandra Palace in London. Read More »

Sir Kenneth Branagh to make New York stage debut in “Macbeth”

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Sir Kenneth Branagh, who played Gilderoy Lockhart in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", is to make his New York stage debut in an immersive production of Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armory. Read More »

Sir Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” starring Helena Bonham Carter, gets sneak peak at CinemaCon

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Disney released a sneak peak this week at CinemaCon of its upcoming live action remake of Cinderella. The film is directed by Harry Potter alumnus Sir Kenneth Branagh and stars fellow alumna Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. The star-studded cast also includes Cate Blanchett as the Evil Stepmother, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Prince Charming, and Lily James (Downton Abbey) as Cinderella. Read More »

Sir Kenneth Branagh’s “Macbeth” gains wins at Manchester Theatre Awards

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It was a successful day at the Manchester Theatre Awards for Sir Kenneth Branagh's (Gilderoy Lockhart) Macbeth, walking away with three of the event's biggest prizes. This adaptation of one of Shakespeare's greats was staged at an old church last year during the Manchester International Festival. It was Branagh's first Shakespeare role in a decade. We send our congratulations to both Sir Kenneth and Julian Glover on these achievements! Read More »

Could Kenneth Branagh appear in “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”?

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During an interview with MTV News promoting his new film "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," Kenneth Branagh was asked about the possibility of reprising his role as Gilderoy Lockhart in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Read More »

More casting news!

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In the post Potter era that we live in, it isn't uncommon to read about the new roles our favorite stars have recently signed on for. This week was no exception. Read More »

The most recent casting news for the “Harry Potter” alum

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There has been a lot of recent casting news for Potter alum, from the stage to the silver screen to the small screen! Read More »

Emma Watson in final talks to star in Sir Kenneth Branagh’s directed version of “Cinderella”

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The stars of Harry Potter have been busy recently. Earlier, we reported that Daniel Radcliffe was in final talks to be cast in a remake of Frankenstein. Now, we can report that Emma Watson looks to be in final talks to portray Cinderella. Read More »

Gilderoy Lockhart actor Kenneth Branagh has been knighted!

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Just yesterday, the actor who played Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets had a new reason to flash his famous smile – Kenneth Branagh was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on Friday in sight of his family and friends. “It’s been a hell of a year for the U.K.,” Branagh said, speaking to the timeliness of his award with such major British events as the Queen’s Jubilee and summer Olympics. “I feel very honored to be a tiny part of it.” Branagh, a successful actor and director at 51, is widely known outside of the Potter fandom for his great love of Shakespeare, his performances in major films such as Valkyrie, My Week With Marilyn and Frankenstein, and for his directorial pursuits, such as Marvel’s Thor. He now joins the royal British ranks alongside fellow Potter co-stars Sir Michael Gambon and Dame Maggie Smith. We at MuggleNet would like to wish Sir Branagh good luck – or rather – that he “breaks-a-leg” in all his theatrical endeavors to come! Thanks to SnitchSeeker for the tip! Read More »

Sir Gilderoy Lockhart? Kenneth Branagh receives royal honors from Queen Elizabeth II

Actor/Director Kenneth Branagh - who portrayed Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - received this year's royal honors along with actress Kate Winslett. Read More »

List of “Harry Potter” stars confirmed to attend Sunday’s BAFTAs

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It's awards season! The stars of "Harry Potter" are coming out for the BAFTAs! Read More »

Fiennes receives Richard Harris Award, Branagh honored at British Independent Film Awards

Harry Potter actors Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh were honored at the Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market in London on December 4. Read More »

Before and After: A unique look at the adult stars of the “Potter” series

While so much attention and hype surrounds the trio and the other young actors of the "Potter" series, we cannot forget about the adult supporting actors in the roles that they have played in the series. Here is a look at some of the actors and their more famous roles prior to the "Harry Potter" series. Read More »