New York, N.Y. >> What happens inside the Lyric Theatre stays inside the Lyric Theare. That’s what the producers of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” request from the audience. As you leave the theater they hand you a button that reads “Keep the secrets.” I have no problem with the request. In fact there are so many reveals and surprises in the two-part zig-zag production that it is difficult to even remember them all. Heck, the show is so sprawling and complicated I have difficulty recalling all the plot points. There is no question “Harry Potter” is a special treat for many people. However, the question is, how special? Are two shows running 2 1/2 hours each at a top ticket of $199 for each, worth your time and money? Advertisement Only you can make that decision, but if you loved the books or the films I’d guess the answer would be yes. The play, written by Jack Thorne from a story by J.K. Rowling, is like an … [Read more...] about Review: ‘Harry Potter’ stage show in NYC not for the casual fan
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LONDON - J.K. Rowling looked slightly tense. She had just completed a television interview, alongside her collaborators on "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," the eighth — and the only theatrical — installment in her celebrated wizarding saga, which begins previews on March 16 and opens on Broadway on April 22. Her Harry Potter novels have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide, spawning an empire that encompasses movies, the spinoff "Fantastic Beasts" films, Harry Potter Wizarding World theme parks and detective novels (written under a pseudonym) that have been made into a television series. Like much that Rowling touches, her first theatrical venture has been a smash. It earned rave reviews and sold-out houses in London, going on to win in a record-breaking nine categories at last year's Olivier Awards, the British equivalent of the Tonys. Yet, she is determined to take absolutely nothing for granted. "We see this as a new challenge," she said, looking at John … [Read more...] about How much magic can Harry Potter’s ‘Cursed Child’ make on Broadway?
Madeline Grant 30 January 2018 • 7:33pm As a quiz fanatic and a passionate Harry Potter devotee since the very first copy of The Philosopher’s Stone appeared in 1997, I was amazed and grateful to discover that I was the only one of 262 would-be Mastermind contestants this season to be allowed to answer specialist questions on JK Rowling’s boy wizard. That stroke of luck certainly paid off for me. Having slavishly read and memorised every detail of the series from the age of six, my full house of 15 correct answers, as I sat quaking in the black chair, paved the way to a narrow victory in my opening Mastermind round, despite some absolute howlers in the general knowledge section. There is only one problem with choosing what is perceived... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week … [Read more...] about Harry Potter was my Mastermind specialist subject, and there is nothing lightweight about that
There is a certain confidence with which Teddy Corbin, 10, of New Providence, casts a spell. On Saturday, he eyed the chart of spells and slashed the air with his wand. And even though he wasn’t practicing Wingardium Leviosa — the art of levitation — the wand in professor Rubeus Hagrid’s hand slipped from his grasp. “See, it worked,” said Hagrid, aka Neil Barto, the general manager at Books-A-Million book store at Park City Center. Saturday marked the bookstore’s inaugural Harry Potter Book Night, although it actually was held during the afternoon hours. Harry Potter Book Night is an annual event in the United Kingdom, but Saturday marked the first time the 260-store chain has staged it in the United States. As participants entered the store, they were greeted by Hagrid’s booming voice: “Welcome to Hogwarts!” They were led to a registration table and the Sorting Hat was placed on their heads to determine … [Read more...] about A magical day for Harry Potter fans at Park City Center
Here’s a quick quiz: What are dementors? What shape does Harry’s patronus take? Who is Severus Snape, and which actor played him in the films? What is Remus Lupin’s affliction? What is the name of Rubeus Hagrid’s favorite pet? Name one of the balls used in quidditch. If you could answer even half of those questions, then this is for you: To promote its showing of all eight Harry Potter movies for a six-month run, HBO is holding a Hogwarts House Challenge at the Blake Street Tavern on Wednesday, Jan. 31. It’ll be a hosted trivia night, testing competitors’ knowledge of J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster books and film series. Costumes are encouraged, and sponsors promise to have some Potter movie props on-site during the competition. More than 300 people are expected to attend, and will be grouped in teams of 8-10. The bad news: General admission tickets have already sold out. The good news: The Know has 16 tickets up for grabs, so you still have a … [Read more...] about Think you know Harry Potter? Win tickets to an exclusive Denver trivia night
There are fans and then there are super-fans. Fans stand in line to get their hands on tickets that guarantee they’ll see the movie first. In contrast, super-fans create a whole new movie. From scratch. A group of bona-fide Harry Potter super-fans in Italy did just that with their beloved wizarding world. On Jan. 13, Tryangle Films released its unofficial Harry Potter prequel on YouTube, which chronicles Tom Riddle’s evolution into Voldemort. “Voldemort: Origins of the Heir” follows a new character named Grisha McLaggen, the Griffyndor heir, as she hunts for a way to save Riddle from himself. The 52-minute film aims to explain what caused Riddle to become Voldemort and happened at Hogwarts when he came back. Certainly every Potterhead, including the director Gianmaria Pezzato, has wondered and pondered these very questions. Now, we all may have a few new answers to add to the conversation. Though it draws inspiration from J.K. Rowling’s sixth … [Read more...] about You Can Finally Watch The Fan-Made Harry Potter Prequel About Voldemort For Free On YouTube
Rob Price, provided by Published 6:23 pm, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 John Phillips/Getty Images For years Exeter University students have believed that the Old Fire House pub was the inspiration for JK Rowling's "Leaky Cauldron" in "Harry Potter." But on Wednesday, the best-selling author revealed she has never even visited the pub. The debunking shocked and dismayed students, past and present, at her former university. In the Eighties, the legendary fantasy author studied Exeter University in Devon, in the south of England. She's one of the university's most famous alumni, and among students it has been common knowledge for years that her time in the city helped provide some of the inspiration for her now-world-famous series of books about the fictional wizarding world of Harry Potter. For example, the picturesque pub Old Fire House is widely believed to be the inspiration for the famous fictional wizarding pub "The Leaky Cauldron." It's a cozy place, lit by candles, … [Read more...] about JK Rowling just debunked a legendary ‘Harry Potter’ myth about her university — and students are shocked
We live in a post-"Star Trek" world, a post-"Star Wars" world, a post-"The Lord of the Rings" world, with these tales echoing throughout our current pop culture climate. It was only a matter of time before "Harry Potter" joined that category. So what does a post-"Harry Potter" story look like? It explores a magical world with its own rules and rulers that exist adjacent to our world. So many of our stories come from the rehashing or remixing of others, to the point that even if the aforementioned tales are not the first of their kind, they're notable because they are some of the best-known versions of their kind around the world. Two new YA novels — "Carry On" by Rainbow Rowell and "The Rest of Us Just Live Here" by Patrick Ness — each rely on the audience's knowledge of these types of stories and share DNA with the Harry Potter series, adding a postmodern twist to the familiar tropes. "Carry On" was inspired by Rowell's own 2013 YA novel "Fangirl," in which the main … [Read more...] about Harry Potter echoes in new books by Rainbow Rowell and Patrick Ness
Eight-year-old Destiny Carroll loves magic.So of course she loves Harry Potter, the books by J.K. Rowling about a boy wizard and his world of house elves, half-giants and flying hippogriffs, and the movies that followed.Destiny pushes her hair up to show that, like Harry, she even has a scar on her forehead.Hers is not shaped like a lightning bolt nor was it delivered by an evil wizard. She was in bed, in the dark, watching a movie — Harry Potter, of course — with her dog. She startled the dog, who awoke and accidentally scratched her face.Destiny can relate to Harry, who was consigned to live with relatives after his parents were murdered by the same evil wizard who gave him that scar.Her parents didn’t stick around. For as long as she could remember, Destiny lived with her formidable great-grandmother in Alabama as a kinship care foster placement.She got to spend time with her grandparents in Arizona, too. Those were her happiest times, she says. She … [Read more...] about How Harry Potter and a boy conjured happiness for girl in foster care
Customers line up at Kramerbooks late Thursday for the midnight sale of Michael Wolff's Trump White House book, “Fire and Fury.” Journalists also turned out in large numbers. (Ben Terris/The Washington Post) The wind chill hit minus-3 degrees the night “Fire and Fury” came to town. But neither polar vortex nor “bomb cyclone” nor gloom of night could keep Washington’s political gossipmongers from lining up at Kramerbooks on Thursday night for the midnight sale of Michael Wolff’s newly published romp through the Donald Trump White House. “This is a D.C. moment, and I wanted to be a part of it,” said Steve Dingledine, a fifth-grade teacher from the District who showed up shortly after 11 p.m. and held the pole position in a line that snaked through the Dupont Circle bookstore/cafe. And it was definitely a D.C. moment: Dingledine found himself flanked by a cluster of cameras — the BBC, Fox News, someone conducting … [Read more...] about Forget Harry Potter. In D.C., people lined up at midnight for Michael Wolff’s Trump exposé.