Tag: Interviews

Johnny Depp and Fellow Cast Members to Reprise Their Roles in Fantastic Beasts 3

Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) confirmed he will be back as Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3.

As the title reveals, Johnny Depp (Grindelwald) has just confirmed that he will reprise his villainous role as Gellert Grindelwald in the third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts film series.

As you probably already know (and can’t await!) the second film, The Crimes of Grindelwald, will be released on November 16, but producers are clearly already looking ahead to the next film in J.K. Rowling’s latest wizarding movie series. Johnny confirmed his involvement in the as-yet-untitled third film in a new interview, telling Collider that he and his fellow castmates will begin production on Fantastic Beasts 3 ‘in the middle of next year’. The actor said he relished the challenge of playing a villain in a fictional realm where ‘the possibilities… are wide open, so you can really try anything.’

Johnny Depp Speaks Out on His Grindelwald Casting

Actor Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) speaks out on his casting of Grindelwald for the first time and defends J.K. Rowling.

After being criticized for the casting of Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald movie, Johnny Depp (Grindelwald) finally spoke out to Entertainment Weekly. A few months ago, the creator of the Harry Potter universe, J.K. Rowling had defended Johnny’s casting as Grindeldwald, and just now it had been Johnny’s turn to defend J.K. Rowling’s comments about his casting.

J.K. had had justified Johnny’s inclusion in the film following allegations of physical abuse made by Johnny’s ex-wife Amber Heard. She issued a statement in December 2017 saying: “The film-makers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but [are] genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly to promote the film, Johnny said:

“I’ll be honest … I felt bad for J.K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there … But ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused … J.K. has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me.”

Rupert Grint Admits Fame is ‘Dehumanizing’

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.’”

Harry Potter Helped Evanna Lynch Overcome Eating Disorder

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 Answers Fan Questions in Puppy Interview

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.

Empire Fantastic Beasts Cover + Harry Potter: An Empire History Scans

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!

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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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.

Claudia Kim Breaks Silence on Playing Nagini in Fantastic Beasts

Actress Claudia Kim finally breaks the silence about playing Nagini in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

As the final trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald just revealed, a big name from the Harry Potter books is a major part of the new Fantastic Beasts film. And yes, you’ve read correctly: the name you’re so familiar with is Nagini.

Until now, Warner Bros. hasn’t disclosed the name of the character played by South Korean actress Claudia Kim in the movie. Kim is none other than Nagini, a circus performer with a unique power who years later becomes Lord Voldemort’s trusty killer serpent and Horcrux. Check out the video above where Kim, after keeping this secret for more than a year, is finally allowed to publicly speak her character’s name for the first time.

In the new film, Nagini is a member of the traveling Circus Arcanus where she puts on a very convincing transformation act for muggles.

Kim says Nagini is far from the villain one might expect from a character who, after all, eventually kills Severus Snape. “It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini,” Kim tells EW. “You’ve only seen her as a Horcrux. In this, she’s a wonderful and vulnerable woman who wants to live. She wants to stay a human being and I think that’s a wonderful contrast to the character.”

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Daniel Radcliffe Reacting to Harry Potter Memes on Jimmy Fallon

On Thursday, September 13, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) attended the The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and reacted to Harry Potter memes.

During a Wednesday appearance on The Tonight Show to promote his new Broadway play The Lifespan of a Fact, our Harry Potter actor Daniel admitted that while he had seen funny memes of himself as Harry over the years, there were none that immediately came to mind.

Naturally, Jimmy Fallon then decided to show his guest some of his own personal favorites, including an image of young Harry holding a snitch with the Jay-Z-inspired text, “If you’re havin’ Quidditch problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a snitch ain’t one.”

“You know, what’s cool about that stuff is that I never — as a kid and you’re just insecure at that age — I never felt cool at any point playing that character and sort of these things go like, ‘No, that was cool,’” Radcliffe mused. “People thought that was pretty cool.”

You can watch the entire clip above. Jimmy also asks Daniel about how he’s going to manage Fantasy football leagues while doing Sunday performances on Broadway. Enjoy!

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