David Heyman talks Fantastic Beasts: Filming to start this summer

While on the publicity tour for his newly released movie, Paddington, Harry Potter film producer David Heyman talked about the upcoming Fantastic Beasts project.

Heyman, who will produce Fantastic Beasts as well, talked with Collider about the film and its progress. In the video below, Heyman reveals that the project is still in the early stages, with casting just beginning, but that filming is set to start this summer.

The first film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series will hit theaters November 2016.

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Robert Galbraith novels to be adapted for BBC television

J.K. Rowling, 2014The BBC has announced plans to adapt J.K. Rowling’s crime novels centering around London detective Cormoran Strike, published under the name Robert Galbraith, for television.

Update: J.K. Rowling confirmed the news on Twitter.

The two Galbraith novels, The Cuckoo’s Calling (2013) and The Silkworm (2014) will serve as the basis of a BBC One series that will be produced by Bronte Film and TV, J.K. Rowling’s production company that previously worked on the BBC adaption of Rowling’s novel, The Casual Vacancy. Bronte Film and TV chairman and J.K. Rowling’s agent, Neil Blair, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing these best-selling novels to the screen and to be working once again alongside the BBC.”

J.K. Rowling published the first novel under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith in April 2013, with the identity of the book’s author being kept secret until Rowling was outed in July of that year. At the time her name was revealed, Rowling said she had already received two offers from television production companies to adapt The Cuckoo’s Calling.

So far, not much is known about the project; the number and length of episodes are still being decided and no cast or screenwriter was announced. However, the BBC said that Rowling will “collaborate on the project.” Danny Cohen, Director of BBC Television, added, “It’s a wonderful coup for BBC Television to be bringing JK Rowling’s latest books to the screen. With the rich character of Cormoran Strike at their heart, these dramas will be event television across the world.”

Though no air date was indicated for the new series, The Casual Vacancy adaption is set to air in February. Recently, the BBC released promotional pictures for the series, which can be viewed here.

Find out more about the J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series here.

Source: Irish Times

Harry Potter coming to the stage

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling will be co-producing a new London stage play based on the Harry Potter stories.

The Harry Potter author will be collaborating with the award-winning theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender on the production, which will focus on the Harry’s early years living in the cupboard under the stairs. However, she will not write the script.

According to Rowling’s website, it will feature “some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books,” and offer “unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard.  A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom Destiny has plans…”

In a statement, J.K. Rowling said:

 “Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage.  After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase.  I’d like to thank Warner Bros. for their continuing support in this project.”

Writers and directors are now being considered for the production, which will move into more development in 2014.

Pottermore News will keep you updated with the latest over the coming months.

What do you think about the storyline of the play? Will you go to a performance? Tell us in the comments below!

Universal to make Wizarding World Diagon Alley announcement over webcast

Universal has announced they will be unveiling new details of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley expansion over a webcast this January.

In a video released by Universal today, Harry Potter actor James Phelps announced that Universal will be releasing information about the theme park expansion on January 23.

Watch the announcement:

As Hypable pointed out, the webcast is to take place a day before Universal Orlando’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” fan convention. At the convention, ticket holders will be able to attend wand lessons, Q&A with select cast members of the films,  receive a behind-the-scenes look at Pottermore, and more.

Pottermore News will have full coverage of the webcast and convention come January.

Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne talks at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne (above) spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Monday.

As reported previously Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Monday to discuss Pottermore. Pottermore News was not in attendance, but has gathered a lot of interesting information from sources that were at the Fair – including the release date of the final chapters of Chamber of Secrets.

In his speech, Charlie Redmayne talked about how Pottermore can be used as a model for the future of digital publishing and how there are countless opportunities for the site and the Potter brand overall. He even went as far as to saying that they are exploring in-flight entertainment.

Here’s a part of his speech (via the book fair’s blog):

“Most publishers see digital publishing as creating e-books or, perhaps, enhanced e-books, but Pottermore looked at every single platform—e-books, browser-based experiences, social network, apps, game consoles, in-flight entertainment, YouTube, and educational platforms—to see if and how it could work for our brand,” said Redmayne.  “Publishers have often thought that filmmakers or gaming companies have the rights to the more valuable properties, but we have the rights to the stories and that has immense value.”

In bold you can see some of the opportunities currently being explored for Pottermore: “in-flight entertainment, YouTube, and educational platforms…” Does this mean we could be seeing Pottermore up in the air soon? We’re already seeing it in gaming form with Book of Spells and as an educational platform with the Harry Potter Reading Club. In his presentation that can be viewed here online, it states that “Apps” and “Connected TV” are also being developed for Pottermore.

Redmayne also shared that they are currently “building more interactive opportunities” on the site to maintain the high traffic they experience after every content release. This includes adding a new “Games” hub. The Games hub will become the last padlock on the top platform. They are also working with Warner Bros. “to deliver interactive content to the site”. Perhaps we could be seeing this “interactive content” in the Games hub.

Another topic Redmayne touched on was expanding the Pottermore Shop. In his presentation, it states that they are planning physical products to be sold through the shop, and adding enhanced e-books. Redmayne talked about adding these products at the London Book Fair in May, saying he expected them out in time for the holiday season.

Redmayne also spoke about launching the site in different languages. He said that Brazilian Portuguese language will be the next to be launched on Pottermore, and that they are “investigating the market potential for other eBook languages.”

One final thing we caught while exploring his presentation was that the final chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will launch later this month.

Help Wanted: We are seeking a volunteer news writer

NOTE: THIS POSITION HAS NOW BEEN CLOSED. Pottermore News is very sorry for the inconvenience.
Pottermore News is seeking a volunteer news writer.
Pottermore News is an ever-growing site and continues to reach new shores everyday. To accommodate our rapid growth, we are seeking writers for the site. Specifically, we are seeking a news reporter for a voluntary position.
The successful applicant will have to report on Pottermore related news that will be published on the site. They will be using WordPress software (on the Internet). Along with Pottermore news, they will have to report on important, newsworthy J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter stories. When any news is announced, the reporter will have to write a post for the site as soon as possible. On average, we publish three news posts a day.
Applicants must have writing experience and knowledge in grammar. Though it is not a requirement, we are looking for a person with experience in news reporting. If you are an excellent writer and news reporter, we suggest you apply.
As it is one of the job requirements, we are looking for someone who knows Harry Potter – someone who has read the series and is a fan. You must have a Pottermore account and be familiar with the site. If you are a regular Pottermore user that’s even better. We don’t want anyone who isn’t interested in Harry Potter, because if you aren’t and working for us, it won’t be any fun, right?
As any news writer, the news writer will have to find the story sometimes; the story will not always come to you..
Good luck to all applicants.
Job Requirements:
-Must speak and write in the English language
-Must be able to write during the day
-Must be somewhat familiar with WordPress.
-Must have a Pottermore account
-Familiarity with Harry Potter – book, films, etc.
-Be active on Twitter, or at least know how to use it
To apply for the position you may either submit your resume or submit an original piece of writing to pottermoreowl@aol.com. Along with this, please include your name and your reason for applying (why you want the job). You may send your submission in the form of an e-mail (as in writing it out within an email), or a PDF, Microsoft Word Document or Apple Pages attachment file.
We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.
While this is not a paid position, we are positive that you will receive substantial satisfaction in writing and posting on this site. At listing, this position is voluntary, however, a salary may be negotiable in the future.

J.K. Rowling’s new book’s title and release date announced!

Today, in accordance with J.K. Rowling’s new website launch, the details of her new book were released.

The title, synopsis and release date were all revealed on her website and Little, Brown & Company’s. Here’s the information:

Title: The Casual Vacancy

Synopsis:

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Release Date: September 27, 2012

Pages:  approx.. 480 pages

Editions: Hardcover, e-book and audiobook

The synopsis didn’t surprise a lot of people, as many theorized that it would be a mystery novel. What do you think about the synopsis? It would be interesting to note that this book will be the shortest she has written in over 10 years. We’re glad to see she’s going lean and green!

How excited are you for the book? Be sure to stay close to Pottermore News for all the latest information as it unravels over the coming months.

Join the event on Facebook “Opening of Pottermore”

We have started an event on Facebook for the opening of Pottermore. JOIN HERE

For months we have waited for this moment; the opening of Pottermore. And now, it is near the time of that most glorious event. Pottermore will be opening in early April 2012. This event will be up for the whole month of April, so you will be able to see when someone receives their Welcome email, chooses their username and takes their first look at the online home of Harry Potter.

Join in on the discussion with Potter fans from all over the world right here for a night you won’t forget as we await the launch of Pottermore. Share your thoughts about Pottermore and the Harry Potter fandom. Discuss your favorite Harry Potter book with other members of the fandom. You can ask each other questions; What are you most excited for on Pottermore? Will you be reading J.K. Rowling’s new book? What is your Harry Potter story? The world is entirely your own, so create it.

You can experience the stories like never before on Pottermore. Begin your Pottermore journey with the rest of the fandom right here. Just click “Join”!

Please note: The time of the event is pending to change in accordance with Pottermore’s currently unreleased schedule…


UPDATED: J.K. Rowling to write new novel – for adults

BREAKING NEWS: In an announcement today by J.K. Rowling’s new agency, The Blair Partnership, plans for a new book by the author were announced.

After seven books and eight films, the Harry Potter author has finally made her announcement about a piece of writing she may have been planning for years. The Harry Potter books have sold an astounding 450 million copies that were adapted into the blockbuster hit films and sparked a unique and very powerful group of fans.

Since the release of the final book in 2007, the author has been hinting of a writing a new book (specifically on her mysterious Twitter page). This book will be her first non-related Harry Potter work, as she has stated many a times that she has severed her ties with the boy wizard. This is not entirely true, as she launched her new site, Pottermore, this past June (8 months to this date).

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK

The author’s new literary agency’s homepage is fully curtained with the statement:

We are pleased to announce that our client, J.K. Rowling, will be releasing a new novel for adults. Further details will be announced later in the year.

It was followed-up with a message from J.K. Rowling in a press release:

Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.


So, there you have it! The announcement has been made and was even a cause of great celebration from the fandom and publishing world (surprised?!). Instead of reading a whole long post, we are in the process of writing more posts about the announcement that will be posted at our Tumblr page. Some of the links may be dead now, but they will be live as soon as everything is written.

UPDATE: Straight from J.K. Rowling’s Twitter, she announced that the book will indeed be released later this year. New details will be coming soon.

Posts to look out for and read:

ALL THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

J.K. Rowling’s website re-done (Link to the website here)

The Little, Brown Bear roars

Our predictions for the book

Interesting facts we needed to get out

All You Need to Know

As you already know, we launched our new site yesterday morning. This post will tell you all you need to know, from the answers to the “7 Questions” to each of our site’s role change.

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