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Jude Law will play young Albus Dumbledore in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequels

Jude Law will play Albus Dumbledore in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequels

The search for young Dumbledore has ended. Actor Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Contagion, Sherlock HolmesThe Grand Budapest Hotelwill portray the transfiguration teacher turned Hogwarts headmaster in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequels.

In the second Fantastic Beasts film, Dumbledore is a transfiguration teacher at Hogwarts. The film will follow Albus’ story and his rivalry with dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (portrayed by Johnny Depp). Eddie Redmayne will return as Newt Scamander, and both J.K. Rowling and David Yates will reprise their roles as screenwriter and director, respectively.

Albus Dumbledore was portrayed by Richard Harris in the first two Harry Potter films, and replaced by Michael Gambon after Harris’ passing in 2002. Harris’ son Jared was rumoured to be in consideration for the role of young Dumbledore.

The second Fantastic Beasts film (still untitled) will be released next year.

First images from the ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition

Earlier this week the cover of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition was revealed. Now, courtesy of Pottermore, we have a first look at artwork from the book. Check out new illustrations of Snape, and our first look at Azkaban prison below.

The Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition will be released on 3 October 2017.

Cover artwork, release date, revealed for ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition

The jacket artwork and release date for the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition have been revealed. The illustrated version of the third Harry Potter novel will be released on 3 October of this year, and the jacket features the iconic purple Knight Bus.

‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition cover

Remembering Toni Gras

Remembering Toni Gras, a long-time contributor to HPFZ

It is with great sadness today that I share the news that Toni Gras — a long-time friend and contributor to Harry Potter Fan Zone — has passed away.

I first met Toni at the Goblet of Fire premiere in New York City in 2005. Over the last decade, Toni was a regular contributor to the site, representing HPFZ at Harry Potter related events and conferences around the world. Her contributions weren’t limited to the content she wrote, equally touching was her unbridled enthusiasm, support and kindness.

If there’s one thing the Harry Potter journey has fostered, it’s a global sense of community. Toni was the embodiment of that community spirit. So to Toni’s family, my sincerest condolences. And to Toni, thanks for the part you played in making HPFZ what it was, is, and will be to future ‘Potter’ generations.

In the words of Albus Dumbledore, “death is but the next great adventure”.

Check out 3 new ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ textbook covers

In March, Scholastic, Bloomsbury and Pottermore will publish a new edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them charity textbook with a brand new forward from author Newt Scamander (Rowling).

The editions feature three brand new cover illustrations (depending on your region), and will include brand new illustrations of many of Rowling’s magical creatures by artist Tomislav Tomic.

The new Fantastic Beasts textbook will be available in both eBook and published format from 14 March.

Check out these cool ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ creature posters

The folks over at Skyes Cottages let us know about a series of unique Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them creature posters they have created. You can check them out below, or visit their website to download print versions.