J.K. Rowling to Debut 12 New HARRY POTTER Writings on Pottermore for the 12 Days of Christmas; Will Reveal Her Thoughts on Draco Malfoy

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Harry Potter is the gift that keeps on giving – the books, the movies, the theme parks, the upcoming spin-off series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and of course, Pottermore.  If you’re a hardcore Harry Potter nut like me, you’ve probably already availed yourself of Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s interactive social media site designed to let fans step into the books and explore the world of Harry Potter via the internet.  It’s a fun site, and though it’s obviously aimed at a younger audience, Rowling occasionally releases new stories and insights to the characters and creations we’ve come to love.  Hit the jump to find out when you can look forward to your next Potter fix.

Blu-ray/DVD Deal: Up to 66% off HARRY POTTER Complete Film Collections

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If you’ve been waiting to own Harry Potter on either Blu-ray or DVD, today’s the day to finally pick it up.  That’s because Amazon’s Gold Box Deal is up to 66% off the Harry Potter Complete Film Collections on either Blu-ray and DVD.  In addition, Amazon has the awesome Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection (the 31-disc collection containing all eight Harry Potter movies on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet and more than 45 hours of special features including the Creating the World of Harry Potter documentary series) for $99.99 (which is 60% off the regular price of $249.99 and the cheapest it’s ever been).  Like all Amazon deals, prices are only good while supplies last or midnight tonight.

And click here for more deals including CDs for $6.99, tons of video games for 50% off, 4K TVs for 30% off, flash drives for 50% off, and so much more.

Daniel Radcliffe Talks HORNS, Keeping the Leather Jacket, Making the Material Believable, Working with Alexandre Aja, His Hopes to Direct and More

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He’s walked us through a world of witchcraft and wizardry, made moviegoers believe in the Woman in Black of the Eel Marsh House and now Daniel Radcliffe has absolutely no trouble selling himself as a guy with horns growing out of his head in Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of the Joe Hill novel, Horns.  Radcliffe leads as Ig Perrish.  Ig is all ready to live happily ever after with his longtime girlfriend Merrin Williams (Juno Temple), but then she turns up dead and he’s named the prime suspect.  Complicating matters further, Ig also wakes up with horns comings out of his head.

Horns is already available on VOD, but in honor of the film’s very appropriate October 31st theatrical release, I got the chance to sit down with Radcliffe to discuss the challenges of grounding such an out-of-this-world situation, what it was like working with Aja, his hopes to direct his own feature film and loads more.  You can catch all of that in the interview after the jump and, in case you missed it, click here to find out what Radcliffe had to say about Victor Frankenstein as well.

HARRY POTTER Spinoff FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Confirmed for a Trilogy; Will Be Released across 2016, 2018, and 2020

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Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara made some major announcements this morning at an investors’ meeting.  Among those announcements was a confirmation that the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be a trilogy.  Tsujihara originally revealed this information to The New York Times back in March, and said they would be “three megamovies”, and I now assume “megamovie” means “license to print money”.  A press release also confirms that David Yates, who directed the final four Harry Potter movies, will helm Fantastic Beasts, which is being written by J.K. Rowling.

For those who don’t know, Fantastic Beasts is set in New York City, seventy years before the events of Harry Potter, and follows Newt Scamander, the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which became one of Harry’s schoolbooks.  The first movie is due out on November 18, 2016.  The next two movies will follow in 2018 and 2020, respectively.  Hit the jump for the press release.


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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.


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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.

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