Category: Interviews

Eddie Redmayne & Jude Law Appeared on the Graham Norton Show

Actor Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) and Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore) appeared on the Graham Norton Show.

Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) and co-star Jude Law (Albums Dumbledore) appeared on the Graham Norton Show to chat about their Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald film. As you can see, Eddie brought along a leg injury, which he compared to that of Tom Cruise, who famously halted Mission Impossible filming after leaping from a building and breaking his ankle. He revealed he sprained his ankle after tripping up on a crash mat while filming a ‘hardcore’ stunt.

“Well, I was on set of a quite hard core ‘stunty’ thing about two people in a hot air balloon and they had this crash mat beneath the balloon in case you fell out. I walked on to the crash mat, tripped on it and fell and sprained my ankle.”

“Now I look like RoboCop – they told me I had to wear it and I am being obedient.”

Talking about his role of the Magizoologist Newt, he told host Graham: “When you get to be in JK Rowling’s world, you suddenly get a wand – you’ve pretty much waited all your life for this moment and you think you are going to be a pro at it, but you really don’t know what to do with it.

“So, I actually got a movement coach to help me work out how to use it – whether to do it over the top or minimal – we really studied it.”

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Daniel Radcliffe Missed Harry Potter Reference in His Latest Play

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) was completely unaware of a Harry Potter reference in his new Broadway play “The Lifespan of a Fact”.

Daniel (Harry Potter) is currently starring in the Broadway play The Lifespan of a Fact, which has delighted some fans with its cheeky reference to the film franchise that made him an international star.

Daniel stars as Jim Fingal, a tenacious young fact checker who stirs up trouble while checking a news story by writer (Bobby Cannavale). In one scene of the play, Fingal opens a door under the stairs he believes leads to the basement. It turns out to be a closet under the stairs instead, not unlike the small bedroom that Harry Potter was forced to sleep in by his muggle relatives.

In an interview with Vulture, published on Friday (October 19), Daniel admitted he hadn’t thought of the scene’s subtle connection or nod to Harry Potter. He revealed he could sometimes tell when the audience was laughing at the joke made in the play or at the Potter reference.

“It wasn’t at all [related] until people pointed it out to me,” he said. “I miss this stuff, I really don’t think about it. Somebody the other day, at the stage door, asked, ‘Is it an intentional Potter reference?’ No! I wasn’t like, ‘Build a cupboard on this set for me to make a joke about Potter.’”

“Last night it got a reaction, and I was like, ‘Oh no, that’s people thinking it’s Potter.’ It got almost a round of applause,” he said. “I thought then that I’ve got to find a different way [to play that moment], I can’t encourage that.”

Despite his effort to play the moment differently, Daniel admitted he doesn’t mind when people get excited about moments that reference the film series. “It’s lovely, that’s the thing. I have this habit of not seeing the references,” he explained.

New Fantastic Beasts 2 Footage Hints at Credence’s Importance

A new Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald footage has been released, which hints at the importance of Credence Barebone (played by Ezra Miller) in the movies.

In the footage above, J.K. Rowling reveals that the reason why everyone is heading to Paris in the movies is Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller). “For Credence, the big question now is—”, she says. Ezra himself reveals that Credence wants to know who he is.

“Credence may not know who he is yet but he needs to be found,” Dumbledore (Jude Law) tells Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).

“The path is laid and he’s following it, the trail that will lead him to me,” Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) intones.

Johnny Depp and Fellow Cast Members to Reprise Their Roles in Fantastic Beasts 3

Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) confirmed he will be back as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3.

As the title reveals, Johnny Depp (Grindelwald) has just confirmed that he will reprise his villainous role as Gellert Grindelwald in the third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts film series.

As you probably already know (and can’t await!) the second film, The Crimes of Grindelwald, will be released on November 16, but producers are clearly already looking ahead to the next film in J.K. Rowling’s latest wizarding movie series. Johnny confirmed his involvement in the as-yet-untitled third film in a new interview, telling Collider that he and his fellow castmates will begin production on Fantastic Beasts 3 ‘in the middle of next year’. The actor said he relished the challenge of playing a villain in a fictional realm where ‘the possibilities… are wide open, so you can really try anything.’

Johnny Depp Speaks Out on His Grindelwald Casting

Actor Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) speaks out on his casting of Grindelwald for the first time and defends J.K. Rowling.

After being criticized for the casting of Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie, Johnny Depp (Grindelwald) finally spoke out to Entertainment Weekly. A few months ago, the creator of the Harry Potter universe, J.K. Rowling had defended Johnny’s casting as Grindeldwald, and just now it had been Johnny’s turn to defend J.K. Rowling’s comments about his casting.

J.K. had had justified Johnny’s inclusion in the film following allegations of physical abuse made by Johnny’s ex-wife Amber Heard. She issued a statement in December 2017 saying: “The film-makers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but [are] genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly to promote the film, Johnny said:

“I’ll be honest … I felt bad for J.K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there … But ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused … J.K. has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me.”

Rupert Grint Admits Fame is ‘Dehumanizing’

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) admits he’d reached a point in his Harry Potter career in which he’d considered leaving the franchise.

Yes, it’s true. In the most recent interview of Rupert (Ron Weasley), he has opened up on a moment in which he considered leaving the Harry Potter franchise. No doubt the series helped Rupert gain a lot of experience and reputation when it comes to acting. But the huge fame that came with the job seemingly left Rupert reconsidering his future with it. In that interview, he revealed that after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – the fourth of the eight films – he thought about throwing in his wand.

“I had just finished my GCSEs,” he told The Independent. “I thought ‘Do I actually want to keep doing this? It’s a bit of a drag.’

“Because obviously it’s a big sacrifice. You take for granted anonymity, just doing normal stuff, just going out.”

He added: “Everything was different and a little bit scary. There were times when I was like ‘I’m done.’”

Harry Potter Helped Evanna Lynch Overcome Eating Disorder

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) opens up about her eating disorder and tells how the Harry Potter saga helped her overcome the disease.

Evanna (Luna Lovegood) and her Dancing With the Stars partner Keo Motsepe are bringing the Harry Potter magic to the ballroom by dancing the Viennese Waltz to the tune of the iconic “Hedwig’s Theme.” Before taking the stage next week, ET’s Katie Krause was with Evanna and Keo at their DWTS rehearsal on Thursday, where Evanna reflected on how the famous franchise helped her with her body issues and overcome an eating disorder.

“I believe on raising awareness on this issue and it’s very healing for me to talk about this stuff,” she confessed. “I wanted to talk about how before Harry Potter, I was quite sick, and how the Harry Potter books really helped me through an eating disorder. And the reason I wanted to talk about it on here, it’s really healing for me… That is the full story, that’s the only kind of honest way to tell it, and that’s why it was so special because it was the only kind of light that I saw in the world at a very dark time.”

Adding that getting her Harry Potter role was a “fairy tale,” she however, doesn’t want her story to be sensationalized and for people to think that her mental issues were “cured” just because she got the part.

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Daniel Radcliffe Answers Fan Questions in Puppy Interview

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) answers fan questions in BuzzFeed puppy interview.

No spoilers. Just make sure to watch this “puppy” interview of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) answering fan questions such as “Which death in Harry Potter was the hardest for you to get over?” and many more.

We also added the cute and adorable photo shoot of Daniel (plus puppies) to the photo gallery. The photo shoot was taken by photographer Taylor Miller.

Empire Fantastic Beasts Cover + Harry Potter: An Empire History Scans

Magazine scans of the Empire November 2018 cover and the Harry Potter: An Empire History bonus issue added to our photo gallery.


In the latest issue of Empire magazine, hitting shelves on Thursday 4 October, the readers get a view on the making of the latest entry in the magical saga, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – and Eddie Redmayne as Newt and Jude Law as Dumbledore can be found on the cover.

And that’s not all. Coming bundled alongside the regular issue is bonus magazine Harry Potter: An Empire History, telling the complete story of how the original series made it to the big screen. As well as including every classic Harry Potter Empire feature written during the films’ production, plus brand new interviews with directors Christopher Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and David Yates who tell their side of the story.

We took magazine scans of the articles, also the bonus issue, and added them to our photo gallery. Enjoy reading!

J.K. Rowling in Talks with Whoopi Goldberg for Lumos

Lumos Foundation USA held a special fundraising event in New York City on 22 and 23 September 2018 where J.K. Rowling talked to actress Whoopi Goldberg.

Lumos Foundation USA was delighted to welcome more than 350 guests to a special fundraising event held in New York City on 22 and 23 September 2018. The highlight of Saturday’s gala dinner was a conversation between Lumos Founder and President J.K. Rowling and Emmy, Oscar and Tony-award winning star Whoopi Goldberg. During the conversation, J.K. Rowling described the trauma faced by the millions of children around the world who are separated from their families and the importance of raising awareness of the 8 million children trapped in orphanages.

“There is a vast humanitarian crisis that affects children overwhelmingly, which most of us are totally unaware of,” J.K.Rowling said. They went on to discuss how Lumos works to reunite families and help some of the most disadvantaged children around the world, highlighting the organisation’s progress in ending the harmful institutionalisation of children. They were later joined on stage by Lumos CEO Georgette Mulheir, who praised the generosity of Americans but called on them not to donate to or volunteer at orphanages, and to redirect funds instead to support networks in the local community to help families stay together. Rounding out the night was a preview of an upcoming HBO documentary on the issue, due to premiere in late 2019, and a special musical performance by Jamie Parker, star of the Tony-Award winning play on Broadway, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, accompanied on piano by the most prolific and honoured female theatrical composer in history, Jeanine Tesori.

The gala weekend continued on the Sunday when guests were treated to a benefit performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway, with a surprise introduction by J.K. Rowling. Delighted fans in the audience heard our Founder and President talk about the importance of family, how this is a central theme of the play, and the inspiration behind her founding Lumos – the story of a young boy, trapped in an institution in the Czech Republic, whose image she first saw in a newspaper in 2004.

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