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New Teaser for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Posted by Aragorn On April - 10 - 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them At the MTV Movie Awards this evening, fans enjoyed a new trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them releases this November. Click ‘Read More’ to see the trailer after the break.

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Bloomsbury: Vote For Your Favorite Harry Potter Spell

Posted by Lilysowl On January - 22 - 2016

Vote for Favorite Harry Potter SpellAs part of their celebrations for Harry Potter Book Night: A Night of Spells, the UK publisher of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Bloomsbury Children’s Books,  is launching their first official global search to find the world’s favorite spell from the Harry Potter books.  The poll started yesterday and will end on Tuesday, February 2.

Hundreds of amazing spells were created by J.K. Rowling within the pages of the Harry Potter books and are well known to the many world-wide fans.  So now, Bloomsbury wants to know which one is our favorite.  They would like to know if it will be a sly spell, a mysterious charm or a unforgivable curse like Avada Kedavra? It’s over to the Harry Potter fans across the world to cast their vote.

They have created a list of the spells on their website.  Click here to review the list and vote for your favorite spell.

‘As you see, we are holding our wands in the accepted combative position,’ Lockhart told the silent crowd. ‘On the count of three, we will cast our first spells. Neither of us will be aiming to kill, of course.’ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Thanks to Bloomsbury for letting us know!

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Photos: Scholastic Harry Potter Coloring Book

Posted by Dijares On November - 10 - 2015

Harry Potter Coloring BookWe’ve received a copy of Scholastic’s new Harry Potter Coloring Book, and I have to say they’ve done an absolutely fantastic job with this. The detail on the drawings are out of this world. If you’re into coloring books, this is a must-have. Even if you aren’t, just for the images alone, you need to get this. The book also includes some actual photos from the films that match with some of the drawings. You can get the book on Amazon here.

Here are a few of the photos I took of the book:

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A special thanks to Scholastic!

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Harry Potter is Still in School

Posted by Lilysowl On August - 28 - 2015

According to an article posted by The Huff Post Good News, Stephanie Stephens brought the magical world of Harry Potter into her classroom in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Mrs. Stephens teaches elective math and reading at James L. Capps Middle School.  While working at a camp during the summer, she was inspired to decorate her classroom with details of Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) by her own love for the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

“It got me thinking that if I can get adults to be excited about reading using Harry Potter, I can get my students excited about reading as well!” she recalled.

Mrs. Stephens took a week to plan and order the decorations related to the first book about the boy wizard.  She even persuaded her sister, who is an artist, to paint the lightning bolt and Harry’s glasses on “Mrs. Stephens’ Room” board.  After getting the materials and items she needed, Mrs. Stephens took another four days to put it all together.

“I thought of all the magical things Harry saw and experienced and put myself in his shoes and picked the things that I could pull off in a classroom,” she said.

“I chose to go with the Harry Potter theme because if I am excited and enthusiastic, students tend to follow suit,” she told HuffPost. “My goal is to help students find at least one book or genre that they can find exciting and be as enthusiastic about as I am regarding Harry Potter.”

On the first day of school, surprisingly enough, there were some children who were confused because they didn’t know about Harry Potter.  However, the majority of them were excited and looked forward to the fun activities Mrs. Stephens planned for the year.  The article quoted her to have commented:

“Their favorite part of the entire classroom are the potions. They love playing with them while waiting for class to start.”

The article continued to note that Mrs. Stephens’ husband shared photos of her classroom on Reddit.

Click here to read the complete article.

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Harry Potter Film Collection at

Posted by Lilysowl On January - 15 - 2015

Harry Potter at Oscars.orgThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently re-launched their website,  The organization included a section titled Collection Highlights.  The section contains more than 10 million photographs, 165 thousand film and video assets, 80 thousand screenplays, 50 thousand posters, 20 thousand production and costume design drawings, and more than one thousand special collections of well-loved films like Singin’ In the Rain and It’s a Wonderful Life.

And now, the Harry Potter film franchise has been added to this elite collection with movie posters, on-set stills, press clippings and fun facts from all eight films.

Personally, I enjoyed viewing the collection.  It was like going through a virtual scrapbook of Harry Potter memorabilia.  Though the images overlap each other, I just had to click on a spot or the corner of the one I wanted to view and the image expanded.  One has to scroll down the page to view everything in the collection.  The photos and press clippings brought back memories for me of waiting for each film and each book to be released.  I almost had forgotten that Tim Roth was initially considered for the role of “Severus Snape”; and now it’s hard to imagine anyone else but Alan Rickman portraying the Professor of Potions.  I even forgot the 2006 press story of the 1962 Ford Anglia being discovered in Cornwall.  That had been a mystery because the car had no engine!

Thanks to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for letting us know about this wonderful collection!


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Bloomsbury’s New Look For Their Harry Potter Site

Posted by Lilysowl On August - 27 - 2014

Harry Potter Books - Bloomsbury SiteBloomsbury Publishing has informed us that today they have launched their new website for the UK edition of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.  This site has been revamped to support the new children’s editions of the series about the boy wizard.  These new editions will be released in the UK on September 1, 2014 – which we have reported here.

According to Bloomsbury, the site has been re-created with the Jonny Duddle artwork from the new children’s editions and includes pages of information on the books as well as exciting new content from Magical Downloads to a Harry Potter Quote Generator.  Fans can sign up to receive a newsletter.  There is even a section for teachers which hosts discussion guides and reward certificates for the first time in the UK.

Bloomsbury still has more plans for the site by growing and developing it with new games and content over the coming months.  It is their mission to “ensure it is the living, breathing home of Harry Potter books from Bloomsbury“.

Click here to visit the website.

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Bloomsbury’s Final Four Harry Potter Book Covers

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 30 - 2014

Bloomsbury HPGOF, HPOOP, HPHBP, HPDHWe have been reporting on the artworks Bloomsbury released for the new children’s hardback and paperback UK editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secret, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Today, the UK publishers released the cover artworks for the final four books in the series about the boy wizard by J.K. Rowling.  All seven artworks were done by Jonny Duddle.

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New Covers for Children’s UK Harry Potter Books

Posted by Dijares On March - 20 - 2014

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone New Children's CoverBloomsbury have announced that new covers for the children’s UK version of the Harry Potter books are being made by artist Jonny Duddle. The new covers will grace both the paperback and hard back books, and will be available September 1, 2014. These new completely redesigned books will include an updated biography for J.K. Rowling and highlights from Pottermore.

With the announcement, they’ve provided the first cover for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, shown below (click for larger view).

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J.K. Rowling, along with Bloomsbury, selected award-winning artist Jonny Duddle to create the covers, spine, and back artwork.  Upon receiving this opportunity, Duddle stated, “I’m hugely excited to work my way through the wonderful books. I couldn’t have asked for more enjoyable subject matter. It’s exciting, daunting and I feel the weight of responsibility, and I’m just hoping that my illustrations faithfully reflect the characters and world created by J.K.Rowling.”

As a reminder, in the Fall of 2015, the fully color Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone edition illustrated by Jim Kay will be available in hardback and ebook. Each of the rest of the series will follow annually.

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Update: Another HP Star to Join Doctor Who Celebration

Posted by Lilysowl On November - 22 - 2013

David Bradley (Argus Filch) as "William Hartnell" in "An Adventure in Space and Time"The online buzz for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary perpetuates as the event is only one day away, revealing little by little the Harry Potter stars who participated in tributes to one of the longest running television series in history.  One of the tributes is this evening’s television broadcast of An Adventure in Space and Time, starring David Bradley who portrayed “Argus Filch” in the Harry Potter films.  Bradley will be seen as “William Hartnell”, the first actor to play Doctor Who, in this story of how the series was conceived.  The two-hour television film will air on BBC America at 9:00pm EST.

The Los Angeles Times posted a favorable review of the film on their site.  The article commended on how Bradley was perfectly and inevitably cast as the elderly Hartnell who didn’t immediately realize the potential of this new and experimental series that will survive him for at least another 50 years.  William Hartnell died in 1975 and was four years younger than David Bradley is now.  Personally, I think the resemblance (with make-up) is remarkable.

Click here to read the review.

UPDATE: BBC America posted this brief video of comments made by David Bradley and Mark Gatniss, the writer of the film about how Hartnell’s life was changed by this “second chance” in his acting career.  The video really shows how physically perfect Bradley was for the part.



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Video: Is That Harry Potter at Penn Station?

Posted by Lilysowl On November - 20 - 2013

My Twitter owl received a tweet from BuzzFeed that a boy who bore a strong resemblance to Harry Potter was seen at Penn Station in New York City, New York.  He even had a white owl in a cage on his luggage cart!  So, I went to their site to get more information and found this video.

According to the article posted on the BuzzFeed site, Improv Everywhere decided to get an 11 year old actor to portray “Harry Potter” at Penn Station to ask strangers and transit employees for directions to Platform 9 3/4.  This was to be a part of their Movies in Real Life series in which an iconic movie moment is brought to life in the real world.  This particular video is episode 8 among other ones that feature Indiana Jones, Rocky, and Gandalf.

Click here for more information on those episodes.

Source: BuzzFeed Twitter Page

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