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Logo treatment for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ revealed, check it out below Logo treatment for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ revealed, check it out below

Warner Bros. has sent over the official logo treatment for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — it’s Potter-esque with a touch of dragon. Check it out below.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them logo

Check out the first piece of artwork promoting ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Check out the first piece of artwork promoting ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

The first artwork for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling’s two-part Harry Potter play has been revealed.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child promotional poster

Jim Kay on designing the Harry Potter illustrated editions, Hogwarts castle, and scenes he’s looking forward to Jim Kay on designing the Harry Potter illustrated editions, Hogwarts castle, and scenes he’s looking forward to

Harry Potter Fan Zone recently had the chance to participate in a group interview with Jim Kay, the artist behind the gorgeous Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition, released today.

Jim is currently at work illustrating Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but took some time out to talk about bringing J.K. Rowling’s words to life.

Jim Kay is the artist behind the Harry Potter illustrated editions

Jim Kay is the artist behind the Harry Potter illustrated editions

Always J.K. Rowling (AJKR): Were you influenced by previous Harry Potter illustrators/the films or did you veer away from both?

I’m a huge fan of both the books and the films. I thought the screen adaptations were a wonderful showcase of the best set design, product design, costume, casting, directing and acting their disciplines had to offer. I knew from the start that I’m competing to some degree with the hundreds of people involved in the visuals of the film. I remember watching the extras that come with the movie DVDs a few years back, and wondering how on earth you’d get to be lucky enough to work on the visuals for such a great project. To be offered the opportunity to design the whole world again from scratch was fantastic, but very daunting. I’d like to think that over the years lots of illustrators will have a crack at Potter, in the same way that Alice in Wonderland has seen generations of artists offer their own take on Lewis Carroll’s novel. I had to make it my version though, and so from the start I needed to set it apart from the films. I’ll be honest I’ve only seen a few illustrations from other Potter books, so that’s not been so much of a problem. I love Jonny Duddle’s covers, and everyone should see Andrew Davidson’s engravings — they are incredible!

Magical Menagerie (MM): What was the most important detail for you to get right with your illustrations?

To try and stay faithful to the book. It’s very easy when you are scribbling away to start wandering off in different directions, so you must remind yourself to keep reading Jo’s text. Technically speaking though, I think composition is important — the way the movement and characters arrange themselves on the page — this dictates the feel of the book.

SnitchSeeker (SS): What medium do you use to create your illustrations?

I use anything that makes a mark — I am not fussy. So I don’t rely on expensive watercolour or paints, although I do occasionally use them – I like to mix them up with cheap house paint, or wax crayons. Sometimes in a local DIY store I’ll see those small tester pots of wall paint going cheap in a clear-out sale, and I’ll buy stacks of them, and experiment with painting in layers and sanding the paint back to get nice textures. The line is almost always pencil, 4B or darker, but the colour can be a mixture of any old paint, watercolour, acrylic, and oil. Diagon Alley was unusual in that I digitally coloured the whole illustration in order to preserve the pencil line drawing. I’d recommend experimenting; there is no right or wrong way to make an illustration, just do what works for you!

The Daily Snitcher (TDS): Because each book is so rich in detail, what is your personal process when choosing specific images?

"You start off with lots of little ideas, and draw a tiny thumbnail illustration, about the size of a postage stamp, to remind you of the idea for an illustration you had while reading the book."

“You start off with lots of little ideas, and draw a tiny thumbnail illustration, about the size of a postage stamp, to remind you of the idea for an illustration you had while reading the book.”

I read the book, then read it again and again, making notes. You start off with lots of little ideas, and draw a tiny thumbnail illustration, about the size of a postage stamp, to remind you of the idea for an illustration you had while reading the book. I then start to draw them a little bigger, about postcard size, and show them to Bloomsbury [UK publisher]. We then think about how many illustrations will appear in each chapter, and try to get the balance of the book right by moving pictures around, dropping or adding these rough drawings as we go. With Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Bloomsbury were great in that they let me try all sorts of things out, different styles, concepts. Some I didn’t think would get into the final book, but everyone was very open to new ideas. There was no definite plan with regards to how the book would look; we just experimented and let it evolve.

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J.K. Rowling reveals new information about the ‘Potter’ family lineage, Harry’s grandparents J.K. Rowling reveals new information about the ‘Potter’ family lineage, Harry’s grandparents

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed some exciting new information about the ‘Potter’ family lineage over at Pottermore today. She also revealed, at long last, the names of Harry’s grandparents — Fleamont and Euphemia Potter.

The Potter family is a very old one, but it was never (until the birth of Harry James Potter) at the very forefront of wizarding history, contenting itself with a solid and comfortable existence in the backwaters.

Potter is a not uncommon Muggle surname, and the family did not make the so-called ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ for this reason; the anonymous compiler of that supposedly definitive list of pure-bloods suspected that they had sprung from what he considered to be tainted blood. The wizarding Potter family had illustrious beginnings, however, some of which was hinted at in Deathly Hallows.

Harry finds the Mirror of Erised

Harry finds the Mirror of Erised. Image: Pottermore.com

In the Muggle world ‘Potter’ is an occupational surname, meaning a man who creates pottery. The wizarding family of Potters descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, ‘the Potterer’, became corrupted in time to ‘Potter’. Linfred was a vague and absent-minded fellow whose Muggle neighbours often called upon his medicinal services. None of them realised that Linfred’s wonderful cures for pox and ague were magical; they all thought him a harmless and lovable old chap, pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants. His reputation as a well-meaning eccentric served Linfred well, for behind closed doors he was able to continue the series of experiments that laid the foundation of the Potter family’s fortune. Historians credit Linfred as the originator of a number of remedies that evolved into potions still used to this day, including Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion. His sales of such cures to fellow witches and wizards enabled him to leave a significant pile of gold to each of his seven children upon his death.

Linfred’s eldest son, Hardwin, married a beautiful young witch by the name of Iolanthe Peverell, who came from the village of Godric’s Hollow. She was the granddaughter of Ignotus Peverell. In the absence of male heirs, she, the eldest of her generation, had inherited her grandfather’s invisibility cloak. It was, Iolanthe explained to Hardwin, a tradition in her family that the possession of this cloak remained a secret, and her new husband respected her wishes. From this time on, the cloak was handed down to the eldest in each new generation.

The Potters continued to marry their neighbours, occasionally Muggles, and to live in the West of England, for several generations, each one adding to the family coffers by their hard work and, it must be said, by the quiet brand of ingenuity that had characterised their forebear, Linfred.

Occasionally, a Potter made it all the way to London, and a member of the family has twice sat on the Wizengamot: Ralston Potter, who was a member from 1612-1652, and who was a great supporter of the Statute of Secrecy (as opposed to declaring war on the Muggles, as more militant members wished to do) and Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates), who was a direct descendant of Hardwin and Iolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913 – 1921. Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War. His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion from the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’.

Henry’s son was called Fleamont Potter. Fleamont was so called because it was the dying wish of Henry’s mother that he perpetuate her maiden name, which would otherwise die out. He bore the burden remarkably well; indeed, he always attributed his dexterity at duelling to the number of times he had to fight people at Hogwarts after they had made fun of his name. It was Fleamont who took the family gold and quadrupled it, by creating magical Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion ( ‘two drops tames even the most bothersome barnet’ ). He sold the company at a vast profit when he retired, but no amount of riches could compensate him or his wife Euphemia for their childlessness. They had quite given up hope of a son or daughter when, to their shock and surprise, Euphemia found that she was pregnant and their beloved boy, James, was born.

Fleamont and Euphemia lived long enough to see James marry a Muggle-born girl called Lily Evans, but not to meet their grandson, Harry. Dragon pox carried them off within days of each other, due to their advanced age, and James Potter then inherited Ignotus Peverell’s Invisibility Cloak.

Poster revealed for the ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ theme park at Universal Studios Hollywood Poster revealed for the ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ theme park at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal has revealed the first poster for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, opening Spring 2016 at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood poster

Check out the first image of Voldemort from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition Check out the first image of Voldemort from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition

The first image of Lord Voldemort (attached to Professor Quirrell) from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition has been revealed. Check it out below!

Lord Voldemort from the Philosopher's Stone illustrated edition

Two new images from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition Two new images from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition

Bloomsbury and Buzzfeed have revealed two new images from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition, due for release in October. Check out a sketch of Harry, and an illustration of Hagrid on the enchanted motorbike below.

New illustration from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition New illustration from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition

Check out a new piece of artwork from Jim Kay’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition below. The illustrated edition will be available in October.

An owl from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustrated edition

Warner Bros. confirms ‘Fantastic Beasts’ filming begins today, new cast members revealed Warner Bros. confirms ‘Fantastic Beasts’ filming begins today, new cast members revealed

Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Jenn Murray and Colin Farrell will play Mary Lou, Credence, Chastity and Graves, respectively, in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Jenn Murray and Colin Farrell will play Mary Lou, Credence, Chastity and Graves, respectively, in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Warner Bros. today confirmed that filming on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has commenced at Leavesden Studios in the United Kingdom. All eight Harry Potter films were also shot at Leavesden.

A number of new cast members and characters were also revealed today: Ezra Miller will play a character called Credence, Samantha Morton will play Mary Lou, while Jenn Murray will play a character called Chastity.

Already confirmed are Eddie Redmayne as protagonist Newt Scamander, Katherine Waterston as Tina, Alison Sudol as Queenie, Dan Fogler as Newt’s rival, Jacob, Faith Wood-Blagrove as Modesty, and Colin Farrell as Graves.

Fantastic Beasts will be the first in a new Harry Potter film trilogy, set 70 years before Harry’s saga. David Yates is returning to direct, while J.K. Rowling will pen the screenplay. The film also reunites producer David Heyman, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, and visual effects supervisors Tim Burke and Christian Manz.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released on 18 November 2016.

Alexandre Desplat’s ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ score to be released on limited edition vinyl Alexandre Desplat’s ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ score to be released on limited edition vinyl

'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' will be released on vinyl

‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ will be released on vinyl

Earlier this month, we reported that the Harry Potter soundtracks would be released on vinyl for the first time, beginning with the score for Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

Now, a vinyl release for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been announced. The score will be available as a double LP on special black and blue marbled vinyl, with a pressing limited to 1000 copies. The score will be released on September 28 of this year, a month after the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 release.

Alexandre Desplat scored both Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 and 2; you can learn more about his scores and the six earlier releases in our soundtracks and sheet music section.

Colin Farrell cast as wizard ‘Graves’ in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, Modesty actress also revealed Colin Farrell cast as wizard ‘Graves’ in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, Modesty actress also revealed

Colin Farrell will play a wizard named 'Graves' in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Colin Farrell will play a wizard named ‘Graves’

Irish actor Colin Farrell will play a wizard named ‘Graves’ in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. According to the report, Graves is “a wizard that Newt Scamander [played by Eddie Redmayne] meets in New York.”

Farrell has starred in films such as In Bruges (2008), alongside ‘Potter’ alumni Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) and Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013). He’s currently appearing in the second season of HBO’s True Detective.

In other Fantastic Beasts casting news, CBBC Newsround is reporting that 10-year-old Faith Wood-Blagrove has been chosen to play the character of Modesty. Open auditions for the character were held last month.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in November next year. It will be directed by David Yates with a screenplay by Rowling, and stars Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), Alison Sudol (Queenie) and Dan Fogler (Jacob).

Harry Potter soundtracks to be released on vinyl, limited edition ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ vinyl is first Harry Potter soundtracks to be released on vinyl, limited edition ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ vinyl is first

Deathly Hallows: Part 1 limited edition vinyl

The folks over at New On Vinyl let us know that for the first time, the Harry Potter soundtracks will be released on vinyl. Alexandre Desplat’s 2010 score for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the first to be released, and will be available as a double LP, on green marbled vinyl, with a limited print run of 1000 copies.

Alexandre Desplat scored the seventh and eighth Harry Potter films, taking over from John Williams (Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban), Patrick Doyle (Goblet of Fire) and Nicholas Hooper (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince).

You can preorder the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 vinyl by clicking here. It will be available for shipping on 31 August. Learn more about the Harry Potter scores over at our soundtracks and sheet music section.

Update: The score for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will also be released on vinyl

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) talks life after Harry Potter, future endeavours Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) talks life after Harry Potter, future endeavours

Bonnie Wright spent ten years playing Ginny Weasley

Bonnie Wright spent ten years playing Ginny Weasley

Bonnie Wright, Ginny Weasley in all eight Harry Potter films, was recently profiled by OKREAL where she chatted candidly about life after ‘Potter’, growing up in the spotlight, and future acting and directing endeavours. Speaking about her ‘Potter’ journey, Wright said:

Harry Potter was 10 years of my life, and when you finish a huge chapter like that, it’s this exciting new phase where you want to do new things. So then you start doing the new things, and you begin questioning yourself, thinking—is this truly what I want to be doing? When I started Harry Potter, I was fresh and young, and in a way, when I finished I was too. Because it’s such a particular world. It was one of those things you thought you had perspective on, but really didn’t until you were out of it.

So what’s Bonnie doing four years on from ‘Deathly Hallows’? She’s currently filming The Highway Is for Gamblers, due for release later this year, and doing charity work with Oxfam and the Global Poverty Project, adding, “I want to use the privilege I have of a voice to help”. Way to go, Bonnie.

You can continue reading the insightful piece over at OKREAL.

Chris Columbus would like to direct a Harry Potter film set before the ‘Deathly Hallows’ epilogue Chris Columbus would like to direct a Harry Potter film set before the ‘Deathly Hallows’ epilogue

Chris Columbus has expressed interest in directing another Harry Potter film, set before the 'Deathly Hallows' epilogue

Chris Columbus has expressed interest in directing another Harry Potter film, set before the ‘Deathly Hallows’ epilogue

Chris Columbus, director of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, recently expressed interest in directing another Harry Potter film — set before the events of the Deathly Hallows epilogue. Asked about returning to the ‘Potter’ universe, Columbus said:

“I would love to go back and do another one. “Not ‘Fantastic Beasts‘ as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters – Harry, Hermione, and Ron. “I’m just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There’s 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories,” he said.

And what does J.K. Rowling think of the idea? Columbus mused, “I don’t have the courage to actually mention that to her because I have such respect for her. She should do what she wants to do, but I really would love to know what’s in her head about those missing years.”

Chris Columbus directed Philosopher’s Stone in 2001 and Chamber of Secrets in 2002. He returned as a producer on Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 before parting with the franchise to spend more time with his family.

 

Dan Fogler talks ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Dan Fogler talks ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

Dan Fogler, the actor set to play Jacob in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, answered a number of fan questions on Twitter recently. Check out his responses below.

The first film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy will be released in November next year. It’ll be directed by David Yates (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2) and written by J.K. Rowling.

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