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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ coming to Australia!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will come to Melbourne in 2019, the play’s third location following London and New York. Playing at the Princess Theatre, dates and ticket information for the production will be revealed at a later date.

New images from the ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ illustrated edition

A number of new images from the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition have been revealed, which was released this week.

‘Harry Potter’ fans mark ’19 Years Later’ at King’s Cross station, Albus Potter’s first day at school

Yesterday, 1 September 2017, marked the day when ’19 Years Later’, the final moment of the Harry Potter series took place. Albus Severus boarded the Hogwarts Express from King’s Cross station, worried about which house he’d find himself sorted in.

Harry Potter fans (and actor Warwick Davis) celebrated the milestone, flocking to King’s Cross station in London to mark the event.

Bloomsbury collaborating with British Library to produce two ‘Potter’ companion books

Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury will partner with the British Library to produce two Harry Potter companion books to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The books will, “accompany Harry Potter: A History of Magic: The Exhibition” which will run at the British Library from 20th October 2017 until 28th February 2018.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Hardback) is the official book of the exhibition. In a unique collaboration between Bloomsbury and the curators of the British Library, the exhibition will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which underpin the Harry Potter stories.

Philosopher’s Stone is 20 years old

Visitors can marvel at original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time. This book explores the amazing artefacts, manuscripts, original artwork and curators’ insights that make up the backbone of the exhibition. A comprehensive companion book, it will also feature essays on each section of the exhibition by cultural commentators, academics and respected writers as diverse as Major Tim Peake, Lucy Mangan, Steve Backshall and Anna Pavord. This is a beautifully produced, full-colour coffee-table book which will make the whole exhibition experience available to everyone.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic showcases selected items from the exhibition and is aimed at a family audience. It too explores the subjects studied at Hogwarts, and will contain spellbinding facts and information behind the real history of magic, alongside activities inspired by these subjects, creating a rich and rewarding book for families to enjoy for years to come.

Both books will be available in physical and digital formats in October, along with the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition.

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.