Comedian Jon Stewart visits 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' Comedian Jon Stewart visits 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter'

Check out two photos below of comedian Jon Stewart visiting Zonko's joke shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida.

First look at 'Battle For Hogwarts' LEGO with seven mini-figs First look at 'Battle For Hogwarts' LEGO with seven mini-figs

LEGO will be releasing three new Harry Potter sets in August to accompany the final film, and we now have our first look at one of the three sets below thanks to Eurobricks.

The set will include seven mini-figures: a Dementor, Harry Potter, Remus Lupin, Gregory Goyle, Lucius Malfoy, Neville Longbottom, and Professor Sprout.

Check out the 'Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Blu-ray and DVD box art Check out the 'Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Blu-ray and DVD box art

Below you'll find the box art for both the Blu-ray (combo pack) and 2-disc DVD editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, out April 11.

Ben Hibon explains the animated sequence in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 1', concept art reveals more gorgeous detail Ben Hibon explains the animated sequence in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 1', concept art reveals more gorgeous detail


In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, animator Ben Hibon spoke about the inspiration behind and the creation of the gorgeous animated sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

In the film, the animated sequence provides the visual accompaniment to Hermione's narration of The Tale of the Three Brothers (the story inspired by the three Deathly Hallows).

"This is the first animated sequence ever to appear in a Harry Potter film, so it had to be distinctive and special. It’s not animation as we might think of it today; it is a moving illustration of the story being read aloud by Hermione — the story of the Deathly Hallows. The fact that the sequence would be explaining the origin of the title made it all the more important."

"The work of artist Lotte Reiniger from the 1930s was another early reference. Her silhouette-style stop-motion animations are beautifully handcrafted and captured the naïve visual tone we were after. We also looked at Asian shadow-play, which is visually striking, very intricate and yet so beautifully simple. The technique is basic, but the end result is particularly charming and engaging. There’s something so ingenious about projecting shadows onto a simple cloth."

"Animation is the art of smoke and mirrors, lights and shadows, and the team of artists behind this piece are true magicians."

You can read the full interview and discover more about the sequence by clicking here.

Additionally, you can see a plethora of concept art from the sequence by artist Alexis Liddell at this link.

'Deathly Hallows: Part 1' available as Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital download from April 15 'Deathly Hallows: Part 1' available as Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital download from April 15

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and digital download come April 15.

The film will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, "featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition, and a digital copy of the film" for $35.99 and as a single DVD "in widescreen format" for $28.98.

Among the special features included in the combo pack is a first-look at Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which hits cinemas in July.

You can read more about the special features at the official press release and see what deleted scenes will be included by clicking here.

Check out this amazing Harry Potter piano medley Check out this amazing Harry Potter piano medley

I stumbled upon this video earlier today of a rather talented YouTuber playing a medley of pieces from the first four Harry Potter films on piano; it's definitely worth a watch!

'Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Blu-ray and DVD out April 11 'Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Blu-ray and DVD out April 11

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on April 11 of this year.

Additionally, the BBFC is reporting that the home video release will include nearly one hour of new material (including deleted scenes and featurettes).

The deleted scenes run:

  • The Burrow's Shed: Ron discusses radios with Mr. Weasley
  • The Dursley House: Harry and Aunt Petunia as they leave house
  • The Dursley House: Harry and Dudley shake hands
  • The Granger House: Death Eater searches deserted house
  • Ministry Of Magic Lifts: Harry tells Arthur he's being tracked
  • Tent: Trio discuss destroying the locket
  • Rabbit chase in the forest
  • Montage: Ron and Hermione skimming stones

Other behind-the-scenes features include a number of "focus points", which you can read about at this link.

There will also be a first-look at Deathly Hallows: Part 2 among the extra material.

Snape's death scene in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' altered by filmmakers Snape's death scene in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' altered by filmmakers

The location of Snape's death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been changed, according to art director Andrew Ackland-Snow (spoilers below).

"The art director, Andrew Ackland-Snow, described to us another set created for the film. [...] "We also made the boat house. We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies on the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there, because we hadn't really seen it before. We made a crystal house, and you can see what happens in the boat house from there – Are you listening Harry? -, but also the school is in flames…and she loved it. Besides, it's a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say."

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Photo of Neville and Bellatrix from 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Photo of Neville and Bellatrix from 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2'

It's low-resolution, but check out a first look none-the-less at Neville and Bellatrix from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 below.

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is due for release in July.

Millionth Butterbeer sold at 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' Millionth Butterbeer sold at 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter'

Universal today announced the sale of the millionth Butterbeer inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.

To celebrate the milestone, the park, "shared 1,000 complimentary Butterbeers with guests on the streets of Hogsmeade."

Which scene are you most looking forward to in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2'? Which scene are you most looking forward to in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2'?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits cinemas in July and will mark the end of the ten-year Harry Potter film franchise.

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Ciarán Hinds on Aberforth Dumbledore's role in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' Ciarán Hinds on Aberforth Dumbledore's role in 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2'

Aberforth Dumbeldore's part in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" role according to actor Ciarán Hinds.

Hinds has revealed that his role in the film, "[was] a four-page exposition scene about Albus Dumbledore's childhood and how he's not all he said he was".

Of Dan Radcliffe, Hines says, "He's very good, but he will get better and better. He's very committed to it, and although he's not a bustling figure, he's a very thoughtful and thorough professional."

Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits cinemas in July.

Happy new year! Happy new year!

To all our readers, a happy new year! There are now only 195 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is released.

Tom Felton visits 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' in Florida Tom Felton visits 'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' in Florida

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) recently visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida. Check out a photo of Tom (with some Beauxbaton students) below.

Felton also visited the park during its construction two years ago; photos from that event can be found here.

Young Severus Snape, Scorpius Malfoy actors cast for 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' epilogue Young Severus Snape, Scorpius Malfoy actors cast for 'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' epilogue

The role of young Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 will be played by 14-year-old Benedict Clarke.

Additionally, 13-year-old Bertie Gilbert will play the role of Scorpius Malfoy (son of Draco) in the epilogue sequence, which was shot at Leavesden Studios over Christmas.

Earlier this year the names of actors playing various other younger characters in this sequence were revealed.

With thanks to SnitchSeeker.

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