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Jul06

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley comes to London on July 6th

From Universal Parks and Resorts --

Today, Universal Orlando Resort celebrates the one-year anniversary of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley which officially opened on 8th July 2014.

To mark the occasion at London King’s Cross, Diagon Alley will be showcased in a truly unique scenario with 3D street art, or ‘anamorphic’ art, which is a piece of two-dimensional artwork which looks 3D when completed.

The UK market is one of the largest and most important markets travelling to Universal Orlando Resort and today, lucky commuters at London King’s Cross will get a look inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando.

Consumers will be able to ‘enter’ Diagon Alley and get a glimpse into J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world, with a photographer on hand to capture the special moment. The art was designed to showcase the newest addition to Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort.

At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, you can walk through the streets of London to Diagon Alley, where you’ll find many of the wizarding world’s most famous establishments. Get ready for unforgettable thrills when you enter Gringotts bank and find yourself taking an incredible journey on the epic new ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. 

 
Jun26

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London play opening summer 2016

From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child PR --

WORLD PREMIERE HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD NEW PLAY TO OPEN IN LONDON’S WEST END SUMMER 2016

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, will receive its world premiere in London’s West End in the summer of 2016 at the Palace Theatre.

Produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will go on public sale this autumn, details of which will be announced summer 2015 and will be shared on the official website in late July.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, will have set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Imogen Heap, sound by Gareth Fry and special effects by Jeremy Chernick.

J.K. Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels, which have sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 78 languages, and three companion books originally published for charity. She is also the author of The Casual Vacancy, a novel for adults published in 2012, and, under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, is the author of the Cormoran Strike crime series. She is currently working on a screenplay for the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on the characters in her Harry Potter companion book of the same name.

Jack Thorne writes for theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include Hope and Let The Right One In both directed by John Tiffany, Bunny for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Stacy for the Trafalgar Studios, 2nd May 1997 and When You Cure Me for the Bush. His adaptations include The Physicists for the Donmar Warehouse and Stuart: A Life Backwards for Hightide. On film his credits include War Book, A Long Way Down and The Scouting Book for Boys. For television his credits include The Last Panthers, Don't Take My Baby, This Is England, The Fades, Glue and Cast-Offs. In 2012 he won BAFTAs for best series (The Fades) and best serial (This Is England 88).

John Tiffany directed Once for which he was the recipient of multiple awards both in the West End and on Broadway. As Associate Director of the Royal Court, his work includes The Twits, Hope and The Pass. He was the director of Let The Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, which transferred to the Royal Court, West End and St. Ann's Warehouse. His other work for the National Theatre of Scotland includes Macbeth (also Broadway), Enquirer, The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Black Watch, for which he won the Olivier and Critics’ Circle Best Director Awards, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn and Home: Glasgow. Other recent credits include The Glass Menagerie at A.R.T and on Broadway and The Ambassador at BAM. Tiffany was Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland from 2005 to 2012, and was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University in the 2010-2011 academic year.

Steven Hoggett has previously collaborated with John Tiffany on The Twits for the Royal Court, Let The Right One In and Black Watch for the National Theatre of Scotland and Once on Broadway and in the West End. Hoggett was a founding co-artistic director of Frantic Assembly for which his credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Lovesong, Othello, Little Dogs, Beautiful Burnout, Stockholm, Pool (No Water) and Dirty Wonderland. His other recent credits include The Light Princess and Dido Queen of Carthage for the National Theatre, The Full Monty for Sheffield Theatres and the West End, Brooklynite for the Vineyard Theatre, Rigoletto for the Metropolitan Opera, What's It All About? for the New York Theatre Workshop and American Idiot, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Last Ship and Rocky The Musical on Broadway. His film credits include How To Train Your Dragon 2 for Dreamworks.

Christine Jones is a Tony-award winning set designer and the Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Theatre for One in New York. Her West End set design credits include Let The Right One In and Spring Awakening. On Broadway her credits include American Idiot, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical in 2009, Hands on a Hardbody, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Spring Awakening for which she was Tony Nominated and Everyday Rapture. Jones made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in 2012 with her designs for Rigoletto. She has designed sets for The Book of Longing, based on the poems of Leonard Cohen, with music by Philip Glass for the Lincoln Center Festival, The Onion Cellar which she co-created with director Marcus Stern and The Dresden Dolls, Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare in the Park, Burn This for Signature Theatre and True Love, for which she created The Zipper space, infamous for its use of car seats in the audience.

Katrina Lindsay’s costume design credits include Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre, American Psycho for the Almeida Theatre, wonder.land and Earthquakes in London for the National Theatre and Love’s Labour’s Lost for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is designing costumes for the forthcoming production of Hamlet at the Barbican with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. As a set and costume designer, she has worked with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Young Vic amongst others. Lindsay, who also designs for opera, dance, film and television, won the 2008 Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design for Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway and is a recipient of an Arts Foundation Fellowship in Costume Design.

Self-produced, British recording artist Imogen Heap is also known as one half of Frou Frou. Her music is present in countless films and TV from the blockbusters to the indies. Amongst her four solo albums, she has gathered 4 Grammy nominations, winning Best Engineered Album, Non classical for Ellipse. In 2010 she received the Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement and remains a major pioneer in the development of new musical expression devices and ways to interact with her audience. Heap is currently collaborating on a new system for music sharing using the blockchain. 

 
Jun24

Bloomsbury announces return of Harry Potter Book Night on February 4, 2016

From Bloomsbury --

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books, then this is the news you’ve been waiting for! Make a date in your diary now, as Bloomsbury Children’s Books are delighted to announce that Harry Potter Book Night returns for a second year on Thursday February 4th 2016.

Once again, fans of all ages will have the chance to celebrate J.K. Rowling’s wonderful novels – and pass the magic on to young readers who haven’t yet discovered these unforgettable books.

For the first Harry Potter Book Night in February 2015, there were an amazing 10,500 parties and celebrations held all over the world, and we were overwhelmed by your fabulous pictures - so we can’t wait to see where your imaginations take you next.

There will be masses of magical ideas, events and activities for you to get involved with, which we will be announcing over the coming months, so please do accept this as your official invitation to join the fun and start your own planning. Sign up at www.harrypotterbooknight.com to make sure you’re one of the first to hear all the latest Harry Potter Book Night news. If you’ve already registered, you will carry on receiving our exclusive news bulletins.

And remember to share your ideas and plans for Harry Potter Book Night on Twitter and Facebook using #HarryPotterBookNight

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:04 )
 
Jun22

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter's first Sweets and Treats feature starting in July

From Warner Bros Studio Tour London --

Film fans are invited to get a taste for how magical meals and confectionery (both real and replica) were created for the Harry Potter film series as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter hosts its first ever Sweets and Treats feature. From Monday 20th July – Sunday 6th September, visitors will discover how the Prop Department moulded jelly snakes, decorated sugar skulls and piped ice-cream sundaes during production.

Based in the Ministry Munchies kiosk from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, expert prop and cake makers will demonstrate the techniques used to construct the floating pudding from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (that Dobby drops on the Dursleys’ guests) and edible Gillyweed, as used in the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Visitors will get to spot the difference between real bakes and prop fakes as they get up close to original artefacts and see edible delights being created.

Butterbeer ice-cream will be available to purchase in the Studio Tour’s new backlot café for the first time this summer as well as frothy tankards of the drink which is reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch. On the Diagon Alley set, visitors will be able to learn how towering ‘frozen’ desserts were assembled outside Florean Fortescue’s ice-cream parlour.

During production, graphic designers were tasked with creating dozens of unique sweet boxes and wrappers for treats from Honeydukes and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. In the end they created more than 120 different items for the Weasley twins’ shop and some of their original sketches and designs will be shown in the attraction’s Art Department especially for Sweets and Treats.

Some iconic sets will also be given a makeover as the Great Hall’s long tables are lined with props from Hogwarts feasts and the Gryffindor common room is dressed as it was for Quidditch victory scenes in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Food facts:

  • Chocolate desserts of all kinds covered the Great Hall tables in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and nearly all of it was actually made out of intricately-painted resin. However, some edible pieces were baked such as the chocolate phoenix cake which is displayed at the Studio Tour (having survived more than seven years in storage).
  • To make the scene where Ron throws up slugs in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets more palatable for actor Rupert Grint, filmmakers created the slimy creatures out of orange-flavoured jelly.
  • More than 300 litres of silicone were used to make the vibrantly-coloured sweets in Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, including Puking Pastilles and Nosebleed Nougat.

The Studio Tour’s Sweets and Treats feature will run from Monday 20th July – Sunday 6th September. Tickets must be pre-booked and all extra activities are included in the ticket price.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 June 2015 08:42 )
 
Jun19

Harry Potter: The Exhibition Welcomes More Than 200,000 Guests at La Cité Du Cinéma in Paris

From Warner Bros --

Harry Potter™: The Exhibition, which opened just two months ago at LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA in Saint Denis is the must see exhibition of the season with over 200,000 visitors so far. The exhibition is open through September 6, 2015.

The more than 2,000 square meters exhibition offers French Harry Potter fans an immersive look into the famous wizarding world.

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) produced and created the interactive traveling exhibition, where visitors are able to enjoy dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts™ film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind authentic costumes, props and creatures from the films. LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA in Saint-Denis will be the exhibition’s third stop in Europe following the adventure museum Odysseum in Cologne, Germany and in Norrköping, Sweden, at Nya Parken. Since its highly successful premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 2009, the exhibition has been presented in a variety of major cultural and entertainment institutions and museums in cities around the world including Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo, and has been seen by more than 3 million visitors worldwide.

“Harry Potter: The Exhibition has delighted audiences all over the world and we are thrilled by the response it has received in France,” said GES President, Steve Moster. “Guests love this truly immersive experience. We look forward to many more fans in France experiencing the world of Harry Potter first hand during its tour at LA CITÉ DU CINÉMA in Saint-Denis through September 6.”

Tickets to the exhibition are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.fr

 
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