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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.
Cast & Crew

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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We’ve added the latest character posters (always showing two characters at the same time) for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to the photo gallery in high quality. Enjoy.

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.’”

Warner Bros. released the final poster for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald showing Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) while the rest of the cast surrounds him. The poster was released in several languages of which we uploaded the English version to our photo gallery.

Emma Watson was seen on set of Little Women on October 07, 2018.

As the title says, Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) was spotted filming scenes for her upcoming movie project Little Women in Boston on October 07, in which she’s playing Meg March.

The movie is an adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s seminal novel, which turned 150 earlier this year. In order to capture the authentic feeling of 1868 Boston, filmmakers laid down a layer of dirt on a portion of Dartmouth Street near where it intersects Marlborough Street.

Alongside Emma, Little Women is set to star actress Meryl Streep, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Saoirse Ronan, and will be directed by Greta Gerwig. The film is scheduled to shoot from October through December in Boston, Concord, Ipswich, Lawrence, and the Lexington/Burlington area, and is slated to hit theaters December 25, 2019.

As the titles says, we added 4 new promotional images for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald to the photo gallery. The images feature Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore), Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) and Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander).

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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Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) attend 2018 New York Comic Con.

The first image of Harry Potter co-stars Natalia Tena and Tom Felton attending 2018 New York Comic Con on October 04 has been posted on Natalia’s Twitter account right now. They’re attending to promoto their latest TV project Origin.

More photos, hopefully HQ ones, are to come. Probably a little delayed due to me working on the weekend, I’m sorry about that. Two other Harry Potter cast members are to promote their upcoming project Good Omens, which are David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) and Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter) on Saturday.

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.

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!

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.