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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.

 

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