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Video: 'Harry Potter' meets 'Boyhood' in 'Potterhood' mock trailer

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Boys, you’ve got a lot of growing up to do.

About a week ago, Nelson Carvajal released Apehood, a mock trailer that essentially follows Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Caesar, showing glimpses of him over the course of 18 years, in the vein of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood trailer. In traditional mock trailer fashion, it borrows everything from the original: Family of the Year’s “Hero” as background music, the same style opening line (adjusted from human to ape), and even critical praise, quoting the same film critics’ reviews throughout the trailer.

Upon the release of Apehood, film writer David Ehrlich tweeted that this idea would have been better applied to the Harry Potter series.

Ehrlich’s wish is Slate‘s command. Taking a cue from The A.V. Club writer, Slate made Potterhood (below). It similarly uses the same music, opening line (if only slightly adjusted), and quotes from critics, all presented in a montage of Harry, Ron, and Hermione growing up onscreen. It all makes much more sense as Daniel Radcliffe & Co. literally grew up onscreen, just as Boyhood‘s Ellar Coltrane. So thank you, Ehrlich.

Potterhood ends with Mad Eye Moody saying, “It’s all very touching,” poking fun at the sentimental nature of the trailer. Perhaps it is, but you can’t deny it’s clever.













150 random celebrities, painstakingly sorted into Hogwarts houses

On July 8, J.K. Rowling released a short, short story about grown-up Harry Potter and the Sequel She Swore She’d Never Write, and over in the magical land of central Florida, the Harry Potter theme park’s Diagon Alley expansion is entertaining six-hour lines on opening day. So apparently, it’s Harry Potter day, and to celebrate this completely random occasion, I’ve decided to do something equally arbitrary and sort a bunch of celebrities into the four houses of Hogwarts. Why? Art needs no reason.

First, the criteria. The Hogwarts houses are divided based on traits: Slytherins are cunning, ambitious, and resourceful. They are not evil, just misunderstood—they are perhaps just as likely to be watching Real Housewives as they are flocking to a Dark Mark. Hufflepuffs are hard-working, patient, loyal, and seem generally pleasant to be around; they are the kind of people you would invite to a barbecue and not have to worry about entertaining. Ravenclaws are intelligent, witty, and just overall smarter than you—and they will likely make sure you are aware of that. And Gryffindors are Gryffindors. There’s an unplaceable mystique with these paragons of society. Everyone wants to be a Gryffindor. Typically, if someone says, “I’m such a Gryffindor,” they’re really a Hufflepuff.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that only a small portion of the stars on this list would ever reach superstardom in the world of Harry Potter. Wizards are really into things like musicians and athletes and, weirdly enough, historians. Actors aren’t really a thing. Eschewing a Walk of Fame, wizard A-listers know they’ve made it when they’re featured on the back of a Chocolate Frog Card, likely because they either invented or killed something. And so, fame would elude most of this list, unless Meryl Streep has a secret background in slaying feral Hippogriffs (which is likely).

Using the power of imagination and a deep well of fully formed opinions about celebrities I’ve never met, I have chosen to act on my prejudices and make the painful decisions you didn’t know you needed made for you. Thus, here is a list of 150 celebrities and their unequivocal, indisputable placement in Hogwarts houses. READ FULL STORY

The Roots debut Harry Potter rap on 'Jimmy Fallon'

As Ryan Gosling once told Rachel McAdams, “[Harry Potter] wasn’t over! It’s still isn’t over.”

In hindsight, viewers probably could have guessed that Jimmy Fallon’s week of Tonight Show episodes from Orlando would have a Harry Potter component. On Wednesday night, the show included a segment filmed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in which clueless parents answered trivia questions about J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series.

But the show took the promotion of the theme park to another level later in the show when The Roots performed a Harry Potter rap. Just a few of the Harry Potter-isms Tariq Trotter name-checked in the 60-second song: Extendable ears, the Three Broomsticks, Butterbeer, Gryffindor, Azkaban, Quidditch, Diagon Alley, and the Hogwarts Express.

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Note to movie studios: Give trolls their due!

Trolls are having a moment. Yesterday, DreamWorks announced that Anna Kendrick would star in Trolls, an animated musical based on the creepy children’s toys. Last week, Laika released the trailer for The Boxtrolls, which combats trolls’ reputation as monsters, depicting them instead as silly magical creatures living peacefully in the sewers. And last year, Frozen featured a gaggle of friendly, wise trolls who adopted leading man Kristoff and gave leading lady Anna a hand when she needed their help.

All of these creatures stand in pretty sharp contrast to various Old Norse myths, which establish a few basic trollish characteristics: they’re magical, strong, not very smart, human-hungry, and vulnerable to the sun, which turns them into stone. While this cuddly new breed of trolls may be magical, they’re also cute and amiable. And that’s a shame.

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Hogwarts Alumni Newsletter: Emma Watson graduates, Tom Felton plays a creep, and more!

Break out your Marauder’s Map, Invisibility Cloak and Time-Turner: It’s time for another Hogwarts Alumni Newsletter.

It’s been nearly a year since the last installment of  Hogwarts’ Alumni Newsletter, a post designed to keep you all informed of the latest happenings from Hogwarts’ most famous young wizard alums (err, or the actors who portray them). While the main trio may not be reuniting to film a video for Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as was a recent rumor, many of the now-grown-up cast have announced various upcoming projects over the past few weeks.

Below, see highlighted (read: not comprehensive) accomplishments that have been announced recently, as well as the resulting even more subjective list of House Points. Surprise! Gryffindor looks like it’s going to snag the House Cup once again. READ FULL STORY

Rupert Grint: Singer? Listen to his new song

Urgent Daily Prophet bulletin: After graduating from Hogwarts, Ron Weasley (err, Rupert Grint, if you care about “accuracy”) apparently attended some sort of magical singing camp. He’s featured on the soundtrack for the British animated film Postman Pat: The Movie, performing a song called “Lightning.”

The best news? Grint sounds pretty great on the catchy, teen-pop-esque track. (In addition to singing, Grint voices the character of Josh, Pat’s rival, in the film, which opens today in the U.K.)

Listen below, and decide if Weasley is your king once again. READ FULL STORY

'Fantastic Beasts': Here's one video that shows why Alfonso Cuaron is the perfect choice to direct

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Any film buff knows Alfonso Cuarón is a talented, visionary director.

After a career of highlights, he’s riding particularly high after the recent Oscar haul for Gravity. He’ll have his pick of future projects — which is why it’s so exciting there are now rumors the director is in “deep talks” to direct the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. For what it’s worth, reps for Cuarón told EW they know nothing about the rumors that have been floating around the Internet for the past 24 hours, so this might all be a case of collective wishful thinking.

If Cuarón were interested, any fan who holds out hope this film might be good should be jumping for joy. Obviously, any director of Cuarón’s caliber is cause for celebration from people excited about the J.K. Rowling-penned movie, which is due to be released November 18, 2016. But, of course, there’s one past project that makes muggles particularly thrilled about the Cuarón choice: A decade ago, he memorably directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which many consider the best film in the Harry Potter franchise.

Cuarón was responsible for adding style to Hogwarts, taking Harry and Co. out of their classes (and robes) and hitting some of the biggest emotional beats of the entire tale. Particularly exciting now, Cuarón showed he knew his way around magical beasts, getting us to care about them as characters (Buckbeak’s escape), as well as using them to hit on themes and move the story.

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The 'Escape from Gringotts' virtual reality rollercoaster at Harry Potter theme park will blow your mind

A new wing at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is projected to open as soon as mid-June 2014– and Monday, word broke that the new “Diagon Alley” section’s major ride will be “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts,” a roller coaster virtual reality hybrid that sounds insane.

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J.K. Rowling remembers Battle of Hogwarts: 'I hated killing some of those people'

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J.K. Rowling may not tweet often, but when she does, it’s magical.

The Harry Potter author took to Twitter Friday to send out the following update: “It’s the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. I’m having a moment’s silence over my keyboard. I hated killing some of those people.”

You guys! Despite cavalierly killing Lupin, Tonks, Fred Weasley, Colin Creevey, Lavender Brown, Severus Snape and dozens more, she does have feelings! READ FULL STORY

The 20 Best Summer Blockbusters of All Time: 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'

Has any hit ever been more sure-fire than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2? The eighth Harry Potter film opened just under a decade after the first one — a decade that saw Potter fandom sweep across the globe. The franchise’s rapid release schedule — with a new film hitting theaters every 18 months on average — meant that a whole generation of moviegoers literally grew up with Harry Potter, watching the stars age from humble prepubescent beginnings into grown-up megastars. The fact that J.K. Rowling released the three final books during the same period occasionally made it feel like all of pop culture had a Hogwarts obsession. READ FULL STORY

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