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‘Harry Potter’ fans mark ’19 Years Later’ at King’s Cross station, Albus Potter’s first day at school ‘Harry Potter’ fans mark ’19 Years Later’ at King’s Cross station, Albus Potter’s first day at school

Yesterday, 1 September 2017, marked the day when ’19 Years Later’, the final moment of the Harry Potter series took place. Albus Severus boarded the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross station, worried about which house he’d find himself sorted in.

Harry Potter fans (and actor Warwick Davis) celebrated the milestone, flocking to King’s Cross station in London to mark the event.

Bloomsbury collaborating with British Library to produce two ‘Potter’ companion books Bloomsbury collaborating with British Library to produce two ‘Potter’ companion books

Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury will partner with the British Library to produce two Harry Potter companion books to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The books will, “accompany Harry Potter: A History of Magic: The Exhibition” which will run at the British Library from 20th October 2017 until 28th February 2018.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Hardback) is the official book of the exhibition. In a unique collaboration between Bloomsbury and the curators of the British Library, the exhibition will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which underpin the Harry Potter stories.

Philosopher’s Stone is 20 years old

Visitors can marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time. This book explores the amazing artefacts, manuscripts, original artwork and curators’ insights that make up the backbone of the exhibition. A comprehensive companion book, it will also feature essays on each section of the exhibition by cultural commentators, academics and respected writers as diverse as Major Tim Peake, Lucy Mangan, Steve Backshall and Anna Pavord. This is a beautifully produced, full-colour coffee-table book which will make the whole exhibition experience available to everyone.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic showcases selected items from the exhibition and is aimed at a family audience. It too explores the subjects studied at Hogwarts, and will contain spellbinding facts and information behind the real history of magic, alongside activities inspired by these subjects, creating a rich and rewarding book for families to enjoy for years to come.

Both books will be available in physical and digital formats in October, along with the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition.

Jude Law will play young Albus Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequels Jude Law will play young Albus Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequels

Jude Law will play Albus Dumbledore in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequels

The search for young Dumbledore has ended. Actor Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Contagion, Sherlock HolmesThe Grand Budapest Hotelwill portray the transfiguration teacher turned Hogwarts headmaster in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequels.

In the second Fantastic Beasts film, Dumbledore is a transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts. The film will follow Albus’ story and his rivalry with dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (portrayed by Johnny Depp). Eddie Redmayne will return as Newt Scamander, and both J.K. Rowling and David Yates will reprise their roles as screenwriter and director, respectively.

Albus Dumbledore was portrayed by Richard Harris in the first two Harry Potter films, and replaced by Michael Gambon after Harris’ passing in 2002. Harris’ son Jared was rumoured to be in consideration for the role of young Dumbledore.

The second Fantastic Beasts film (still untitled) will be released next year.

First images from the ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition First images from the ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition

Earlier this week the cover of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition was revealed. Now, courtesy of Pottermore, we have a first look at artwork from the book. Check out new illustrations of Snape, and our first look at Azkaban prison below.

The Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition will be released on 3 October 2017.

Cover artwork, release date, revealed for ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition Cover artwork, release date, revealed for  ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition

The jacket artwork and release date for the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition have been revealed. The illustrated version of the third Harry Potter novel will be released on 3 October of this year, and the jacket features the iconic purple Knight Bus.

‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition cover

Remembering Toni Gras Remembering Toni Gras

Remembering Toni Gras, a long-time contributor to HPFZ

It is with great sadness today that I share the news that Toni Gras — a long-time friend and contributor to Harry Potter Fan Zone — has passed away.

I first met Toni at the Goblet of Fire premiere in New York City in 2005. Over the last decade, Toni was a regular contributor to the site, representing HPFZ at Harry Potter related events and conferences around the world. Her contributions weren’t limited to the content she wrote, equally touching was her unbridled enthusiasm, support and kindness.

If there’s one thing the Harry Potter journey has fostered, it’s a global sense of community. Toni was the embodiment of that community spirit. So to Toni’s family, my sincerest condolences. And to Toni, thanks for the part you played in making HPFZ what it was, is, and will be to future ‘Potter’ generations.

In the words of Albus Dumbledore, “death is but the next great adventure”.

Check out 3 new ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ textbook covers Check out 3 new ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ textbook covers

In March, Scholastic, Bloomsbury and Pottermore will publish a new edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them charity textbook with a brand new forward from author Newt Scamander (Rowling).

The editions feature three brand new cover illustrations (depending on your region), and will include brand new illustrations of many of Rowling’s magical creatures by artist Tomislav Tomic.

The new Fantastic Beasts textbook will be available in both eBook and published format from 14 March.

Check out these cool ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ creature posters Check out these cool ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ creature posters

The folks over at Skyes Cottages let us know about a series of unique Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them creature posters they have created. You can check them out below, or visit their website to download print versions.

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) visits the ‘Harry Potter’ theme park in Hollywood Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) visits the ‘Harry Potter’ theme park in Hollywood

Bonnie Wright, the actress who played Ginny Weasley in all eight Harry Potter films, recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Hollywood. Universal has sent over a picture of Bonnie at the park, check it out below.

Composer James Newton Howard confirms involvement with ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’, talks about scoring process Composer James Newton Howard confirms involvement with ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’, talks about scoring process

James Newton Howard will score 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

James Newton Howard will score ‘Fantastic Beasts 2’

A new interview with James Newton Howard confirms the composer will score the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. The composer also talks about the scoring process for the current Fantastic Beasts film, following the legend that is John Williams, and career highlights.

Asked about whether scoring a film like Fantastic Beasts was a daunting prospect, Newton Howard said, “Absolutely. I was very nervous. Well, I don’t know if nervous is quite the word. I think to do anything out of one’s comfort zone, there has to be some aspect of it that feels inspiring and challenging in a positive way … I think I understood the world, I understood the script, I had great conversations with David Yates, and I felt prepared to dive in.”

And on following John Williams (who scored the first three Harry Potter films): “I would describe inheriting a franchise where John Williams has written unforgettable thematic material for the last 15 years and being asked to re-create the melodic world as slightly uncomfortable. I seek those kinds of jobs out … we tip our hat and acknowledge in a respectful and witty wink and a nod kind of way to “Hedwig’s Theme”. (Aside: I [Andy] counted three references in the score.)

Finally, Newton Howard talked about the scoring process itself — it took seven months — and confirmed his involvement with at least the next Fantastic Beasts film: “David and I have talked about it. I’m certainly doing the next one, he’s asked me to do it. We had a pretty incredible time together on this one, so I will certainly be doing that one. Beyond that, who knows?”

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