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August 16, 2019

- Pottermore announced the new Wizarding World app, which is to be launched soon! It's packed with new features, such as quizzes, news, polls, announcements and a brand new fanzine, called Wizading Weekly, which lands every Wednesday. Users in New Zealand will be able to test the app, dowloading it from Apple Store or Google Play.
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August 22, 1976

- Happy birthday, Percy Weasley. He's the third child of Molly and Arthur Weasley. At Hogwarts, Percy prefectand Head Boy. After graduating, Percy worked at the Ministry of Magic, causing a rift between his family and him which was settled after the fall of the ministry to the death eaters.
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August 24, 1988

- Today, August 24, we want to wish a very happy 31st birthday to Rupert Grint. He was cast as Ron Weasley at the age of 11, without having much acting experience before. Ever since then, he starred in all eight Harry Potter movies until 2011 and we're more than happy about this and would like to thank Rupert for bringing smiles and laughter to us by portraying Ron so perfectly.
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Pottermore has announced that a new Wizarding World app is on its way.

We didn’t need a pair of Extendable Ears to know you’ve been wanting an app for all your Wizarding World needs. So, we’ve made one!

That’s how Pottermore introduces the new upcoming Wizarding World app. It’s created by Wizarding World Digital, the team behind Pottermore, along with Warner Bros. and is said to be packed with brand new features, new quizzes and many more upcoming surprises for us Potterheads to enjoy. It’s said to be the official Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts companion.

Also, it’ll contain news, polls, and announcements delivered straight to the users, as well as a new fanzine, Wizarding Weekly, landing every Wednesday. The team is currently working on even more ways to make the new app as magical as possible.

Potterheads in New Zealand, attention! You will be able to get a first look, download and test the new app for free through the App Store and Google Play.

The first look of Emma Watson in “Little Women”.

The first official trailer has been released for Little Women, Greta Gerwig’s upcoming version of the Louisa May Alcott novel, which is set for release in December. The film is the eighth cinema adaptation of the tale, which is set in 1860s New England in the aftermath of the American Civil War and explores the lives of the March sisters. Gerwig reunites with her Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan, who plays Jo, Timothée Chalamet and Tracy Letts.

Joining them are Meryl Streep as Aunt March, Laura Dern as Marmee and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), who plays Meg March, Florence Pugh and Eliza Scanlen as Meg, Amy and Beth.

The movie will be released in the US on Christmas Day and in the UK on Boxing Day.

Today, Daniel Radcliffe’s interview was released at Breakfast with Bush & Richie on Absolute Radio.

Today, Andy Bush and Richie Firth started their Breakfast with Bush & Richie show on Absolute Radio. Their first guest was none other than Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), who talks about his new movie Playmobile: The Movie. The hosts also asked what he has failed at, how he would destroy an annoying toy and about what his personal best is.

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) stars in artist James Arthur’s latest music video for his single “Empty Space”

On Good Morning Britain, X-Factor winner James Arthur has revealed that Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) is starring in his new music video. The latest song is called Empty Space and we were provided with a short glimpse of Tom in it.

On Tom Felton’s role, he said: “Tom’s one of my favourite actors. Obviously everyone is a Harry Potter fan. We were lucky enough to land him. He illustrates the song perfectly.

“It deals with loss, trying to fill that void, someone you’ve loved you’ve lost in that capacity. Something I’ve dealt with a lot in my life. I wanted to tell a story, being in denial when you’ve lost something and trying to fill that space.”

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) shares a personal post on her Instagram to support transgender rights in the UK.

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) has come forward in support of trans rights as UK activists urge people to fill out a government-led public consultation to reform the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA).

The Gender Recognition Act is a ground-breaking piece of legislation that came into action in 2004, allowing people with gender dysphoria to change their legal gender, but now campaigners are seeking to alter the law.

Activists are now fighting to have the GRA changed to allow people to self-identify their gender without rigorous medical checks to prove they’re living in their truth, and Emma’s support is bringing the fight into the mainstream spotlight.

In a photo on her Instagram feed, she wears a white t-shirt with the slogan ‘Trans Rights are Human Rights’, alongside tagging multiple trans and LGBTQ+ organisations.

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 (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.

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.

The first sneak peek of Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) in YouTube’s Origing has been released.

“We meet a group of troubled passengers as they wake up on a damaged spaceship abandoned in deep space. Each having left behind a dark past in search of a fresh start on a newly colonized planet, they’re desperate to survive at all costs. But as their terrifying situation spirals into paranoia, they come to realize that the greatest threat to their dream of starting over – and indeed their lives – might actually be within their midst…”

Just a short synopsis for those who didn’t know what the show is going to be about. Origin premieres November 14 on YouTube Premium.

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) directed new Sophie Lowe music video “Taught You How To Feel”

As some of you may have already noticed, actress and director Bonnie Wright, most known to you as Ginny Weasley, has focused on directing rather than acting in the recent years.

One of her most recent directing projects, which was only released today, September 28, 2018, is the latest music video “Taught You How To Feel” of artist Sophie Lowe, which you can watch above.