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Founded in 2010 and opened in 2013, The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh provides out-patient care for patients with Neurodegenerative diseases as well as cutting edge research and clinical trials. 

Founded in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized and disadvantaged children and works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems, helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.

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The Latest

Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them [Film]
Status: Now Playing In Theaters [Book Tickets: HERE]
Release Date: November 18, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child [Play]
Status: Now Playing in London [Book Tickets: HERE]
Release Date: July 31, 2016

Career of Evil
Status: Published
Release Date: October 20, 2015

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
Status: Published
Release Date: April 14, 2015

The Silkworm
Status: Published
Release Date: June 19, 2014

The Cuckoo's Calling
Status: Published
Release Date: April 04, 2013

The Casual Vacancy
Status: Published
Release Date: September 27, 2012

Status: Online
Release Date: July 31, 2011 (Beta testing)

The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Status: Published
Release Date: December 04, 2008

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them; Quidditch Through The Ages
Status: Published
Release Date: March 12, 2001

Harry Potter Series
Status: Published
Release Date: June 30, 1997 - July 21, 2007
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Merry Christmas, ya filthy muggles! We have a fantastic treat for you!

Always J.K. Rowling had the honor of speaking to Michael Kogge, author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Character Guide” & “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Magical Movie Handbook”. We would like to thank him for this fantastic opportunity and his time; also thanks to Charisse from Scholastic for arranging the interview!

1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Tina Goldstein. Not only do we both enjoy hot dogs, I appreciate how she’s very devoted to her job and getting things right–very much like a perfectionist writer! Her tenacity and persistence, even when ostracized by the leaders of MACUSA, is admirable. She also has a nice arc in the story, learning that a little bit of chaos in your life–aka Newt–can bring great joy.

I should add I liked Dan Fogler’s portrayal of Jacob Kowalski–he really pulled it off to give us a No-Maj’s view of the wizarding world.

2. If you could have one creature from “Fantastic Beasts”, what would it be and why?

The Demiguise. I love the creature’s shaggy, wise old man design, and its powers. Who wouldn’t want to be able to anticipate the future or turn invisible? Plus, he really cares for his Occamy!

I also have a soft spot for the Niffler. The animators did such a wonderful job with him. I’m chuckling right now thinking of how the Niffler posed in the jewelry store window!

3. What to you, is most fascinating detail found in your books but not the film?

Very interesting question! There may have been little background bits and bobs that were trimmed from the film for length that remained in the books, but perhaps the fans are better at finding those than me. There is some artwork that was produced to lend authenticity to the film that you’d probably never see unless you freeze a frame. The books gives you an insiders’ look at some of these incredible logos, labels, and typescripts that make the world of Fantastic Beasts a real place.

Most of all, what I was trying to achieve with the Character Guide and Magical Movie Handbook was create the most complete compilation of everything you experience in the film, yet leaving room for one’s imagination and the next films to fill-in the gaps.

4. How did you go about creating the character and beasts profiles?

I spent a good deal of time taking notes at Warner Brothers, while looking at art, images, Rowling’s screenplay, and other story material. As a screenwriter myself, I was impressed at how Rowling revealed her world cinematically on the page without surrendering her trademark style. I searched for any gems in dialogue or description that showed background material, such as Newt’s training of Ukrainian Ironbellies during the Great War, to flesh out individual character and beast’s profiles. Clothing, costuming, physiology (for the beasts) and settings also provided great insight. For example, Jacob’s tenement apartment reveals his place in society in the 1920s. By the end I felt like I knew these characters and beasts very, very well.

I must say I found immense pleasure putting words to page in describing these fantastic characters and beasts, polishing the prose to be fresh and fun, while also adding that dash of whimsy and topsy-turvydom that makes the film stand out.

5. Did you work with J.K. Rowling? If so, what was that like?

Only through mutual writerly communion of reading her wonderful words on the screenplay and translating them into these books. Scholastic and Warner Brothers worked extra hard to keep everything in these tomes consistent. It was such an amazing honor and privilege to be granted to write in Rowling’s world. I couldn’t be happier than writing about magicians in 1920’s New York, since it combines my love for historical period and Dickensian fantasy.

6. If you had to sum “Fantastic Beasts” into three words, which words would you choose?

Save the Beasts!

Michael Kogge is the author of the Character Guide and Magical Movie Handbook for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, published by Scholastic. His other books include Empire of the Wolf, an original graphic novel about werewolves in ancient Rome, Batman v Superman: Cross Fire (an original companion novel to the film), and the junior novel of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He also penned the upcoming The Beasts: Cinematic Guide and Newt Scamander: Cinematic Guide. His resides online at MichaelKogge.com or on twitter, @MichaelKogge.

Filed Under: Exclusive, Harry Potter Series // Dec 11 2016

Our staff member, McKenna Fury, had the opportunity this weekend to go to the Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone Live Concert experience. This event was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra. ~

This event was on December 10th, 2016 at the 7:00pm show. The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. The concert featured the Minnesota Orchestra performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Nicholas Buc was the conductor of this orchestra. Also included along in the orchestra was a choir.

The night started off with a fun photobooth with various Harry Potter props. I got to have a printed photo as a free keepsake to remember this great night. After the photobooth, there was a featurette that showed how the composer of the music score created the music. The featurette included actors and director of the Harry Potter films.

The performance included a live music score by the Minnesota Orchestra while the movie played on a giant high definition screen. Every note from the movie was played and it sounded amazing! The night was definitely one to remember and I want to extend a big thank you to the Minnesota Orchestra for letting me experience this and for letting me cover their performance!

A little after Fantastic Beasts came out, we came across this amazing company, Unique Vintage. Unique Vintage is well known for their vintage inspired pieces but this California based company does so much more than just retro! They’ve created their very own lines inspired by movies & TV shows such as Disney, Mad Men, & now Fantastic Beasts! Their Fantastic Beasts collection oozes 1920’s glam with a hint of magic! Each outfit perfectly suits the witch within you while still remaining wearable, for everyday use!

We spoke to Unique Vintage & asked them to describe their new collection to us:

The gist for the collection is that we’re devoted lovers of fantasy, fairytale and pop culture, and with that in mind we wanted to take our Disneybounding Collection and further it into other aspects of things we adore – with Fantastic Beasts coming out today we figured what better way to combine our intense love of HP and our sensibility for flapper fashion and vintage styles. I mean…wizards. In 1926. In New York! It’s a perfect storm of things we’re obsessed with. By channeling the whimsy and mystery of Harry (and now Newt’s) universe and applying it to a carefully curated collection of 1920s and other era vintage inspired looks that are accessible, affordable, available in a myriad of sizes and easy to wear from day to day, we hoped to tap into the excitement that comes from infusing our outfits with the things we love. We adore a glammed-up costume but we also wanted to have casual, day to day options that felt subtler and more nuanced as well. We shot for a price range that starts at an extremely affordable end of the spectrum to a few glitzier, beaded numbers that showcase the luxe, ornate side of things. We hope to continue to build it out further and feed this need for fantasy and magic with our ensembles.

Well what are you waiting for? Dress like a fantastic 1920’s glam-witch today with Unique Vintage! Sign up for their newsletter & receive 10% off your next order! Thanks for the chat, Unique Vintage!

Filed Under: Exclusive, Fantastic Beasts Film, Interview // Nov 18 2016

Explore J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World further with this new interactive “Fantastic Beasts” companion book, “The Case of Beasts” by Mark Salisbury! The book features filmmaking secrets, “Fantastic Beasts” photography and artwork, behind-the-scenes stories from cast and crew, plus, removable reproductions of props and paper ephemera from the movie designed by Fantastic Beasts official graphic designers, MinaLima. It’s a must have for all Potterheads!

Always J.K. Rowling had the honor of interviewing Mark Salisbury! We would like to thank him for this fantastic opportunity and his time!

1.What is your favorite beast and why?

The Niffler, without question. Why? Because he’s so cute. And I’d like one, despite its troublesome tendencies. I also have a soft spot for Pickett, the Bowtruckle Newt keeps in his jacket pocket.

2.What would you say is the biggest difference between the “Fantastic
Beasts and Where to Find Them” series and the “Harry Potter” series?

Period. Characters. Setting. But despite the trip back in time and across the Atlantic, it still feels recognizably the world that JK created in the Harry Potter series and there are nuggets of crossover between the two, not least the reference in Fantastic Beasts to Hogwarts and Albus Dumbledore.

3.Was this book created with the idea to interest Internet- and
video-savvy kids, since so much of their on-line experience now is
interactive as well?

The book’s designers, MinaLima, have worked on all the Potter films as well as designing several previous Potter movie tie-ins, and they’re geniuses at creating books filled with wonderful pull outs and fold outs, making them seem more like interactive (and magical) works of art. The Case of Beasts was designed to be like Newt’s case and I’m dying to see what the finished version looks like, having, till now, only seen final pages as PDFs.

4.Did you visit the “Fantastic Beasts” set? If so, can you tell us about
your favorite part?

Alas, the film had finished shooting the time I was hired, but we were given full access to cast and crew. Plus, we got to read the script.

5.Did you work with J.K. Rowling? If so, what was that like?

She was busy at the time, but did give me exclusive quotes for the book.

6.Which part of the book was your favorite to work on?

I always enjoy asking filmmakers how they do it, so it would have to be the interview process.

“The Case of Beasts” is out November 18th! Order your copy HERE!

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