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LEGO to release new Harry Potter themed Diagon Alley set (40289), companion to giant Hogwarts Castle

40289 Diagon Alley

LEGO will release a new Diagon Alley set (the third LEGO iteration of the Wizarding street), with images of the set and its packaging discovered online today. The 374-piece set will be a “microscale” (smaller scale with smaller figures) companion set to the 6020-piece Hogwarts Castle build.

This version of Diagon Alley includes Gringotts Wizarding Bank, bookstore Flourish & Blotts and the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes joke shop. The set will also include a new minifigure of wandmaker Ollivander. No word yet on the release date for this set, but November seems likely.

Will we see more Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts sets released next month, too? Learn more about the world of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts LEGO sets in our dedicated LEGO section.

New ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ poster

Courtesy of Warner Bros., another Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald poster:

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ soundtrack details revealed, listen to 5 tracks from the score

Warner Bros. has revealed details about the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald soundtrack, due for release next month. James Newton Howard, composer of the first Beasts film (and The Hunger Games franchise, among others), returns to his musical post.

The score will feature 25 tracks, including three solo piano pieces (performed by Newton Howard) not heard in the film. Those piano pieces are “Dumbledores’s Theme”, “Fantastic Beasts Theme” and “Leta’s Theme”.

Of the opportunity to return to the Wizarding World, Newton Howard said, “to work on Fantastic Beasts is a wonderful musical opportunity … the movie is delightful, substantial, and complex; and [director] David Yates focuses very seriously on the music and is a truly passionate and enthusiastic collaborator.”

The score will be released digitally on 9 November, and on CD on 30 November (preorder it here). A vinyl release is scheduled for next month. Read on to see the track list (beware of plot spoilers!) and listen to five of the tracks.

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HPFZ launches new website celebrating the world of Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Funko Pop! Vinyl figures

HPFZ launches harrypotterpopvinyls.com

Here at Harry Potter Fan Zone we love Funko’s range of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Pop! Vinyl figures. That’s why we’ve today launched a brand new website dedicated solely to the Potter/Beasts Funko Pop! Vinyls.

Fellow Funko collector’s can browse a checklist of every Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts figure launched to date, as well as browse images, discuss the figures, and find retailers selling them. There’s also an FAQ where Funko enthusiasts (both new and old) can learn about the various figures, some of the rarer variations, and what figures will be released next.

Check it out today at harrypotterpopvinyls.com, or join us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! How’s your collection looking?

Johnny Depp speaks for the first time about involvement in ‘Harry Potter’ series, playing Grindelwald, casting controversy

Actor Johnny Depp has spoken publicly for the first time about his involvement in the Harry Potter series, playing dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in both Fantastic Beasts and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, Depp spoke of his love for the Harry Potter series, bringing the character of Grindelwald to life, and controversies surrounding his casting.

Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald

Were you a Harry Potter fan at all before all this?
I read the books when my kids were smaller and watched the films with them. The books were superb. What J.K. [Rowling] delivered is really a difficult thing to do as a writer — to create a whole new universe and a set of rules. And you pick it up in one fell swoop in the first book and first film. It’s a whole lot of information and I was amazed — you never felt like you were being slathered with exposition or being condescended to. It’s good literature and great writing in its own right.

You’re known for having a hand in creating your characters. We only got to see him briefly in the first film, did you have any say in his initial appearance?
I had an image in my head of the guy. The beauty of J.K. and of Yates is they put trust in me to a degree. J.K. and I had some really nice talks and I had some ideas and she just said, “I can’t wait to see what you do with him.” It was beautifully left as this open gift.

Another controversy surrounded your participation in the film. The director, studio, and Rowling issued statements of support. What was that like for you, and is there anything you’d say to fans on the fence about seeing the film?
I’ll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there. I felt bad that she had to take that. But ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I’m suing the Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations. J.K. has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me. She doesn’t take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it.

Read the full interview over at Entertainment Weekly.

5 brand new ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ character posters

Warner Bros. has unveiled 5 brand new character posters for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.