Thursday, October 18, 2018

New Harry Potter Wand Installation Added to St. Pauls Cathedral

Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos
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In support of author J.K. Rowling's charity Lumos, Warner Bros. presented a new wand installation outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London. As part of an on-going project to London’s City Arts Initiative, which considers proposals on artistic and cultural merit to improve and enliven the City's streetscape.

The latest project titled Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos includes nine wands standing upright. Each one is an impressive fifteen feet tall and line up alongside the street leading to St. Paul's Cathedral.

In what could be considered the biggest wand ceremony in wizarding history, the induction included a live performance from the Grenadier Guards performing music from the Harry Potter series such as Hedwig’s Theme to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Head prop maker Pierre Bohanna for both series, and Paul Harris - leading choreographer for the combat sequences in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - was also on hand for a little wand choreography lessons.

Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos will be on display outside St Paul’s Cathedral from October 16th until November 13th. And every evening at 6.45pm, the wands will perform a short light display every 30 minutes. Check out the schedule of daily activities on Wednesdays opened to fans.

If you'd like to make a contribution, visit the official Lumos website here. Right now, fans can receive an exclusive Newt Scamander pin, with all proceeds going to J.K. Rowling's organization.

Check out more photos behind the cut!

Sunday, October 07, 2018

First Look at The Wizarding World of Hogsmeade New Rollercoaster

First Look at The Wizarding World of Hogsmeade New Rollercoaster
A new ride is coming to Universal Orlando Resort at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Hogsmeade. And today we get a first look with a brand new poster from Pottermore!

In 2017, Universal Orlando Resort announced the closure of Dragon Challenge - a rollercoaster themed after the dragon challenge from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - and the ambitious plans for an innovative, groundbreaking attraction.

Though we've thrown out our fair share of ideas of what will be adding to the Hogsmeade land, much has been kept secret about the ride's theme and style. With the first teaser above, we get a bit of a closer look. It looks like some of suspicions have been confirmed such as a fallen building has been to the queue and cornish pixies or other magical creatures might be make an appearance.

The attraction will be joining Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts at Universal Orlando. More details are rumored to be released in early 2019.

Will the attraction be inspired by Hogwarts? Hagrid's Hut and the Forbidden Forest? or maybe some of our favorite teachers or classes? We're definitely looking forward to what Universal Orlando Resort will conjure in Summer 2019.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

3 Super Big Questions About Maledictus and *that* Crimes of Grindelwald Bombshell

Maledictus Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald
As one of several new characters introduced for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a big mystery swirled around Claudia Kim's role in through official trailers and cast photos. Given the connection and calling card of being able to transform from a person into a magical beast, fans began to wonder what her part in the Fantastic Beasts franchise would be.

With the epic release of the final trailer for the highly anticipated sequel, we were given not only more clues about Newt's next adventure in Paris, but a huge bombshell over Claudia's fictional counterpart - one that might change the course of both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts worlds as we know it. We've now figured out who Claudia Kim is playing, but now we have so many more questions we hope the franchise answers. Here are five of my biggest questions!

This post contains spoilers beyond this point for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and the identity behind Claudia Kim's character.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Character Posters Offers New Plot Hints


The countdown for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has steadily been ticking away this year. Since its initial trailer release and taking over San Diego Comic Con, Newt's next set of adventures have given us a closer look at what we can expect when he crosses paths with Dumbledore and Grindelwald once more.

Now, we have new character posters that offer bigger insights and questions about new and familiar faces that will join or pose a threat to the wizarding world as we know it. Each character poster includes not only an unique symbol but a special tagline that connects them to a bigger part of the story. Take a look at Newt Scamander, Tina Goldstein, Jacob Kowalski, Albus Dumbledore, and more behind the cut. 

Beware this post contains spoilers about the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series so far including the next film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald's Final Trailer Has Arrived


The time has finally come friends for the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Word has it through the interdepartmental memos at MACUSA that this is the one to pay attention to with all your might!

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. Since the beginning of 2018 with trailers and cast photos, we've been getting hints about where the story is going to go next. Only now can we try to put all the pieces together!

 Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) crosses paths with his mentor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), and the powerful Dark Wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) who had been captured by MACUSA. After Grindelwald escapes custody and sets out to incite pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Dumbledore calls on Scamander to help him stop Grindelwald's plans. Love and loyalty will be tested between friends and family in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The sequel features an ensemble cast led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, ZoĆ« Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates with the screenplay written by J.K. Rowling.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will hit theaters November 16th, 2018. This film is rated PG-13 for some sequences of fantasy action.

Are you ready for the final trail of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald? Let me know in the comments below!