April 23, 2014

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“Harry Potter” Actor to Star in “Cinderella” Musical

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Lythgoe Family Productions has announced that actor Freddie Stroma will headline a musical production of “Cinderella: A Modern Musical Extravaganza” next month in North Hollywood. The production will begin on November 27 with a fundraiser for LA’s Best, which is an afterschool program which has been recognized as one of the nation’s best. The production will run at the historic El Portal Theatre from November 27 – December 19.
This version of Cinderella is being described as a traditional London “panto”, which is defined as traditional British winter musical comedy theater. It is usually based on well-known fairy and folk tales, and is typically performed around the Christmas holidays. This particular production will feature music from Kelly Clarkston, Michael Buble and Jennifer Lopez, among others. The cast were chosen – “American Idol” style – by a panel of celebrity judges, which included former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi.
Stroma is probably best known to movie audiences as Cormac McLaggen, the Hogwarts student and Quidditch player who develops a crush on Hermione in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He will reprise the role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
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“I’m addicted to butterbeer”: a hardcore Harry Potter fan experiences the theme park

By Whitney Milam
HollywoodNews.com: The first sip was heaven. Frothy, creamy, butterscotch-y, Rowling-approved heaven. As I sat at a wooden table in the back of the Three Broomsticks drinking butterbeer and eating British wizard delicacies, looking around at the growling hog’s head on the wall and the self-sweeping brooms in the corner, there was really no other word to describe the experience: magical.
I’ll be honest: the first time I walked through the gates of Hogsmeade (“Please respect the spell limits!”) to stand directly in front of the Hogwarts express, with the castle itself looming in the distance–bedraggled and sweaty after a two-hour-long wait, but shaking with excitement–I sobbed shamelessly. People stared, but I took no notice–this was it! After a lifetime of dreaming and three years of planning, I was finally in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and no Muggles were gonna bring me down.
Over the next four days, I gorged myself on all that the glorious brand-new theme park had to offer (literally–eight butterbeers later, I was officially an addict), rocking a Hogwarts house tie (who we fightin’ for? GRYFFINDOR!) and a trusty magic camera…and now, one week later, having been forced to leave my true home and return to the Muggle world, I’m here to give my fellow witches and wizards some tips and tricks (well, no tricks, just treats) on navigating those winding cobblestone streets of Hogsmeade for themselves. Hang on to your cloaks, kids, ’cause it’s one crazy ride. Speaking of…
Let’s talk about those rides.

Flight of the Hippogriff is a nice, breezy little kiddie coaster for visitors who find themselves about to succumb to heat exhaustion (trust me, it happens–Florida humidity is truly the work of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named) to relax on. The best part is the queue, featuring Hagrid’s hut (he didn’t answer when I knocked on the door, unfortunately) and everyone’s favorite hippogriff, Buckbeak, just chillin’ near the entrance.
Dragon Challenge presents two options for you, Triwizard Tournament champions: be spun around in circles by a Chinese Fireball or hold on for dear life on the back of a Hungarian Horntail. Those are dragons, dear readers. They are also intersecting, parallel-running rollercoasters, and they are terrifyingly awesome (or awesomely terrifying). I suggest choosing the super-intense Horntail (blue) coaster, mostly because I couldn’t walk in a straight line afterward. Be warned.
And finally, the highlight of the entire park: The Forbidden Journey. Located deep within Hogwarts, with a queue [...]

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 at Comic-Con

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: CBS News brings us a little bit of the Hogwarts magic from Comic-Con 2010 with a short video on “The Making of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4″ video game, which was released a few weeks ago. The video game has hovered in the #2 spot in sales since its release, and all reviews I’ve heard from friends who’ve played it is that it’s one of the best games out there, and certainly the best in LEGO games. I will be testing this theory out myself this weekend, but until then, here’s the video from CBS’ YouTube page:

Also, ComingSoon.net has posted photos of some of the LEGO Harry Potter sets, including Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid’s Hut, The Burrow and the Quidditch Pitch.

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‘Harry Potter’ Props Displayed at San Diego Comic-Con

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Photos have begun circulating on the internet from San Diego Comic-Con, which officially began this morning. ComingSoon.net has posted photos of props from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is scheduled for release on November 19, 2010 (Part 1) and July 15, 2011 (Part 2).

Photos courtesy of ComingSoon.net
Props include the Horcruxes (Hufflepuff’s cup, Ravenclaw’s diadem, Slytherin’s locket and ring, and Tom Riddle’s diary), The Hallows (The Elder Wand and the Invisibility Cloak), a Time-Tuner (confusing since they were all destroyed in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), a Firebolt, a Quidditch kit, and some other smaller props (candies, joke items, etc).
The Warner Bros. panel will be on Saturday from 11:45am to 1:15pm, and will reportedly include new clips and other exclusives from the films. Warner Bros. announced yesterday that Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the series, will be in attendance at the panel.
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ArtInsights Releases Exclusive Harry Potter Art Only at Infinitus

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: ArtInsights Animation & Film Art Gallery – the only gallery to sell official prints from the “Harry Potter” series, is releasing a new image produced by American illustrator Mary GrandPré, who illustrated all seven of the American editions of the books. The image, which is being produced in limited edition, features a full aerial view of Hogwarts castle, including the quidditch pitch.

The prints are limited, with 50 main editions, 10 artist proofs and 10 printer’s proofs, and are being sold at a price of $400 each unframed.
In addition to this image, other popular images from the series are available including deluxe canvases, limited edition giclee prints, and images by Fred Bode and Jim Salvati, who are also Harry Potter artists featured with ArtInsights.
Information, including photos, descriptions and prices can be viewed on the ArtInsights website.
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Fans Can Expect Fun, Fantasy and Friendship at Infinitus

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: I am writing this blog live from Orlando, where the Harry Potter fan conference Infinitus 2010 is taking taking place this weekend. Fans have traveled from all over the world to attend this event, which will have loads of fun fandom related events, a ball, and a special Infinitus-only event within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Here is a rundown of today’s highlights:
Thursday
Live Wizard Chess Performance – Similar to the life sized game played in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, but more human (and maybe not as barbaric?)
Welcoming Feast – Attendees will be welcomed to Infinitus the Hogwarts way, with a fun-filled feast. This menu is full of Mexican faire, and full menu details can be found here.
Wizard Rock – Wizard Rock is so big, it will be featured not once, but twice on Thursday. Rock out with bands The Butterbeer Experience, The Remus Lupins, The Moaning Myrtles, Justin Finch-Fletchley and The Whomping Willows as the perform during the Classic Wizard Rock segment, and then join later on for Wrock Pub Night, which will feature Witherwings, Swish and Flick, The House of Black w/MC Kreacher and Ministry of Magic.
There are also scheduled meet-up groups throughout the weekend; these groups in the “Find Your Flock” section of programming consist of members who have either met in other forums, or have only known each other online, and are finally getting a chance to meet the people who share the same interests within the fandom. This schedule for Friday is as follows (via the Infinitus website):
Australians & New Zealanders! (9 AM, Common Room)
If you’re Antipodean, still marveling at the stars being upside down in the night sky or the direction the water goes down the drain, or just in search of some Vegemite, swing by the Common Room and you can throw your arms around your countrymates.
Quidditch Players & Fans (10 AM, Common Room)
Discuss your favorite teams, matches you’ve played in and enjoyed, playing strategies and more!
HP Group Leaders (10 AM, CityWalk Starbucks)
If you organize a local meet-up group, bookstore reading group or other local HP fan group or project, join us at the CityWalk Starbucks at 10 A.M. for coffee, conversation, and possibly some free wifi.
Hufflepuffs (11 AM, Common Room)
Badger bonding session! Come join Hufflepuffs and their friends & supporters for a mellow meet-up.
Inside the Age Line (11:30 AM, Common Room)
Younger Harry Potter fans [...]

From sneakoscopes to firewhiskey: what Muggles can expect from the Harry Potter theme park

By Whitney Milam
HollywoodNews.com: Anyone planning on taking a Portkey to Florida for a visit to Hogwarts this summer should make sure their Gringotts vault is overflowing with Galleons first, because the just-opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park isn’t just filled with hours-long lines: there’s enough amazing Harry Potter merchandise available for purchase that fans will be wishing for a magical little beaded bag like Hermione’s to hold it all.
We’ve already heard everyone raving about the frothy iced Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks and self-selecting birthday wands at Ollivander’s, but did you know you can also get yourself a $65 deluxe Marauders’ Map, a $15 Sneakoscope, $7 replicas of Luna’s Spectaspecs, or a $15 golden snitch? Wizard robes, uniforms, and character replica wands are priced anywhere from $25 to $100, and a souvenir pint of ale at the Hog’s Head is less than $10. Lines to get into the Zonko’s, Honeydukes, and Dervish and Banges shops are reportedly even longer than those for the actual attractions, so savvy wizards and witches will head there early on in the day’s adventures.
The park also presents three new rides: the Dragon Challenge roller coaster (according to Daniel Radcliffe, this was his favorite attraction when he visited), the Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster, and the interactive, simulated Forbidden Journey ride, whose queue takes you on a tour throughout Hogwarts castle before you go on a wild four-minute trip outside, involving the Whomping Willow, an army of Dementors, a Quidditch match, and more. Young children may be terrified, and larger Muggles may have some issues with going on this particular journey, however, if the recent controversial reports of riders over a certain height/weight range being unable to fit into the seats are any indication. Still, the overwhelming number of park reviews have been extremely positive.
According to fan reports, the general time period of the park seems to be around winter of Harry’s third year at Hogwarts, or Prisoner of Azkaban era (the time of Harry’s own first visit to Hogsmeade), and you can see moving wanted posters for Sirius Black hung throughout the village. While you may appear to be walking snowy English streets, however, the blistering Florida summer heat has already resulted in several faintings and heat-related injuries, so be sure to Apparate with your sunscreen and water bottles in hand!
We’ll be bringing you first-hand coverage of the theme park later this [...]

Infinitus 2010: A Harry Potter Conference

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: For those of you who haven’t heard, a group of about 2000 witches and wizards will descend on Orlando, FL next month as part of Infinitus 2010, a Harry Potter Conference taking place July 15 – 18 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Infinitus attendees ages 5 and up will enjoy a weekend of educational panels, vendor rooms, meet-up groups, as well as an Infinitus-only event after hours at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” which opened this past weekend to rave reviews from fans. Chris Rankin, who has portrayed Percy Weasley throughout the eight-film series, and Christopher Coulson, who gave fans the first glimpse of teenage Tom Riddle in the film Chamber of Secrets, are both scheduled to attend this event.
Highlights of the four-day conference will include the following:
Thursday – Welcome Feast; live action Wizard Chess and Quidditch games, Wizard Rock concerts, and writing workshops with Young Adult novelist Joyce Sweeney
Friday – “Night of a Thousand Wizards” event at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter; Keynote Luncheon with several “fandom-trained” writers – these writers are all fan-fiction writers who became professional writers
Saturday – Quidditch tournament; Q&A & photo sessions with Chris Rankin and Christian Coulson; Keynote Luncheon with Kelvin Tuite, who has worked on various HP games as Franchise Creative Director for EA Games’ Bright Light studio; and the “Night of Frivolity” Ball
Information on the conference, including pricing and schedules for all four days can be found at the Infinitus website.
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