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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in 2005, Lumos provides help to institutionalized and disadvantaged children and works towards putting an end to the outdated social care systems, helping to move children from institutions to family-based care.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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Our house elves have been very busy in the gallery lately! They’ve added HQ premiere photos, Fantastic Beasts stills, promos & behind the scenes, Cormoran Strike stills & behind the scenes pics, photoshoot outtakes, plus MORE!
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.
Today, November 18th marks a fantastic day for all JKR fans! It’s the return of the magic! Released today is the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie, the script, and all tie-in books! Enjoy & have a fantastic day!
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!
JK Rowling recently went on twitter to confirm that there will be five movies in the Fantastic Beasts series.
The plotting of this series is said to include the character Gellert Grindelwald in his youth. The new Fantastic Beasts featurette hints at a larger story that may have something to do with trouble that Grindelwald is causing in Europe during the time period that Fantastic Beasts is set in.
JK Rowling assured her fans that there is a “natural arc” to the five movies and that the reason for the five movies is story-related. Harry Potter film series producer David Heyman, also teased that the second movie in the follow-up series will be set in another global capital city — though he wouldn’t say which one. He also said that Fantastic Beasts will feature a cameo by young Albus Dumbledore. The studio has already staked out a sequel release date for November 16, 2018.
Little, Brown Book Group revealed the cover for J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The script of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first announced back in April. It will now be published on the same date as its’ film release, which is November 18th, 2016.
Scholastic is publishing the print edition of the screenplay in the United States and Canada. Scholastic will also participate in a film tie-in publishing program that includes a poster book, fashion sketchbook, and a magical movie handbook.
HarperCollins has shown us its newly designed covers for The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The cover was produced by the MinaLima duo. HarperCollins will publish tie-ins Inside the Magic: The Making of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A Book of 20 Postcards to Colour and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Art of The Film as well.