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‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure’ coming to Orlando’s ‘Harry Potter’ theme park

A new ‘immersive coaster experience’ themed around Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid and his menagerie of magical creatures is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will open on 13 June.

The new ride will open on 13 June 2019, and further details will be revealed in the coming months. The attraction replaces the Triwizard-themed Dragon Challengecoaster which closed in 2017.

Funko unveil 3 new ‘Harry Potter’ Pop! Vinyl figures ahead of Emerald City Comic Con

Funko has unveiled three new Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl figures ahead of 2019’s Emerald City Comic Con in March. The 3-pack features Ginny, Fred and George Weasley in their Irish Quidditch World Cup outfits and will be sold exclusively through Barnes and Noble retailers from March 14.

Ginny, Fred and George Weasley (ECCC 2019/Barnes & Noble exclusive)

Bloomsbury to publish paperback ‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition

Bloomsbury will publish a paperback version of the Chamber of Secrets illustrated edition from 22 August. The paperback version features new jacket artwork and is ‘redesigned in a smaller format for smaller hands’. It will include 60% of the illustrations from the 2016 hardback edition, as well as a pullout poster of Diagon Alley.

‘Chamber of Secrets’ illustrated edition (paperback)

You can preorder the paperback version over at Bloomsbury’s website.

Dan Fogler (Jacob) confirms ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’ set in Brazil, production delay

Dan Fogler — Jacob Kowalski in the Fantastic Beasts films — recently gave an interview where he confirmed that the as yet untitled 3rd Fantastic Beasts film would be set in Brazil.

Fans have been speculating about Brazil as Newt Scamander’s next destination after J.K. Rowling updated her Twitter header photo to a picture of Rio De Janeiro in the 1930s. Brazil follows New York and Paris as the primary destinations in the first two ‘Beasts’ films.

Fogler also commented on a production delay for the film, noting that the film will be ‘bigger than the first two combined’ and that the crew ‘needed more time to prep and they didn’t want to rush anything so they pushed it back’.

Fantastic Beasts 3 is scheduled for release in November 2020 but it’s unknown whether the production delay will result in a release push back.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London announces Gringotts Bank expansion

Exploring Gingotts Bank will soon be one step closer to reality with the announcement of Warner Bros.’ latest Harry Potter studio tour expansion. From April 6, the iconic Wizarding Bank set will join The Making of Harry Potter experience at Leavesden Studios.

Concept art for the Gringotts Bank ‘Harry Potter’ studio tour expansion.

Visitors will be able to tour the Gringotts main hall as well as enter the Lestrange vault where both the Sword of Gryffindor and Hufflepuff Cup props will be on display. The original Gringotts bank set is modelled on London’s iconic Australia House — in fact, scenes in the first ‘Potter’ film were shot here on location.

During the events of Deathly Hallows: Part 2 the trio break into the Wizarding bank before destroying much of the main hall (thankfully reconstructed at Leavesden Studios this time) during their daring dragon escape.

Tickets for the Harry Potter studio tour can be purchased from the official website.

Bloomsbury reveal cover designs for 20th anniversary House Editions of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’

Bloomsbury will publish the third of their 20th anniversary House Edition series of novels with the release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on 13 June. The ‘Azkaban’ House Editions follow the 20th anniversary releases of Philosopher’s Stone (2017) and Chamber of Secrets (2018). Prisoner of Azkaban was first published in the UK on 8 July 1999.

Four ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ House Editions will be released in June, marking 20 years since the original publication.

The four Prisoner of Azkaban House Editions — each designed for a Hogwarts house — will be published in both paperback and hardback and again feature original jacket artwork by Levi Pinfold. The ‘Azkaban’ House Edition covers depict Sirius Black in his black-dog animagus form and are surrounded by intricate illustrations unique to each house.

The ‘Azkaban’ House Editions show Sirius Black in animagus form and are adorned with unique illustrations for each Hogwarts house.

The red Gryffindor House Edition is bordered by James Potter in animagus form, Harry conjuring a Patronus and the lone figure of Hagrid. The blue Ravenclaw edition is adorned with illustrations of Professor Trelawney, Azkaban Prison and Buckbeak the Hippogriff. The yellow and green Hufflepuff and Slytherin covers feature the Knight Bus, Hufflepuff Quidditch Captain Cedric Diggory, Dementors; and executioner MacNair, Peter Pettigrew as an animagus rat and a Wolfsbane Potion respectively.

In addition, each book features an illustration of its respective house animal on the binding. Incidentally, when all seven novels have been published, the alternating colours will form a Hogwarts house scarf. New internal illustrations by Pinfold show different characters casting the Patronus Charm.

The Prisoner of Azkaban House Editions can be pre-ordered now on Bloomsbury’s website.

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