Wednesday, January 10, 2018

10 Harry Potter Events That Rocked the Muggle World in 2017

The Harry Potter books and movies might've ended years ago, but J.K. Rowling's stories still lives on in the muggle world today. From a hit show heading to Broadway and celebrating the deathly hallows epilogue, the past twelve months were monumental for Potterheads. Taking a look back on the past year, here are ten big events that took place in 2017.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Heads To Broadway

After winning multiple awards on the West End, and inspiring a generation of Harry Potter fans, the official eighth story Harry Potter and the Cursed comes across the pond. A new production of the story, exploring Albus Potter and Scorpios Malfoys' adventures at Hogwarts, was announced its arrival to Broadway in Spring 2018.

Jude Law announced to play Dumbledore

Fantastic Beasts sequel started shaping up as rumors confirmed new actors and actresses added to the cast. With Eddie Redmayne, Katharine Waterstone, Jacob Folger and Alison Sudol set to return as Newt Scamander and company, the second of five films plans to explore the feud between Gellert Grindelwald. Who would play the beloved Hogwarts headmaster? None other than Jude Law.

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Priceless Harry Potter Prequel Stolen

J.K. Rowling has used her power of words to benefit charities and organizations around the world, often auctioning off unpublished Harry Potter drawings and documents from her personal collection. Early in May 2017, a brief Harry Potter prequel handwritten by the author was stolen, to which the author plead for no one to buy the timeless artifact if it was sold on the black market. As of December 2017, it has yet to be found by legal authorities.

Universal Studios Introduces Hogwarts Light Show

From thrill rides to wizarding stores and restaurants, Universal Studios theme parks has given millions of fans the timeless experience of entering the wizarding world. At Universal Studios Hollywood, a new light show at Hogwarts castle celebrating the four hours Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin was introduced. In November 2017, a holiday light show The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts would eventually transform the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade in Florida, and Japan.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Turned 20 Years Old

June 26th, 2017 marked the twentieth anniversary to the story about a young boy's adventures in a wizarding world that started it all. To celebrate the occasion, Bloomsbury released new covers for the first book. And fans celebrated all over the world toasting the boy who lived.

September 1st, 2017

So rarely does fiction come to life in real-time for generations of readers. In a once in a lifetime event, fans celebrated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows epilogue around the world. The final pages of Rowling's saga came to life as Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley took their children to Platform 9 3/4, where they reunited with Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley's family. After nineteen years of facing off against Voldemort, Harry's scar pained him no more. All was well.

The British Library Opens Harry Potter Exhibition

To commemorate the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone twentieth anniversary, The British Library opened Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition in October 2017. The display combined centuries-old treasures and original material from publisher Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling's archives.

Harry Potter Comes to Virtual Reality

From the creators of Pokemon Go, a new Harry Potter virtual reality game was announced. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, to be released in, will transform the real world for fans to go on adventures casting spells, discovering artifacts, and coming across fantastic beasts.

First Look at Fantastic Beasts Sequel Creates Controversy

In November 2017, Warner Bros Pictures announced the highly anticipated title for the Fantastic Beasts's sequel: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Controversy between fans sparked on social media over Johnny Depp's casting as the titular character Gellert Grindelwald, arguing and defending the allegations of abuse in his marriage to Amber Heard. The backlash lead author J.K. Rowling and director David Yates to comment. Despite the news, production for the second film continued as scheduled.

In Memory

2017 marked the passing of a few pivotal characters in the Harry Potter film franchise. Fans raised a wand to John Hurt who portrayed Garrick Ollivander, who gave the young wizard his signature wand in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The Potterverse also said good-bye to Robert Hardy, who played Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge.

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