Entertainment Weekly Reveals Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is set to hit theatres November 2016. The Muggle world is excitedly having a field day for the highly anticipated spin-off of the Harry Potter series.

Giving us a sneak peak of the film, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander makes the cover of Entertainment Weekly. More details are further revealed:

In our cover image (see the full image below), you get a first look at Scamander, his pivotal briefcase in hand, standing inside the entrance of the majestic art deco-influenced Magical Congress of the United States of America (or MACUSA), which is the American version of the Ministry of Magic that’s housed inside the Woolworth Building in the film.
Starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a famous Magizoologist and author of the titled new trilogy. Other stars kept under wraps include Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, and Colin Farrell.

Author J.K. Rowling penned her first-ever script for the film, which will be directed by famed David Yates who helmed the last four films of the Harry Potter series.

Earlier this week the logo for the film series was also revealed by the popular culture magazine. Raise your wands if you're excited for the new trilogy!

November Calendar of Harry Potter Events

Want to celebrate Harry Potter all month long? Here is a current list of birthdays and anniversaries for the films, the actors, and characters from the books.

Film Anniversaries
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film turns 13 on November 15th.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone film turns 14 on November 16th.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire turns the big 1-0 anniversary on November 18th.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 turns 5 years old on November 19th.

1st - Actress Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) and Lavender Brown
3rd -  Sirius Black
6th - Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (11-year-old Tom Riddle HBP)
8th - Actor Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley)
15th – Jessica Hynes (voice of Mafalda Hopkirk)
24th - Actress Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle)
28th - Alfonso Cuaron (director of Prisoner of Azkaban)
29th - Bill Weasley
30th - David Yates (director of four of the films)
30th - Actress Clemence Poesey (Fleur Delacour)

"I Will Fly" Commercial Shows How Quidditch Players Win

Written and directed by David Janove check out this magical commercial. Watch as Quidditch Players prepare to make the big score with a new energy drink!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the Official Eighth Book

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play in the works for London's West End, has been officially confirmed as a sequel. And, more importantly: the Eighth Story of the Harry Potter saga. The news was revealed on J.K. Rowling's twitter and Pottermore.

"The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage. I’m confident that when audiences see  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way," the author described the stage production.

The two-part play was written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony-award winner John Tiffany. The play not only has the stamp of approval by Rowling herself, but she collaborated on the story as well. Details about the play now include a synopsis.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Further of what we know about the production is that it will be "of an epic nature", featuring a cast of over 30 actors - the parts of which will be announced at a later time.

With any huge announcement about the wizarding world comes anticipation, curiosity, and of course, expectations.

While it is very exciting that the eighth book will be making its magical debut next year, some questions have risen for the series by its most adoring fans.

The play picks up from where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left fans wanting more. At Platform Nine and Three Quarters, the golden trio sent their children to Hogwarts for their own schooling in the magical arts. Though this tale will specifically center around Harry and his son Albus, no fan forgets the last words of the seven-book arc: All is well. Another conflict is brewing for the Potter clan.

It's difficult to not bring to attention with a hyper-critical outlook that "the eighth book" is indeed a play - one that will specifically play to London audiences and any fans around the world who attend the first run. When the books and movies were released, they were international affairs - fans standing in lines at book stores and movie theaters to have their own experiences with the stories. We can only imagine that the play will be a huge success and sometime down the line, the play will be go down the international route in the future. For the time being, will the eighth book feel like an exclusive experience rather than a collective one?

More details for the production will undoubtedly be released over the next few months. Who will take the reigns from Daniel Radcliffe to play Harry Potter? Will the story take place at or around Hogwarts? Will Deatheaters be at the heart of the Potter's new troubles?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to London's West End in summer 2016. Tickets will go on sale 11am GMT on Wednesday, October 26th on a first-come first-served basis for all who have registered for priority booking. Friday, October 30th, at 11 am GMT tickets will be available to the general public.

New Signs for Muggles at Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando gave their park signs a modern twist. Bold and colorful, they attract just the right amount of attention for Muggles, witches and wizards alike.

Watch Hogwarts Unfold by UnPop Stop-Motion Animation

Built from the pages of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, UnPop creates a magical stop-motion animation of Hogwarts unfolding right before our eyes! Readers never forget the memories we have entering J.K. Rowling's imaginative and exciting world.

UnPop's wonderful first short film recognizes the power of a story that lives in us while we are awake, and even while we dream.

As the famed author once said, "Whether you come back by page or by screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you." We are sure to return to this creative tribute to our favorite series many times in the future.

Ideas for Harry Potter Halloween Costume: Weasley Wizard Wheezes

It's that time of the year again to dress up for Halloween. The Harry Potter series popularly inspires ideas for trick-or-treating, whether it's dressing up as a specific character or showing our house pride. One of the biggest attractions in Diagon Alley is the Weasley Wizard Wheezes. Originally started and operated by George and Fred, there's no reason why we can't pretend we're a Weasley or one of their employees for Halloween or Cosplay.

Like what you see in this post? Stay tuned! More creative ideas for Costume and Cosplay will be available soon.

Wanna look exactly like the Weasleys? Consider heading over to a local second-hand shop or Etsy for professional wear. Start with a brown suit and build from there. For George and Fred, they mixed complimentary colors - purple tie or orange tie with green vests, olive and mustard.

In the wizarding world, everyone is usually dressed to the nines in an early 19th century-esque attire. Consider a dress (or suit like the ones above) that matches colors with the Weasley Wizard Wheezes official logo.

Add some pizzazz to your outfit as you get the word out on the streets about their product. Wear a Weasley Wizard Wheezes pinback button, cuddle with a pygmy pyff, or hand out some chocolate frogs.

Don't feel like dressing up? Go causal with this Staff T-shirt by thegadzook on redbubble, and some brown or even purple pants. Add some accessories above and you're ready to get some candy!

The New Pottermore Has Been Unveiled: A Brief Report

Originally opened for beta testers in 2011 and then officially open to the entire internet April 2012, Pottermore was once a journey fans could make exploring all seven books through illustrations and moments. Now three years later, the hub of the Potterhead crowd has changed its direction.

As promised by the Pottermore team, part two of the interactive Harry Potter made its major transition. Nearly after a week when the final House Cup was released in September 2015, the website unveiled its new feathers as well as design and features.

Welcomed Favorites
A major hit for fans was the new information written exclusively for Pottermore by J.K. Rowling. Instead of perusing the website book-by-book or waiting for new intel on Twitter, the website now has a page dedicated to links of her writings.

When making our way through the books on the older Pottermore, an extract was featured for every chapter. This old favorite remains on the website - now in simpler text form - titled as Explore The Story.

Character Profiles remain on the website. Instead of a brief description of the character and a list of moments the character was involved in throughout the series, visitors can enjoy a combination of moments, artwork, quotes, film stills, and details such as their name, wand, house and patronus.

New Features
With the simplicity of the website, more blog-esque posts are added to the website under Features. Posts such as 16 Pearls of Wisdom by Albus Dumbledore or 5 Death Eaters You'll Never Forget. Posts such as these were once unheard of and now the website already has numerous individual posts dedicated imaginative behind-the-scenes information from the books and films.

An accessible, more elegant and simplified design is obviously Pottermore's aim with the overhaul, but it may be a downside for hardcore fans. Will the new design suffice? Personally, what is missing thoroughly is that unique personalization - a void fans will have to get used to.

Pottermore has succeeded in becoming its own official online encyclopedia, but whether the easier, smoother design will keep fans invested will remain to be seen. As of now, the website does not understandably include as many from the books as much as before, but this does not mean more information will be added in the future.

What's replaced a personalized exploration is the "Pottermore Correspondent". Giving an insider's feel to the website, blog posts, interviews, and features about the series has been published by a specific author, if as of now unknown author, confirmed as not J.K. Rowling.

New Design
The revamping of Pottermore is a smoother and simpler one. Having originally started on the web before the popular use of mobile phones and tablets, Pottermore's improvements will be more user-friendly. The design - overall - is less bulkier and plays to a mix of a website as well as a blog.

An insiders' tidbit is that the wizarding world has been colored coded for the web. Through a giant flow chart, the designers decided on the color scheme for every character, object, and moment by breaking them into how they were described by J.K. Rowling, does it have house allegiance, is it material, and whether it’s bloodline is noble, ignoble or Muggle. So every page is thoroughly created for every character, object, and so on.

A collection of the wondrous illustrations from the previous Pottermore as well as more artwork and stills from the series are included throughout the website - therefore not limiting itself to one medium or the other.

Even better with the new inception is a search bar tool. Nearly every website is required to have one so visitors have that ability to go to pages they are specifically looking for. This was a tool that was not utilized in the former look, and now I will say it is accessible to find specific characters, objects, or books.

Through the menu, visitors can easily jump to Writing from J.K Rowling, to News, and the Shop with a click of a mouse. Long gone is the exclusivity of the website where visitors had to sign up to explore the website - it is now open to everyone.

What's in Store for the Future?
While the personalized profiles for readers may be long gone, Pottermore promises to add back some of our old favorites: a Sorting Hat Quiz. Discovering whether we were Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin were major draws to the original concept of the website, and this feature will be coming back at some point. Another potential quiz that is on the horizon is the ability for fans to discover their own Patronus - something we've had been looking forward to.

Though the book and film series may have concluded, and new information will be added to over time, news and articles will be included as well.

In 2016, a spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will kick off a trilogy of installments based on the character Newt Scamander. Coverage has already begun for the film series on the website.

A stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be hitting the London stage. Details of the play have been very tight-lipped, except for the adamant confirmation by Rowling that this production is not a prequel. More information about this project is promised to be added as news develops.

Pottermore 2.0 has already kicked off with information and visuals to satisfy fans, and offers the promise of much more innovate and interesting details from the books and movies we love. Will the design and simplification keep readers returning. We shall see!