J.K. Rowling has officially announced that a brand new Harry Potter stage play will be opening in London’s West End next year!
“Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago,” the 49-year-old author wrote on her Twitter account. “I’m also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.”
“It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans,” J.K. continued. “However, I can say that it is not a prequel! To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question – why isn’t #CursedChild a new novel? – I am confident that when audiences see the play. They will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team! It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry’s story.”
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We are super excited to hear that Ezra Miller may be starring in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
According to Variety, the 22-year-old actor is a frontrunner for the role of Kredan in the highly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off by J.K. Rowling.
Sources tell the outlet that Ezra was always the favorite for the role, though the deal has yet to close.
“Set in New York roughly seven decades before Harry Potter‘s saga starts, Fantastic Beasts is based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name and follows the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).”
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J.K. Rowling just wrote a lengthy update to the Pottermore website to tell fans all about the Dursley family.
JK gave some insight into the Dursleys first meeting, which did not turn out well at all! Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and Lily and James Potter immediately did not click as James and Vernon did not get along.
It’s also revealed that Vernon hated Harry because he looked so much like his father.
J.K. also wrote about how she named the characters of Vernon and Petunia. Vernon was “a name I never much cared for”, and Petunia “the name that I always gave unpleasant female characters in games of make believe I played with my sister, Di, when we were very young.”
Concerning Aunt Petunia and Harry’s final goodbye in the series, J.K. says she wanted “something decent (a long-forgotten but dimly burning love of her sister; the realisation that she might never see Lily’s eyes again) almost struggled out of Aunt Petunia” during the moment, “but that she is not able to admit it, or show those long buried feelings.”
Another star has been cast in the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them… Katherine Waterston will be playing the female lead!
The 35-year-old actress is joining the previously announced Eddie Redmayne in the spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise.
Katherine, best known for starring in last year’s Inherent Vice, will play “Tina, short for Porpentina, a witch who works her magic in the U.S. She meets magizoologist Newt Scamander (Redmayne) when he stops in New York City on his travels to find and document magical creatures,” according to Variety.
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Have you ever been jealous of the people that live in England that they live so close to where Hogwarts is supposed to be located? Well, now people in the United States can get excited because J.K. Rowling just hinted that an American equivalent exists!
The Harry Potter author revealed the scoop while chatting with her fans on Twitter about the upcoming spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will star Eddie Redmayne.
A fan asked if Eddie‘s character Newt Salamander will be going to visit a school in New York.
“No, but he’s going to meet people who were educated at [name] in [not New York],” she replied.
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It looks like Harry Potter villain Severus Snape is alive, doing well, and making a living working for American Airlines in New York City!
The airline posted a photo to their Facebook showing a Snape lookalike instructing a Hogwarts student where to go in LaGuardia airport. LOL!
“Severus Snape will assist you in the boarding process for Flight Nine and Three Quarters from LaGuardia to Hogwarts. We’ll be boarding by Sorting House and are expecting a full flight today,” the Facebook post read. “Our First Class Slytherin passengers can now board the Patronus Jet. Please let our Flight Attendants know if you would like a pre-departure butterbeer. Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff are welcome to board next. Last and certainly least, Gryffindor and Muggles may board.”
The lookalike’s real name is actually David Dolci and he bares a striking resemblance to Alan Rickman, who portrayed Snape in all the Harry Potter films! Bigger photo inside… More Here! »
Ever wonder how old Draco Malfoy from the Harry Potter series really is? Well, thanks to J.K. Rowling, we can confirm that he just turned 35!
A fan realized that June 5 is Draco’s birthday, so she tweeted the author and asked how old Draco (played by Tom Felton in the film franchise) is turning.
“Draco turns 35 today. I’m not invited to the party, mainly because I keep telling girls they’re misguided to fancy him,” J.K. wrote.
Rowling previously wrote on Pottermore to warn fans about crushing on a villain.
“I have often had cause to remark on how unnerved I have been by the number of girls who fell for this particular fictional character,” she wrote. “All this has left me in the unenviable position of pouring cold common sense on ardent readers’ daydreams, as I told them, rather severely, that Draco was not concealing a heart of gold under all that sneering and prejudice and that no, he and Harry were not destined to end up best friends.”