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Go behind the scenes with “Secrets of Dumbledore” movie magic companion book from Insight Editions

Apr 09, 2022

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, Books - Release Dates, Companion Books, Fantastic Beasts, Fantastic Beasts Movie, Film Images, Filmmaker Interviews, Films, Interviews, Movies, News

With the release of each new film, we fans expect that, in addition to the film itself, video, audio, photos, and interviews will take us behind the scenes, revealing bloopers, scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor, and on-set antics from the cast and crew. These details enrich our experience of the story …read more!

Is Dolores Umbridge the weakest-drawn Harry Potter character?

Apr 08, 2022

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

One of the strengths of the Harry Potter series is the nuance with which its characters are drawn. No-one is all-good or all-bad. The best characters have their weak moments, times when they make bad decisions, lash out, behave selfishly, use bad judgment, behave immaturely, or say something hurtful that they regret. In other words, …read more!

Cover reveal for “Secrets of Dumbledore” screenplay

Mar 31, 2022

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, Fantastic Beasts, Fantastic Beasts Movie, Movies

On 24th March, Wizarding World revealed the cover for the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. The cover resembles the movie posters and marks a departure from the covers for the screenplays of the two previous Fantastic Beasts films, which were both designed by MinaLima. It is disappointing that the new cover does …read more!

Anti-war protestor uses House editions cleverly

Mar 21, 2022

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, Fan Activism, News

Her green hair and shoes may say Slytherin, but we think Yulia Zhivtsova dwells with the brave at heart. Russians who say anything against Putin’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine risk arrest, imprisonment, loss of their jobs, expulsion from school, and more. News organisations have had to stop reporting from Russia or risk their staff being …read more!

“Philosopher’s Stone” first edition got for 50p sells for £15,000 at auction

Mar 14, 2022

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone, News

That’s quite a return on one’s investment! Of course, someone picking up a bargain book about a boy wizard is probably not thinking of its monetary investment value. My investment in buying and reading the Harry Potter books has paid priceless dividends but I have not received even a single penny from the experience. But …read more!

First peek at nature documentary on magical creatures

Feb 24, 2022

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Fantastic Beasts, Fry

Whether or not you grew up watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, you probably have a soft spot for nature documentaries. Most people find their heavily edited and anthropomorphised glimpses of mammal behaviour endearing, and marvel at the amazing abilities of the most exotic sea creatures. I do not remember ever seeing an Erumpent on …read more!

More ‘Knitting Magic” from Insight Editions

Feb 20, 2022

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Book Reviews, Books, Fun – Crafts, News, Review

I love this book! When the first official Wizarding World knitting book, Harry Potter: Knitting Magic, was published in 2020, the patterns were so apt, adorable, creative, and impressive that I did not think it could be outdone. But author Tanis Gray, whom Leaky interviewed to hear about her inspiration for the first Knitting Magic …read more!

Director Chris Columbus reflects on first film for 20th anniversary

Nov 13, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Columbus, Columbus Interviews, Directors, Filmmaker Interviews, Films, Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone, HP Cast, HPPS/SS Film, Interviews, Movies, News

Adding to the reflections on the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter film, director Christopher Columbus gave an interview to Variety about his experience working on it and his hopes for future Potter-related features. You can read the interview in its entirety at the Variety site linked above, but here are …read more!

A Conversation with MinaLima: 20 Years Later & Redesigning “Chamber of Secrets”

Nov 08, 2021

Posted by: Gianfranco Lentini

19 Years Later, Art, Books, Exclusives, Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Interviews, MinaLima, Movie Art, News, Potter News, Products, Titles

For every witch or wizard, young or old, who has ever spent hours examining every detail of the Marauder’s Map, this conversation is for you. MinaLima–the design studio behind the graphic style of all the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films–has conjured yet another bestseller with the release of their illustrated edition of Harry Potter …read more!

Harry Potter sells his namesake first edition for $37,000

Oct 19, 2021

Posted by: Amanda Kirk

Books, Harry Potter and the Philosophers / Sorcerers Stone

Imagine if your name were Harry Potter and a book came out where the titular character shared your name. That would be kinda neat, huh? Then imagine the book becomes a series that inspires movies, a theme park, a global fandom, a play, and, uh, a few fan websites. All prominently sporting your name. At …read more!



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