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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?”

Cast and crew walk the black carpet at the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ world premiere Cast and crew walk the black carpet at the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ world premiere

Earlier tonight, cast and crew of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them walked the black carpet at the film’s world premiere in New York City. Check out photos below, courtesy of Warner Bros.

Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum) talks about ‘Harry Potter’ love triangle cut from ‘Deathly Hallows’ Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum) talks about ‘Harry Potter’ love triangle cut from ‘Deathly Hallows’

The Viktor Krum actor reveals a "love triangle plot" between he, Hermione and Ron was cut from the 'Deathly Hallows' films

The Viktor Krum actor reveals a “love triangle plot” between he, Hermione and Ron was cut from the ‘Deathly Hallows’ films

Stanislav Ianevski, the Bulgarian actor who played Quidditch superstar and Durmstrang student Viktor Krum in both Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his roles in the ‘Potter’ films.

Interestingly, Ianevski spoke of a “love triangle plot”, conceived by director David Yates, and not present in the Deathly Hallows book.

Says the actor, “[the director] invented a new story that wasn’t in the books, a love triangle between Viktor Krum, Hermione, and Ron … but that was cut out of the film because it obviously didn’t fit with all the horrible things that happen in the last book.”

Ianevski goes on to talk about a dance scene at the wedding: “We did a new dance scene, I sort of stole [Hermione] from Ron. … She remembered our old times, Viktor was acting like a gentleman again, happy to see her, she was happy to see him. Ron was sitting on the side, was jealous, and then Viktor took her to the dance floor.”

And how would the love triangle have ended? Victory for Bulgaria? The actor jokes, “Viktor would obviously win and then live happily on forever with Hermione”.

You can listen to Ianevski’s interview through EW’s Binge podcast, which also includes an interview with ‘Potter’ costume designer Jany Temime, by clicking here.

Johnny Depp will reportedly play Gellert Grindelwald in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series of ‘Harry Potter’ films Johnny Depp will reportedly play Gellert Grindelwald in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series of ‘Harry Potter’ films

Johnny Depp will reportedly join the 'Harry Potter' cast as Gellert Grindelwald

Johnny Depp will reportedly join the ‘Harry Potter’ cast as Gellert Grindelwald

Deadline is reporting that Hollywood actor Johnny Depp will join the cast of the second Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film in a “co-starring role”. Depp reportedly has a “tiny” role in the first Fantastic Beasts film, released later this month, with rampant speculation that he will play dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

Depp is of course famous for his engrossing character roles in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland. 

J.K. Rowling announced last month that the Fantastic Beasts series would span a total of five films, and director David Yates confirmed that a plot involving a young Dumbledore and his friendship turned rivalry with dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald will feature heavily.

Grindelwald is of course famous to ‘Potter’ fans for his role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where we learned about his childhood relationship with Albus Dumbledore, their desire to find the Deathly Hallows, and their ultimate rivalry. This culminated in Dumbledore’s defeat of the dark wizard in 1945. Grindelwald was played by actor Jamie Campbell Bower in the Deathly Hallows films.

We don’t know yet how heavily a Dumbledore/Grindelwald plot will be woven into the first Fantastic Beasts film, but this poster released by Warner Bros. hints at a connection between Graves, Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Colin Farrell) and the Deathly Hallows symbol (the wand, stone and cloak).

The report also notes that Yates will return to direct the second installment, and Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role as magizoologist Newt Scamander. The second film is due to hit cinemas in November 2018, and will begin shooting next year.

Listen to ‘Pie or Strudel’ from James Newton Howard’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ soundtrack Listen to ‘Pie or Strudel’ from James Newton Howard’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ soundtrack

A new track from James Newton Howard’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them soundtrack, titled “Pie or Strudel / Escaping Queenie and Tina’s Place” has been revealed. Check it out below.

Range of ‘Harry Potter’ chibi plush toys to be released this year, more to come in 2017 Range of ‘Harry Potter’ chibi plush toys to be released this year, more to come in 2017

A collection of Harry Potter Japanese chibi plush toys will soon be available internationally, thanks to Huckleberry, who also let us know about the release.

According to the press announcement, “the initial release will consist of Harry Potter and Hedwig the owl as 8” plush and a 5” beanie plush line consisting of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Dobby and Hedwig the owl. More lines will be released in 2017.”

“Muggles will be able to find the Harry Potter plush in limited quantities at the following retail locations this holiday season, beginning around Thanksgiving: Hot Topic, Barnes & Noble, GameStop, Books-A-Million and Toys R Us.”

You can get your hands on one of these plush toys by clicking here.

Looking for ‘Potter’ themed Christmas gifts? We’ve got you covered.

Hot Topic to release ‘Fantastic Beasts’ inspired clothing collection Hot Topic to release ‘Fantastic Beasts’ inspired clothing collection

'Fantastic Beasts' Hot Topic clothing collection

Hot Topic’s Newt Scamander outfit, modelled on actor Eddie Redmayne’s costume in the film

The folks over at Hot Topic have let us know about their upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them clothing collection. Featured designs from the collection, “were crafted to illuminate a 1920’s flair that is emblematic of the film’s characters”.

The collection will hit stores on 8 November, and includes clothing modelled on outfits worn by Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol) and Seraphina Picquery (Carmen Ejogo).

The clothing will also feature a unique “wand pocket”, because who doesn’t carry a wand with them at all times? Items in the collection include:

  • Guys Newt Scamander Coat, $79.90
  • Guys Symbols Woven, $44.90
  • Tina Goldstein Pin-Up Dress, $59.90
  • Queenie Goldstein Coat, $99.90
  • Queenie Goldstein Flapper Dress, $69.90
  • Seraphina Picquery Off-The-Shoulder Dress, $89.90
  • Symbol Skater Dress, $54.90
  • Fantastic Beasts Sharkbite Top, $32.90
  • MACUSA (Magical Congress of the USA) Burnout Raglan, $28.90

Styles are available in XS – 3X for guys and XS-2X, with plus in select styles for girls, and will be available from 8 November.

Looking for ‘Potter’ themed Christmas gifts? We’ve got you covered.

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?

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