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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

Eighth ‘Harry Potter’ story to be released in July, plus publication details for ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition and more Eighth ‘Harry Potter’ story to be released in July, plus publication details for ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition and more

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' will be published as an eighth 'Harry Potter' story

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will be published as an eighth ‘Harry Potter’ story

It’s not Book 8, but it’s the next best thing! Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Pottermore and publisher Bloomsbury have announced plans to publish a companion script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the upcoming two-part West End play.

The “eighth Harry Potter story” will be published on July 31 of this year, and picks up from where Deathly Hallows (published in 2007) left off, nineteen years after Harry’s defeat of Voldemort.

So what’s a script book? The published book will be, “[the] version of the play script at the time of the play’s preview performances”. Ultimately, a “Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector’s Edition”.

Pre-order the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book (we’ll add more links to this list as they come online) below:

A publication schedule for additional ‘Potter’ releases was also revealed today:

  • The Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition (with art by Jim Kay) will be released in October 2016. Presumably, this means we’ll see the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition in 2017.
  • A new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (with new information by J.K. Rowling) will be released in 2017, to tie-in with the November 2016 cinema release.
  • Full-colour illustrated editions of Fantastic Beasts, The Tales of Beedle the Bardand Quidditch Through the Ages will be published in 2017, 2018, and 2019, respectively.
  • To mark the 20th anniversary of Philosopher’s Stone, four special editions (one for each house) of the novel will be published in 2017.

Alan Rickman, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, passes away at age 69 Alan Rickman, Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, passes away at age 69

It is with great sadness that we learned this morning of the passing of Alan Rickman, the actor who so perfectly portrayed Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter films. Rickman passed away after a short battle with cancer at the age of 69.

Here are Snape’s most important scenes in chronological order — a fitting way to remember Mr. Rickman’s 10-year involvement with the ‘Potter’ films:

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