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.

Miranda Richardson & David Tennant Attend Amazon’s London TV Showcase

Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter) and David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) attended Amazon’s London TV Showcase in London, UK today.

Today, October 02, actress Miranda Richardson, best known as Rita Skeeter to us Potterheads, and her co-star David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) attended Amazon’s London TV Showcase in London to promote their latest project, Amazon Prime Video show Good Omens.

Neil Gaiman, author of the book, announced earlier this year he’d be teaming up with the BBC to bring the book to TV.

“Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated by angels and demons, not to mention an 11-year-old Antichrist,” Gaiman commented.”It became many people’s favourite book. Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.”

Joining Miranda and David in the cast are Michael Sheen, Sam Taylor Buck, Daniel May, Jon Hamm and Sian Brooke. The show is directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

First Look of the new Harry Potter Ride at Wizarding World

As Harry Potter Web has announced (and which was confirmed by Universal) earlier next month, a new “highly themed coaster” was being built in the area that previously housed the Dragon Challenge dual roller coasters. Universal Orlando has finally provided us with a teasing look at the newest attraction by releasing a promotional art work.

It doesn’t have a name yet, but our first look at “the environment” being created for the “new experience” has arrived, and indeed it looks as though this new coaster will be set in the Forbidden Forest. We get a glimpse of Hogwarts in the background (which houses the cornerstone ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey), we see a coaster peeking out from a very dense forest, and we also see various Cornish pixies floating about, hinting at a bit of mayhem in the ride experience.

The attraction is being touted as Universal’s most highly-themed coaster yet, and it’s due to open sometime in 2019 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. The press release says more details about the “magical new adventure” will be revealed in early 2019 so we will hopefully learn more in the next few months. But for now, this piece of promo art is incredibly exciting, so check it out in our photo gallery.

Katie Leung is Being Typecast Because of Her Chinese Background

Katie Leung (Cho Chang) complains that she is being typecast because of her Chinese background and still suffers racial abuse for playing Harry Potter’s first love.

Katie Leung (Cho Chang) – starring in TV show Strangers – has just revealed she still suffers racial abuse for playing Harry Potter’s first love — and has told of her frustration at being pigeonholed as an Asian actress. The 31-year-old said she is always cast according to her race.

Leung plays Lau Chen in the eight-part ITV political thriller Strangers, which follows the death of the wife of Professor Jonah Mulray, played by John Simm, in a mysterious car crash.

Katie, who has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow after making the Potter films. Complaining of being typecast because of her Chinese background, she said:

“There is just so much I want to do and play. My expectations are really low at the moment. It is really hard.

“I don’t want to deny my heritage, or culture, but at the same time I feel like we need to reach a place where people are not stereotyping me.”

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First “Origin” Sneak Peek Including Natalia Tena & Tom Felton

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.

New Evanna Lynch Photo Shoot

First off all, don’t miss Evanna’s second performance on Dancing with the Stars tomorrow, Monday October 01. The 12 remaining couples take a bite out of the Big Apple and dance to iconic songs from the city that never sleeps.

Meanwhile, a beautiful, colorful new portrait of Evanna with short hair has been published by photographer Faye Thomas. We added it to our photo gallery.

Rupert Grint Attends 29th Dinard Film Festival

Actor Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) attended the 29th Dinard Film Festival in Dinard, France on September 27.

Actor Rupert Grint (Ronald Weasley) attended the opening ceremony of the 29th Dinard Film Festival in Dinard, France on Thursday, September 27. Rupert is serving on the jury for the duration of the festival.

Rupert wore and actually slayed a pair of red and heart-shaped glasses as he arrived on the red carpet. We added some photos to the gallery, unfortunately they’re tagged.

Bonnie Wright Directs Music Video “Taught You How To Feel”

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.

Alison Sudol – Single “Moon” for Greenpeace Video

Alison Sudol’s (Queenie Goldstein) single “Moon” is featured in Greenpeace video.

Probably best known to you as the wonderful, charming Queenie Goldstein from the Fantastic Beasts movie series, Alison Sudol shared the short clip of herself and her single “Moon” in this Greenpeace video. She’s not only a very talented actress and singer, as her song proves, but also a proud, helping activist.

Earlier this year, Alison was on board a Greenpeace ship heading for Antarctic waters. She had joined an expedition to gather scientific evidence of the need for an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary to safeguard species like whales and penguins. More than 40 international celebrities have joined David and Alison as ambassadors for the ‘Protect the Antarctic’ campaign. From countries ranging from Argentina to China, Spain to Israel, the ambassadors include actors, presenters, explorers, musicians, chefs and fashion designers.

Alison’s song “Moon” is now featured in a short clip for Greenpeace. Enjoy and congratulations, Alison!

Rupert Grint Participates in Surprise Staring Contest

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) stopped by the BuzzFeed office to challenge unsuspecting Harry Potter fans to a new invented game: The Surprise Staring Contest.

So, as the headline already tells you, Rupert participated in BuzzFeed‘s new favorite game, The Surprise Staring Contest. The rules to play by are pretty simple, it’s just like the good old game you knew growing up: first person to blink, loses.

Except in this version of the game, BuzzFeed employees are led into a room blindfolded, unaware of the celebrity they’re about to have a staring contest with. Needless to say, these Harry Potter fans were barely able to keep it together when they were suddenly staring into the eyes of Ron Weasley himself.

As hard as they tried, Rupert must’ve drunk some Felix Felicis potion because he didn’t lose ONCE. By the way, while talking to Rupert, he revealed that he’d only JUST watched the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He went on to explain behind-the-scenes that, while he hates watching himself on film, he felt “far enough removed” from himself as an 11-year-old, thus he could now enjoy watching it.

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