Harry Potter (book series 1997 - 2007, film series 2001 - 2011) The Harry Potter series is a fantasy book and film series, based on the titular character studying at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Both the book and film series have gone on to become the highest grossing series' in their respective mediums. It focuses on Potter's quest to stop the Dark Lord Voldermort from taking over the wizarding world and wiping out all of those that cannot use magic. The original concept for the series was thought up by writer J. K. Rowling while delayed for four hours on a train ride in 1990. Due to the popularity of the novels and film series, J. K. Rowling now has a net worth of 1 billion USD. While the book series consisted of seven book, the film series contained eight movies. This is because, as the general public had become so connected to the world of the films, the final movie was split into two part - one wound down the world of the films, and the other provided the final climax of the series. The films are known for, amongst other things, their cast of some of the most famous British actors, as part of J. K. Rowling's contract that the films would only contain British actors for British parts. As well as launching the careers of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, the films contained Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis and Emma Thompson, among many others.
The actor did not enjoy the romantic moment, due to his brother-sister relationship with Watson.
It might have been a moment that melted the hearts of Harry Potter fans, but actor Rupert Grint doesn't have fond memories of his on-screen kiss with Emma Watson. Grint’s character Ron Weasley finally got together with Hermione Granger in the final instalment of the franchise, but for the two actors it was all just very awkward.
Rupert Grint does not remember his kiss with Emma Watson fondly.
Speaking to People during the 'Celebration of Harry Potter' event in Orlando over the weekend, Grint opened up on the famous scene. "I never look back at that scene," Grint said. "I've known Emma since she was literally 9 years old and we had this very brother-sister relationship.”
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Watson had posted a quotation of Rickman where he had spoken of his support for feminism, cuing a backlash of fans accusing her of using his death to push an agenda.
The British actress, who played Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter movies between 2001 and 2011, tweeted a quotation from Rickman yesterday after the news broke of his death at the age of 69 from cancer. It read: “There is nothing wrong with a man being a feminist - I think it is to our mutual advantage.”
Emma Watson has been accused of exploiting Alan Rickman's death to push a feminist agenda
Swaziland-born Noma Dumezweni will play the adult Hermione in the new stage show.
When Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni was cast as the adult Hermione in the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there were objections from some sections of the internet who believed the character should be played by a white actress. But following in the footsteps of Harry Potter author Jk Rowling, actress Emma Watson has now publicly shared her support for Dumezweni.
Emma Watson has tweeted her support for actress Noma Dumezweni.
Watson starred as Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter films, beginning in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. She last played Hermione in 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Rowling has come out in support of Noma Dumezweni in the role of Hermione Granger, saying that the original books never specified anything to do with race.
Following the uproar in some corners of the internet over the casting Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger in a London theatrical production of a Harry Potter story, the universe’s author J.K. Rowling has come out in support of the move.
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ will debut at the Palace Theatre in London in July 2016, and sees Harry, Hermione and Ron working at the Ministry of Magic as adults in a story written by Rowling and fleshed out by Jack Thorne. Dumezweni, 45, has a huge amount of West End experience, including a Laurence Olivier Award, but some fans were upset at the casting of a black woman as Hermione.
J.K. Rowling has come out in support of the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione
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Because to some people, the colour of Hermione's skin matters for some reason.
The main cast of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' has now been announced, and as much as it's upped the excitement, the choice for Hermione Granger has caused some confusion among fans. Swaziland-born, Olivier-award winning Noma Dumezweni is named to play an older version of the clever witch.
Jk Rowling approves of black Hermione
Alongside Dumezweni, whose previous credits include 'Doctor Who' and 'Little Miss Jocelyn', 'The Cursed Child' will also star Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley. Parker has starred in West End's 'The History Boys' while Thornley is known for starring alongside Tom Hardy in 'London Road'.
Long before the time of Harry Potter, wizards and witches still lived their lives in the muggle world as well as the wizarding world that was still governed by the ministry of magic.
Even though 'he who shall not be named' wasn't causing chaos for the wizards, they still had problems of their own. Largely these were monsters and beasts that come from far and distant lands. Newt Scamander is one particular wizard who is fascinated by these creators and when a selection of these terrible beasts are mistakenly released into the muggle world, Newt finds himself suddenly thrown into untrodden territory.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was originally written as a book by JK Rowling. The book studies 83 of these mystical creators all of which Newt has discovered.
Radcliffe admitted to being jealous of his wizarding successor Eddie Redmayne in the 'Harry Potter' universe - but why?
Radcliffe admitted to NME that he had a severe case of “costume envy” when he saw the first on-set shots of Redmayne’s character Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last month, and couldn’t believe that his English colleague had such a great outfit already.
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in 'Fantastic Beasts...'
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Filming has begun, and so has our excitement.
Exciting times ahead for Harry Potter fans; not only have we got J.K. Rowling's upcoming stage play 'The Cursed Child' to look forward to, but filming for spin-off flick 'Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them' is well underway and if the first images from the set are anything to go by, it's going to be epic.
Eddie Redmayne stars in this forthcoming magical adventure, which is set to be in cinemas in a year. Fans of the Harry Potter movies will be pleased to note that long-standing director David Yates is at the helm of 'Fantastic Beasts', alongside permanent producer David Heyman, and with Jk Rowling as the screenwriter.
The Directioner bought one of the flying cars used in the memorable sequence from 'Chamber of Secrets'.
Liam Payne has admitted to being a ‘Harry Potter’ uber-fan, revealing that he owns a flying car from the movie Chamber of Secrets and keeps it in his garden. Well, that’s what you can do when you’re a member of one of the biggest bands in the world.
Liam and his One Direction colleagues were interviewed by Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1’s breakfast show on Monday morning (November 16th), and the 22 year old confessed, after a little teasing from Harry Styles, that he splashed out an undisclosed six-figure sum on the piece of Potter paraphernalia and placed it in the garden of his £5.1 million Surrey mansion.
Liam Payne is a self-confessed Harry Potter "geek"
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J.K. Rowling has explained her decision not to endorse Palestine’s cultural and academic boycott of Israel.
J.K. Rowling does not believe Palestine’s cultural boycott of its neighbouring state Israel will “further peace”. Rowling was forced to further address these complex diplomatic relations after some of those in the pro-Palestinian camp used the Harry Potter characters she had created to make points about the boycott.
J.K. Rowling at the Empire State Building in New York, April 2015.
Because it's the must-see event of the summer of 2016.
Harry Potter fans everywhere will no doubt be trembling with excitement and trying to get last minute priority booking for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' next year, and now franchise creator Jk Rowling has created an even bigger buzz by revealing some more information regarding the play.
JK Rowling unveils more information about 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'
While we don't know the exact plot details yet, nor who will be cast in the production, we now know enough to keep us pondering until next year. So here's nine things that have already been revealed to us about this unique play:
Fans of the Harry Potter films have been warned of the dangers of trespassing on railway tracks after a number of sightings of tourists on the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
Harry Potter fans have been warned not to trespass over the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands. The local police have issued a warning about the dangers of trespassing on to railway lines. Their warning comes after a number of tourists were spotted taking pictures from the viaduct over the summer.
Daniel Radcliffe, who starred as Harry Potter in the film adaptation, at the L.A. premiere of Horns in October 2014.
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The day that filming wrapped for the Disney re-make was also the 15th anniversary of a momentous moment in Watson's career...
While filming her final scenes for the forthcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast back in August, Emma Watson says she was struck by a profound moment of realisation about her career – it was exactly 15 years to the day that she landed her role in the first Harry Potter movie!
Filming wrapped for the hotly-anticipated remake back on August 21st this year, but amid the cast celebrations the date had extra significance for 25 year old Watson, as she realised that she had been cast as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone all those years before.
Emma Watson has finished filming 'Beauty and the Beast'
But you might need to check your Gringotts vault before buying a ticket.
Harry Potter fans are in for a magical treat this Christmas as Hogwarts opens its doors to host an unforgettable festive feast. Lucky fans will be able to enjoy a meal in the iconic Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio in London and feel just like Harry, Ron and Hermione.
Dine like Harry, Hermione and Ron at Hogwarts this Christmas.
The event will take place on Thursday 3rd December, but tickets don't come cheap and are priced at £230. The event is also only opened to fans aged 18 years and over.
The ‘Harry Potter’ author shared the news on Twitter on Wednesday (9th September).
J.K. Rowling has shocked – and devastated - the Harry Potter fandom by admitting everyone has been saying Voldemort’s name incorrectly. We should actually be pronouncing the name without the ‘t’. The 50-year-old author shared the news with her 5.46 million Twitter followers on Wednesday evening (9th September).
J.K. Rowling at the Empire State Building in April 2015.
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