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J.K. Rowling announces ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series will span 5 films, new poster revealed J.K. Rowling announces ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series will span 5 films, new poster revealed

During a fan event for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them today, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced the series will now span five films. Additionally, a new art-deco inspired poster for the film has been revealed:

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' poster

 

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.

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.

 

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!

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.

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

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.

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