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The Stellar Seven
These were our seven most popular news stories for the year.
- One fan created book-accurate Harry Potter character portraits using an AI-based art website.
- MinaLima announced that they would be releasing an illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2023.
- Jim Kay, who brought the wizarding world to life by illustrating the first five books of Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter illustrated editions, announced he was stepping down from the role to focus on his mental health.
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery shared clues to an in-game Chocolate Frog hunt on social media and released a giant dung beetle in the brand-new Desert Dunes area of the magical creature reserve.
- Wizarding World Digital announced the Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand.
- The London production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child released family portraits featuring the new cast.
- There were rumors that Hogwarts Legacy might be coming to gaming consoles sooner than expected.
January 1 - VIDEO - MuggleNet announced that Fandom Games for Good raised $2,000 for charities that are important to our community.
January 1 - Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts saw many of the series' cast members brought together and interviewed at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter.
January 8 - A new still from Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was released showing Newt and Theseus on an adventure together.
January 9 - VIDEO - There were rumors that Hogwarts Legacy might be coming to gaming consoles sooner than expected.
January 10 - Sir Kenneth Branagh won the award for Best Screenplay Motion Picture for Belfast at the 79th Golden Globe Awards.
January 18 - Daniel Radcliffe was cast as “Weird Al” Yankovic in the biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
January 20 - The Producers Guild of America nominated Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses for its award for Outstanding Children's Program.
January 24 - James Snyder was fired from the New York production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child after an independent investigation followed a misconduct complaint.
January 27 - The Tokyo production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child revealed multiple cast members for each of the principal characters who will take turns in the roles.
January 31 - Harry Potter Wizards Unite was officially closed at 12:01 a.m. local time.
February 2 - Photos leaked from the set of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald show scenes were filmed with Ariana Dumbledore.
February 3 - Harry Potter Book Night returned for its eighth year.
February 6 - New anime-inspired covers were revealed for the Japanese edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
February 7 - VIDEO - Wizarding World Digital announced that a new documentary tied to the Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature exhibition, Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History, would be released.
February 10 - VIDEO - Portkey Games announced that the mobile game Harry Potter: Magic Awakened would be released globally later this year.
February 13 - The illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by Jim Kay was given a release date of October 11 announced to be 576 pages long.
February 22 - 18 new character posters for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore were released on social media.
February 24 - VIDEO - The cast for the one-part Melbourne production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was announced.
February 26 - Daniel Radcliffe was nominated for a 2022 British LGBT Award for his allyship to the LGBTQ+ community through his support of the Trevor Project.
February 28 - VIDEO - A new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was released alongside a new movie poster.
March 2 - The Wizarding World wand installation embarked on a tour around the United Kingdom to promote Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
March 3 - It was revealed that the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore world premiere would occur in London on March 29.
March 4 - Chester Zoo named its first-ever aardvark calf after our favorite house-elf, Dobby.
March 7 - Scholastic released a new cover for the paperback version of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playscript.
March 9 - The Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses production designer, John Janavs, won an ADG Excellence in Production Design Award for the premiere episode: "Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff."
March 15 - MinaLima revealed a first look at new art prints commemorating Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
March 17 - VIDEO - A first look at the Hogwarts Legacy gameplay was shown at the PlayStation State of Play event, and it was announced that the game was planned to be released around the holidays.
March 19 - It was announced that fans could attend screenings of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter during its opening weekend.
March 23 - Wizarding World Digital announced that the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore screenplay would be released on July 19.
March 24 - The cover art for the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore screenplay was revealed.
April 3 - VIDEO - Two tracks from the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore soundtrack were released: the title track and "The Room We Require."
April 4 - VIDEO - New stills, motion art, and a trailer were released leading up to the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
April 9 - VIDEO - The Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore soundtrack was released.
April 11 - VIDEO - The final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was released.
April 13 - The International Quidditch Association announced its decision to change the name of the sport Muggle quidditch.
April 15 - The Magic of MinaLima preorder sales began, and a first look at some of the book pages was released.
April 16 - Bonnie Wright announced the dates for her US book tour promoting her new book, Go Gently: Actionable Steps to Nurture Yourself and the Planet.
April 20 - Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter announced several new permanent additions: Professor Sprout’s Herbology greenhouse, the fountain from the Hogwarts courtyard, and a 1:3 scale version of the Burrow.
April 23 - MuggleNet reported on the efforts of several Harry Potter alumni to help Ukraine, including Dame Julie Walters writing an impassioned piece reflecting on the devastating effects war can have on vulnerable groups, Jim Broadbent participating in a fundraiser, and Oliver Phelps expressing support for the foundation launched by Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk.
April 27 - The Melbourne production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child broke the record for most tickets sold for any stage play in all of Australia, selling over one million tickets.
May 14 - Bloomsbury revealed that the author's original sketches would be included in its 25th-anniversary reprint of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
May 16 - VIDEO - The documentary Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History was released on DVD.
May 17 - Potterhead Running Club announced it would be "winding down" operations after settling its lawsuit with Warner Bros.
May 23 - It was announced that Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore would be released on Blu-ray and DVD on June 28.
May 24 - VIDEO - A Hogwarts Legacy trailer showcasing gameplay on PlayStation 5 was released.
May 25 - VIDEO - A trailer that gives fans a new look at the mobile game Harry Potter: Magic Awakened was released at NetEase Connect 2022.
May 26 - VIDEO - Tom Felton announced he would be releasing a memoir of his experience growing up while filming the Harry Potter movies.
May 28 - Pottermore Publishing and Ukrainian publisher A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ha teamed up to provide Ukrainian translations of the Harry Potter series as free e-books.
May 30 - It was announced that a documentary about Richard Harris would be released in 2022 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the late actor’s passing.
May 31 - Pottermore Publishing revealed new covers for the Harry Potter e-books and audiobooks.
June 1 - A recent survey by the National Trust Wales put the future of Dobby's grave on Freshwater West Beach in jeopardy.
June 3 - Harry Potter New York celebrated its first anniversary by giving the first 100 customers a cake with “Happee Birthdae Harry” written on it, modeled after Harry’s 11th birthday cake from Hagrid.
June 7 - Wizarding World Digital teased a magical experience called Harry Potter: Magic at Play set to open later in 2022.
June 9 - Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter introduced electric shuttle buses and vegan offerings.
June 11 - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was rereleased for a limited time in the United Arab Emirates.
June 14 - Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was ranked as the top streaming movie among US consumers during the first week of June.
June 19 - Pottermore Publishing and Ximalaya collaborated to release the first-ever Chinese-language audiobooks of the Harry Potter series.
June 23 - VIDEO - A teaser trailer for Hogwarts Legacy showing a look at some new areas including gorgeous seascapes, cliffs, bluffs, and mysterious cathedral-like caverns was released.
June 24 - It was announced that Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts would be released on Blu-ray and DVD on August 9.
June 24 - It was announced that Harry Potter: The Exhibition would move to Vienna, Austria, in fall 2022.
June 25 - All seven productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - in Hamburg, London, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Toronto - teamed up to always have actors performing onstage somewhere in the world for a 24-hour period.
June 26 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone celebrated its silver anniversary, having been released 25 years earlier.
July 4 - All eight Harry Potter films became available to stream on Peacock once again.
July 7 - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter released a new Chocolate Frog card featuring famous Hufflepuff Bridget Wenlock.
July 10 - VIDEO - Jude Law won Best Actor at the National Film Awards for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
July 12 - Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts was nominated for two Emmys: Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming and Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded).
July 14 - Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore topped the Blu-ray and DVD sales charts.
July 19 - The International Quidditch Association, Major League Quidditch, and US Quidditch released a joint statement formally announcing the change of the name of the real-life sport based on Quidditch to "quadball."
July 22 - It was announced that Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience would open in the Washington, DC, area in October.
July 22 - It was announced that a Wizarding World shop would open in Hamburg Central Station on August 1, making it the first official Wizarding World shop in mainland Europe.
July 27 - It was announced that the interactive worldwide touring experience Harry Potter: Magic at Play would debut at Water Tower Place in Chicago, Illinois, on November 11.
July 28 - After 393 performances, the San Francisco production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced it would be ending its run on September 11.
August 1 - VIDEO - Tom Felton revealed the cover of his upcoming memoir, Beyond the Wand.
August 2 - Vegan butterbeer arrived at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
August 3 - VIDEO - Software company Autodesk released a new cutscene of the long-awaited Hogwarts Legacy during the Autodesk Vision Series.
August 10 - VIDEO - England won the last international quidditch tournament held before the sport will officially be renamed "quadball."
August 11 - It was announced that Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience would open in New York in October.
August 12 - VIDEO - A February 10, 2023, release date for Hogwarts Legacy on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC was announced.
August 18 - The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom announced Harry Potter-inspired currency to celebrate 25 years of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
August 23 - VIDEO - Hogwarts Legacy premiered a brand-new trailer at Gamescom.
August 24 - VIDEO - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood announced that, for the first time ever, groups of Death Eaters would roam Hogsmeade Village during Halloween Horror Nights.
August 31 - The Toronto production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received eight nominations for the 42nd annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
September 1 - It was announced that Harry Potter: The Exhibition would move to Atlanta, Georgia, in October.
September 1 - Harry Potter fans celebrated Back to Hogwarts at London's King's Cross station with wand combat sessions, a special version of the “wand dance” by the West End cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and magical photo opportunities.
September 7 - Tom Felton announced the dates for his book tour promoting his memoir, Beyond the Wand.
September 8 - Wizarding World cast and crew members took to social media to share tributes to Queen Elizabeth II.
September 14 - A trailer for Hogwarts Legacy revealed eerie and exclusive content for PlayStation.
September 21 - It was announced that 13 new Harry Potter-themed LEGO sets would be released in 2023.
September 23 - Draco and the Malfoys announced that they will be releasing a new album.
September 24 - The Hamburg production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child announced that it would be transitioning to a one-part production.
September 28 - Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter announced that there would be several updates to the tour for the holiday season, including the Hogwarts Castle fountain receiving a wintery makeover to match other areas.
September 30 - John Williams was one of the last people to be awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
October 10 - MinaLima embarked on a book tour to promote their book, The Magic of MinaLima, which explores 20 years of the graphic design house’s work.
October 11 - VIDEO - MinaLima announced that they would be releasing an illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2023.
October 12 - Jim Kay, who brought the wizarding world to life by illustrating the first five books of Bloomsbury’s Harry Potter illustrated editions, announced he was stepping down from the role to focus on his mental health.
October 14 - VIDEO - Robbie Coltrane, who portrayed Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, passed away at the age of 72.
October 16 - Harry Potter mobile games hit a collective $1 billion in consumer spending.
October 17 - Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter announced that the 15-foot installation consisting of nine wands from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series would become a permanent addition along the avenue between the main parking lot and the entrance.
October 18 - Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman was published, with Harry Potter actors Alfred Enoch, Bonnie Wright, and Dame Emma Thompson lending their voices to the audiobook version.
October 22 - Inspired by the illustrations of Jim Kay, the initial designs of the commemorative coin collection from the Royal Mint of the United Kingdom celebrating the 25th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were debuted to the public.
October 25 - Pinderfields Hospital in West Yorkshire assigned its Children’s Assessment Unit ward the number 9 3/4, aligning with the Hogwarts Express platform number at King's Cross station.
October 25 - VIDEO - The University College Cork announced that Richard Harris would be remembered in a new archive collection to open in 2024.
October 26 - Scholastic announced that Hogwarts Legacy: The Official Game Guide would be released on March 7, 2023.
November 4 - 84-year-old Mary Pyle, who wrote her thesis on Harry Potter, became Trinity College Dublin's oldest graduate.
November 8 - Leslie Phillips, who voiced the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter film series, passed away at the age of 98.
November 10 - Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi announced it would be opening a new Harry Potter-themed land.
November 11 - VIDEO - A gameplay showcase provided an in-depth look at the long-awaited Hogwarts Legacy.
November 13 - Alfred Enoch discussed his experience as an audiobook narrator for Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman.
November 17 - The global release of the mobile game Harry Potter: Magic Awakened was delayed to 2023.
November 18 - A consultation by the National Trust Wales concluded that the fan memorial to Dobby on Freshwater West Beach, which served as the location for the house-elf's grave in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, can remain for now.
November 23 - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter released a new Chocolate Frog card featuring famed herbologist Beaumont Marjoribanks.
November 28 - VIDEO - Locals voiced concern over the Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience adventure park southwest of Brussels, Belgium.
November 30 - Pottermore Publishing and Audible announced that the Harry Potter audiobooks had surpassed one billion listening hours on Audible globally.
December 1 - Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter announced a special summer feature to celebrate its 11th anniversary: Discovering Hogwarts, running from May 2 to September 4, 2023.
December 4 - Samantha Morton, who played Mary Lou Barebone in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, received the Richard Harris Award at the 25th British Independent Film Awards.
December 6 - VIDEO - Warner Bros. Games and Avalanche Software released a song from the Hogwarts Legacy soundtrack with an accompanying music video.
December 12 - Hogwarts Tournament of Houses won in two categories at the inaugural Children's & Family Emmy Awards: Outstanding Lighting Design for a Live Action Program and Outstanding Host.
December 13 - A July 25, 2023, release date for Hogwarts Legacy on Nintendo Switch was announced, as was the news that the game would not be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One until April 4, 2023.
December 14 - VIDEO - A second gameplay showcase explored the open world map outside of Hogwarts and provided a deeper look into game combat and the Room of Requirement in Hogwarts Legacy.
December 18 - Researchers at Finland's University of Jyväskylä discovered a new tardigrade species and named it Macrobiotus naginae, after Nagini.
December 19 - It was announced that Harry Potter: The Exhibition would move to Paris, France, in April 2023.
December 21 - Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore was short-listed in the Visual Effects category at the 95th Academy Awards.
December 29 - (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story, the documentary about Marcus Belby actor Rob Knox, was broadcast on television for the first time.