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Funko reveal new ‘Harry Potter’ products at London Toy Fair

Funko have announced a number of new products ahead of this year’s London Toy Fair, including new additions to their Harry Potter lineup. The Toy Fair reveals include new 5 Star and Vynl figures, as well as a range of SuperCute Plush toys.

5 Star

Vinyl

SuperCute Plush

 

Although no new Pop! Vinyl figures were announced, we’ll soon be seeing a new Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl 3-pack at the Emerald City Comic Con in March.

Cast portraits from the Australian production of ‘Cursed Child’ unveiled

The first photos of the cast in costume from the upcoming Melbourne production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been unveiled. The Australian production of Cursed Child commences at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre next month.

Funko’s first ‘Harry Potter’ Pop! Vinyl for 2019 is a 10″ Hedwig

A 10″ super sized Hedwig Pop! is coming to Target stores.

Funko’s first Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl release for 2019 will be a 10″ version of Hedwig the owl. The figure is exclusive to Target retailers and will be available from 1 March. This release follows two Hedwig figures (a standard and flocked version of the owl) unveiled in November.

2019 is likely to be a big one for ‘Potter’ Funko fans. The next Pop! Vinyl release will be a Barnes & Noble Harry Potter 3-pack exclusive, unveiled at the Emerald City Comic Con convention in March.

There’s no word yet on pre-ordering the super sized version of Hedwig. We’ll keep you posted when more information is available.

All eight ‘Potter’ films coming to Netflix in Australia from January 15

Netflix has announced that all eight Harry Potter films will be available on the Australian/New Zealand version of the service from January 15.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ screenplay available from today

J.K. Rowling’s original Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay is available in book form from today.

The second in the Fantastic Beasts series, the screenplay sees Newt Scamander off to Paris in pursuit of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

The new screenplay is the perfect companion piece to the first Fantastic Beasts screenplay, which was released in 2016.

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ receiving mixed reviews, critical consensus (no spoilers)

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is receiving mixed reviews

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is less than a week away and reviews are starting to flood in. Sadly, reviews so far are generally mixed, and the critical consensus seems to indicate the film doesn’t live up to the first ‘Beasts’ entry.

The film currently holds a 57% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to its predecessor (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016) which has a certified “fresh” rating of 74%. Critics are praising the film’s magic and charm, but criticising the overall story and medley of characters.

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times says, “the movie is too busy bouncing all over the place, stuffing subplot after subplot into the mix”, while Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post praised the story and noted the film has, “one of the biggest third-act reveals in the whole Harry Potter series.” (Editor’s note: beware spoilers if clicking the review links.)

Of course, these are the views of film critics and not necessarily the general ‘Potter’ population, many of whom are praising the film on social media. We’ll need to wait a week to see how the ‘Potter’ faithful feel about the film.

If you’ve seen the film, what did you think?