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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in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized and disadvantaged children and works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems, helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.
Gingerbread, originally known as One Parent Families, has helped single parents and their children since 1918. J.K. Rowling has been an Ambassador of the charity for seven years and in 2007 took the honorary position as President.
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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.
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. ~
AJKR Staffer, McKenna
The Orchestra Pit
Thanks, 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.
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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.
On Saturday, November 12th, 2016, an advance screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” and special Q/A between screenwriter, J.K. Rowling and lead star, Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander) took place with proceeds supporting J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos. Our Co-Founder, Michaella covered the event. Below is her account & spoil-free review. Enjoy!
Merlin’s beard! What a magical night! Let me begin by first thanking Lumos, Jo, and the amazingly fantastic cast of “Fantastic Beasts” for an incredible, unforgettable night! Not only was the movie more fantastic than words can say but I had myself a truly magical adventure.
With Dan Fogler (Jacob)
Carnegie Hall – 6:00 PM
As we took our seats, I spotted a familiar face but let me back up a bit. Earlier in the day, I received a tweet from a young girl dressed as Tina, saying she was attending the advance screening and hoped to see me there. There must have been magic in the air because that same sweet young girl was sitting right in front of me – out of all the seats in Carnegie Hall! It was a magical start to an enchanting night!
Shivers ran down my spine as Eddie Redmayne and Jo were introduced on stage. After a thunderous applause, they sat down and began to discuss Lumos. Although I have been a huge supporter of Lumos from the start (see Spread The Light), hearing Jo speak live about the issue with institutions; the neglection, corruption, and abuse within them was profoundly moving (see the video below & visit Lumos for more information on this crucial issue).
The discussion then turned to Fantastic Beasts and a bit of Harry. Although it’s not new news, it’s still worth mentioning, Jo confirmed again that there will be five Fantastic Beasts movies that span 19 years. She talked about how the characters in Fantastic Beasts have become her favorite (especially Credence and Jacob – easy to see why). The most interesting comment to me was how Jo described Warner Brother’s London Studio Tour as walking through her mind. Makes me want to book a trip to the studio right now!
Jo and Eddie then surprised us all by introducing the rest of the cast and the film’s director on stage! We welcomed them with a standing O and they invited us to sit back and enjoy the movie. The cast exited the stage, the room darkened, as the enchanting theme played and the WB logo appeared on the screen! The excitement in the air was electrifying!
Fantastic Beasts – The Film [SPOIL-FREE REVIEW]
Where do I even begin with the movie?! Fantastic Beasts is the perfect mix of Jo’s witty humor (that HP book humor that didn’t make it into the movies), dark and powerful undertones (that are so meaningful), adorable magical creatures (my favorite the Niffler), and of course, Rowling’s signature twists and turns.
Be ready to fall in love with these incredible characters! (Possibly even more than the golden trio, if you can believe that!) My two favorite characters (can’t possibly pick one) are Jacob, played by Dan Fogler and Queenie, played by Alison Sudol. They are so sweet, charming, funny, and loving!
Let’s talk acting! I had high expectations on the acting front and was not in the least bit disappointed. Eddie’s method style acting shines through in such a powerful way. He is Newt and is one with the CGI creatures. All the trips Eddie made to the London Zoo most certainly paid off. There’s one particular scene where Newt preforms a mating dance and call to lure a creature into his suitcase. The scene is moving and comedic all at the same time. It’s the equivalent of a documentary on National Geographic, if they had one for magical creatures that is haha!
Fantastic Beasts – More Than Meets The Eye
Fantastic Beasts is much more than just an enchanting story about magic and beasts. Heavy undertones of politics can be found throughout the movie from a strong, female, African American president of the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America – Could Michelle Obama be Jo’s inspiration here?) to the introduction of a character who embodies why the work at Lumos is so crucial, Credence played by Ezra Miller. Like the rest of Jo’s works, there is so much more than meets the eye, hidden meanings and messages scattered throughout the film. It makes the film that much more powerful and is done in such a way that only Jo could pull off (not too in your face or discreet, done just right).
After The Movie – The Real Excitement Begins
With Dan Fogler (Jacob)
With Katherine Waterston (Tina)
With Dan Fogler (Jacob)
Katherine Waterston (Tina)
I overheard something about an after party being held upstairs and Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore chanted in my head, “Curiosity is not a sin…”. My mother and I made it upstairs to find Dan Fogler (Jacob) and Katherine Waterston (Tina) in the flesh!!! I couldn’t help myself from walking up to Dan and asking for a picture. He happily agreed. Dan is just as sweet as the character he plays! My mother fell so in love with Jacob, she asked to kiss Dan on cheek lol. He replied, “You want to kiss me? Sure!” and she kissed him as I turned away laughing. Katherine was busy talking to another guest but I couldn’t resist taking a pic of myself near her. Our night ended there but I left completely ecstatic with the widest grin, one that my mom hadn’t seen on me since the last time I was at Carnegie Hall in 2007 meeting Jo backstage!
I’m going to leave you on a teasing note, there are much more dangerous things than beasts!
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We spoke to MM.LaFleur, asking them what made them name a product after J.K. Rowling:
We wanted to name a product after J.K. Rowling because she is a woman whose career we admire. A self-made woman (and working mom!) whose talent for storytelling has captivated millions of people around the world, she is a testament to what it means to pursue your passion. At MM.LaFleur, we celebrate “women of purpose”—and J.K. Rowling is exactly that. She is also a woman of great courage. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Rowling wrote, “You sort of start thinking everything is possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” We love this sentiment, and we think it applies to women working their way up in all manner of industries and professions. As for the design itself, the top is simple and elegant, befitting of a writer or any professional woman who wants to be remembered more for what she accomplishes than for what she wears. It might seem counterintuitive, but at MM.LaFleur, we think our clothes should be the least interesting thing about the women who wear them.
In our opinion, the “Rowling Top” is a must for any professional woman’s wardrobe & is something we could totally see Jo in! Be sure to check out all the amazing designs from MM.LaFleur!