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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ behind the scenes book coming in October

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Production will be released in October.

Little, Brown Book Group (UK) and Scholastic (US) will publish a 224-page behind the scenes look at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child later this year with Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Production. The new publication includes previously unseen interviews, sketches, notes and stories exploring the play’s development and journey to the stage.

According to the publisher, the new book explores the play’s, ‘earliest phases of development with producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, to the crafting of the eighth Harry Potter story with J.K. Rowling, director John Tiffany, and playwright Jack Thorne, and ultimately to the gathering of an extraordinary team of artists and actors who, together, bring this new part of Harry Potter’s story to life’.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Journey: Behind the Scenes of the Award-Winning Production will be released on 31 October and is available for pre-order today (US or UK).

Funko to release second wave of Yule Ball Pop! Vinyl figures

Funko will release a second wave of Yule Ball themed Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl figures, with Ginny Weasley, Professors Snape and McGonagall, Igor Karkaroff, Cho Chang and both the Weasley and Patil twins joining the lineup.

These new figures will be available in November, while the first wave of Yule Bull Pop! Vinyls hit stores next month. A 2019 Advent calendar (unsurprisingly also Yule Ball themed) was announced last month and will available from September.

Bloomsbury to auction Patronus postcards to celebrate ‘Azkaban’ 20th anniversary

Bloomsbury will auction 26 original postcards of Patronus animals, with proceeds going to the UK’s largest reading charity, BookTrust. A number of famous artist and illustrators — including ‘Potter’ designers Jim Kay, Chris Riddell, Emily Gravett, Levi Pinfold and MinaLima – have contributed to the project.

The auction, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of the UK publication of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, will run for 10 days. For UK fans, the postcards will be on display at Waterstones Piccadilly over the next week.

Funko to release 2019 ‘Harry Potter’ Yule Ball Advent calendar

Funko will release a 2019 Harry Potter Advent calendar themed around Goblet of Fire’s Yule Ball scene. The calendar will include 24 mini Pop! figures in their iconic Yule Ball costumes — one behind each door.

Funko are releasing a number of full size Pop! Vinyl characters in their Christmas costumes next month, and this calendar gives us a first look at the some of the newer Yule Ball Pop! Vinyl figures that will join the lineup later this year. Those additional figures include the Patil twins, Igor Karkaroff, Snape, McGonagall, the Weasley twins, Ginny and Cho Chang.

You can pre-order Funko’s Advent calendar over at Amazon ahead of a September release.

Funko to release three new 2019 Comic-Con exclusive ‘Harry Potter’ Pop! Vinyls

Funko will release three new Wizarding World Pop! Vinyl figures as part of this year’s iconic San Diego Comic-Con convention, the 50th year of the pop culture event.

The convention exclusives will also have a conventional release: Rita Skeeter and Nagini will be available at Barnes and Noble, while the flocked version of Fawkes the Phoenix can be found at Hot Topic.

All three figures will be available in stores and online from 19 July.

McFarlane Toys to produce official range of ‘Harry Potter’ action figures

Figurine company McFarlane Toys will produce a range of intricate and highly-detailed Harry Potter action figures after securing an official licence for the ‘Potter’ brand.

Each figure stands at seven inches tall and will be released in July.

The first wave of figures will be available in July and include Harry, Ron, Hermione and Lord Voldemort in their Deathly Hallows: Part 2 costumes. The trio are accompanied by their Patronus figures, while Voldemort is accompanied by a replica Nagini. A Buckbeak figure completes the wave.

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