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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?”

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.

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