Archive for December, 2018

PotterCast #283: “The McGonagall of it all” continues unpacking Newt’s metaphorical suitcase

Dec 17, 2018

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Fantastic Beasts, Fantastic Beasts Movie, Opinion, PotterCast

We’re going to need something stronger than Mrs. Weasley’s household charms, useful and efficient as they may be, to unpack this suitcase.  The more we try to parse and puzzle out the questions raised by Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the more questions we have.  In episode #283: The McGonagall of it all, PotterCast …read more!

Arnaud Brisebois on Visual Effects Magic in ‘Crimes of Grindelwald’ Paris

Dec 17, 2018

Posted by: Dawn Johnson

Crew Interviews, Fandom, Fans, Fantastic Beasts, Fantastic Beasts Movie, Films, Interviews, J.K. Rowling, News, Stuart Craig, Warner Bros.

Visual Effects have long been employed to bring the magic of the wizarding world to life on the silver screen and, as the years pass, the depth and breadth of what studios are able to accomplish becomes all the more impressive. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them garnered two Oscar nominations for efforts in …read more!

Weekly Round-Up: An Animated Daniel Radcliffe, Behind the Scenes with Little Women, An Insightful Interview with Evanna Lynch, Miriam Margolyes in the Call the Midwife Christmas Special and More!

Dec 16, 2018

Posted by: Kim McChesney

Actor Interviews, Alfonso Cuaron, Bonham Carter, Composers, Directors, Film Awards, Films, Fogler, Games, Harry Potter Round-Up, Honors/Awards, Interactive, Interviews, Isaacs, Law, Lynch, Margoyles, Movies, Music, News, Radcliffe, Redmayne, Round-Up, Shaw, Smith, Staunton, Television Programmes, Tennant, Trailers, Video Games, Walters, Watson

The holidays are upon us and the Yule Ball is just around the corner. This week in the Potterverse we got an update on Universal Orlando’s new Wizarding World travel store Globus Mundi , that may have some mysterious connection to the Fantastic Beasts series, news that the Royal Mail has released Harry Potter collectible …read more!

Theater Round-Up: ‘Cursed Child’ Stars Announced for BroadwayCon 2019 While Melbourne Readies for Previews

Dec 14, 2018

Posted by: Dawn Johnson

Actor Interviews, Broadbent, Broadway, Charity, Events, Fandom, Fans, Fun, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Honors/Awards, HP Cast, Interviews, Music, News, Noma Dumezweni, Potter News, Radcliffe, Round-Up, Staunton, Theater, Theater Round-Up, West End

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features prominently in this week’s theater news, as has often been the case since the production first opened in London. The attending cast is now confirmed for BroadwayCon 2019, and the newest production, located in Melbourne, Australia, is readying for January previews. Cursed Child stars and contributors remain busy …read more!

Royal Mail Releases Collectible ‘Harry Potter’ Stamps

Dec 12, 2018

Posted by: Emma Pocock


Royal Mail released a new collectible set of 15 stamps this month, celebrating the success of the Harry Potter film series! The stamps (originally released in October) include character portraits of Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville and Ginny, as well as several Hogwarts professors, Professor Sprout, Professor Slughorn, Professor Trelawney, Professor Lupin and Professor Snape. A few magical …read more!

Updates on the Mysterious ‘Globus Mundi’ Store at Universal Orlando Resort

Dec 11, 2018

Posted by: Emma Pocock

Fantastic Beasts Movie, Theme Park, WIzarding World of Harry Potter Orlando

The mysterious Globus Mundi store in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort appeared suddenly last month, and though there’s been plenty of speculation all year about the strange sign for a Wizarding World travel agent in the park, a shop full of merchandise boasting the Globus Mundi logo appeared to tease these speculations even more! …read more!

Brazil ‘Better Brace Itself’ For Newt Scamander: J.K. Rowling Finishes ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’!

Dec 10, 2018

Posted by: Emma Pocock

Fantastic Beasts Movie, Films, J.K. Rowling, News

J.K. Rowling has been making hints at the location of the next Fantastic Beasts film for months, and today she’s all-but-confirmed that Newt Scamander will head to Rio De Janiero, Brazil, in his next wizarding world adventure! David Heyman refused to disclose any location-based secrets in our roundtable interview with the producer and Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander), …read more!

Weekly Round-Up: Trailers for Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Jude Law, an Epic Transformation for Kenneth Branagh, Golden Globes Nominations and Maggie Smith in Sister Act 3?

Dec 09, 2018

Posted by: Kim McChesney

Alfonso Cuaron, Branagh, Branagh Interviews, Davis, Fantastic Beasts Round-Up, Films, Fogler, Grint, Harry Potter Round-Up, Heyman, Honors/Awards, Kravitz, Law, Movies, News, Producers, Radcliffe, Redmayne, Round-Up, Smith, Television Programmes, Thewlis, Walters

This week at Leaky our Crimes of Grindelwald spoiler lockdown finally came to a close and we posed 25 of our most burning questions about the film, including the truth about Aurelius Dumbledore’s identity, the implications of a Blood Pact, as well as ten parallels between Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. Pottermore shared some new interviews …read more!

Nicolas Flamel and Eulalie Hicks: Forerunners of the ‘Order of the Phoenix’

Dec 08, 2018

Posted by: Dawn Johnson

Fandom, Fans, Fantastic Beasts, Films, J.K. Rowling, Movies, News, Opinion

While Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald surprised fans with some major plot twists–Queenie’s defection, the existence of the Blood Pact, the sacrifice of Leta Lestrange and the identity of Credence Barebone–it also introduced us to some interesting new characters. We met Leta’s older half-brother, Yusef Kama, Newt’s assistant, Bunty, renowned alchemist Nicolas Flamel and …read more!

Deck The Halls With ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’!

Dec 07, 2018

Posted by: Emma Pocock

Fandom, Fans, News, Video Games

In another festive celebration, mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery invites players to participate in Flitwick’s personal favorite activity: decking the halls of Hogwarts for Christmas!   Hogwarts Mystery first invited players to explore the Dark Arts over Halloween, and users of the game can vote on their favorite ornament, out of an owl, a cat, the …read more!

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