15 July 2015 at 22:08 GMT
Bloomsbury today announced plans to release a deluxe version of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated edition. Like the regular illustrated edition, it will feature new art by illustrator Jim Kay.
The deluxe illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic will feature an exclusive pull-out double gatefold of Diagon Alley; intricate foiled line art by Jim Kay on a real cloth cover and slipcase; gilt edges on premium grade paper; head and tail bands and two ribbon markers. It is the ultimate must-have edition for any fan, collector or bibliophile. This edition will be sold exclusively from the Bloomsbury.com website until March 2016 when it will be made available to retail outlets.
The deluxe illustrated edition will be released on 5 November. Learn more about the illustrated editions right here. Read on to explore some of the Diagon Alley shops in more detail.
14 July 2015 at 10:09 GMT
Want to star in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film? Now’s your chance! Warner Bros. today announced an open casting call is to be held this weekend in London for a character named ‘Modesty’. The announcement also notes that filming will begin in August and run through to January.
— Warner Bros. UK (@WarnerBrosUK) July 13, 2015
‘Modesty’ is a haunted young girl with an inner strength and stillness. She has an ability to see deep into people and understand them. We are looking for a girl between the ages of 8- 12 yrs for the role of ‘Modesty’.
The Fantastic Beasts confirmed cast currently includes Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), Alison Sudol (Queenie) and Dan Fogler (Jacob). Read on for the full details of the open casting call.
11 July 2015 at 11:31 GMT
Deadline is reporting that actor and comedian Dan Fogler will join the cast of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as ‘Jacob’, Newt Scamander’s rival. The report also notes that Jacob is a Muggle.
Fogler joins Eddie Redmayne (Newt), Katherine Waterston (Tina), and Alison Sudol (Queenie). It was previously reported that Warner Bros. were potentially looking at actors Michael Cera, Josh Gad and John Krasinski for the role.
Fogler won a Tony award for his role in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He’s also appeared in films such as Kung Fu Panda, Fanboys and Good Luck Chuck.
The first film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy will be released in November next year. It’ll be directed by David Yates (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2) and written by J.K. Rowling. David Heyman will also return to produce.
10 July 2015 at 12:04 GMT
Musician Alison Sudol will play the character of ‘Queenie’ in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. Sudol will star alongside Eddie Redmayne, who was cast last month as protagonist Newt Scamander.
The character Queenie is the younger sister of Porpentina (Tina), played by Katherine Waterston, who meets Newt while he is in New York cataloguing magical beasts.
The role of Jacob, Newt’s rival in the film, is expected to be announced in the coming days. Josh Gad (Frozen), Michael Cera (Superbad) and John Krasinski (The Office) are rumoured for the part.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the first in a trilogy of films) will be released on 18 November 2016. The film will be directed by David Yates (director of the last four Harry Potter films) and penned by J.K. Rowling.
Image: WME Entertainment
7 July 2015 at 11:07 GMT
The ‘Diagon Alley’ attraction at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park celebrated its first birthday this week. To mark the occasion, a special 3D street art display will be showcased at London’s Kings’s Cross. Check out some photos below.
Consumers will be able to ‘enter’ Diagon Alley and get a glimpse into J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, with a photographer on hand to capture the special moment. The art was designed to showcase the newest addition to Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort.
The Diagon Alley area of the park includes the new Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts thrill ride.
6 July 2015 at 08:37 GMT