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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The Stark kids from Game of Thrones have had to battle a lot in Westeros on the hit HBO series. But how would they fare up against some other famous TV and film kids?
Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who play the three siblings on the show, joined Today’s Orange Room for a game of Versus. In these hypothetical match-ups, the trio had to decide if their characters could beat the kids from The Hunger Games, The Simpsons and everyone’s favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter. Well, everyone, except Turner that is.
“Oh, Potter. Sorry, but they’re so stupid. Come on, Harry finds all the loopholes, but he’s not actually a good wizard,” Turner laughed.
You may be surprised by some of their answers. Let’s just say, good thing Hermione is always there to save the day. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY
Few actors have managed to transcend the roles that made them famous the way Daniel Radcliffe has. Even before he hung up his Harry Potter robes, Radcliffe began undertaking a handful of challenging roles that were, whether intentional or not, significant departures from the boy wizard. Particularly when it comes to his work on stage, Radcliffe’s moves have been brave and bold, baring it all in Equus and charming audiences with surprising musical chops in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
His third time on Broadway is now at hand — he’ll star in Martin McDonagh’s pitch-black comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, which begins performances April 12 at the Cort Theatre — and Radcliffe is eager to get back to the stage. EW stole a few minutes of his time on the set of Frankenstein to chat about reprising his role, the lessons he’s picked up on Broadway, and what other role is at the top of his wish list.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You must have genuinely loved doing Cripple of Inishmaan in London to reprise it over here. What makes you most excited to pick up Billy’s hat again?
DANIEL RADCLIFFE: It was all in all a really, really great experience last year. I love the play, I’ve worked on Broadway shows twice now, and I love working and living in New York. It’s one of those situations where the chance to spend a lot of time in a city that I love doing a play that I love was really, really exciting. READ FULL STORY
Harry Potter readers, some travel dreams can come true. Apparating may be but a fantasy, but now you can finally ride the Hogwarts Express.
As announced in January, Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expanding. Currently, visitors can check out a replica of Hogsmeade village. Starting this summer (an exact date hasn’t been announced), fans will also be able to wander through Diagon Alley. Connecting these two attractions? Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s very own Hogwarts Express train, of course.
At a media event Thursday night, representatives from Universal Creative — as well as Oliver Phelps, who portrayed George Weasley in the films — revealed details about the expansion, including their excitement over the one-of-a-kind train. They explained there will be a Platform 9 3/4 that will allow fans to “transition through the wall” on their way to the train. Once on board, the Universal Creative team stressed that unlike Universal’s King Kong ride, which depends on 3-D imagery, guests will be able to look out the windows and see an actual Harry Potter scene play out. Depending on where participants are seated on the train, the scene will appear differently.
Read on for EW‘s chat with Phelps from the event, where he discussed the building of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes (!), his favorite Potter scenes, returning for more, and his take on the latest Potter rumors. READ FULL STORY
Now that the 86th Annual Academy Awards have sailed off into the pizza-covered sunset, awards season is officially dunzo. But in honor of the final red carpet of the season, EW took to the Oscars with an incredibly important question — if you were stranded on a desert island, which Oscar-winning movie would you take with you? READ FULL STORY
One may say the fan-anticipated Marauders prequel isn’t happening, but clearly Daniel Radcliffe-by-way-of-early-Sirius-Black didn’t get the message and is moving forward with his audition for the young Mr. Black. Note: Radcliffe’s hair isn’t brand new; He explained the Frankenstein-mandatory look (it’s a weave) during a recent appearance on the Graham Norton Show. READ FULL STORY
Dear J.K. Rowling,
Hello. I wish we were speaking under better circumstances, like I was congratulating you on the completion of the long-rumored Marauders prequel, but instead, I’m quite upset with you at the moment. Your comments over the weekend that you might do things differently when it came to the romantic pairings of the golden trio in Harry Potter ignited a firestorm of fandom wars that had been mostly put to rest over the past few years, as readers went from arguing over who Hermione should wind up with and started caring more about whether Peeta and Katniss were a good match.
You said Ron and Hermione were only together in the books because of “wish fulfillment” on your part, and that it had “very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it.” And you spoke about how you wish you could do things differently. Um, what? You’re dropping this info in 2014? What am I supposed to do with this information NOW? I can’t just ignore it! (Also, I probably owe some Harry/Hermione shippers an apology for calling them delusional from about 2003-2007.) READ FULL STORY
Forgive me Firenze, but I have sinned. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened three and a half years ago at Universal Orlando, and I still have not made the pilgrimage down to Florida to experience the wonders of tasting butterbeer and letting a wand choose me.
As if I needed even more reason to Apparate to the Sunshine State, Universal has announced new details for expansions to the theme park, which this summer will welcome the addition of Diagon Alley, a new ride, and a Hogwarts Express that ought to put Mickey’s non-magical Monorail to shame. READ FULL STORY
It’s a conversation any books-first Harry Potter fan is all too familiar with: You’re talking about how wonderful Harry Potter is (because just because it’s nearly 2014 doesn’t mean you’re stopping that conversation any time soon), and your friend brings up that it doesn’t make any sense Harry wound up with Ginny Weasley of all people, because Ginny is the worst.
I’m sorry. This isn’t true at all! That’s just what Warner Brothers inexplicably wanted you to think because of the fact Ginny was in roughly 20 minutes of the entire franchise (time spent nearly dying in the Chamber of Secrets when she was 11 not included). Ginny is a really cool girl who becomes a really cool lady and –bonus! — through her J.K. Rowling taught teenage readers a lot of really valuable lessons about being yourself, owning your own accomplishments, and not waiting around for guys (well, at least not too much). READ FULL STORY
If we were ever led to believe that our Harry Potter experience would end after the final page in the books or final frame in the films, recent history has proven otherwise. The years since J.K. Rowling’s devastating last pen stroke (or what I believed was her last) have since borne a decadence of extensions of the Potter realm, including three theme parks, a film spin-off, an encyclopedia, a pop-up museum tour, copious video games (several of the Lego variety), novel re-releases, and a sort of online interactive e-book kind of thing (does anybody really know what Pottermore is these days?).
Today’s news marks the latest development in the Potter world, and it’s quite a doozy. Rowling is on board to co-produce — not write, but co-produce — a stage play on London’s West End based on Harry’s younger days. The official synopsis is that it’s the “previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast,” which leaves little wiggle room for interpretation that it’ll find young Harry inhabiting the cupboard under the stairs. This appears to be the implied setting, considering the rest of Harry’s journey is, well, the not-previously-untold story.
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