News articles from April 2019
30 April 2019 at 11:05 GMT
Warner Bros. have officially announced a release date for the third and as-yet untitled Fantastic Beasts film — 12 November 2021. A year later than originally slated, production will begin in the Northern Hemisphere spring of 2020.
The third ‘Beasts’ film will be set in Brazil and, according to actor Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), will be ‘bigger than the first two combined’. The delay is a result of the scale of the picture (the crew ‘didn’t want to rush anything’ adds Fogler), but rumours of script tweaking have also been rampant after Crimes of Grindelwald was poorly received by critics.
Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group Toby Emmerich added, ‘we are incredibly excited about and have confidence in the Fantastic Beasts series. We all believe this release date will give the filmmakers time and space to allow their artistry to truly flourish and deliver the best possible film to our fans.’
27 April 2019 at 18:07 GMT
LEGO will release a number of new Harry Potter sets later this year, including Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire themed builds. Pictures of four of these new sets have been revealed by Zusammengebaut, with more likely to follow.
Hogwarts Clock Tower (75948)
This Yule Ball themed set includes minifigures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Fleur Delacour, Olympe Maxime, Cedric Diggory, Victor Krum and Albus Dumbledore.
Expecto Patronum (75945)
A recreation of Prisoner of Azkaban‘s iconic Patronus scene, this set includes minifigures of Dementors, Harry Potter, Sirius Black and a glorious translucent stag Patronus.
Hagrid’s Hut (75947)
LEGO have released a number of iterations of Hagrid’s Hut to date. This Prisoner of Azkaban version includes minifigures of Rubeus Hagrid, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Walden McNair and Cornelius Fudge.
Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge (75946)
LEGO released two Triwizard Tournament sets in 2005. This reimagining of the Dragon challenge includes minifigures of Harry Potter, Cedric Diggory, Victor Krum and Fleur Delacour.
LEGO released a wave of Harry Potter themed builds last year, including a signature 6000 piece Hogwarts Castle set. No word yet on a release date for these new sets, but the Northern Hemisphere summer (June/July) seems likely.
20 April 2019 at 20:04 GMT
Throughout the week, Universal revealed a number of creatures that will appear inside Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the new immersive coaster experience opening at Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park on 13 June.
Universal also revealed a number of other exciting creature tidbits, including Thestrals, creatures from the Hogwarts black lake, gnomes and more. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure replaces the Triwizard-themed Dragon Challenge coaster (which closed in 2017) and opens on 13 June.
18 April 2019 at 14:08 GMT
Funko have unveiled a new Fantastic Beasts Pop! Vinyl figure — a glow in the dark version of the Zouwu (‘gigantic elephant-sized cat’). The new figure is a Funko Shop online exclusive and can be purchased for $15.
1 April 2019 at 18:14 GMT
An illustrated version of Quidditch Through the Ages with new illustrations by artist Emily Gravett is on the way. Bloomsbury today announced their intention to turn the textbook into a full-colour illustrated edition for release in October 2020.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books today announce Emily Gravett as the artist who will create stunning images for an illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s Quidditch Through the Ages, sold in aid of Comic Relief and the author’s international children’s charity, Lumos. Publishing on 1st October 2020, this classic from the Hogwarts Library will be gloriously reimagined in a large, colour gift edition by the innovative and award-winning Gravett. She will use mixed media to capture the wit and spirit of J.K. Rowling’s wonderful text, using a deft combination of her signature pencil style, colour illustration, handmade realia and ingenious digital techniques.
Emily Gravett is a bestselling author/illustrator and has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. On being commissioned for this project, Emily said, ‘I am over the moon to be illustrating Quidditch Through the Ages. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would ever be asked to illustrate anything from the Potter world, but from the minute I sat down at my desk and started jotting down ideas I realised I may have landed myself my dream job. I am waking up each day excited to get to work. ’
Mandy Archer, Harry Potter Editorial Director and Head of Brand, said of Emily’s selection, ‘When we began our search to find an illustrator for Quidditch Through the Ages, Emily was always at the very top of our wishlist. She is a true original. Emily has the courage to take form and content into exciting and unexpected directions, infusing her work with an infectious sense of playfulness and fun. We cannot wait to see where she is going to take this brand new illustrated edition. ’
Emily Gravett was born in Brighton. After leaving school with few qualifications, she spent eight years living on the road before taking the BA Illustration course at Brighton University. She won the Macmillan Prize for Illustration with her first book, Wolves, which went on to win the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration and marked the beginning of an international career creating extraordinary and innovative books for children: Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears won the Kate Greenaway Medal for her a second time. Her own picture books are published in more than 20 languages and she has also collaborated with some of the most creative writers working today including Julia Donaldson, A.F. Harrold, and Matt Haig.
Gravett joins fellow Greenaway winners Chris Riddell and Jim Kay, and fine artist Olivia Lomenech Gill in a world-class team of illustration talent chosen to create colour illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Hogwarts Library books.
Quidditch Through the Ages was first published in 2001 and is arguably the most famous sports book in the wizarding world. The book contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules – and the breaking of the rules – of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide charts the game’s history from its early origins through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting tome for all Harry Potter fans, Quidditch lovers and players. Quidditch Through the Ages is published in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos.