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11:00 AM on 02.16.2015

Severus Snape and the recut of the Harry Potter movies

I love fan edits. I'm a strong believer in the idea that a work of art does not become rigid and untouchable when released, but remains alive and malleable for as long as we allow it to be. They're always messy, and often in...

Jackson Tyler

4:00 PM on 08.08.2014

Trailer for Mudbloods makes Quidditch awesome

Harry Potter has a huge, huge fandom. Spanning seven books, eight movies (possibly more soon), theme parks, and now a real sport based on the fantasy sport Quidditch. While I never liked the Quidditch sections of the story (...

Nick Valdez

J.K. Rowling writing screenplay for Harry Potter spin-off photo
J.K. Rowling writing screenplay for Harry Potter spin-off
by Matthew Razak

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling have just announced, via Rowling's Facebook page, that Rowling has signed on to return the world of Harry Potter to the big screen. Rowling is writing the screenplay for a film based off the Potter world book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The film will follow the adventures of the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

In the FB post Rowling explains that WB had originally approached her about making a movie based on the book and as she thought about it she decided that she didn't want anyone else writing a screenplay but herself so she pitched her own idea. We're sure Warner Bros. was more than happy to have her come aboard as it gives the film some serious Potter street cred and makes it look less (just a little) like a cash grab. Rowling also emphasizes that this is not a sequel or a sequel, but a film simply set in the world of Harry Potter. Even more exciting is that this is just the first film in a new film series, so we'll probably be getting a lot more adventures of Newt Scamander since there's about a 1 in bajillion chance that this won't be a hit.

So, what about it, Potter fans? Glad the woman is returning? 

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4:00 PM on 03.29.2013

Actor Richard Grifftiths dead at 65

British theatrical, television, and film actor Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65 this past Thursday. This was due to unfortunate complications following his heart surgery. Griffiths has had a colorful career spannin...

Logan Otremba

9:00 AM on 11.27.2012

Ridiculously expensive Harry Potter books chronicle films

We're all set to assume that for some Harry Potter fans $1,000 is chump change for a limited edition set of eight books that chronicle the characters move from the written word to the big screen. There are definitely people ...

Matthew Razak

9:00 AM on 11.02.2012

Bond breaks UK box office record beating Harry Potter

It's a tough fight these days between James Bond and Harry Potter for most beloved pop culture character, but Bond has stuck another blow against the young wizard. Skyfall has just broken the UK record for best opening w...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 09.28.2012

Daniel Radcliffe is interested in a role for Frankenstein

Doesn't it seem like just yesterday that we were watching a prepubescent Harry Potter thwart evil while causing a little mischief on the side? I'm sighing wistfully, in case you were wondering. I was actually worried about Da...

Thor Latham

F*&% you, Harry Potter, you don't deserve an Oscar photo
F*&% you, Harry Potter, you don't deserve an Oscar
by Alex Katz

Warner Bros. has started their Oscar campaign for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2, and you can watch one of their new ads for it above. If you couldn't tell from my headline, I am opinionated about it. WB is probably going to spend an absurd of money pushing Harry Potter as a serious Best Picture candidate, and it's going to get a lot of support amongst die-hard Potter fans. I'm a big Potter fan, and you know what? There is absolutely no reason why this movie deserves an Oscar in the slightest. It's not even the best Harry Potter movie, let alone something to be considered one of the best movies of the year.

And don't give me that argument that the Academy might want to honor the achievement of the entire series. The Potter series, on film, has ranged from great to mediocre, but they all mostly sit square in the middle of that range. They are solidly entertaining, and I enjoy them a great deal, but if Warner Bros. thinks that the series as a whole, or even this one film, deserves to be amongst the likes of Crash, The King's Speech, and...uh...Chicago...

Hell, I guess it DOES have a good shot.

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Harry Potter and the Incredibly Stupid Moratorium photo
Harry Potter and the Incredibly Stupid Moratorium
by Hubert Vigilla

The final part of the Harry Potter film saga comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on November 11th, and you'll only have until December 29th to get it. Warner Bros. is putting all Harry Potter movies on moratorium just before year's end, including the complete eight-movie set. After December 29th, stores won't be able to order new copies of any of the movies and no new copies of the films will be produced.

This moratorium does not extend to any of the games or digital sales, whether VOD or electronic sell-through. At least there's that, but otherwise it's all there, black and white, clear as crystal. You get nothing. You lose. Good day, sir.

Disney has done this sort of thing in the past, periodically releasing classics from their own vault and then taking them off the market again. If you were to ask someone in charge why this decision was made, the response you'd get would be the perverse rubbing of hands accompanied by malevolent laughter.

I said good day.

[Via ComingSoon]

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4:00 PM on 10.19.2011

Trailer: When Harry Left Hogwarts

Guys, Harry Potter is over. No, seriously. The books are done, the movies are finished, and there's nothing else to see. I mean, there's the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, but that was started before the franchi...

Jenika Katz

5:00 PM on 08.04.2011

Warner Bros. launching Harry Potter best picture campaign

This must be a wet dream for all the Potter-heads out there. An article in this week's Variety says that Warner Bros. is currently working on a Best Picture push for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Seriously. Nev...

Maxwell Roahrig

Review: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II photo
Review: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II
by Xander Markham

It's actually not hyperbolic to say that the final entry in the Harry Potter series is one of the most important movies ever made. Not in terms of creativity or technical achievement, but for the many fans who have discovered the wonder of the cinematic form on their decade-long adventure with Harry, Ron and Hermione. The question of where they will go next will send some back to the books, others to the first movie so they can start again, while others will move on and forget.There will be some, though, who go in search of something new to excite their imaginations, whether that be in movie, literary or another form. Some of them will in turn be inspired to create something new of their own, so that others can share in the joy they felt at reading those first words or hearing that iconic theme tune for the first time.

Today, a new generation of geeks will look to the future in the same way as the previous one did in 1983 with Return of the Jedi. The dreams of those who persevered with their passion back then have since changed the face of modern popular culture. In twenty-eight years' time, who can say what Potter will have inspired to continue that cycle?

In that respect, the quality of Deathly Hallows Part II as an individual film is near immaterial - Return of the Jedi wasn't particularly well received, let's not forget, yet the dreams of Star Wars fans were untainted. (At least until the prequels, so let's hope Rowling doesn't give into her dark side in the same way that Lucas did). For what it's worth, the movie provides a credible enough wrap-up for the series, even if a few changes from the book lessen the impact of the climactic showdown and those not already under Potter's spell won't find anything new to entice them.

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8:00 AM on 07.07.2011

Nine clips from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2

Fresh off the heels of the two featurettes we brought to you last week, comes these nine(!) brand-spanking-new clips from the finale of the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Thes...

Josh Parker

12:00 PM on 06.30.2011

See how to rob a goblin in this Harry Potter featurette

You may have already seen the crash course featurette on the MacGuffin of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Voldemort's Horcruxes. Now from Entertainment Weekly comes this closer look at Harry and crew's efforts t...

Josh Parker

8:00 AM on 06.30.2011

New Harry Potter featurette explains Horcruxes

The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is just two weeks away, which means it's probably a good idea to get a bit of a refresher on what Harry and his pals were up to in Part 1 of the two part finale...

Josh Parker

8:00 AM on 06.24.2011

Harry Potter infographic shows billion-dollar enterprise

Do you know just how much money the Harry Potter franchise has made over the years or how far its influence has reached? Well, thanks to Fast Company and designer Mikey Burton, we now have an awesome infographic that details ...

Liz Rugg

Trailer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 photo
Trailer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2
by Alex Katz

I need to change my pants now.

July 15th.

[Via Apple]

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10:00 PM on 04.27.2011

Trailer: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

"Come on Tom, let's finish this like we started it. Together!" Holy crap guys, this movie looks amazing. While I've never been too fond of David Yeats' adaptations of the Potter books, Deathly Hallows Part 1 chan...

Maxwell Roahrig

New Harry Potter 7 Pt. 2 pics look awesome photo
New Harry Potter 7 Pt. 2 pics look awesome
by Bob Muir

The novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out back in 2007. If you calculate that in internet time (which is how I always address ideas), that's like an entire lifetime ago. As such, I've totally forgot almost everything about the book, or at least I did until watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 last fall. Now I only don't know half a book!

My point in mentioning this is that Warner Bros. put out six new images for the upcoming Part 2, and I have almost no recollection of what's going on. All I know is Neville Longbottom has a f*cking blood-stained sword! Yes! That wimpy guy! How awesome!

Check them out in the gallery and then make fun of my horrible memory. I'm excited to finally find out how Harry Potter ends - again. Are you?

[via /Film and FirstShowing]

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4:00 PM on 04.18.2011

Watch the opening of the final Harry Potter movie

[UPDATE: Welp, the WB pulled the clip. So much for that! Original story follows.] This is actually a feature from the Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt.1 giving a little taste of the opening of ...

Alex Katz

9:00 PM on 03.28.2011

New Harry Potter poster about as gay as this header image

Badass, dude! The final Harry Potter film arrives in theaters in only a few short months. One of the moments we’ve all been waiting for, the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort, is teased in this newly-relea...

Alex Katz

6:00 PM on 03.21.2011

Take a sneak peek at Harry Potter 7 part 2

Don’t pretend you’re not pumped for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2, you cynical bastards. If nothing else, the promise of all kinds of wizarding action ought to get those loins a-stirring. Plus, esp...

Alex Katz