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Want to go to the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ premiere in New York or London? Want to go to the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ premiere in New York or London?

Back in 2011, we wrote a post about the premiere events for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. It outlined a bunch of details about the two premieres (in New York and London), and included a roundup of competitions fans could enter to win tickets.

Eddie Redmayne (Newt) walks the red carpet at a premiere event

The release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is just around the corner, and we’re once again going to summarise the ways you can win tickets and walk the red carpet. Read on to find out more.

Where will they be held?

The world premiere will take place in New York City on Thursday 10 November 2016 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and the London premiere will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2016 in Leicester Square.

Which stars will be going?

At the New York world premiere, Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), Dan Fogler (Jacob), Alison Sudol (Queenie), Ezra Miller (Credence), Jon Voight (Henry Shaw), Carmen Ejogo (Seraphina), Ron Perlman (Gnarlack), Zoë Kravitz. and Faith Wood Blagrove (Modesty), director David Yates, composer James Newton Howard and other crew will be in attendance.

Is it free to turn up and watch the stars?

Yes! It’s completely free to turn up and watch the stars arrive. You’ll need to get there fairly early to get close to the barriers (we’ve heard stories of super keen fans camping out days in advance) to have a chance of obtaining autographs and photos.

Check out some of our photos from the Los Angeles premiere of Order of the Phoenix in 2007 and the London premiere of Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in 2010 to get an idea of how things will look on the day.

How can I walk the red carpet and attend the premiere screening?

Warner Bros. invite cast and crew, special guests and members of the press to see the premiere screening. Don’t fret however, there are always competitions run in the months leading up to the premiere event allowing fans the chance to win tickets.

We’ll collect links to as many of these competitions as we can find and outline them for you below:

Want more?

We’ll be updating this post as we hear more information about the premiere events and receive any info about competitions, so bookmark this page and check back regularly!

Also, we’ll be sure to let you know of any updates to the page via Twitter (we’re @hpfz), so be sure to follow us for the latest info and competition news.

David Yates doesn’t believe ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ should be a film David Yates doesn’t believe ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ should be a film

David Yates doesn't think 'Cursed Child' should be a film

David Yates doesn’t think ‘Cursed Child’ should be a film

Director David Yates doesn’t believe Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling’s “eighth Harry Potter story” West End play should become a film.

Yates, director of the last four ‘Potter’ films, and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, commented on a possible adaptation while gearing up for ‘Beasts’ promotion.

Says the director, “there’s something unique and special keeping it as a play … it’s a shame to then say ‘Let’s turn it into a movie'”. “It’s a brave and incredibly successful way of presenting these classic characters. The guys who created it have done such a wonderful job and it’s such a different medium.”

New ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ poster revealed New ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ poster revealed

Warner Bros. today revealed a new poster for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, promoting the film’s IMAX release.

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' IMAX poster

Ranking the top 5 ‘Harry Potter’ soundtrack songs (that aren’t ‘Hedwig’s Theme’) Ranking the top 5 ‘Harry Potter’ soundtrack songs (that aren’t ‘Hedwig’s Theme’)

Four composers wrote music for the 'Harry Potter' films

Four composers wrote music for the ‘Harry Potter’ films

Between 2001 and 2011, four composers brought us nearly ten hours of music to underscore the Harry Potter films. There’s melody for characters, for action, for loss and for love, and we’re going to attempt to whittle that list down to the most memorable top five.

For variety (and because it’d be a foregone conclusion otherwise) we’re omitting John Williams’ signature composition, Hedwig’s Theme, from the list.

Aside: if what we’ve heard of the Fantastic Beasts soundtrack is anything to go by, that theme is going to transcend ‘Potter’ and become the musical signature of J.K. Rowling’s entire wizarding world.

You can also click any of the track titles to hear the piece, or to download sheet music. Let’s begin!

5. Lily’s Theme (Alexandre Desplat)

This haunting melody is Alexandre Desplat’s signature theme used throughout Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. We hear a soft choral version of the theme as the film opens, and probably the best rendition during Dragon Flight. The melody swells and takes full orchestral flight as the captive Gringotts dragon too breaks free of its restraints and flies to freedom with Harry, Ron and Hermione as passengers.

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Read our ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition review Read our ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition review

Front cover

The jacket artwork features the Ford Anglia flying to the Burrow.

Moaning Myrtle

Earlier this month, Bloomsbury and Scholastic published the second of seven planned Harry Potter illustrated editions. Like its predecessor, the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition again features glorious artwork from illustrator Jim Kay.

It goes without saying, but the illustrated editions really are a work of art: J.K. Rowling’s beautifully typeset words are complemented with glorious chapter illustrations, full-page murals, character portraits, and sketches by Jim Kay.

Says Kay, “the techniques for illustrating Chamber of Secrets were slightly different to book one … I wanted it to have a slightly different feel, a different look”. In particular, the chapter opens are a little different, stylistically, to book one.

The Chamber of Secrets chapter opens feature depictions of everything from objects (Cornelius Fudge’s bowler hat, the cursed hand from Borgin and Burkes, a certain sock, and the Whomping Willow to name a few), as well as scenes like the entrance to the Forbidden Forest and the Chamber of Secrets:

Many of the chapters, particularly those that are thematically darker, are contrasted with black backgrounds, white text, and artwork that bleeds seamlessly into the chapter. It makes for a really immersive reading experience:

Harry at Borgin and Burkes

Harry arrives at Knockturn Alley: the black background, white text, and full page artwork make this a spooky passage to read.

The Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets

The Basilisk skin lies in the Chamber of Secrets.

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Bloomsbury reveals new covers for ‘Quidditch Through the Ages’, ‘Beedle the Bard’, designed by Jonny Duddle Bloomsbury reveals new covers for ‘Quidditch Through the Ages’, ‘Beedle the Bard’, designed by Jonny Duddle

Bloomsbury today revealed new covers for charity textbooks Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The new editions are designed by Jonny Duddle, the illustrator who redesigned the UK children’s editions of the Harry Potter books.

The front cover of The Tales of Beedle the Bard shows the wizard being chased by the hopping pot, and the front cover of Quidditch Through the Ages features Roderick Plumpton who famously caught the Golden Snitch within three and a half seconds in 1921.

Both new editions will be published on 12 January 2017.

J.K. Rowling announces ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series will span 5 films, new poster revealed J.K. Rowling announces ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series will span 5 films, new poster revealed

During a fan event for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them today, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced the series will now span five films. Additionally, a new art-deco inspired poster for the film has been revealed:

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' poster

 

New character banners for ‘Fantastic Beasts’, the ‘Deathly Hallows’ symbol returns New character banners for ‘Fantastic Beasts’, the ‘Deathly Hallows’ symbol returns

Courtesy of Warner Bros., we have nine character posters from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Of particular note is the Graves (Colin Farrell) poster — it contains the ‘Deathly Hallows’ symbol! Will we see another ‘Potter’ connection come November?

First track from ‘Fantastic Beasts’ soundtrack revealed along with tracklisting, artwork First track from ‘Fantastic Beasts’ soundtrack revealed along with tracklisting, artwork

James Newton Howard on composing the 'Fantastic Beasts' main theme

Quote: James Newton Howard on composing the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ main theme

The first track from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack (composed by James Newton Howard) has been released online. Listen to the main theme below.

You hear the main theme song of the movie play when the main crew arrive at the MACUSA the first time and various other times. You hear this haunting kind of theme. If you had to say what is the theme for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for now and in the future, it would be that theme. I wrote it on my piano because I believe that if that kind of thing is going to be good, it should be done that simply.

Additionally, the track listing, artwork (below) and more information about the various soundtrack editions have been revealed. Read more about those over at Pottermore. The Fantastic Beasts soundtrack will be released on 18 November.

Listen to a preview of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ soundtrack Listen to a preview of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ soundtrack

James Newton Howard composed the 'Fantastic Beasts' score

James Newton Howard composed the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ score

A minute-long preview of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack has surfaced online, via composer James Newton Howard’s official website. The preview features a short choral piece, as well as jaunty brass and percussion melody.

Listen to an MP3 version of that preview below:

Audio: jamesnhoward.com

Meanwhile, a special edition of the soundtrack will be released next month. A “Collectable 12″ Picture Disc LP” for the score will be released on November 4. “Pressed onto unique artwork [it will feature] two early demos that helped shape [James Newtown Howard’s] musical vision for the film.”

You can preorder the special edition here. Composer James Newtown Howard’s Hollywood credits include films such as The Sixth Sense, King Kong and The Hunger Games.

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