CULTURE & ARTS 03/08/2016 01:50 pm ET Updated 1 hour ago The "Fantastic Beasts" films, like many of J.K. Rowling's canon additions, are wreaking havoc on the "Harry Potter" world. Maybe they were a bad idea from the start. By Claire Fallon Note: Our books and culture critic, Claire Fallon, refuses to watch any of the “Fantastic Beasts” movies. Why? Just read her essay from 2016 on the clunky, unnecessary expansion of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” universe. American Harry Potter fans found out, earlier this year, that their whole magical lives had been lived in deliberate ignorance: Muggle or not, we would never have gotten that coveted owl from Hogwarts. That’s because North America’s wizarding school, it turns out, is some place called Ilvermorny (according to J.K. Rowling). Ilvermorny?? OK, fine. Within the books themselves we’d learned about chic Beauxbatons, the French wizarding academy, and Durmstrang, which … [Read more...] about Why The Wizarding World Of ‘Harry Potter’ Should Stay Small
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Eddie Redmayne and Callum Turner in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Warner Bros. Before I saw Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in an upscale mall in Los Angeles, two of the films stars, Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law, appeared in a clip on screen. They were there to introduce the film, a la Alistair Cooke, and to share footage of characters from past movies set in J.K. Rowling’s beloved Wizarding World. (This was proceeded by a commercial for the Harry Potter attraction up the road at Universal Studios, which was offering a buy one day, get one day free during the Christmas season, blackout dates apply).After a few words from Redmayne—who reprises his role as Newt Scamander, the charmingly off-kilter Magizoologist with a New Wave hairstyle from 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—Law, who in this film does a disaffected bachelor take on the esteemed Professor Dumbledore, spoke about the endlessly rich world that … [Read more...] about JK Rowling Is Getting Richer Off ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald,’ but Her Wizarding World Is Losing Steam
Given that Nagini seems to have no formal training in magic, it's no surprise that she and Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone form a friendship."It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini", she said.LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 23: Claudia Kim attends Flaunt and Ermenegildo Zegna's celebration of The Prelude Issue with Bill Skarsgard at Beauty & Essex on July 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. "When you see the trailer, don't speak to each other until the end because there's a name you'll want to hear", the author said recently.Rowling has noticed some of the backlash, and on Wednesday morning she responded to someone offended by casting an asian woman as a snake. Given that we don't know her true role in the film, I think it's a bit premature to scream outrage at this point. "She does feel sometimes it's not controllable", Kim says.After Voldemort's initial downfall, he used Nagini's venom as one of the ingredients for a Potion in order to regain strength, which eventually … [Read more...] about JK Rowling responds to Fantastic Beasts casting backlash
J.K. Rowling loves making buzzy revelations about her “Harry Potter” series: Dumbledore is gay! She’s not sure Hermione and Ron make sense as a couple! Rowling’s latest disclosure takes the cake, though, because it turns a beloved character into a murderer. Here’s what happened: The trailer for the second movie in “Potter” prequel series “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (which is set several decades before the “Potter” books) shows a woman (played by Claudia Kim) turning into a snake. Another character calls the woman Nagini. Sound familiar? Voldemort’s pet snake in the “Potter” series is also named Nagini. Rowling took to Twitter to confirm that the two Naginis are one and the same. As Rowling explains, the human Nagini suffers from a “blood curse” that enables her to turn into a snake at will. The condition eventually becomes permanent sometime between the 1920s to 1940s-era … [Read more...] about JK Rowling just retroactively made Neville Longbottom a murderer
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Happy Birthday Harry Potter! Posted By Maria Angulo on Tue, Jul 31, 2018 at 1:13 PM "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling Celebrate the boy who lived and who became an icon of a generation. Today is Harry Potter's birthday, and it's time to celebrate as he theoretically turns 38. Ever since the first book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone" came out in 1997, the world has fallen in love with the magical world of Hogwarts and then we were granted one of the best movie franchises that lasted over 10 years. But is not only Harry Potter's birthday, it is also JK Rowling's, as the author of the book decided to share her special day with the character that would change her life. There are now theme parks, a new spinoff movie, and a play that continue to tell this magical story. It's been seven years since the last Harry Potter movie came out but the world the young boy introduced us to has not been forgotten. … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday Harry Potter!