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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.
Fictional

August 12, 1995

- Today, in 1995, Harry's disciplinary hearing took place in front of the Wizengamot at the Ministry of Magic at 8am. Harry was charged for using underage magic as he was forced to use the Patronus charm to save his cousin and himself.
Cast & Crew

August 12, 2019

- This morning, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) will appear on the Breakfast Show with Andy Bush and Richie Firth on Absolute Radio to promote his latest movie project Playmobil: The Movie, which was released on August 09, 2019 in the UK (US release date is December 06). Their radio show airs from 6am to 9am in the morning.
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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.

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 (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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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.