Fantastic Beasts Sequel Title Revealed: The Crimes of Grindelwald

/ Thursday, November 16, 2017
Fantastic Beasts Sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald
Almost a year ago the Fantastic Beasts spin-off took flight in theaters worldwide. It only seems fitting that news of its sequel comes our way. Warner Bros Studios has announced the title for the second of five films: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The last time we saw Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), he and his friends Tina Goldestein , her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), and a muggle aspiring baker Jacob had put an end to one of the most dangerous wizards of all time. Together, they helped the MACUSA capture Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), famed Dark wizard in the wizarding world.

The press release provides this film synopsis so far:
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
A major detail the sequel also dropped is the Deathly Hallows symbols, which will likely play a major role in the movie. As you can see some of the invisibility cloak and wand in the title image above. (The only item seemingly missing is the resurrection stone.) The Hallows is a storied tale in the Harry Potter series, and a major part of Dumbledore and Grindelwald's relationship and battle for power is over the famed Elder wand, the most powerful wand in existence.

Over the past year, clues have been dropping like Hogwarts letters from the sky about the sequel's premise. From the hashtag #MagicInProgress, we've learned some exciting news such as the cast has been expanded with new characters like Nicolas Flamel and Newt's brother. Today, we also got a first look of primary cast members and further clues about their roles in the next adventure!

(Left to right) JUDE LAW plays a young ALBUS DUMBLEDORE, taking on the mantle of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters; EZRA MILLER makes a return as the enigmatic CREDENCE, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; CLAUDIA KIM appears as a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast; ZOË KRAVITZ plays LETA LESTRANGE, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother; CALLUM TURNER joins the cast as Newt’s older brother, THESEUS SCAMANDER, a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic; KATHERINE WATERSTON returns as TINA GOLDSTEIN, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA; EDDIE REDMAYNE stars again as wizarding world Magizoologist NEWT SCAMANDER, who has now gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; DAN FOGLER reprises the role of the only No-Maj in the group, JACOB KOWALSKI; ALISON SUDOL reprises the part of Tina’s free-spirited sister, QUEENIE GOLDSTEIN, a Legilimens who can read minds; and JOHNNY DEPP returns as the powerful Dark wizard GELLERT GRINDELWALD in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five films for the spin-off series. This installment will be directed by David Yates with the screenplay written by J.K. Rowling. Let the countdown begin: the next adventure will be released November 16th, 2018! Raise your wands if you're excited for the sequel!
Fantastic Beasts Sequel The Crimes of Grindelwald
Almost a year ago the Fantastic Beasts spin-off took flight in theaters worldwide. It only seems fitting that news of its sequel comes our way. Warner Bros Studios has announced the title for the second of five films: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

The last time we saw Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), he and his friends Tina Goldestein , her sister Queenie (Alison Sudol), and a muggle aspiring baker Jacob had put an end to one of the most dangerous wizards of all time. Together, they helped the MACUSA capture Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), famed Dark wizard in the wizarding world.

The press release provides this film synopsis so far:
At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
A major detail the sequel also dropped is the Deathly Hallows symbols, which will likely play a major role in the movie. As you can see some of the invisibility cloak and wand in the title image above. (The only item seemingly missing is the resurrection stone.) The Hallows is a storied tale in the Harry Potter series, and a major part of Dumbledore and Grindelwald's relationship and battle for power is over the famed Elder wand, the most powerful wand in existence.

Over the past year, clues have been dropping like Hogwarts letters from the sky about the sequel's premise. From the hashtag #MagicInProgress, we've learned some exciting news such as the cast has been expanded with new characters like Nicolas Flamel and Newt's brother. Today, we also got a first look of primary cast members and further clues about their roles in the next adventure!

(Left to right) JUDE LAW plays a young ALBUS DUMBLEDORE, taking on the mantle of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters; EZRA MILLER makes a return as the enigmatic CREDENCE, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; CLAUDIA KIM appears as a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast; ZOË KRAVITZ plays LETA LESTRANGE, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother; CALLUM TURNER joins the cast as Newt’s older brother, THESEUS SCAMANDER, a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic; KATHERINE WATERSTON returns as TINA GOLDSTEIN, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA; EDDIE REDMAYNE stars again as wizarding world Magizoologist NEWT SCAMANDER, who has now gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; DAN FOGLER reprises the role of the only No-Maj in the group, JACOB KOWALSKI; ALISON SUDOL reprises the part of Tina’s free-spirited sister, QUEENIE GOLDSTEIN, a Legilimens who can read minds; and JOHNNY DEPP returns as the powerful Dark wizard GELLERT GRINDELWALD in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD.”
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five films for the spin-off series. This installment will be directed by David Yates with the screenplay written by J.K. Rowling. Let the countdown begin: the next adventure will be released November 16th, 2018! Raise your wands if you're excited for the sequel!
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Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts films
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When Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them filming began, and more details came to light about the cast and story, a major portion of the fanbase was disappointed about the casting of one vital character. The decision to cast Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald has been an ongoing, subtle issue within the Harry Potter franchise when actress and Depp's former wife Amber Heard made allegations that she suffered domestic abuse during their marriage.
As news of the spin-off's sequel were released, especially a cast photo including Depp, Fantastic Beasts fans took to twitter to fix the casting of Johnny Depp as Grindelwald. While Fantastic Beasts was trending, tweeters were replacing Depp with other actors, cropping him out of the cast photo entirely, and wondering if it's too late to get Colin Farrell back (he previously played a version of Grindelwald).




Fans who are pleased with Depp's casting believe the one thing to fix Fantastic Beasts is to add a lot more of him, and are excited about where he will take the character next.

Though and director David Yates and author JK Rowling respectfully stated that at the time of casting believe in Depp's work more than his personal life, fans were still none too happy - especially since the Harry Potter phenomenon delves into issues of abuse from the boy who lived and his immediate family with the Dursleys, as well as magical creatures like house elves and their masters.

Either way with the sexual abuse allegations with various directors, producers, and actors throughout Hollywood coming to light his year, scrutiny and validation of the victims' stories are becoming  more important than ever. The deal with Depp to play Grindelwald has been a done deal, but we will and wait see if the tide turns enough for Warner Bros respond again to their casting decision.

Are you happy with Johnny Depp's casting as Grindelwald? Does his casting inhibit your excitement for the sequel?
Harry Potter A History of Magic
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone turned a monumental twenty years old in summer 2017. Events were held all across the world where Potterheads celebrated the birth of the series that has captured our imaginations and brought magic to the Muggle world.

To mark the occasion, the British Library's currently holding an exhibition (until February 2018) that offers the tremendous artifacts and real history behind J.K. Rowling's beloved series.

In giving a special look at the exhibition, BBC aired a documentary Harry Potter A History of Magic visiting the showcase with author J.K Rowling. For Harry Potter fans living in the UK, the television special will also be available on DVD!

Here's a brief description of what's included in the DVD:
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, this documentary visits the real-life magical history behind J.K. Rowling’s beloved classics. With footage from the British Library’s exhibition, and exclusive access to a priceless collection of artefacts, take a tour around the mesmerising journey creating this global phenomenon.

Includes interviews with J.K. Rowling herself as she examines the most exciting items on display, and opens her private archive to reveal drawings and drafts that have been hidden away for years.

Featuring J.K. Rowling Narrator Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter series)
If you're looking for a special gift this holiday season or to add this extraordinary look of the real history behind Harry Potter to your collection, Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be released on November 27th. Currently, this DVD is only available for fans in the UK with pre-order on Amazon UK. (not a sponsored or affiliate link).
Albus Dumbledore once said that "Of course, it's happening in side your head Harry. Why on earth should it mean that it's not real?" The poetic phrase once shared from Hogwarts's wise headmaster to the boy who lived Harry Potter has become synonymous with Potterheads around the world, cementing that what takes place in our imaginations reading J.K. Rowling's series is in fact real and apart of us. Now a virtual reality game will bring fans into a new dimension of their favorite wizarding world on an exciting platform.

From the creators of the Pokemon Go, which swept the world to search for creatures in their neighborhood, city, and across the world, comes a game that will bring J.K. Rowling's wizarding world to life.

Ninantic, Inc. is teaming up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to design an augmented reality mobile inspired game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The mobile game will use state-of-the-art AR mobile technology which will allow players to go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters as they explore the real world. Portkey Games, a label underWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is dedicated to creating game experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling's books.

“The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.” - John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc.

In a completely new and immersive experience, aspiring witches and wizards can explore the wonderful world of Harry Potter in their very own backyard. Niantic, Inc. will be using state-of-the-art technology for their vision with Warner Bros. to come to fruition. More details for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be announced in 2018.

Are you excited for this groundbreaking addition to the wizarding world? Stay up to date on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite right here on Potter Talk, and follow along on Harry Potter Wizards Unite official website, Twitter, and Facebook.
Author J.K. Rowling once said, 'No story lives unless someone wants to listen," at the final premiere of the Harry Potter film franchise. Turn time back almost twenty years, and it's impossible to imagine that the story of a young boy who discovers he's a wizard and goes to wizarding school was declined more than once. But that's exactly what happened - twelve publishers turned down the original pitch.

As part of celebrating Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 20th birthday, Harry Potter: A History Of Magic exhibition at London’s British Library has now shared Rowling's initial synopsis.

Thanks to Seventeen and Mashable, we've gotten an official look:
Harry Potter lives with his aunt, uncle and cousin because his parents died in a car-crash — or so he has been told. The Dursleys don't like Harry asking questions; in fact, they don't seem to like anything about him, especially the very odd things that keep happening around him (which Harry himself can't explain).

The Dursleys' greatest fear is that Harry will discover the truth about himself, so when letters start arriving for him near his eleventh birthday, he isn't allowed to read them. However, the Dursleys aren't dealing with an ordinary postman, and at midnight on Harry's birthday the gigantic Rubeus Hagrid breaks down the door to make sure Harry gets to read his post at last. Ignoring the horrified Dursleys, Hagrid informs Harry that he is a wizard, and the letter he gives Harry explains that he is expected at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in a month's time.

“To the Dursleys' fury, Hagrid also reveals the truth about Harry's past. Harry did not receive the scar on his forehead in a car-crash; it is really the mark of the great dark sorcerer Voldemort, who killed Harry's mother and father but mysteriously couldn't kill him, even though he was a baby at the time. Harry is famous among the witches and wizards who live in secret all over the country because Harry's miraculous survival marked Voldemort's downfall.

So Harry, who has never had friends or family worth the name, sets off for a new life in the wizarding world. He takes a trip to London with Hagrid to buy his Hogwarts equipment (robes, wand, cauldron, beginners' draft and potion kit) and shortly afterwards, sets off for Hogwarts from Kings Cross Station (platform nine and three quarters) to follow in his parents' footsteps.

Harry makes friends with Ronald Weasley (sixth in his family to go to Hogwarts and tired of having to use second-hand spellbooks) and Hermione Granger (cleverest girl in the year and the only person in the class to know all the uses of dragon's blood). Together, they have their first lessons in magic — astronomy up on the tallest tower at two in the morning, herbology out in the greenhouses where the...

The official exhibition, open until Wednesday February, 28th, showcases more than 100 artefacts that donated by J.K. Rowling, Bloomsbury and other exhibitors, to show the inspiration her wizarding world. From the origins of Nicholas Flamel to the creatures and plantlife in herbology, Harry Potter: A History of Magic in London lets the magic unfold of its phenomenal origins. It's open from Friday 20th October to Wednesday 28th February. Tickets cost £16 adults, £8 students.

If you can't see the exhibition in person, a documentary will also air on BBC 2, on October 29th at 9pm. Also, Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be landing in New York next October.
Autumn has arrived and winter's on its way, so it's time to cozy up in our common rooms with some cocoa, chocolate frogs, a good book, and of course - cozy candles to keep us warm. Whether floating from the ceiling, or just tucked away nicely on a table / booksehfl, they make such a bewitching addition to our Muggle homes. If you're looking for some Harry Potter inspired candles to illuminate and warm up your space, I've got ten which are perfect for the upcoming season.

* None of the products listed below are sponsored links or ads. I do not make a commission from the items featured on this page. This post was curated purely by myself*

Nerd Wicks brings out a scent of buttery goodness with Buttery Wizards Brew, $10

Little Crow Candles lets us pop by Hagrid's Hut for a quick visit between classes, $12

Paper Crown Candles helps us get a whiff of Weasley's humble abode, $16
Frostbeard Studio takes us one step closer into Divination class and the Headmaster's office, $18

Bubble and Geek invokes the beautiful scent of a castle's best nook: the library, $16

Pret A Geek invites us to enjoy the company of other magical folks with Wizard's Feast, $8.26

The Candle Crate brings the Black family home out of hiding with Grimmauld Place, $12

Cornerfolds Candles makes one master of death with The Hallows, $7.50

Scent Pop Candles tributes our favorite ginger King Ron Weasley

Wick and Fable celebrates our favorite boarding school with Holiday at Hogwarts, $6
Earlier this year the huge announcement of Jude Law taking over the role of Dumbledore shook the wizarding world up. Now as the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them sequel started production this summer, more news is coming to light with more freshly added castmates. Ready your wands for these new characters!

Nicholas Flamel, an alchemist known in the wizarding world for having discovered the Elixir of Life, will be making his first appearance in the Harry Potter films. Originally mentioned in the very first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, he was an acquaintance of Albus Dumbledore with his reputation proceeding him between young Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley on their first adventure. He will be played by actor Brontis Jodorowsky.

Actor and comedian Jessica Williams, known for her work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Netflix's The Incredible Jessica James, has had an incredible year so far. Documented on twitter and social media for the past few years, Williams has had multiple meetings and run-ins with author J.K. Rowling. And, now she'll officially forever be apart of the Harry Potter universe in a yet-to-be-disclosed role.

Earlier this year, Jude Law was added to take over the younger version of Dumbledore, guaranteeing that the Hogwarts headmaster will face-off against Gellert Grindelwald played by Johnny Depp. Important figures from Newt's past will also be joining the crew: his brother Theseus played by Callum Turner and Zoe Kravitz will return as Leta Lestrange; she appeared in the first Fantastic Beasts movie in an old photograph.

Other castmates joining the ranks of the wizarding world include Wolf Roth as Spielman, Victoria Yeates (Call the Midwife) as Bunty, Derek Riddell as Torquil Travers, Poppy Corby-Tuech as Rosier, and Cornell S John as Arnold Guzman. The surnames ‘Travers’ and ‘Rosier’ might stand out for us Potterheads, as they belong to two Death Eaters who served Lord Voldemort.

The cast of the Fantastic Beasts is already shaping up. What do you think of the latest additions? With all of this talent, we can only expect for the next installment to truly take flight. More details to come about the sequel as they come in!
In 1998, author J.K. Rowling embarked on a publishing journey where she took readers into her imagination known as the wizarding world. A young boy Harry Potter discovered he was a wizard and destined to face off against Lord Voldemort, one of the darkest wizards of all-time.From characters and places to magical objects and even calendar dates, her creations have held a genuine significance for fans to reflect on and celebrate. September 1st, 2017, marks the pivotal occasion when her hero's journey came to an end in her books.

Today, in the real and fictional world, Harry Potter with his friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger return to King's Cross Station. Following years of trials and triumphs fighting Lord Voldemort, their lives have changed for the better in the final installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After an epic battle descends between good and evil on the Hogwarts grounds, Rowling's epilogue offers consolation to her readers - all turns out to be well for our hero.

Standing on Platform 9 3/4 Quarters, where young Harry and readers initially crossed over between the Muggle to wizarding world, an adult Harry Potter stands with his family wife Ginny Weasley and their children Albus Severus, James Sirius and Lily Luna. Among other parents and children on the platform, Ron and Hermione are married with children Rose Granger-Weasley and Hugo Granger-Weasley. They're all readying to send their children off to their first year of wizarding schooling at Hogwarts.

For many Harry Potter fans, the epilogue brimming with details brought comfort to the long-awaiting and anticipating journey for their favorite series to end. A lot has happened for the characters as the book comes to a close. Some Potterheads weren't happy with the vagueness of Rowling's last moments and who she decided to feature in the end.

In 2007, fans might've thought Deathly Hallows would be the end of reading an officially published story of Harry Potter by Rowling. But the beloved author would surprise everyone nearly eight years later in 2015 by approving of the official eighth story: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Picking up on this very day where her novel left off, Potter's child Albus Severus and his friend Scorpius Malfoy commence a series of mind-and-time bending shenanigans at Hogwarts. Exclusively sold as a rehearsal script and performed specifically for the stage on the West End and Broadway, Cursed Child, the next addition marked a new era for fans and the wizarding world.

September 1st, 2017 is only going to happen once. And, it's truly magical that we can live this date from the books in real time. Kings Cross Station in London serves as a literary landmark, where soem fans are taking the day to visit the place where it all started to board the Hogwarts express. Others have found other ways to celebrate this special day by watching the movies, going to the theme parks or theatrical show, and of course, reading the books.

So rarely does a fantasy series merge fiction with the real world in such an inspiring, monumental way that it captures millions of readers' hearts. Rowling's story has come to life in the movies, theme parks, museums, and merchandise. A lot of fans identify with the characters. Because of the theme parks, we can go to some of the story's locations like Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. Dates on the calendar are now acknowledged on social media and fandom communities around the world. The story might've started in our imaginations, but it became something far more important and exciting, something to celebrate in our everyday lives.

Happy 19 Years Later!
Universal Orlando announced big changes today: 2017 will be the final Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure show at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. The exact theater used for Bill and Ted for the Halloween season is also home to Fear Factor Live, another stage-show attraction that operates during regular park hours.

No official news has been announced about Fear Factor Live closing, but dubbing Bill and Ted's last rodeo as the final tour sparks an old rumor held by theme park enthusiasts and Harry Potter fans about another magical expansion.

As the Universal Studios theme parks create an immersive experience into Hogwarts and Diagon Alley, some believe that the Ministry is the next logical step of popular locations from the franchise to come to life.

One could definitely see the appeal: The Ministry of Magic acts as the governing hub for the wizarding world, one that Harry Potter infiltrates throughout the series from Order of the Phoenix to Deathly Hallows.

Externally, Fear Factor Live is Harry Potter's neighbor, sitting right next to the Modern London facade, which conceals Diagon Alley from Muggles.

If it were to come to fruition, there are no limits of what the theming could be. In August 2016, rumor had it that Universal Orlando applied for a permit where guests could interact with elements of a ride attraction, many citing the interactive element as wand duels or battles.

Similar to the Harry Potter and Escape from Gringotts rollercoaster, fans could possibly get a tour of the Ministry and wind up in another adventure trying to capture the prophecy, facing off against Death Eaters and Dementors.

Bill and Ted is a pretty popular show for Halloween Horror Night fans, however, Fear Factor Live which operates all year long is looked upon as a little outdated. So we may be getting ahead of ourselves with no definitive announcements to be made yet, but rumors of the Ministry coming to Universal Orlando would definitely be a wish fulfilled by many Harry Potter fans.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade land is already welcoming a new addition: a new fully immersive rollercoaster has been announced to replace the Dragon Challenge attraction. Rumored to be a Fantastic Beasts centered ride, it's set to open in 2019.

As Disney has begun constructing its highly anticipated Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, Universal Orlando is bound to stay ahead of its neighbor with its plans for a Super Ninetendo themed land. If any news emerges about the end of Fear Factor Live, a greater expansion of Harry Potter would no doubt keep the magic coming.
Is your bookshelf in need of some extra magic? Of course, it is! We're Potterheads. From new illustrated covers to learning new life lessons, the journey back to Hogwarts never ends. Looking ahead for the rest of 2017, here are five awesome books just waiting to be added to your Harry Potter trunk this year! Hope you enjoy!

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Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me by Jill Kolongowski

J.K. Rowling's fantastical series inspired millions of readers to a new way of looking at themselves and the Muggle world around them. As a professor, writer and devoted fan of Harry Potter, author Jill Kolongowski takes a deeper look into the wisdom, curiosity and life lessons it's sparked from critical analysis to personal experience. Discover the beautiful lessons Jill has learned on October 15, 2017. The paperback is available now for preorder on Amazon.

Unofficial Guide to the Collectibles of Harry Potter

The books and movies have created all kinds of collectibles for its most devoted fans. Compiled into one unofficial guide, the author takes fans into the legacy of the series most valuable, unique, and fun treasures. How many of these valuable finds are in your collection? You can find out officially on Oct, 3rd, 2017, and the book is available now for preorder on Amazon.

From invisibility cloaks to flying broomsticks, the Muggle world has forever been transformed by what the wizarding world is capable of conjuring. But could the technology from the magical books ever come to life in the real world? The Science of Harry Potter: The Spellbinding Science Behind the Magic, Gadgets, Potions, and More! unofficially asks these very questions, and we might be surprised by the answers. Officially released on November 14th, 2017, it's available for pre-order now on Amazon.


Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated by Jim Kay

The Harry Potter series has been getting an imaginative revamp with illustrated versions of the books. So far, Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets has bewitched readers, and now the third installment will definitely join them. Pottermore offers an exclusive look at some of the artwork beyond the cover. It's available for preorder on Bloomsbury (for UK), Scholastic (for US) and Amazon.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Illustrated

The Harry Potter companion book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is getting an illustrative update as well with two new covers. Pottermore shared initial looks of the artwork created by Olivia Lomenech Gill using watercolor charcoal sketches. Bloomsbury's cover will feature the Occamy (from the new Fantastic Beasts movie on the left), and Scholastic's cover features the Gryffin (right). The books will feature newly added creatures as well as other creations such as the golden snitch and unicorn. Officially released on November 7th, it's available for preorder on Amazon now.

Ever since Universal Studios Florida first opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010, the Muggle sphere has never been the same. Millions of readers and fans have enjoyed their first taste of Butterbeer and let the wand choose them, among so many other magical experiences. In an imaginative expansion in 2014 with Diagon Alley, the theme park continued their immersive sites even further with an eery walk down Knockturn Alley, a Hogwarts Express journey from Platform 9 3/4, and a mine-train ride into Gringott's darkest corners.

It seems like the theme park hasn't run out of ideas to keep the magic new and fresh. On Monday, September 4th, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will close the queue for The Dragon Challenge once and for all to conjure a highly-thrilling coaster in its place.

According to the official theme park blog, the new attraction will be a "coaster experience [sic] will combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure" with plenty of surprises. The "most highly themed ride" will take fans further into the wizarding world than ever before.

For fans of Islands of Adventure, Dragon Challenge has been a longtime staple at the theme park going back as far as 1998. For Harry Potter fans, the ride offered an element from Goblet of Fire. Its queue and red and blue coasters acted as a hub for the series fourth installment, recreating the first challenge of the Triwizard Tournament where Harry Potter and his competitors battle dragons to capture a golden egg.

While it's difficult to imagine what will take the ride's place, the unlimited imagination of Universal Orlando has us excited for the future as plans will undoubtedly unfold.

The Dragon Challenge will have its last ride on Monday, September 4th. Plans for guest to board the new attraction will be in 2019.

Are you excited about the new coaster plans at Wizarding World Orlando? What do you think might replace Dragon Challenge?


Twenty years ago, Irish playwright Enda Walsh made an explosive debut in theater with Disco Pigs. To celebrate its monumental anniversary, the play is coming back to Trafalgar Studios 2 starring Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter) and Colin Campbell (Through a Glass Darkly). From July 12th to July 19th, fans and theatre goers can see this unique drama unfold at one of London's most iconic sites.

An official press release offers a splendid summary:
Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Until, on their seventeenth birthday, they discover something more. As night falls, and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral violently out of control.

As we follow these two extraordinary teenagers through the streets of Cork City, drinking and dancing their way into the night, we witness with startling clarity how the nature of friendship can be changed forever. Endlessly playing with their own unique language, it's impossible not to be swept along by their sense of youthful abandon. Desperate for a world beyond their mundane, everyday existence - amidst the bright lights of the Palace Disco - they draw us into their orbit, refusing to let us go.
Courtesy of the official production, we have some marvelous stills of its leading stars during the rehearsal process. Photography credit goes to Alex Brenner. This is just a sneak peek of what you can experience seeing the play in person.  Visit the official website here for more information and how to buy tickets!




5 Misconceptions About Being A Gryffindor
Gryffindor is often regarded as the most popular house at Hogwarts. Its reputation precedes itself, mostly because the series' main characters like Harry Potter, his friends Ron and Hermione, the entire Weasley clan, to name a few, were sorted there. Some may think it’s awesome to hail from the house celebrated for its heroics, but being a natural-sorted Gryffindor is not as easy as it seems. Here are five misconceptions we’re howling about. Are you a Gryffindor and feel there are misconceptions about our house? Feel free to share in the comments! (And stay tuned - we're going to be dispelling myths about the other houses in future posts.)

Rita Skeeter

Harry Potter Is Our Favorite Character

Harry Potter may be the poster boy of the series, but that doesn’t mean we worship at the Chosen One’s feet. Many Gryffindors admire characters from other houses. Hufflepuff chameleon Nympathdora Tonks is my favorite, while some of my fellow Gryffindor friends love Slytherin Narcissa Malfoy and Ravenclaw Cho Chang. Potter is, like many fans, iconic because of his unforgettable journey, but he isn’t all of our favorites.

Sorting Hat Hogwarts

We Choose the House Because It’s the Most Popular

Many people who are not familiar with the Harry Potter series outside of the movies will choose Gryffindor (and hold a lot of ignorance towards Slytherin) because it’s the golden trio’s house. However, not everyone chooses the house because it’s the most popular. Many of us were sorted into it on Pottermore, at book launch events, web quizzes, etc.

Gryffindor Slytherin

We Don’t Feel Guilty About House Inequality

Every Hogwarts house should have their time in the spotlight. I feel bad as a Gryffindor that there isn’t more merchandise for other houses, or that people don’t recognize Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw as easily as ours (or Slytherin). Unfortunately, J.K. Rowling didn’t select a wide variety of characters to be sorted into all of the houses and give them all their due. A large proportionate of characters are from Gryffindor, even though she has said Hufflepuff was her favorite. That’s not something Gryffindors can take responsibility for, but we can make up for it by not playing into misconceptions about other house members...

Harry Potter The Chosen One

We Love Being the Center of Attention

Gryffindors doesn’t necessarily love all the attention. A lot of us can be brave and chivalrous in our own ways, and remain introverted, quiet, shy, and socially awkward. To be a Gryffindor doesn’t mean we all follow in Harry’s footsteps to be outspoken, act on our impulses, or expect to be treated as the Chosen One.

Harry Potter Quidditch game

We’re All About the Heroics

In our Muggle world, it’s hard to understand what makes a Gryffindor brave, fearless, or daring – after all, we’re not all in a several-year battle against the darkest wizard of all time. There are no Horcruxes to find or basilisks to kill. Nevertheless, it is a part of our Gryffindor DNA to move forward in the direction we believe is best to tackle problems head-on. We may act now and ask questions a little later. Sometimes our results end with a bang or a lot of gusto, but we don’t always intend or want to be considered the hero.