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Happy birthday, Dan Radcliffe! Take a look at Harry’s evolution over eight ‘Potter’ films Happy birthday, Dan Radcliffe! Take a look at Harry’s evolution over eight ‘Potter’ films

Dan Radcliffe, the actor who brought Harry Potter to life, turns 26 today! In honour of Dan’s birthday, take a look back at Harry’s evolution over eight ‘Potter’ films. Which era was your favourite?

J.K. Rowling reveals the cost of studying at Hogwarts — it’s free! J.K. Rowling reveals the cost of studying at Hogwarts — it’s free!

J.K. Rowling revealed that the Ministry of Magic covers the education fees of Hogwarts students

J.K. Rowling revealed that the Ministry of Magic covers the education fees of Hogwarts students

How much would it cost to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? A recent study took a entertaining estimate at the cost of magical tuition — everything from wands and cauldrons to textbooks and robes. Fortunately, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was at hand to clear things up, revealing that the Ministry of Magic covers the cost of a magical education. Brilliant!

Thousands audition for role of ‘Modesty’ in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Thousands audition for role of ‘Modesty’ in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Update: Modesty has been found!

Over the weekend, as many as 20,000 hopefuls lined up and auditioned for the part of ‘Modesty’ in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Modesty, a young female, is a yet unknown character, but is described as, “a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness. She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will begin shooting in August, with a release date of November 2016.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling answers ‘Fantastic Beasts’ questions Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling answers ‘Fantastic Beasts’ questions

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling answered a couple of fan questions about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Twitter tonight.

Asked about Dan Fogler (who was recently cast as Newt’s rival, Jacob), Rowling said:

Rowling also answered a question about wands, and revealed there will be a character with, “loads of scars”.

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).

Bloomsbury announce deluxe edition of upcoming ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition Bloomsbury announce deluxe edition of upcoming ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ illustrated edition

Diagon Alley from the 'Philosopher's Stone' deluxe illustrated edition

Diagon Alley from the ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ deluxe illustrated edition

Bloomsbury today announced plans to release a deluxe version of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition. Like the regular illustrated edition, it will feature new art by illustrator Jim Kay.

The deluxe illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic will feature an exclusive pull-out double gatefold of Diagon Alley; intricate foiled line art by Jim Kay on a real cloth cover and slipcase; gilt edges on premium grade paper; head and tail bands and two ribbon markers. It is the ultimate must-have edition for any fan, collector or bibliophile. This edition will be sold exclusively from the Bloomsbury.com website until March 2016 when it will be made available to retail outlets.

The deluxe illustrated edition will be released on 5 November. Learn more about the illustrated editions right here. Read on to explore some of the Diagon Alley shops in more detail.

Want to star in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’? Open casting call for a character named ‘Modesty’ this weekend Want to star in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’? Open casting call for a character named ‘Modesty’ this weekend

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Update: Modesty has been found!

Want to star in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film? Now’s your chance! Warner Bros. today announced an open casting call is to be held this weekend in London for a character named ‘Modesty’. The announcement also notes that filming will begin in August and run through to January.

‘Modesty’ is a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness. She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them. We are looking for a girl between the ages of 8- 12 yrs for the role of ‘Modesty’.

The Fantastic Beasts confirmed cast currently includes Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), Alison Sudol (Queenie) and Dan Fogler (Jacob). Read on for the full details of the open casting call.

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Dan Fogler reportedly cast as ‘Jacob’, Newt’s rival in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Dan Fogler reportedly cast as ‘Jacob’, Newt’s rival in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dan Fogler will reportedly play Newt's rival Jacob in Fantastic Beasts

Dan Fogler will reportedly play Newt’s rival Jacob in Fantastic Beasts

Deadline is reporting that actor and comedian Dan Fogler will join the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as ‘Jacob’, Newt Scamander’s rival. The report also notes that Jacob is a Muggle.

Fogler joins Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), and Alison Sudol (Queenie). It was previously reported that Warner Bros. were potentially looking at actors Michael Cera, Josh Gad and John Krasinski for the role.

Fogler won a Tony award for his role in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He’s also appeared in films such as Kung Fu Panda, Fanboys and Good Luck Chuck.

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. David Heyman will also return to produce.

Alison Sudol will play ‘Queenie’ in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film Alison Sudol will play ‘Queenie’ in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film

Alison Sudol will play 'Queenie' in the Fantastic Beasts film

Alison Sudol will play ‘Queenie’ in the Fantastic Beasts film

Musician Alison Sudol will play the character of ‘Queenie’ in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. Sudol will star alongside Eddie Redmayne, who was cast last month as protagonist Newt Scamander.

The character Queenie is the younger sister of Porpentina (Tina), played by Katherine Waterston, who meets Newt while he is in New York cataloguing magical beasts.

The role of Jacob, Newt’s rival in the film, is expected to be announced in the coming days. Josh Gad (Frozen), Michael Cera (Superbad) and John Krasinski (The Office) are rumoured for the part.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the first in a trilogy of films) will be released on 18 November 2016. The film will be directed by David Yates (director of the last four Harry Potter films) and penned by J.K. Rowling.

Image: WME Entertainment

‘Diagon Alley’ at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter turns one, special display in London’s King’s Cross to mark the event ‘Diagon Alley’ at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter turns one, special display in London’s King’s Cross to mark the event

Diagon Alley display at King's Cross in LondonThe ‘Diagon Alley’ attraction at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park celebrated its first birthday this week. To mark the occasion, a special 3D street art display will be showcased at London’s Kings’s Cross. Check out some photos below.

Consumers will be able to ‘enter’ Diagon Alley and get a glimpse into J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, with a photographer on hand to capture the special moment. The art was designed to showcase the newest addition to Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Diagon Alley area of the park includes the new Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts thrill ride.

Explore the new artwork in the Harry Potter illustrated editions Explore the new artwork in the Harry Potter illustrated editions

Artwork from the Harry Potter illustrated editions

J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter story, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, to be performed as a play in London J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter story, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, to be performed as a play in London

Update: Here’s everything we know about the play so far

J.K. Rowling today announced a new Harry Potter story titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which will be performed as a play in London in 2016.

Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Harry Potter prequels Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Harry Potter prequels

Eddie Redmayne is Newt Scamander in the 'Fantastic Beasts' prequelsWarner Bros. today announced that actor Eddie Redmayne will play protagonist Newt Scamander in the J.K. Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them prequels.

According to the press release, “Redmayne will play J.K. Rowling’s creation Newt Scamander, the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist, who in his travels has encountered and documented a myriad of magical creatures, ultimately leading to his penning the Hogwarts School textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

David Yates, who directed the last four “Harry Potter” films and will direct “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” stated, “Eddie is a fearless actor, brimming with invention, wit and humanity. I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of working with him as we start this new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s wonderful world, and I know she feels the same way.”

Redmayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. He’s also known to audiences for his performance as Marius in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables.

Filming on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will begin later this year with a release date of 18 November 2016.

Warner Bros. confirms three ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates Warner Bros. confirms three ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates

Warner Bros. confirms three 'Fantastic Beasts' films, penned by J.K. Rowling, directed by David YatesWarner Bros. today confirmed that at least three Fantastic Beasts spin-off films will be produced: the first released in 2016 and then in 2018 and 2020.

While J.K. Rowling will pen the screenplay, it has been revealed today that David Yates (director of Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and both Deathly Hallows films) will direct. Producer David Heyman and various other members of the ‘Potter’ production crew will also return.

The Studio will release three pictures, in 2016, 2018 and 2020, based on best-selling author J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Set in an extension of her familiar wizarding world, featuring magical creatures and characters inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook and its fictitious author, Newt Scamander, “Fantastic Beasts” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, and reunite the filmmaking team of David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (a fictional textbook in the ‘Potter’ universe) will follow the adventures of author Newt Scamander. J.K. Rowling teased fans last week with a Twitter anagram, revealing, “Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours. Circumstances ensured that he remained… for the length of a movie, anyway.”

Bloomsbury to rerelease children’s editions of all seven Harry Potter novels; new artwork by Jonny Duddle Bloomsbury to rerelease children’s editions of all seven Harry Potter novels; new artwork by Jonny Duddle

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone illustrated by Jonny DuddleLast year we reported that UK publisher Bloomsbury were planning to rerelease the entire Harry Potter series with new art from illustrator Jim Kay. Today, Bloomsbury announced they’ll be rereleasing the children’s paperback and hardback editions with new artwork from Jonny Duddle.

Together, Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling selected Jonny Duddle to be the new artist for the Harry Potter books. Jonny will create front, back and spine artwork for each. On being chosen to design the covers Jonny Duddle said “I’m hugely excited to work my way through the wonderful books. I couldn’t have asked for more enjoyable subject matter. It’s exciting, daunting and I feel the weight of responsibility, and I’m just hoping that my illustrations faithfully reflect the characters and world created by J.K.Rowling”

All seven new editions will be published on 1 September 2014 and will include bonus Pottermore material. The editions illustrated by Jim Kay will be available in 2015.

Ten years later… Ten years later…

Harry Potter Fan Zone turns ten!On 22 December 2003, ten years ago to the day, Harry Potter Fan Zone came online. It looked a little something (actually, a lot something) like this.

I was – at the time – a bored fourteen year–old looking for something to do over the Australian summer holiday break. And here we are today: two books, six movies, and a decade of digging up Harry Potter news and rumours later.

Harry Potter Fan Zone turns ten!I never imagined that a little pet-project conceived in my bedroom would lead to such awesome opportunities: being featured on the front–page of my local paper, attending the Goblet of Fire premiere in New York City and the Order of the Phoenix premiere in Los Angeles at the invitation of Warner Bros. and twice visiting Leavesden Studios to watch filming on movies six and seven while interviewing the cast and crew.

Plus a bunch more cool stuff (I won’t forget eating lunch opposite Alan Rickman in full Snape get–up anytime soon).

Of course, my highlight of this whole little adventure was hearing that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was a fan of the website and reading the lovely thank–you she gave us on her official website.

So thank you to everyone who’s contributed to this website over the past ten years and, of course, to everyone who’s given it a visit. I hope you’ve had as much fun following Harry Potter Fan Zone (yes, I do wish I’d come up with a better name all those years ago) as I’ve had running it.

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