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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 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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Two weeks ago, Emma Watson (Hermione Grsnger) shared a post on her Twitter account, announcing she’d finally met her current Our Shared Shelf author, New York Times bestselling “Instapoet” Rupi Kaur, for an interview about all things literature, as well as their common interests in women’s equality and amplifying the conversation surrounding women and sexual violence.

Today, finally, Emma posted snippets and the YouTube link to the full interview on her official Instagram account. Watch the complete interview below.

As some of you may already know, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is participating in the new Broadway play The Lifespan of a Fact, whose official opening is on October 18, 2018. The official premiere is on September 20, 2018. The play is said to last 1hr 35mins and also stars Bobby Cannavale and Cherry Jones.

For those who haven’t heard about the new Broadway stage performance Daniel takes part in, here’s the plot:

Based on the true story of D’Agata’s essay What Happens There, The Lifespan of a Fact follows Fingal, who has a small job: to fact-check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. His boss has given him a big assignment: to apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author D’Agata. But now Fingal has a huge problem: D’Agata made up a lot of his article. What starts professional quickly becomes profane.

The first photo of Daniel during rehearsals has been revealed on Facebook a couple of days ago.

Emma Watson, our beloved actress who portrayed Hermione Granger, was among the 70,000 people attending this year’s Burning Man event. Emma looked to be in wonderful spirits as she posed for a photo while also enjoying the festivities.

For those of you who don’t know about the Burning Man: It’s an annual pilgrimage, where a temporary city erects in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada, approximately 100 miles (160 km) north-northeast of Reno. The late summer event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by ten main principles: “radical” inclusion, self-reliance, and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace”.

Burning Man isn’t your usual festival. It’s a city wherein almost everything that happens is created entirely by its citizens, who are active participants in the experience.

Currently, Emma is gearing up to begin work on Greta Gerwig’s new film Little Women. Emma is set to join Saorise Ronan, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep in the upcoming retelling of the classic book.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be heading to Hogwarts, though decades before the events of the Harry Potter films.

As the title already states, a new behind-the-scenes featurette shows the cast and crew returning to film scenes for the upcoming sequel showing students arriving at Hogwarts, the School of Wizarding and Witchcraft in their familiar robes and suitcases.

“I loved going back to Hogwarts,” admitted series creator J.K. Rowling who also wrote and co-produced the screenplay for new film.

The sequel sees Jude Law portray a younger Albus Dumbledore as the school’s Professor for Defense Against the Dark Arts. The promo clip expands on a previously seen footage as Dumbledore leads his class, including Newt Scamander, in a lesson on defending themselves from bogarts.