HARRY POTTER Director David Yates in Talks to Helm Spinoff FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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As the director behind the final four Harry Potter films starting with Order of the Phoenix, filmmaker David Yates was likely the most well-versed filmmaker in Potter lore.  Chris Columbus kicked the franchise off with the first two films, Alfonso Cuaron brought a maturity and unique artistic quality to the series, and Mike Newell injected his inherent Britishness into the franchise, but it was Yates who handled the conclusion of The Boy Who Lived.  And so it’s fitting that it now looks like he will get to start a Harry Potter franchise of his own, as news comes that Yates is in talks to helm the first installment in the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  More after the jump.

Daniel Radcliffe Talks A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK AND OTHER STORIES Season 2, Working with Jon Hamm, the New HARRY POTTER Story, and More

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The critically acclaimed limited series A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, returns in the coming weeks for Season 2 on Ovation.  Inspired by the works of Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov and set in the small village of Muryevo in 1918, the Young Doctor (Radcliffe) is battling an all-consuming morphine addiction and struggles to cope with life in the hospital and the efforts of his medical staff, under the critical gaze of his older self (Hamm).

As part of the Ovation presentation at the TCA Press Tour, Daniel Radcliffe spoke via satellite from New York, where he’s starring on Broadway in the hit production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, about why this four-episode series appealed to him, how flattering it is to have Jon Hamm playing the older version of him, what it’s like to do some of the more intimate scenes with his co-star, what he enjoys about doing short-form television, and what he believes makes a good U.S. adaptation of a U.K. TV show.  He also talked about whether he could ever see himself reprising the role of Harry Potter as an adult, especially after the story that J.K. Rowling just released.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

J.K. Rowling Writes New HARRY POTTER Story Providing Update on 34-Year-Old Harry and Friends

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out almost seven years ago, and ended with a touching epilogue where the main characters were now sending their children off to Hogwarts.  There were minor clues about what they chose to do after saving the world, but it was summed up wonderfully with the final line, “All was well.”  While Rowling has stated on multiple occasions that Harry Potter’s story is finished and that there won’t be any more books, there’s nothing wrong with checking in on the characters, especially if you do it in a fun way.

Rowling has taken to Pottermore, the official interactive Harry Potter website, to provide an update on a 34-year-old Harry Potter and other members of Dumbledore’s Army.  However, you have to cut through Rita Skeeter’s poison pen to gleam the truth.  Hit the jump for more.

Everything You Need to Know about the New Diagon Alley Expansion at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Harry Potter is a cultural touchstone that’s destined to endure for generations to come.  Author J.K. Rowling created a universe unlike any other with her book series, which grew darker and more complex with each subsequent entry.  The novels wholly transported readers to a place that was joyful, fun, challenging, and dangerous, and that experience was adapted for the big screen with the Harry Potter film series, which immersed fans even further into the magical universe.  With Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction at the Islands of Adventure in Orlando, fans were then treated to their first tangible, large-scale Harry Potter experience.  That initial park opened in 2010, and now Universal is ready to present the new—and superior—expansion: Diagon Alley.

In anticipation of the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida on July 8th, Collider was recently invited for an extensive preview of what Diagon Alley has to offer.  After the jump, I’ll walk you through some of the highlights of the new attraction, including a working Hogwarts Express, genuine magic wands, Knockturn Alley, wonderfully detailed shops, the glorious new Butterbeer ice cream, and much more.  And if you missed my over 100 photos from the attraction, click here.

Over 100 Diagon Alley Images from Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Expansion

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When Universal’s Islands of Adventure opened the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction in 2010, it was an instant success.  Muggles from every corner of the planet flocked to the park to enjoy butterbeer, Olivander’s Wand Shop, and even Hogwarts itself in the faithfully recreated town of Hogsmeade.  With success like that, it’s no surprise that Universal is now gearing up to open its second Harry Potter attraction on July 8th: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley.  In anticipation of the grand opening, Collider was recently invited to the Orlando theme park for an extensive sneak peek at the new Diagon Alley attraction.  I’ll have my full, in-depth report up soon, but suffice it to say it’s a wonderfully immersive experience that’s sure to make fans very, very happy.

During this preview event, I was able to snap a large batch of pictures of the Diagon Alley area.  After the jump, you’ll find looks at the towering, goblin-filled Gringotts bank (topped by a fire-breathing dragon, no less), a multitude of shops, Flourean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour, the Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley, and of course, the brand new Hogwarts Express ride. 

New Images from the HARRY POTTER Diagon Alley Attraction; Opens at Universal Orlando on July 8th

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If you’re looking for some family fun (or fun on your own; family not required), then you may want to head to Universal Orlando.  The popular Harry Potter attraction will expand to Diagon Alley on July 8th.  Hogsmeade Village opened in 2010, and has, unsurprisingly been a hit.  In addition to being able to visit the popular shops of Diagon Alley, visitors will also be able to on the new ride, “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts”.

According to Yahoo!, it will run you $136 to guy a two-park pass that will allow you to travel between Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade Village.  The two attractions are connected by the Hogwarts Express.  While it may seem a little pricey, can you really put a price on this kind of magic?  Technically, yes.  But I would play it gladly.  Hit the jump to check out Harry Potter Diagon Alley images.

Alfonso Cuaron in Talks to Direct J.K. Rowling’s FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

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After delivering one of the most ambitious films ever made and winning the Oscar for Best Director, it appears that Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron isn’t keen on going small-scale for his next feature.  Reporter Nikki Finke tweets that Cuaron is “deep in talks” to take the director’s chair on the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Should the deal come through, Cuaron would return to the world of Harry Potter a decade after helming arguably the best film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  The script for Fantastic Beasts was written by author J.K. Rowling herself, and though the story takes place in the same universe as Harry Potter, it’s set in an earlier time period and doesn’t involve any of the main characters from the series.  Hit the jump for more.

HARRY POTTER Spinoff FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Set for November 18, 2016 Release

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Though development continues quietly on the Harry Potter spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it appears that the project is far enough along to stake out a release date.  Warner Bros. has announced that Fantastic Beasts will open in theaters on November 18, 2016, five days before an untitled Disney Animation film and a couple of weeks after Fox’s Trolls.  The film is based on the J.K. Rowling book of the same name, which takes place within the Harry Potter universe but doesn’t involve any of the main characters from the insanely popular book series.  Rowling herself is penning the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but a director has yet to be attached.

Hit the jump for more on the project, including how closely it will be tied to Harry Potter.

Collider Giveaway: Win a Copy of the HARRY POTTER Hogwarts Collection Blu-ray/DVD Set

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Though the franchise came to a close a couple of years ago, the Harry Potter series will have a long, long shelf-life.  The films are endlessly rewatchable, and as such, the Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection (Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet) set is a great buy.  The price for the Blu-ray collection is fairly steep, but we’ve been provided with one copy to give away to a lucky reader.  The collection includes all eight films on Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet, as well as a bounty of extras including the 8-part Creating the World of Harry Potter documentary series.  If you don’t own all the films on Blu-ray, this is a great way to complete your collection in one fell swoop.

Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Talks HARRY POTTER Spin-Off Trilogy, More LEGO MOVIE Sequels, and Plans for DC Superheroes

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Warner Bros. has already had a huge hit in 2014 with The LEGO Movie, and they could have a very successful summer with the releases of Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Jersey Boys, and more.  But like all major studios, WB is looking to build sturdy franchises for the years ahead.  In an interview with the New York Times, Warner Bros. C.E.O. Kevin Tsujihara talked about his plans for the studio.  Specifically, he touched on the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, building off The LEGO Movie, and the future of the adapting DC superheroes.

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HARRY POTTER Author J.K. Rowling Admits Hermione Should Have Wed Harry

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Some new comments from author J.K. Rowling may please certain Harry Potter shippers while upsetting others.  In an interview by series star Emma Watson, Rowling expressed uncertainty over the relationship between Ron and Hermione, admitting that it made more sense in hindsight to pair Hermione with Harry instead.  There are plenty of fans of the books and movies (and fanfic) who fall on either side of this divide, so Rowling may have stirred up a hornet’s nest, unintentionally or otherwise.  See what Rowling had to say after the jump.

New Details about Expanded THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER at Universal Orlando; Will Contain Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley

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If you’re a parent and your kids are Harry Potter fans, your summer vacation might be magical/wallet-demolishing.  Universal Orlando Resort will be expanding their theme park The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this summer to include Diagon Alley.  Previously, the park included Hogsmeade, but now attendees will be able to hop on the Hogwarts Express and go to Diagon Alley.  And yes, that’s a real Hogwarts Express that will take you from Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Hogsmeade Station) to Universal Studios Florida (King’s Cross).  According to the press release, “The journey will be filled with views of London and the British countryside - as well as a few surprises. Park-to-park admission is required.”  There will also be the “groundbreaking new, multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts” and the shops of Diagon Alley, which is where the wallet demolition will come in.

Hit the jump to check out a concept image of the park, and for a list of what attendees will find on Diagon Alley.

Starbucks Offering HARRY POTTER’s Butterbeer for the Holidays, If You Know the Spell

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After having infiltrated all corners of the Muggle world, Starbucks is now branching out to include beverages from the wizarding world as well.  Kinda.  Though Butterbeer — a favored Hogsmeade drink of Hogwarts students and many others in the Harry Potter series — is not an official menu item at Starbucks, patrons can create the flavor, more or less, using a suggested recipe.  How are you with potions?  Hit the jump for this particular incantation and more. 

Warner Bros. Says Wonder Woman Might Be in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; J.K. Rowling Will Have Time to Work on FANTASTIC BEASTS

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Warner Bros. has been one of the braver studios when it comes to taking chances on risky projects.  It’s paid off in a big way lately with Gravity, and they also distributed Pacific Rim as well as last year’s Cloud Atlas.  The studio can afford to take these risks because they’ve got some heavy hitters in the franchise department, most notably their DC superheroes.  Superman got back on his feet and in the sky with Man of Steel, and Batman will be returning for 2015′s Batman vs. Superman.  In addition to bringing back the Dark Knight, the studio has also managed to revive Harry Potter with the spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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STAR WARS EPISODE VII Spring/Summer 2015 Release Date Confirmed? Plus, Darth Vader-Themed TV Specials Coming

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With Disney remaining tight-lipped about developments on their upcoming projects (especially anything Star Wars and Marvel related), we’ve had to resort to some unusual sources of information.  Enter today’s morsel: a brochure from Disney’s presentation at the European Brand Licensing Show.  In addition to announcements for a Star Wars Mobile LEGO game and a Star Wars Digital Library due to launch next year, there’s also an apparent confirmation of the release date of Star Wars Episode VII in the Spring/Summer of 2015.  Oh, and there’s a mention of some upcoming Darth Vader-themed TV specials that might interest you.  Hit the jump for much, much more.

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