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Jason Isaacs Originally Didn’t Want to Play Lucius Malfoy

Hindsight is 20/20. It’s easy now to say, “Of course an actor should be in a Harry Potter movie” after eight films and billions of dollars. But in the moment, almost two decades ago, there must have been actors who passed. In fact, one big name that’s in the films almost did just that. Read More >>

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Star Wars: Episode IX’s New Writer is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Jack Thorne

British writer Jack Thorne has been hired to retool the script for Star Wars: Episode IX, working from a draft penned by the film’s director, Colin Trevorrow, and his writing partner Derek Connolly. Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi) wrote the initial treatment. Read More >>

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Man Discovers He’s Accidentally Reading Harry Potter Fan Fic Instead of Order of the Phoenix

Even though it’s been nearly 10 years since the last Harry Potter book was published, there are still people who’re discovering the story about The Boy Who Lived every single day. Take this fellow, for example, who was shocked to discover that he’d been mistakenly reading Potter fan fiction instead of J.K. Rowling. Read More >>

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Apparently, a Magical Circus is Important to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

As filming begins today on the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Bros. has released a summary which doesn’t tell us too much we didn’t know and a cast list that’s a bit more revealing. “Revealing” in that it includes a bounty hunter and a wizarding circus. Read More >>

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How Hogwarts Crushed All Other Fantasy Schools Under Its Heel

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 wearing it. Hogwarts is the preeminent fictional school. Read More >>

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Harry Potter Is Technically the Second Wizard in His Family With That Name

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. Read More >>

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Rare Harry Potter Prequel Stolen, J.K. Rowling Pleads for Return

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. Read More >>

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J.K. Rowling Apologises for Killing Snape and Harry Potter Fandom Promptly Self-Immolates

Since 2015, J.K. Rowling has made it an annual tradition to apologise 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. Read More >>

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Okay, Who Had Jude Law in the ‘Young Dumbledore’ Pool?

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! Read More >>

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Sweeps the Olivier Awards

Every year the Society of London Theatre issues Olivier Awards to recognise the UK’s best theatrical productions. This year, they pretty much all went to Harry Potter: The Next Generation. Read More >>

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Here’s a Friendly Reminder That Nothing in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Was Real

We knew the beasts and the magic were fake, but did you know that pretty much everything you saw on screen wasn’t there? At this point, an effects reel could reveal that Eddie Redmayne was actually five rabbits in a coat with some tremendous special effects work and I’d believe it. Read More >>

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All the Ways Fantastic Beasts Links Back to the Harry Potter Universe

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 time periods can be tough, but it’s part of the fun, and we’re here to help. Read More >>

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Johnny Depp Is Joining the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them isn’t out until November 18th, 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). Read More >>

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Bruce Springsteen Really Did Write a Song for Harry Potter That Was Wisely Rejected

I am not saying anything bad about Bruce Springsteen. But I do think that his style might have been a little jarring in the world of Harry Potter. Read More >>