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.
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.
The 'Harry Potter' author reminded us that it was James Potter's first day at wizarding school.
Rowling introduced readers to Potter Jr. in the epilogue of the final book of the series ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, a brief section set 19 years after the events of the book in which Harry and Ginny are a couple with three children, the eldest of which is James Sirius Potter – named in honour of Harry’s own father James and godfather Sirius Black.
J.K. Rowling tweeted that Sep 1st, 2015 is James Potter's first day at Hogwarts
Colin Farrell has been cast as a wizard in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.
Colin Farrell has joined the cast of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The 39-year-old actor will play a wizard in the upcoming film, due to be released in 2016.
Colin Farrell at a screening of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet in Los Angeles in July 2015.
Columbus, who directed the first three 'Harry Potter' movies, believes audiences would be interested in exploring what happened to them over the next 19 years before the movies' brief epilogue.
Director Chris Columbus has revealed that he would like to make a series of sequels to the Harry Potter movies. He’s “fascinated” by the plotlines and back stories of the main characters, such as Hermione Grainger, Ron Weasley and the boy wizard himself, and would like to explore what happened to them after the books finished.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the 56 year old filmmaker who directed the first three official Harry Potter movies (Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban) said he wants to fill in the 19 year gap between the final book and its epilogue. Columbus is “fascinated about what happened to them” and wants to tell their stories.
Chris Columbus has expressed an interest in theoretical 'Harry Potter' sequels
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Daniel Radcliffe was filmed performing Eminem’s ‘The Real Slim Shady’ at a karaoke bar in California – take a look!
Daniel Radcliffe was recently filmed at a karaoke bar and his performance is actually pretty incredible. Whilst most people may turn to Dolly Parton or any 80s power ballad they can find, the Harry Potter actor went in an entirely different direction: rap.
Daniel Radcliffe at the San Diego Comic-Con 2015.
Daniel Radcliffe completed an hour-long shift as a receptionist at a magazine’s head office and proved himself to be an absolutely incompetent in the role. Check out the funny video!
If Daniel Radcliffe’s acting career was suddenly over and he happened to find himself penniless, there’s one job he certainly shouldn’t apply for. The Harry Potter tried his hand at being a receptionist for a magazine and the experiment failed, quite miserably.
Daniel Radcliffe (centre) with Victor Frankenstein director Paul McGuigan (left) and actor James McAvoy (right).
Ezra Miller is being eyed for 'Fantastic Beasts'.
Ezra Miller, the young American actor who rose to fame after We Need To Talk About Kevin, is in early talks for the role of Kredan in the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them.
Ezra Miller is being eyed for a major role in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
According to Variety, Miller and Warner Bros are closing in on a deal though sources say the actor has always been the favourite for the role.
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