Twenty years ago today, a book was published that changed many of our lives forever. That book was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, later renamed Sorcerer’s Stone in the U.S. It was our first taste of a wondrous world of witchcraft and wizardry that has inspired billions around the world. Here’s how that…
Harry Potter turns 20 today. (Technically, because of how the publishing world works, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone turns 20 next year, on September 1, when the US version came out.) Pottermania is so well-entrenched that all you need to see is a red and gold scarf to instantly know a lot about the person…
If you were wondering how Harry Potter got his name, then J.K. Rowling has finally given an answer. She’s also explained how it was that there were no wizarding grandparents to take in Harry after his parents died.
A one-of-a-kind Harry Potter prequel has been stolen, and author J.K. Rowling is eager to get it back in the right hands.
Since 2015, J.K. Rowling has made it an annual tradition to apologize on the anniversary of the fictional Battle of Hogwarts for killing off a Harry Potter character. This year’s selection was not met with the usual mourning.
Because if you guessed that the Fantastic Beasts movies would tap Jude Law to play the young Dumbledore, come collect your money. Now I’m really sad that Robert Downey Jr. didn’t get himself cast as Grindelwald somehow. Then we could have had a Sherlock Holmes reunion!
Much like Broadway does with the Tonys in the U.S, the Society of London Theatre issues Olivier Awards to recognize the United Kingdom’s best theatrical productions. This year, they pretty much all went to Harry Potter: The Next Generation.
Sometimes, authors give things names that look good on paper but will are near-impossible to pronounce. Fantasy and science fiction do it at an appalling frequency. Add Rowling’s “choranaptyxic” to that list.
Whether you first experienced the Harry Potter story in print or on the screen, you’ll never forget the moment when Harry finally had his showdown with Lord Voldemort. Now, a new poster captures that moment in all his glory.
As easy as J.K. Rowling can conjure up a fantastic world, she just crushed another. Addressing rumors that had begun to swirl online, the author tweeted that there will not be a trilogy of movies based on the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Sometimes news has been sitting on the Internet for years waiting for someone to discover it. And today, that has to do with a piece of Harry Potter lore that J.K. Rowling has been talking about since 2000: the fact she originally conceived another Weasely family member who was a Slytherin.
Thanks to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we can all see the future. We may not know how the adventures of Newt Scamander will turn out, but thanks to the Harry Potter films and books, we know what happens to many of the famous characters seen or mentioned in the prequel. Connecting the dots between these two…
There are few things more impressive than the imagination of J.K. Rowling, and it’s on full display in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter author-turned-screenwriter has begun an exciting new chapter in her wizarding world, set 70 years before the Potter story starts (and in America), and it very…
It’s been a busy month for Warner Bros.’ revitalization of the Potterverse movies. The first Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie comes out next week, and with it the news that there will be five movies, a young Albus Dumbledore, and Johnny Depp. J.K. Rowling, who is writing the scripts for these movies, has…
No one who has a creative stake in the Harry Potter universe has been shy about saying that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will feature characters we know from those books and movies. The biggest, though, is Albus Dumbledore, and the director just confirmed when we’ll see him.
In this clip from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Newt Scamander uses magic to smoothly reassemble a room that’s been torn to pieces by one of his escaped creatures, hoping to cover his tracks. And he almost gets away with it. Too bad the hairless little critter makes a grand entrance and blows his cover.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t out until November 18, but we’ve already got some news about its sequel: Johnny Depp is joining the cast. He’ll be a new element in a film which will otherwise have the same director (David Yates), screenwriter (J.K. Rowling), and star (Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander).
At a special fan event today, hundreds of people were treated to a special sneak peek at the beginning of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be released November 18. There’s not a lot of things to spoil the plot in the beginning, but there are a lot more connections to Harry Potter than you’d expect.
Look, I’m just gonna say it: If it takes you five movies to find where the fantastic beasts are, you’re doing a really bad job of finding them.
Another day closer to the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, another Pottermore story about the history of American wizardry which, we presume, will be all shaken up by that movie’s protagonist, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) Today’s lesson: politics!