By Andy on 23 September 2015 at 21:46 GMT
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed some exciting new information about the 'Potter' family lineage over at Pottermore today. She also revealed, at long last, the names of Harry's grandparents — Fleamont and Euphemia Potter.
The Potter family is a very old one, but it was never (until the birth of Harry James Potter) at the very forefront of wizarding history, contenting itself with a solid and comfortable existence in the backwaters.
Potter is a not uncommon Muggle surname, and the family did not make the so-called ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ for this reason; the anonymous compiler of that supposedly definitive list of pure-bloods suspected that they had sprung from what he considered to be tainted blood. The wizarding Potter family had illustrious beginnings, however, some of which was hinted at in Deathly Hallows.
In the Muggle world ‘Potter’ is an occupational surname, meaning a man who creates pottery. The wizarding family of Potters descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, ‘the Potterer’, became corrupted in time to ‘Potter’. Linfred was a vague and absent-minded fellow whose Muggle neighbours often called upon his medicinal services. None of them realised that Linfred’s wonderful cures for pox and ague were magical; they all thought him a harmless and lovable old chap, pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants. His reputation as a well-meaning eccentric served Linfred well, for behind closed doors he was able to continue the series of experiments that laid the foundation of the Potter family’s fortune. Historians credit Linfred as the originator of a number of remedies that evolved into potions still used to this day, including Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion. His sales of such cures to fellow witches and wizards enabled him to leave a significant pile of gold to each of his seven children upon his death.
Linfred’s eldest son, Hardwin, married a beautiful young witch by the name of Iolanthe Peverell, who came from the village of Godric’s Hollow. She was the granddaughter of Ignotus Peverell. In the absence of male heirs, she, the eldest of her generation, had inherited her grandfather’s invisibility cloak. It was, Iolanthe explained to Hardwin, a tradition in her family that the possession of this cloak remained a secret, and her new husband respected her wishes. From this time on, the cloak was handed down to the eldest in each new generation.
The Potters continued to marry their neighbours, occasionally Muggles, and to live in the West of England, for several generations, each one adding to the family coffers by their hard work and, it must be said, by the quiet brand of ingenuity that had characterised their forebear, Linfred.
Occasionally, a Potter made it all the way to London, and a member of the family has twice sat on the Wizengamot: Ralston Potter, who was a member from 1612-1652, and who was a great supporter of the Statute of Secrecy (as opposed to declaring war on the Muggles, as more militant members wished to do) and Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates), who was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913 – 1921. Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War. His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion from the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’.
Henry’s son was called Fleamont Potter. Fleamont was so called because it was the dying wish of Henry’s mother that he perpetuate her maiden name, which would otherwise die out. He bore the burden remarkably well; indeed, he always attributed his dexterity at duelling to the number of times he had to fight people at Hogwarts after they had made fun of his name. It was Fleamont who took the family gold and quadrupled it, by creating magical Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion ( ‘two drops tames even the most bothersome barnet’ ). He sold the company at a vast profit when he retired, but no amount of riches could compensate him or his wife Euphemia for their childlessness. They had quite given up hope of a son or daughter when, to their shock and surprise, Euphemia found that she was pregnant and their beloved boy, James, was born.
Fleamont and Euphemia lived long enough to see James marry a Muggle-born girl called Lily Evans, but not to meet their grandson, Harry. Dragon pox carried them off within days of each other, due to their advanced age, and James Potter then inherited Ignotus Peverell’s Invisibility Cloak.
By Andy on 19 September 2015 at 19:29 GMT
Universal has revealed the first poster for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, opening Spring 2016 at Universal Studios in Hollywood.
By Andy on 19 September 2015 at 19:18 GMT
By Andy on 10 September 2015 at 21:37 GMT
Bloomsbury and Buzzfeed have revealed two new images from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustrated edition, due for release in October. Check out a sketch of Harry, and an illustration of Hagrid on the enchanted motorbike below.
By Andy on 26 August 2015 at 12:04 GMT
Check out a new piece of artwork from Jim Kay's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustrated edition below. The illustrated edition will be available in October.
By Andy on 17 August 2015 at 23:17 GMT
Warner Bros. today confirmed that filming on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has commenced at Leavesden Studios in the United Kingdom. All eight Harry Potter films were also shot at Leavesden.
A number of new cast members and characters were also revealed today: Ezra Miller will play a character called Credence, Samantha Morton will play Mary Lou, while Jenn Murray will play a character called Chastity.
Already confirmed are Eddie Redmayne as protagonist Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie, Dan Fogler as Newt's rival, Jacob, Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty, and Colin Farrell as Graves.
Fantastic Beasts will be the first in a new Harry Potter film trilogy, set 70 years before Harry's saga. David Yates is returning to direct, while J.K. Rowling will pen the screenplay. The film also reunites producer David Heyman, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, and visual effects supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released on 18 November 2016.
By Andy on 13 August 2015 at 23:02 GMT
Earlier this month, we reported that the Harry Potter soundtracks would be released on vinyl for the first time, beginning with the score for Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
Now, a vinyl release for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been announced. The score will be available as a double LP on special black and blue marbled vinyl, with a pressing limited to 1000 copies. The score will be released on September 28 of this year, a month after the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 release.
Alexandre Desplat scored both Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2; you can learn more about his scores and the six earlier releases in our soundtracks and sheet music section.
By Andy on 6 August 2015 at 13:48 GMT
Irish actor Colin Farrell will play a wizard named 'Graves' in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. According to the report, Graves is "a wizard that Newt Scamander [played by Eddie Redmayne] meets in New York."
Farrell has starred in films such as In Bruges (2008), alongside 'Potter' alumni Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) and Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013). He's currently appearing in the second season of HBO's True Detective.
In other Fantastic Beasts casting news, CBBC Newsround is reporting that 10-year-old Faith Wood-Blagrove has been chosen to play the character of Modesty. Open auditions for the character were held last month.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in November next year. It will be directed by David Yates with a screenplay by Rowling, and stars Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), Alison Sudol (Queenie) and Dan Fogler (Jacob).
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By Andy on 4 August 2015 at 13:03 GMT
The folks over at New On Vinyl let us know that for the first time, the Harry Potter soundtracks will be released on vinyl. Alexandre Desplat's 2010 score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the first to be released, and will be available as a double LP, on green marbled vinyl, with a limited print run of 1000 copies.
Alexandre Desplat scored the seventh and eighth Harry Potter films, taking over from John Williams (Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban), Patrick Doyle (Goblet of Fire) and Nicholas Hooper (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince).
You can preorder the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 vinyl by clicking here. It will be available for shipping on 31 August. Learn more about the Harry Potter scores over at our soundtracks and sheet music section.
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By Andy on 28 July 2015 at 23:32 GMT
Bonnie Wright, Ginny Weasley in all eight Harry Potter films, was recently profiled by OKREAL where she chatted candidly about life after 'Potter', growing up in the spotlight, and future acting and directing endeavours. Speaking about her 'Potter' journey, Wright said:
Harry Potter was 10 years of my life, and when you finish a huge chapter like that, it’s this exciting new phase where you want to do new things. So then you start doing the new things, and you begin questioning yourself, thinking—is this truly what I want to be doing? When I started Harry Potter, I was fresh and young, and in a way, when I finished I was too. Because it’s such a particular world. It was one of those things you thought you had perspective on, but really didn’t until you were out of it.
So what's Bonnie doing four years on from 'Deathly Hallows'? She's currently filming The Highway Is for Gamblers, due for release later this year, and doing charity work with Oxfam and the Global Poverty Project, adding, "I want to use the privilege I have of a voice to help". Way to go, Bonnie.
You can continue reading the insightful piece over at OKREAL.
By Andy on 26 July 2015 at 12:39 GMT
Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, recently expressed interest in directing another Harry Potter film — set before the events of the Deathly Hallows epilogue. Asked about returning to the 'Potter' universe, Columbus said:
"I would love to go back and do another one. "Not 'Fantastic Beasts' as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters – Harry, Hermione, and Ron. "I'm just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There's 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories," he said.
And what does J.K. Rowling think of the idea? Columbus mused, "I don't have the courage to actually mention that to her because I have such respect for her. She should do what she wants to do, but I really would love to know what's in her head about those missing years."
Chris Columbus directed Philosopher's Stone in 2001 and Chamber of Secrets in 2002. He returned as a producer on Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 before parting with the franchise to spend more time with his family.
By Andy on 25 July 2015 at 10:30 GMT
Dan Fogler, the actor set to play Jacob in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, answered a number of fan questions on Twitter recently. Check out his responses below.
@ThiegoNovais both. they're building a time portal to New York.
— Dan Fogler (@mrdanfogler) July 20, 2015
@diemaximoff started weeping with joy. then my tears became tiny winged puppies & I knew I was home.
— Dan Fogler (@mrdanfogler) July 20, 2015
— Thiego Novais (@ThiegoNovais) July 20, 2015
The first film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy will be released in November next year. It'll be directed by David Yates (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2) and written by J.K. Rowling.
By Andy on 23 July 2015 at 14:10 GMT
Dan Radcliffe, the actor who brought Harry Potter to life, turns 26 today! In honour of Dan's birthday, take a look back at Harry's evolution over eight 'Potter' films. Which era was your favourite?
By Andy on 21 July 2015 at 19:07 GMT
How much would it cost to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? A recent study took a entertaining estimate at the cost of magical tuition — everything from wands and cauldrons to textbooks and robes. Fortunately, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was at hand to clear things up, revealing that the Ministry of Magic covers the cost of a magical education. Brilliant!
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 17, 2015
By Andy on 19 July 2015 at 22:33 GMT
Modesty, a young female, is a yet unknown character, but is described as, "a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness. She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them."
I'm so looking forward to meeting our Modesty! https://t.co/VzIK6vhhQP
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 18, 2015
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will begin shooting in August, with a release date of November 2016.