J.K. Rowling reacts to Harry Potter actor Matt Lewis’s strip-down photo shoot on Twitter

Harry Potter film actor Matthew Lewis braces the cover of Attitude Magazine this month in new photos that broke the Internet Thursday, and caught the attention of author J.K. Rowling.

The former Neville Longbottom is featured shirtless and in his underwear in an article headlined, “From Hogwarts to Hottie” on the cover of the LGBT-focused monthly. The photo shoot was welcomed by the many fans who have been watching Matt’s transformation over the past few years, from a cute schoolboy to a sexy gentleman. In the accompanying article, Matt discusses his physical transformation and his upcoming film, the romantic drama, Me Before You.

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Matt’s cover photos garnered the attention of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who funnily commented on the photos on Twitter. You can see her exchanges with Matt and Jason Issacs, who played Lucius Malfoy in the films, below.

Visit Attitude Magazine’s site to read quotes from the article; for news updates like these, follow our Twitter @PottermoreNews7.

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Tom Felton sorted into Gryffindor on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling responds

"When will my reflection show who I am inside?" - Tom Felton today, probably.

“When will my reflection show who I am inside?” – Tom Felton today, probably.

Do you think his father heard about this?

Today, Tom Felton, who played Slytherin bad-boy and Harry Potter archenemy Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, tweeted out a message announcing that he was sorted into Gryffindor on Pottermore.

Not only did the tweet receive massive attention on the Internet from fans, but the Harry Potter author herself, J.K. Rowling, responded to Felton’s tweet.

Though some say the Sorting Hat is rigged, J.K. Rowling’s claim is not unlikely, as she was the one who created the questionnaire for her Pottermore website.

Felton is not the only Potter film alum to be disappointed with their Pottermore results. Way back in 2011, Luna Lovegood actress Evanna Lynch was shocked when she was sorted into Gryffindor after she took the test. So, the identity crises live on. *cue Pottermore by Alex Carpenter*

Harry Potter films recognized by Academy Awards online with movie highlights

Via @HarryPotterFilm on Twitter

Via @HarryPotterFilm on Twitter

After eight films and twelve nominations, the greatest films ever snubbed by the Academy Awards are finally getting some recognition.

Yesterday, along with this year’s announcement of the Academy Awards nominations, the Oscars website launched a new Harry Potter section to their Collection Highlights page. Through 27 pictures, the collection tells the Harry Potter film story, featuring stills from the movies as well as newspaper clippings from the early days of the series.

Potterheads will be hard-pressed to learn new tidbits from the series, but there are still a few things of interest; for instance, a June 2000 newspaper article reporting the casting of Pulp Fiction actor Tim Roth for Severus Snape. The role went to Alan Rickman when Roth chose to star in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. (We’re not complaining about the decision either. Alan Rickman…Always.)

Along with that report, there are pictures of articles from when the trio was cast and when Warner Bros. launched HarryPotter.com, more than decade before Pottermore hit the web.

Although the collection is a nice way to remember the series, it doesn’t really make up for the Academy’s lack of recognition when the films were released.

For now, visit Oscars.org to view the collection — it’s definitely worth a look through and any Harry Potter fan will appreciate and enjoy it.

Dark Arts Attraction Opens at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

On Tuesday of last week, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London celebrated Halloween a couple weeks early by opening its newest Dark Arts addition to The Making of Harry Potter. Included in the new attraction is The Malfoy Manor, Borgin & Burkes, and Dolores Umbridge’s office.

The Malfoy Manor dining room

The dining hall of Malfoy Manor, which was built to replicate the beginning meeting scene of Deathly Hallows: Part 1, has horrifyingly lifelike elements. A grand fireplace serves as the backdrop for mannequins of each Death Eater in full costume, who are seated in their exact meeting locations. Terrifying as they may be, the truly hair-raising site is the lifeless body of Hogwarts Muggle Studies professor Charity Burbage dangling in midair as a huge and hungry Nagini slithers across the table to have her for dinner. Nagini, originally made from latex, has gotten a revamp in design, now handmade from urethane skin and foam (material found in couch cushions), which is much heartier and easier to form, not to mention gives the snake a much scarier appearance.

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Nagini

Next on the tour is the same place at which Harry accidentally arrived while trying to reach Diagon Alley in Chamber of Secrets–Borgin & Burkes, the dark magic shop located in Knockturn Alley. Cases of skulls and other skeletal creatures stare out from behind their cases, and the Hand of Glory rests patiently on a shelf, waiting for some unlucky person to reach out and grasp it. A replica of the Iron Maiden that Harry hid in during a deleted scene from Chamber of Secrets is also present among these ghoulish trinkets. Safe to say, this is a not a place where many people would like to browse and window shop.

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Borgin & Burkes

Finally on the journey is a slightly different kind of wretched place–Dolores Umbridge’s ghastly, pink office from her time teaching at (and terrorizing) Hogwarts. The office set was relocated to the Dark Arts section to be in a more, ahem, fitting place. Portraits and china plates of dolled-up kittens decorate the pink walls, and, if anyone dares venture closer to the desk, they may find a blood quill or two resting menacingly on the surface.

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Dolores Umbridge’s office

Also creatively displayed in the Dark Arts exhibit are artifacts from throughout the books and movies such as the horcruxes used to store pieces of Voldemort’s soul, and the basilisk fang used to destroy one such horcrux–Tom Riddle’s diary.

It’s tough to say which element of the Dark Arts section seems the most creepy, so you’ll have to go see for yourself. Tickets to The Making of Harry Potter are available now, so get yours today and be one of the first to see this eerie addition. Then, report back to us of what you think!

Images courtesy of Pottermore.com

‘Fantastic Beasts’ series to film at Leavesden Studios

Leavesden Studios, U.K.

Leavesden Studios, U.K.

Warner Bros. confirmed last week that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will film at Leavesden Studios, where the Harry Potter series was filmed.

Though the new films will begin in New York, the series will be shot at Leavesden near London, the same studio where the Harry Potter series was filmed for 10 years. After filming was completed for Harry Potter, Warner Bros. purchased the studios and opened the Harry Potter Studio Tour, featuring sets from the Potter movies.

Not much is known about the series besides that it will follow the story of Newt Scamander. First announced last September, Fantastic Beasts will be penned by first-time screenwriter J.K. Rowling. In the wizarding world, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a required Hogwarts textbook written by magizoologist Newt Scamander. J.K. Rowling published the real Fantastic Beasts book as a companion to the Harry Potter series for charity in 2001.

Related: J.K. Rowling to make screenwriting debut on ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ adaption

The announcement that Fantastic Beasts filming at Leavesden comes after Warner Bros. recent statement that it would expand the Leavesden complex. The Hollywood Reporter reports WB is planning three “new state-of-the-art stages” and the addition of a further 100,000 square feet of office space.

Fantastic Beasts will be produced by David Heyman, who also produced Harry Potter. The first film in an expected trilogy will be released on November 18, 2016. No director or cast has been named yet, but Pottermore News will keep you updated with the latest.

‘Fantastic Beasts’ film series planned to be a trilogy

In a new interview with the New York TimesWarner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed that three movies are planned for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film series.

Announced last September, Fantastic Beasts will be scripted by the Harry Potter author herself, J.K. Rowling. The series will be based off of Rowling’s 2001 book of the same name, and will be set about seventy years before the Harry Potter books, in New York.

This week, we learned more about the film project from Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara’s interview with the New York Times, including that the series will be a trilogy.

From the article:

…His deft touch became clear to Hollywood’s creative community last September. That is when Warner announced that Ms. Rowling had agreed to adapt for the big screen her “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a 2001 book billed as one of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbooks. Three megamovies are planned. The main character will be a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander. The stories, neither prequels or sequels, will start in New York about seven decades before the arrival of Mr. Potter and his pals.

J.K. Rowling was also quoted in the article about Tsujihara’s convincing to get her to sign on to the films.

Convincing the famously independent Ms. Rowling to dive back into film was a coup. “When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth,” Ms. Rowling said in response to emailed questions. “We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”

She added, “When Kevin got the top job, he brought a new energy, which rubbed off. He’s a very engaging person, thoughtful and funny.”

No news on casting or a release date have been announced yet for the project, but we’ll keep you up with the latest.

‘Harry Potter’ producer David Heyman talks ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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David Heyman

Three weeks ago we shared with you that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling would be penning the screenplay of a film based on her Harry Potter-tie-in book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In the initial announcement we learned that the film would be set around the character of Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts” and set 70 years prior to the Harry Potter series, in New York.

Over the past few weeks, the Internet has been a frenzy with news and rumors surrounding the upcoming film, and while on the media circuit for his new film GravityHarry Potter producer David Heyman has shared some interesting information about Fantastic Beasts.

Yesterday: David Heyman to produce ‘Fantastic Beasts’ adaptation

While speaking to EW this week, David Heyman said that although Rowling has not turned in a finished script just yet, she is “‘at work'” with the project, and is “tremendously” excited about it.

According to EW, the producer said, “She’s not doing it for any other reason other than she loves the world and she had a story that she wanted to tell…” He reminded us, however, that this is not Harry Potter, meaning it does not follow Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but that it is a separate story in the same universe. When asked specifically about which creatures we might see in the film, Heyman said, “We follow Newt on his adventures.”

At the end, Heyman also commented on the amount of backstory that Jo has for her characters, saying that “…Jo’s knowledge of [the Harry Potter world] is infinite.” This is proven on Pottermore, in her exclusive content entries, and we’re sure that even the Pottermore content isn’t all.

David Heyman also spoke to Vulture about possible actors to play Newt in Fantastic Beasts. Here’s the list of names Vulture suggested to Heyman, and his comments, direct from the article:

  • Dev Patel (“He’s a really good actor,” Heyman agreed.)

  • Thomas Brodie-Sangster, despite the fact that he’s playing another character named Newt in The Maze Runner (“I know him, he’s excellent.”)

  • Jack Gleeson, who’s said he wants to go into academia after his reign as King Joffrey on Game of Thrones ends, but perhaps could be convinced to play an academic instead (“How old is he?” Heyman asked. “Newt is a tiny bit older.”)

  • Bret McKenzie, who is much older, but can play younger (“He’s really good.”)

  • And if they wanted to promote from within, Harry Melling, who originally played Dudley Dursley but has thinned out considerably as he’s grown up, which is why he was wearing a fat suit in Deathly Hallows (“He’s a really good actor, and I love his work, but that’s a little more difficult because he’s been Dudley.”)

This is clearly not the end of Fantastic Beasts speculation and news, and we’ll be keeping you updated on the film over the coming months (and years!).

Confirmed: ‘Potter’ producer David Heyman to produce ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film

David Heyman

David Heyman

It has been speculated over the past few weeks, and he has even hinted it himself, but it has now been confirmed: Harry Potter producer David Heyman will produce Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Related: New ‘Fantastic Beasts’ adaptation announced

Heyman confirmed the news to MTV last night, while on a press tour for his upcoming film Gravity. The news isn’t really a surprise, as Heyman produced all eight Harry Potter films, meaning he would be well-associated with the Warner Bros. company and J.K. Rowling. We expect a formal announcement in the coming weeks.

With Heyman as producer and Rowling as screenwriter, Potter fans should feel very confident that this will be the best possible portrayal of the story and the Wizarding World. Heyman, a notable Potter fan, delivered the films greatly, and is responsible for discovering the first book for film. We learned Rowling would be writing the screenplay for the film in the initial announcement, and so we can be confident that nothing will be left out.

There is no release date on the project just yet, but we’ll keep you updated on the latest news in the coming weeks and months.

Tell us below: What do you think about Heyman producing? Do you think it will be a good fit?

Harry Potter cast and crew react to ‘Fantastic Beasts’ news

Over the past few days, we’ve been hearing from the cast and crew of the Harry Potter films in reaction to the news that J.K. Rowling would be penning a screenplay based off of her Harry Potter-tie in book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Related: J.K. Rowling to pen ‘Fantastic Beasts’ screenplay

The first to comment was the ever-so-quirky and Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, and who is a notable fan of the books. She  tweeted about the news on the day of the announcement:

She also tweeted to J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros., pleading for a role in the film.

However, Evanna was not the only Potter star to chime in on the news. Leading man Daniel Radcliffe had a few intriguing words to say about the announcement.

At an event promoting his new film, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Radcliffe talked to Metro about his initial reaction:

“I first thought, ‘Thanks Jo, I’m going to have to answer tons of questions about this now,'” Radcliffe said, “I’m sure they’re going to have a great time [making it]. I’m sure most people are really excited about it.” Radcliffe admitted he knew nothing about the project, and added that he would not be involved with it.

Someone that could very well be involved with the film is David Heyman, the producer of all eight Harry Potter movies, and the one that discovered Harry Potter for a film adaptation. While speaking to Hypable.com to promote his new film Gravity, Heyman said that, as a fan he was, “really…excited,” and continued that Jo is “a great storyteller…” Heyman said that he was “sure [the film] will be something really great,” and that she (J.K. Rowling) would not be doing it otherwise.

Interestingly, he added: “She doesn’t need to do it… She’s doing it because she needs to do it because she has a story to tell.” We take this as meaning that Warner Bros. is not necessarily forcing her to do it, and that she is genuinely excited about the story she has to tell.

Heyman assured fans, saying that the film will be “very good.” As Hypable suspects, Heyman will most likely produce the film if he has any involvement with it.

We will be constantly updating you on the film and its progress over the coming months so be sure to stay close to Pottermore News for the latest!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 wins at the BAFTA Awards!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 won Special Visual Effects at this year’s BAFTA Awards! However, they did NOT win for Production Design, Sound and Art Direction, which went to Hugo and The Iron Lady, respectively.

Good job to Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler and David Vicker for their fantastic work on the special effects!

Note: This post is a work-in-progress. We wanted to get it out as soon as possible.