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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.

Exclusive ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition trailer Exclusive ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition trailer

We’ve got an exclusive trailer for the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition to share today. Watch Jim Kay talk about designing the new book below:

New image from the ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition New image from the ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition

Check out a new illustration by Jim Kay from the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition — it’s the Weasley gnomes!

Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition gnomes

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

Alongside today’s exciting Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer reveal, we have a new poster to share.

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' poster

New ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ trailer released today! New ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ trailer released today!

Update: Here’s over 100 screenshots from the trailer!

Watch the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ trailer! Watch the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ trailer!

‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition cover artwork revealed ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition cover artwork revealed

The cover artwork for the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition, available in October, has been revealed:

Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition cover artwork

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